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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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Akufo-Addo names 39 deputy ministers, appoints Minister of State at Finance Ministry

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President Akufo-Addo has finally released his list of deputy ministers, subject to approval by Parliament.

According to a statement from the presidency, the list was submitted to the Speaker of Parliament today.

In all, there are 39 deputy ministers appointed under 24 portfolios.

The ministries of Trade, Local Government and Energy have three deputy minister-nominees.

The list had been highly anticipated since the vetting of Ken Ofori-Atta, who was the last minister nominee to appear before Parliament’s Appointments Committee on March 26.

Ten of the nominees are women.

A number of the Ministers are also maintaining their portfolio from President Akufo-Addo’s first term including Abena Osei-Asare at the Finance Ministry, Mohammed Amin Adam, William Owuraku Aidoo at the Energy Ministry, Osei Bonsu Amoah at the Local Government, Decentralisation & Rural Development and Tina Mensah at the Health Ministry among others.

In addition, a former deputy Minister of Finance, Charles Adu-Boahen, was also nominated as the Minister of State at the Ministry of Finance.

The nominees also feature first time Members of Parliament like Hassan Tampuli and John Ampontuah Kumah.

A statement from the presidency indicated that President Akufo-Addo was hopeful that, “just as was done for his Ministers, Parliament will, on a bi-partisan basis, expedite the approval of his Deputy Ministerial nominees, so they can join the Government forthwith, and assist in the delivery of his mandate for his second term in office.”

Source:Citinewsroom

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Focus on party interest, drop old grudges – Ebi Bright tells NDC members

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Ebi Bright, a former National Democratic Congress (NDC) parliamentary candidate for Tema Central, has urged party members to put the party’s vision above personal interests.

Speaking at a forum on Saturday under the theme: “Securing the NDC’s Future”, she said this was a lesson worth learning from the NDC’s political rival, the New Patriotic Party (NPP).

“One of the few things that I envy about the NPP [members] is their loyalty to their [party] direction. They don’t make it about the individuals. They don’t have to like me. They are looking for what I bring to the table for the advancement of the common good.”

“Our party needs to be the common denominator so let’s tell that to the people holding old grudges,” she stressed.

Ebi Bright added that she was a strong believer in mediation in the face of disputes between party members.

“I believe there is nothing we cannot resolve,” she stated.

She thus urged party members to put aside grievances and “concentrate on our strategy and policy and direction and choice.”

“I have many things that have hurt me in my journey in the party, but I am looking for an opportunity to engage… so that I can remain here and be a productive part of our party,” she stated.

She also highlighted the importance of avenues for mediation and reconciliation in line with the concerns she raised.

Other speakers at the forum included former Presidential hopeful, Goosie Tanoh, former Defence Minister, Ben Kumbuor and former General Secretary of the NDC, Huudu Yahaya.

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Hajia Alima Mahama to US, Lt. Gen OB Akwa to Egypt in Akufo-Addo’s ambassadorial appointments

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President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has presented a list of nominees to the Council of State to be considered for ambassadorial roles in his second term.

Among these are former Minister of Local Government and Rural Development Hajia Alima Mahama, who has been named to head Ghana’s mission in Washington DC, United States of America, and former Chief of Defence Staff Lt. Gen. (rtd) Obed Boamah Akwa, who has been nominated High Commissioner to Egypt.

Some of the ambassadors who served in President Akufo-Addo’s first term have maintained their roles.

Papa Owusu-Ankomah will still be in London, UK if sworn in while Alhaji Rashid Bawa will also continue to be in Abuja, Nigeria.

Others like popular broadcaster Francisca Ashietey-Odunton would be heading different missions. She moves from Kenya to Turkey.

Former People’s National Convention (PNC) Presidential Candidate Dr Edward Nasigre Mahama would be replaced as Ambassador-at-Large by Michael Ofori-Atta.

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