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I’d have made Mahama, Nana Addo ministers if I had won 2012 Elections – Ayariga

Presidential candidate of the People’s National Convention (PNC) in the 2012 Elections Hassan Ayariga has reiterated that he would have upheld a high-level of all-inclusiveness if he had won the 2012 Elections.

He stated that John Dramani Mahama, who emerged victorious in the elections, would have been his Minister of Foreign Affairs while Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, the runner-up in the elections, would have been his Minister of Education.

Mr Ayariga was speaking on TV3’s 7GMT on Friday, April 26, 2013.

He added that Dr Forster Abu Sakara would have been his Minister of Agriculture.

“If they had voted me into power, I would have had all this,” he indicated.

Mr Ayariga first mentioned this at the Presidential Debate held by the Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA) prior to the last year’s elections.

Mr Ayariga disclosed that he is working on a project to be dubbed “Let’s Build Ghana Together”.

“Very soon it will be launched,” he added.

‘Normal case’

The businessman and accountant reiterated his call for an end to the live broadcast of proceedings from the Supreme Court on the election petition, saying it is slowing down productivity.

“This is a normal case anybody can take to court,” he stressed.

He noted in an interview with TV3 News on Thursday that delayed telecast or telecast on weekends would have been the best.

“We are not against the live proceedings of the petition. If it is on Saturdays or Sundays, that’s fine. But people have resorted to watching the television rather than working and it is causing the nation so much and that is what we are against,” he said.

Source: 3news.com|Ghana

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I’d have made Mahama, Nana Addo ministers if I had won 2012 Elections – Ayariga

Presidential candidate of the People’s National Convention (PNC) in the 2012 Elections Hassan Ayariga has reiterated that he would have upheld a high-level of all-inclusiveness if he had won the 2012 Elections.

He stated that John Dramani Mahama, who emerged victorious in the elections, would have been his Minister of Foreign Affairs while Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, the runner-up in the elections, would have been his Minister of Education.

Mr Ayariga was speaking on TV3’s 7GMT on Friday, April 26, 2013.

He added that Dr Forster Abu Sakara would have been his Minister of Agriculture.

“If they had voted me into power, I would have had all this,” he indicated.

Mr Ayariga first mentioned this at the Presidential Debate held by the Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA) prior to the last year’s elections.

Mr Ayariga disclosed that he is working on a project to be dubbed “Let’s Build Ghana Together”.

“Very soon it will be launched,” he added.

‘Normal case’

The businessman and accountant reiterated his call for an end to the live broadcast of proceedings from the Supreme Court on the election petition, saying it is slowing down productivity.

“This is a normal case anybody can take to court,” he stressed.

He noted in an interview with TV3 News on Thursday that delayed telecast or telecast on weekends would have been the best.

“We are not against the live proceedings of the petition. If it is on Saturdays or Sundays, that’s fine. But people have resorted to watching the television rather than working and it is causing the nation so much and that is what we are against,” he said.

Source: 3news.com|Ghana

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Election Petition: Ayariga calls for telecast only on weekends or after working hours

Presidential candidate for the People’s National Convention (PNC) in the 2012 Elections Hassan Abdulai Ayariga has appealed to the Chief Justice to order the stop of airing of hearing on the election petition during productive hours.

He postulated that broadcast of hearing during working hours puts some Ghanaians including students and teachers at a disadvantage as they also want to follow proceedings.

Mr Ayariga, a businessman and an accountant, called for hearing to be broadcast after each working day or on weekends.

“Every office you enter into in Accra, people have mounted television sets and all they do is to watch the live proceedings,” Mr Ayariga said. “We are not against the live proceedings of the petition. If it is on Saturdays or Sundays, that’s fine. But people have resorted to watching the television rather than working and it is causing the nation so much and that is what we are against.”

He said the call for live broadcast was as a result ignorance.

“We didn’t know it was going to affect productivity,” he observed.

“Now that we know it is affecting productivity, we are appealing to them to either stop or they should record it so that after working hours, people can now sit down comfortably in their homes and watch it.”

Substantive hearing of the election petition has taken seven days so far and proceedings have been broadcast live on each day.

The idea to broadcast live proceedings was mooted by the Danquah Institute, a media, research and policy analysis think-tank, and endorsed by Chief Justice Georgina Theodora Woode on the eve of start of hearing.


Source: 3news.com|Ghana

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President and ministers haven’t been paid their ex-gratia, Ayariga clarifies

His Excellency the President and all Ministers and Deputy Ministers of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) who served in various ministerial and deputy ministerial positions, including presidential staffers, from 7th January 2009 to 7th January 2013 have not been paid their ex gratia for that period, a statement signed by Mahama Ayariga, Minister of Information and Media Relations has indicated.

The payment of ex gratia, so far, only applies to members of the legislature, he added.

According to Mr Ayariga, the allegations in some media discussions that members of the political elite have paid themselves lump sum ex gratia awards and yet are asking other public servants to accept installment payments for arrears of their 2012 allowances is untrue.

“Ministers and Deputy Ministers may only receive their ex gratia when the concerns of other ‘Non Article 71 office holders’ have been equally attended to.”

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Ayariga must go – CPP

The Convention People’s Party (CPP) have called for the immediate resignation of Minister of Information and Media Relations Mahama Ayariga.

According to the party, the Bawku Central Constituency’s Member of Parliament has committed too many mistakes to remain in office.

In a statement signed by Nii Armah Akumfrah, the party’s Director of Communications, repeated faux pas by Mr Ayariga is unpardonable.

Below is the full statement:

The Ministry of Information together with Information Services Department (ISD) have a remit to help create awareness of government policies, programmes and activities as well as promoting Ghana’s international marketing agenda among other things.

This basic function has been lost in recent years as the Ministry has become viewed by some as a place for propaganda and not truth.

The NDC government has struggled over many years to ensure the credibility that the Ministry needs – the appointment of Zita Okaikwei in President Mills government faced internal criticism when Minister of State Nii Laryea Afotey Agbo called on the president to fire Zita Okaikwei for her alleged “incompetence” as Information Minister.

Long before the appointment of Mrs Zita Okaikwei, there were problems with the government’s

Communications machinery with the appointment of a Presidential Spokesman and Communications Director by the Mills Government before the Minister of Information, and the subsequent confusion and mistakes that followed.

John Tia came and went; to be followed by Hon Fritz Baffour who many felt was overshadowed by his Deputy Hon Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa. At a press conference organised by the ministry deputy Okudzeto Ablakwa read the press statement and answered the media questions.

Ghanaians heard the threats of Deputy Information Minister Baba Jamal to Information Services Department (ISD) staff if they fail to exaggerate NDC government achievements.

Baba Jamal, had in a tape recording, told staff of the ISD to, among other things, over-exaggerate when disseminating government information to the public.

He had said: “Yours is to make government look good, whatever the circumstance. If the government buys sheep and gives it as a gift, you are free to say it is a cow. You are free to say that…If the colour of the sheep is black; you can say it was a white colourful cow.”

Baba Jamal was confirming what many Ghanaians suspected that the NDC Government had turned the Ministry of Information and Information Services Department (ISD) into a Propaganda Centre for the NDC.

Ghanaians observed with keen interest the appointment of a new Information Minister- Mahama Ayariga. It did not take long before what is now the characteristic of an NDC Minister of Information started to rear its head again.

Minister Mahama Ayariga goofed on the information about President Mahama’s knowledge of Andrew Solomon, only for him to make a U-turn and apologize for saying that President Mahama did not know Andrew Solomon.

Ghanaians appreciated Mahama Ayariga’s sincerity in apologizing; however to commit the similar faux pas a second time is unpardonable for a Minister of Information.

We all recall that last week, in his role as Minister of Information and Media Relations, Mahama Ayariga had confirmed a change of name at the seat of Government, from Flagstaff House to Jubilee Flagstaff House. Within two days, the minister made another U-turn, to apologise for the colossal mistake – there was no change of name.

Mahama Ayariga could have consulted the President before coming out with his statement. An indication perhaps that, systems between the Ministry of Information and Media Relations, the Presidency and Government machinery is either not functioning or non-existent.

Concerns are also now being raised as to whether President John Mahama assessed Mahama Ayariga’s background before appointing him as a Minister. Almost every portfolio that Mahama Ayariga has held has seen allegations leveled against him.

In 2009 when he was the Spokesperson for the late President JEA Mills, it was alleged that he bought some tractors from the Ministry of Agriculture way below its usual price. This was cited as a corrupt act and abuse of office. Again, in 2011 when he was the Deputy Minister of Education, he was also cited for inflating figures on a 3 unit class room block built at Bodoo, an area in the Bawku Central Constituency, a constituency he now represents in Parliament.

The Ministry of Information and Media Relations has in the last 30 years lost some credibility in the eyes of Ghanaians, and has come to be viewed as an extension of the propaganda machinery of government.

The Convention People’s Party urgesHon. Mahama Ayariga to do the honourable thing and resign for failing to put accurate information into the public domain. This we believe will save his image and that of the country.

As a country too, we need our institutions to work in a professional way and above partisanship, in the interest of all Ghanaians and not surrogates of political parties.


Source: CPP Communications Directorate

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We will support Prez Mahama – Ayariga

2012 Flagbearer of the People’s National Convention (PNC) Hassan Abdulai Ayariga says Ghanaians made a right choice in voting for President John Dramani Mahama in the December 7/8 Elections.

“Even though we contested him, I think Ghanaians have made a right choice,” Hassan Ayariga said on Thursday, February 7, 2013 when he, together with 2012 Independent Presidential Candidate Jacob Osei Yeboah, paid a courtesy call on President Mahama on his first day at work at the Flag Staff House-Kanda.

“We have a president who is modest, a president who believes in the rule of law, a president who believes in all-inclusive government and a president who thinks Ghana is for all of us,” Hassan Ayariga said.

According to the PNC Leader, he as well as Mr Yeboah, will continue to support President Mahama in his quest to develop the country.

“We have lost but we will support him,” Mr Ayariga stressed.

On his part, Mr Yeboah, whose tagline during the elections was JOY 2012, stated that they decided to call on the president because of his embracement of all-inclusive governance

“You have the view of national unity. Therefore, your call for all-inclusive governance has given us that energy to be here because we are quite hopeful that the old political polarization that has served as an inertia towards national development must give way to a visionary momentum that will ensure our socio-economic development,” he pointed out.

President Mahama admonished all to put the elections behind them so “we can come together as one country as Team Ghana and work towards building our nation.”

He said his undertaking to Ghanaians to run an open government is what has informed his call for an all-inclusive governance.

He added that he will make the best use of all the human resources of this country no matter political, ethnic or religious affiliation.


Source: 3news.com|Ghana

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Apart from peace, we have failed as a country – Ayariga

Flagbearer of the People’s National Convention (PNC) in the 2012 Presidential Elections Hassan Ayariga says the only legacy Ghana can boast of since the attainment of independence in 1957 is the peace enjoyed in the country.

“Apart from peace, we have failed to build this country,” he said after he joined hundreds of other dignitaries to mark the 56th independence anniversary at the Black Stars Square in Accra on Wednesday.

He blamed the country’s lack of development on the political parties.

“As political parties, we have not been able to bring development to the people of Ghana,” he told TV3’s Roland Walker at the Square.

He reminded Ghanaians of his suggestion of economic freedom during the Institute of Economic Affairs’ presidential debates in the run-up to the 2012 Elections, stressing that if political freedom is separated from economic freedom there will be a clear-cut plan in developing the country.

He also indicated that if the political parties have stuck to one policy at a time, Ghana would have developed in many areas by now.

“If say the NPP tackles health and clears there and the NDC takes education and addresses all problems in the sector, there would have been little to do by now,” he explained.

He was, however, delighted over President John Dramani Mahama’s resolve to advance development in the country as outlined in his address on Wednesday.

Source: 3news.com|Ghana