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Prez Mahama nominates Mr. Sorogodoo as DCE

President John Dramani Mahama has, in accordance with Section 243 (1) of the 1992 Constitution of Ghana and Section 20 (1) of the Local Government Act 1993, Act 462, nominated Mr. Alhassan Mohammed Sorogodoo as the District Chief Executive for the Sagnarigu District Assembly in the Northern Region.

This is contained in a statement issued by Akwasi Opong-Fosu, Minister of Local Government and Rural Development and Member of Parliament for Amenfi East Constituency.

 
Source: 3news.com|Ghana

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Prez Mahama commended for nominating Hohoe MP as minister

Hohoe Constituency branch of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) has commended President John Dramani Mahama for the honour done its Member of Parliament, Dr. Bernice Adiku Heloo, who was appointed a Deputy Minister for Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation.

Addressing a press conference at Hohoe, Constance Tumawu, the Constituency Chairman, said Dr Bernice Adiku’s appointment came as no surprise to them as a result of the positions she has held in the past.

The Constituency chairman expressed the confidence that Dr Adiku would live up to expectation.

He said this is the first time since the inception of the Fourth Republic that the Constituency has had a ministerial position.

Therefore, they pledged the party’s support for the Deputy Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation Minister, whom they believe will bring honour and respect to the municipality.

The constituency Women’s Organizer, Mary Ofori, was optimistic that the elevation of the MP is a sign of good things to come to women in the area and her position will spur other women on to strive to climb the political ladder.

The Deputy Organizer, Alhadji Yusif Abdulai, pointed out that the party is solidly behind Dr Bernice Adiku and will back her to succeed to confirm the confidence reposed in her by the President.


Source: TV3 News|Ghana

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Nana Addo and NPP must apologize to Prez Mahama and Ghanaians – Inside Ghana

A pro-National Democratic Congress (NDC) group, Inside Ghana, has asked the New Patriotic Party (NPP) and their 2012 flagbearer, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, to render an unqualified apology to President John Dramani Mahama and all Ghanaians over post-Election 2012 allegations that President Mahama rigged the elections.

“Nana Addo and the NPP went on a violent rampage destroying lives and properties in the name of electoral fraud perpetrated by the President and NDC faithful,” a statement signed by George Spencer Quaye said.

Inside Ghana noted that Dr Mahamudu Bawumia’s admission during the dying embers of Tony Lihtur’s cross-examination of him that the petitioners have no problem with the president and rather it is the Electoral Commission that they have a problem with is evidence that the president “played no role in the alleged electoral irregularities and malpractices and therefore did not steal any vote.”

Below is the unedited statement from Inside Ghana:

NANA ADDO AND NPP MUST APOLOGISE TO PRESIDENT MAHAMA AND ALL GHANAIANS

Following the exclusive revelation by the petitioners’ star witness or witness in-Chief, Dr. Mahamudou Bawumia during cross-examination by Mr. Tony Lithur, Inside Ghana calls on Nana Addo and the NPP leadership including minority members of parliament to render an unqualified apology to H.E President John Dramani Mahama and all Ghanaians. During the final stages of Mr. Lithur’s cross-examination of Dr. Bawumia, the witness In-Chief stated unequivocally that H.E the President played no role in the alleged electoral irregularities and malpractices and therefore did not steal any vote.

In a response to a question Dr. Bawumia said; “we don’t have any problem with the President. It is the second respondent”. And when it was further suggested to him that the 1st respondent, President Mahama won the elections resoundingly, he responded; “YES”.

This proclamation or epiphany is in sharp contrast to earlier comments and statements made by the NPP leadership which has denigrated the Presidency and NDC faithful as well as other institutions such as STL Ghana and the National Disaster Management Organisation (NADMO).

Nana Addo and the NPP went on a violent rampage destroying lives and properties in the name of electoral fraud perpetrated by the President and NDC faithfuls.   They also subjected the premises of STL Ghana and NADMO to a mob attack accusing them of changing election results being transmitted via fax from coalition centres to the EC’s strongroom. This was led by no mean a person than Osafo Marfo, a former minister of Finance and Education who was also in the running for the position of Chief of Staff in Nana Addo’s shadow cabinet.

We would also recall how minority members of parliament flashed cards with “stealers” written on them in protest to the President just before he delivered the State of the Nation address in parliament on the 21st of February 2013.

The NPP also used various platforms to cast all sort of derogatory insinuations on the President and NDC members such as the “Let My Vote Count Alliance”. In some instances leading members like Ursula Owusu have denigrated the President with unprintable words.

Inside Ghana is therefore calling on Nana Akufo-Addo and the NPP leadership to render an unqualified apology to the President, STL Ghana, NADMO, NDC members and the good people of Ghana. We believe that this call is imperative as it puts to rest the involvement of the President and NDC in the alleged electoral malpractices and irregularities. It will also demonstrate commitment on the part of Nana Akufo-Addo to righting the wrongs of the past and open window of opportunity for a new relationship between the NDC and NPP based on mutual respect and mutual responsibility which will simmer down the political tension and chart a new a course of responsible politicking in the country. An apology we believe will also douse the negative effect we risk from the international community.

Signed

George Spencer Quaye

Convener


Source: 3news.com|Ghana

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Nana Addo and NPP must apologize to Prez Mahama and Ghanaians – Inside Ghana

A pro-National Democratic Congress (NDC) group, Inside Ghana, has asked the New Patriotic Party (NPP) and their 2012 flagbearer, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, to render an unqualified apology to President John Dramani Mahama and all Ghanaians over post-Election 2012 allegations that President Mahama rigged the elections.

“Nana Addo and the NPP went on a violent rampage destroying lives and properties in the name of electoral fraud perpetrated by the President and NDC faithful,” a statement signed by George Spencer Quaye said.

Inside Ghana noted that Dr Mahamudu Bawumia’s admission during the dying embers of Tony Lihtur’s cross-examination of him that the petitioners have no problem with the president and rather it is the Electoral Commission that they have a problem with is evidence that the president “played no role in the alleged electoral irregularities and malpractices and therefore did not steal any vote.”

Below is the unedited statement from Inside Ghana:

NANA ADDO AND NPP MUST APOLOGISE TO PRESIDENT MAHAMA AND ALL GHANAIANS

Following the exclusive revelation by the petitioners’ star witness or witness in-Chief, Dr. Mahamudou Bawumia during cross-examination by Mr. Tony Lithur, Inside Ghana calls on Nana Addo and the NPP leadership including minority members of parliament to render an unqualified apology to H.E President John Dramani Mahama and all Ghanaians. During the final stages of Mr. Lithur’s cross-examination of Dr. Bawumia, the witness In-Chief stated unequivocally that H.E the President played no role in the alleged electoral irregularities and malpractices and therefore did not steal any vote.

In a response to a question Dr. Bawumia said; “we don’t have any problem with the President. It is the second respondent”. And when it was further suggested to him that the 1st respondent, President Mahama won the elections resoundingly, he responded; “YES”.

This proclamation or epiphany is in sharp contrast to earlier comments and statements made by the NPP leadership which has denigrated the Presidency and NDC faithful as well as other institutions such as STL Ghana and the National Disaster Management Organisation (NADMO).

Nana Addo and the NPP went on a violent rampage destroying lives and properties in the name of electoral fraud perpetrated by the President and NDC faithfuls.   They also subjected the premises of STL Ghana and NADMO to a mob attack accusing them of changing election results being transmitted via fax from coalition centres to the EC’s strongroom. This was led by no mean a person than Osafo Marfo, a former minister of Finance and Education who was also in the running for the position of Chief of Staff in Nana Addo’s shadow cabinet.

We would also recall how minority members of parliament flashed cards with “stealers” written on them in protest to the President just before he delivered the State of the Nation address in parliament on the 21st of February 2013.

The NPP also used various platforms to cast all sort of derogatory insinuations on the President and NDC members such as the “Let My Vote Count Alliance”. In some instances leading members like Ursula Owusu have denigrated the President with unprintable words.

Inside Ghana is therefore calling on Nana Akufo-Addo and the NPP leadership to render an unqualified apology to the President, STL Ghana, NADMO, NDC members and the good people of Ghana. We believe that this call is imperative as it puts to rest the involvement of the President and NDC in the alleged electoral malpractices and irregularities. It will also demonstrate commitment on the part of Nana Akufo-Addo to righting the wrongs of the past and open window of opportunity for a new relationship between the NDC and NPP based on mutual respect and mutual responsibility which will simmer down the political tension and chart a new a course of responsible politicking in the country. An apology we believe will also douse the negative effect we risk from the international community.

Signed

George Spencer Quaye

Convener


Source: 3news.com|Ghana

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Prez Mahama advised to be restrained in communication

President John Dramani Mahama has been too quick to communicate, the Executive Director for Center for African Elections Media Monitoring Index (CAEMMI) remarked on TV3’s weekend current affairs analysis programme on Saturday, April 20, 2013.

Discussing the first 100 days of the presidency of John Dramani Mahama on Headlines, Dr Messan Mawugbe recommended that the president could leave most of the communication for technocrats to do.

“The president should allow technocrats to do his communication for him,” he advised, conceding how the president feels in trying to calm nerves and assure Ghanaians in dire situations.

He cited how the president had come out with deadlines for the end of the load-shedding against words of technocrats, who note the exercise will stay on for a while.

“Within political communication, spillovers can be very dangerous for politicians,” Dr Mawugbe remarked.

This was backed by Member of Parliament (MP) for Effutu Constituency Alexander Afenyo-Markin, who stated that the president comes out more often because of his background as a communication specialist.

He says, for example, that: “He told Ghanaians that the former President Mills gave him all the opportunity to work.”

Therefore, he couldn’t have come out later to say all the power crisis and labour unrests were new to him, he adds.

Mr Afenyo-Markin observed the opposition stalks the president’s every utterance and most of the times, they have been inconsistent.

“Realistically, the inconsistencies in government and government communication seem not to be fading.”

Source: 3news.com|Ghana

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Prez Mahama’s first 100 days: Group labels opposition irresponsible; scores NPP 12%

A pro-National Democratic Congress (NDC) group, Inside Ghana, has down-rated the level of opposition given President John Dramani Mahama in his first 100 days in office.

In a statement issued on Wednesday, April 17, 2013, Inside Ghana says “the opposition NPP has been the biggest failure in the chain of government in the first 100 days.”

Below is the full statement:

100 DAYS OF IRRESPONSIBLE OPPOSITION – NPP SCORES 12% FOR PERFORMANCE

The 100 days philosophy pioneered by Franklin D. Roosevelt after taking office in 1933 has become a tradition observed by most democracies worldwide. Though not a perfect measure, it has over the years been accepted in political spheres as a benchmark for gauging governments’ effectiveness and Ghana is no different. The underlying principle is that, people tend to be most effective when they first take office as leadership style is fresh and new and the aura of victory is still powerfully woven and visibly evident in their actions.

Under the democratization process, the performance of any government is a functionality of competitive party politics and therefore it will be improper for any debate or assessment of the first 100 days of H.E the President, John Dramani Mahama not to take into cognizance the performance of that of the opposition. Competitive multi party systems undoubtedly deepen democratization by providing electorate with electoral alternatives and therefore the role of opposition party is as crucial as that of the incumbent party.

Inside Ghana therefore brings to fore, an assessment of the New Patriotic Party over the last 100 days. Though we acknowledge the difficulty in which the opposition is having to deal with the disappointment and heartbreak they suffered during the December 2012 polls, it is no grounds for them to renege on their constitutionally mandated responsibilities.

In a democracy, opposition parties are expected to perform the following functions but not limited to;

    Promote responsible and reasoned debate
    Hold government to account for its commissions or omissions on behalf of the people
    Present a viable alternative to the incumbent government by designing alternative ideas, principles and policies for governing the society
    Work with electoral commission, the mass media and civil society organizations to monitor and improve the quality of voter registration, civic education and electoral transparency
    And finally champion interest aggregation of political community which culminates in the articulation and projection of certain preferences, values and ideologies into policy and law making process.

By the above criteria, we at Inside Ghana believes the opposition NPP has been the biggest failure in the chain of government in the first 100 days. Their actions, conduct and utterances regrettably are alien to democratization process. Ghanaians will ardently recall with great anguish the violence they visited on innocent persons in NDC paraphernalia, the bastardization of state institutions and most recently the incessant calls of leading members for coup are all but a few shameful instances of gross irresponsibility and recklessness.

It is also worthy of note that in that same breadth, some civil society groups and think tanks such as IMANI Ghana have become the vehicle in which the opposition NPP are driving some of their irresponsible agenda which seek to derail the development process of the country in order for the President to be seen as a failure. A typical example was when a leading director of IMANI Ghana, Kofi B Bentil used his facebook page to call on teachers and other worker unions to resort to strike when negotiations were ongoing. An illegal conduct we find very disgusting. Again a board member at IMANI, Budu Koomson, recently followed in the direction of coup mongers such as Gabby Asare Otchere-Darko, Ken Ofori-Attah, Dr. Mathew Opoku Prempeh and Sammy Awuku, (all leading members of the NPP) when he said the grounds are fertile for coup.

Again the choose and pick attitude of minority members in parliament regarding their participation in parliamentary proceedings is not only shameful but a case of non productivity and financial loss to the State as tax payers money is doled out to these members of parliament for no work done.

From the above, Inside Ghana gives a score of 12% to the performance of the opposition NPP. But for the recent call on Ghana Medical Association to rescind their strike decision by the General Secretary, Kwadwo Owusu Afriyie, one would have scored the opposition a negative mark. Opposition parties play very significant role in government as representatives of their constituents to safe guard their interest especially in the legislature.

Ghana needs a responsible opposition to query and interrogate government’s appointees, policy directives and ideas so as to provide the needed lubricant in moving the engine of an economy in a democracy. A score of 12% is unacceptable. We urge all and sundry to take a critical analysis of the opposition NPP.


Source: 3news.com|Ghana

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100 Days turbulent but I’m focused – Prez Mahama

President John Dramani Mahama says despite the turbulence that has confronted his administration so far, he remains focused on delivering on the promises made to Ghanaians.

He said his main preoccupation now was how to provide adequate power and water, grow the economy and create jobs for the people.

In an exclusive interview with the Daily Graphic Tuesday on his 100 days in office, President Mahama declined to grade his performance and indicated that Ghanaians would be the best judges of his performance.

About the low grading of his performance by some organisations, including IMANI Ghana, which had graded him 47 per cent, he said it was a good grade, considering the turbulence facing  his administration.

The President said every democratic government was given about six months to put up its government but his administration did not have that luxury.

That, he said, was aggravated by an opposition which wanted to make things difficult for the government.

President Mahama said the challenges with electricity, water and labour unrest were to test the resolve of a leader and expressed gratitude to God for the experience he had gained from that.

He said his priority now was to solve the energy problem.

“I am on the energy producers, making sure that we end this energy crisis as soon as possible,” he said.

The President said the next focus was to reform the management of the water company to ensure efficiency, cut down waste and ensure regular supply of water.

Additionally, he said, his government would continue to pursue policies to grow the economy and create more jobs for the people.

“I am focused on doing my work. The people of Ghana have given me the mandate. I was sworn in as the constitutional President. My focus is to ensure that Ghanaians have power, they have water, they have jobs and that this economy prospers,” he said.

On the economy, he said the government was changing the structure of how government financed infrastructure development.

“We want to look at how to partner the private sector to develop that infrastructure. It is going to reduce our debt profile to make sure that we maintain economic stability,” he said.

He said Ghanaians would realise that despite the turbulence, the government had laid the foundation for the take-off of the economy.

On ministerial appointments, President Mahama said his biggest challenge, as he had to pick from a pool of experienced and competent hands, was how to consider regional and gender balance in his appointments.

He defended his decision to reshuffle regional ministers, saying that the best performing regional ministers in the past were not from their regions.

He said he wanted the regions to choose their best and, therefore, he consulted the regional caucuses.

He explained that if the appointees were qualified to be regional ministers in one region, they should be qualified to be ministers in other regions.

He refuted suggestions that some of the ministers were inexperienced and indicated that the youth must be given the opportunity to participate in the governance process of the country.

On the current labour unrest, President Mahama said the National Democratic Congress (NDC) government inherited the Single Spine Salary Structure (SSSS).

He said from hindsight, the implementation should have been spread over more years, as it had increased the government’s wage bill.

“Once we deal with salaries and wages, there is not much left for other development sectors such as education, health and all that will make life more bearable for our people,” he said.

On the payment of huge sums of money to Members of Parliament, President Mahama said the salaries of Article 71 office holders, including the Executive, the Legislature and the Judiciary, were determined by a committee set up by the President.

He said so long as it remained a constitutional provision, he would be going against the Constitution if he refused MPs or judges what had been recommended by the committee.

He explained that the MPs were not paid lump sums but that the ex gratia, which included arrears, was paid in instalments.

President Mahama said he supported the consensus and recommendation of the Constitutional Review Committee for the amendment of Article 71 to bring everybody on the same plane.

He proposed the setting up of an independent emoluments committee to look at emoluments right from the President to the ordinary labourer.

“Once it is done, everyone will feel a sense of fairness in terms of how much he or she is remunerated. When they are put on the same plane, it will take away the extortion,” he said.

He affirmed his commitment to ensure that doctors, teachers and all workers were properly remunerated for the work they did.

On the court action challenging his legitimacy, President Mahama said it was not a bother to him, since it was part of the country’s democratic process.

He said the Constitution had made provision for people who were not satisfied with elections to seek redress in the court.

He said he did not have any worries because he had confidence in the fairness of the elections.

Source: Daily Graphic

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Prez Mahama must be given high marks in first 100 days – Dr Apaak

Convener of the Forum for Governance and Justice Dr Clement Abass Apaak says President John Dramani Mahama has acquitted himself well in his first 100 days in office as president of Ghana, though he questioned the index by which some Ghanaians are assessing the president’s first 100 days.

“He has been fair, firm and hardworking. In the face of the difficulties many others would have sold state property,” Dr Apaak said on TV3’s 7GMT on Tuesday.

He noted that President Mahama has ensured that there is proper supply of electricity though there was shortfall in power.

He said though workers are pressurising him to pay arrears, President Mahama has been firm “and not selling state property to pay arrears.”

Dr Apaak mentioned that even with the Election Petition lingering, President Mahama has appointed his ministers.

“He has also passed his budget within that same period,” he added.

“So we must give him very high marks.”

Source: 3news.com|Ghana

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I’m happy with Prez Mahama’s reshuffle – Ben Ephson

Editor-in-chief of the Daily Dispatch Ben Ephson has commended President John Dramani Mahama for reshuffling his regional ministers.

Speaking on TV3’s 7 GMT, Mr Ephson, who is also a well-known pollster, observed that regional ministers who had left indelible marks after their tenures have not been natives of the regions they manned.

“In the 70s and 80s under [General Ignatius Kutu] Acheampong, ministers appointed did not hail from the regions they were assigned to,” he said.

According to Mr Ephson, ministers appointed from their home regions coil under undue pressure.

“They have family pressures. They have societal pressures,” he noted.

He stressed that the situation becomes more difficult for ministers who contested positions but lost.

“Foot soldiers can come to you in the morning to demand money,” he said adding that when a regional minister is serving in a different region he is not distracted in that direction.

Mr Ephson was confident President Mahama will score full marks with his reshuffle, which comes barely weeks after the ministers were sworn in.

“I will be surprised if this backfires. The president has nothing to lose,” he emphasized.

Source: 3news.com|Ghana

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If Ghana were Greece, Prez Mahama would have resigned – NPP MP

New Patriotic Party’s Member of Parliament for New Juaben South Dr Mark Assibey-Yeboah says the huge debt that is choking the country is comparable to the Eurozone debt that hit Greece in 2011.

He suggested, therefore, that President John Dramani Mahama should resign like Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou did in 2011.

“If Ghana were Greece, the Prime Minister would have resigned,” Dr Assibey-Yeboah said on TV3’s News @ 10 on Tuesday while discussing the 2013 budget statement delivered by Minister of Finance Seth Terkper.

He pointed out that there is no way the government will meet any of the targets set in the 2013 budget and like in 2012, it will overspend in some sectors.

He indicated that in 2012, the then Finance and Economic Planning Minister, Dr Kwabena Duffour, came to deliver a supplementary budget, which was also not met.

“The Minister stated a budget deficit of 6.7 per cent,” he said.

Dr Assibey-Yeboah, however, raised concerns that the budget smacked of tax increases “though the Minister was not bold enough to mention them,” he said.

According to him, taxes such as Environmental Tax would be introduced by the government this year.

Dr Assibey-Yeboah, who is an economist, noted that he would scrap four ministries were he the president.

“The Minister of State in charge of Scholarship is a complete waste,” he stated.

He described the budget as a gimmick.

However, Minister of Information and Media Relations Mahama Ayariga, who was also on the programme, disagreed with Dr Assibey-Yeboah, noting that “the budget provides the greatest opportunity ever for the private sector.”

He stressed that the 8 per cent growth rate target is realistic and would have been achieved in 2012 if the five-year implementation plan of Single Spine Pay Policy was duly followed.

“This government does not regret that it has implemented a scheme that will increase public pay,” Mr Ayariga emphasized.

He said there are no plans to raise taxes.

“There is nothing in the Finance Minister’s statement that mentioned he will raise taxes. He talked about reform in tax administration. He then mentioned tax reliefs.”


Source: 3news.com|Ghana