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We need to kick out corrupt Nana Addo – PPP

President of Ghana, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo

The Progressive People’s Party (PPP) has asked Ghanaian voters to kick out what they have termed as the Kyebi clan government which they say is led by President Akufo-Addo.

Running mate of the party Kofi Asamoah-Siaw addressing the media today accused the president of running a family and friends government, a situation he added has led to an unprecedented level of corruption scandals.

He was reacting to the controversial Agyapa deal which the Special Prosecutor has labelled as a family and friends deal.

The Special Prosecutor Martin Amidu has stated that the AGYAPA Deal is fraught with Favouritism, Cronyism, Nepotism.

According to his 67-page report on his risk assessment on the deal, he said, the entities for the Agyapa deal were not chosen on merit.

He said consultations over the agreement were not comprehensive and innovative enough.

He further disclosed that the selection and appointment of advisors for the agreement did not meet the “fundamentals of probity, transparency, and accountability.”

He explained that “All the parties to the Mandate Agreement are deemed to have known the law but ignored it with impunity in signing and implementing the Mandate Agreement which is null and void ab initio as violating the Public Financial Management Act, 2016 (Act 921) and the Public Procurement Authority Procurement Act, 2003 (Act 663) as amended. This conduct which appears to have been in furtherance of the suspected bid-rigging, in the assessment of this Office severely lowered the risk of corruption, and rendered them a low risk enterprise in the Agyapa Royalties Transactions process and their approval. It is with these new lenses that the analysis of the risk of corruption, and anti-corruption assessments of the legality of the engagement of the other services providers and underwriters on the recommendations of the Transaction Advisors acting as the Ministry of Finance’s procurement entity tender committee contrary to Part VI of the Public Procurement Act, 2003 (Act 663) as amended, and Sections 7 and 25 of the Public Financial Management Act, 2016 (Act 921) afore-quoted were made.”

“It was further analyzed and assessed that the Transaction Advisor(s) nonetheless, went ahead to identify and recommend services providers and underwriters to the Ministry of Finance for appointment by the Republic of Ghana. The Ministry acted contrary to the Public Procurement Authority Act and the Public Financial Management Act in delegating the power to appoint services providers and/or other underwriters to the unlawfully appointed Transaction Advisor(s). The Transaction Advisor(s) whose selection and appointment by the Ministry of Finance did not measure up favourably to the analysis of the risk of corruption and anti-corruption assessment that meets the fundamentals of probity, transparency and accountability was/were potentially susceptible to undue influence, favouritism, cronyism, nepotism, and all forms of discrimination abhorred under the 1992 Constitution leading to the suspected packing of the services provider and underwriters position with entities not chosen on merit,” Martin Amidu added.

In his reaction on behalf of the party, the running mate indicated this would not have happened if the President had not surrounded himself with his clan members to steal from the state and deprive Ghanaians of development.

He advised Ghanaians to remove the Nana Addo led administration because he has selected a few clan members who are now in charge in managing the resources of the state.

“Nana Addo is now managing Ghana with a small clan known as the Kyebi clan government. It is not a tribe, it is not an ethnic group but a clan who have taken over the affairs of state and capturing every part of Ghana.”

“You have refused to give opportunity other intellectuals from other parts of Ghana and only using your family members to rule. We can no longer entertain such a government. The new normal is now a one-term government. The president ad his clan must be kicked out. We cannot allow them to remain in government. The Kyebi clan government must end in 2020. We can no longer entertain them”.

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Bawumia should be serious with Ghanaians – NDC UK executive writes

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A Deputy Youth Organiser of the UK/Ireland branch of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) has taken on Vice President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia for seemingly abandoning “his core mandate, knowing that he has been a failure at that to now focus on digitization which is supposed to be in the domain of the communication minister”.

Kofi Ampomah slams the Vice President as not understanding the plight of the ordinary Ghanaian.

He captured this in a write-up on Monday, November 8.

Find the write-up below:

The NPP government continues to demonstrate that they have lost the plot when it comes to executing the mandate that the good people of Ghana gave them in the 2020 election. The ordinary Ghanaian looks up to government led by Nana Akuffo Addo and Dr. Bawumia to provide them with the basic necessity of life, which is food, shelter, and health. But what do we see today, a government so incompetent that they have created economic hardship to the extent that the ordinary Ghanaian cannot be guaranteed one meal a day.

Prior to the 2020 election the NPP engaged in politics of lies promising to better the lives of Ghanaians if they are retained in government, but what do we see today, increase in fuel prices, high cost of living, unemployment, and general hardship across all sectors of the economy.

As the head of the Economic Management Team, Dr. Bawumia has decided to abandon his core mandate, knowing that he has been a failure at that to now focus on digitization which is supposed to be in the domain of the communication minister.

Dr. Bawumia clearly does not understand the plight of Ghanaian. What Ghanaians are crying for is a better economy so that they can feed their families and afford the basic necessities of life, which is their priority and not digitization. No one is discounting the importance of a digitized economy, but you do not focus on it at the expense of the economy which is the worst managed since the inception of the 4th Republic.

The NPP should be serious with Ghanaians.
 
Kofi Ampomah
Deputy Chapter Youth Organisers UK/IRELAND NDC.

Source: 3news.com|Ghana

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Microphone snatching, blows at Juaboso assembly meeting

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Assembly members of the Sehwi Juaboso District of the Western North Region engaged in a fight during assembly sitting to approve their budget.

This came after the Presiding Member of the district assembly, Adu Blankson, at the meeting challenged the position of the District Chief Executive (DCE).

According to him, he does not recognise Godfred Kwabena Agyei Asante as the appropriate person to occupy that seat, despite being appointed by President Nana Akufo-Addo and confirmed.

Prior to that, he made his dissatisfaction against Mr Asante known after he headed to court to challenge why the DCE was confirmed despite losing elections.

Mr Blankson took his grievances to the meeting and prevented the DCE from delivering his keynote address at the meeting. His action did not go down well with some assembly members which resulted in a fight.

An Assemblyman for Boinzan electoral area, Affun Kroko Stephen, told Adom News that he had no option than to snatch the microphone from Mr Blankson for the scheduled event to continue.

Consequently, blows were traded by the divided assembly members.

Asked by Adom News’ Augustine Boah whether the microphone snatching was the best approach, he defended it was perfect.

To him, Mr Blankson is allowing personal sentiments to get the better of him, which will not be in the interest of the authority, and for that he had to put him in his place.

“There were authorities and police officers around, if I had erred, they would have addressed the situation,” he said.

After the scuffle, Mr Asante was allowed to address the august gathering and approved the budget.

Source:Adomonline

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Bawumia facing credibility crisis – NDC MP

Mr.Mohammed Adam Sukparu

The Member of Parliament for Sissala West, Mohammed Adam Sukparu, has criticised the Vice President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia after his lecturer on digitalisation he delivered on Tuesday November 2.

During the lectuer, Dr Bawumai said among other things that every child delivered in Ghana from next year will get, within a few months, a Ghana Card number.

He said “Easily one of the most depressing visits I have paid to a government office during my time as Vice-President was to the Births and Deaths Registry headquarters. There clearly was insufficient investment in the institution. It was messy and it was sad. It turned out that the Births and Deaths Registry had three separate databases as registers for births and deaths and these databases were in silos. It is not surprising therefore that corruption and fake birth certificates thrived in this environment,” he noted.

“Thankfully, the process of digitization of the records is almost complete and the three databases have been cleaned up and integrated. Furthermore, we are integrating the births and deaths register with the databases of Ghana Health Service, National Identification AuthorityGhana Statistical Service, Immigration and the Police so that the record of births and deaths should be consistent across all these databases.”

He also announced the impending launch of the E-Pharmacy, which would involve the digitization of pharmacies in Ghana.

“Patients or people generally face difficulties when trying to find medicines in pharmacies. They have no way of knowing which pharmacies have the medicines. They could go to five pharmacies before getting lucky. Sometimes patients are directed to go to specific pharmacies to buy the medicine, denying them any advantage there might be of choosing from a lower priced shop.

“People also don’t know what the prices of the medicines are at different pharmacies and tend in their time of vulnerability to just buy at the prices offered when they find the drug. It is also difficult to tell whether the medicines are genuine or fake. There is also the problem of drug abuse with prescription medicines like Tramadol.

“To address these problems, in 2019, I challenged the Pharmaceutical Society of Ghana to digitize the operations of pharmacies in Ghana. Following this and working with my office, the Pharmacy Council in collaboration with the private sector has completed work on a digital platform for all pharmacies in Ghana and a pilot of 45 pharmacies is currently ongoing.

“Basically, the digital E-Pharmacy platform will offer the opportunity to everyone through a mobile phone to upload your prescriptions and find out which pharmacies near you have the medicines. Secondly you can compare the prices for the same drug offered by different prices so that you can buy from the lowest priced pharmacies.”

Reacting to this Mohammed Adam Sukparu said “This particular lecture is something that I cannot make a head or tail out of it. Dr Bawumia is struggling to redeem his credibility, he is suffering from credibility crisis.”

“Dr Bawumia as we speak today is struggling with a credibility crisis. He made certain pronouncements in the past that turned out to be untrue. He said every Ghanaian, was going to have a bank account, has that happened?” he quizzed.

Source: 3news.com|Ghana

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