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Committee formed to push for proposed ‘Oti Region’

Written by | April 13, 2017 | 0
The chiefs and people of the eight traditional districts and areas of the proposed Oti area have authorised a Joint Consultative Committee to push their demand for the creation of Oti Region. The traditional districts are Jasikan, Kadjebi, Biakoye, Krachi East, Krachi West, Krachi Nchumuru, Nkwanta North and Nkwanta South. The traditional areas include Akpafu, Santrokofi, Likpe and Lolobi. President Nana Akufo-Addo promised to create four new regions during the New Patriotic Party (NPP) 2016 electioneering campaign. The regions would be carved out from the some of the existing ten regions. The move will be a major agenda for the newly created Ministry for Regional Reorganisation and Development. The chiefs, at a press conference to climax a maiden consultative forum at Nsuta in the Jasikan

Muster courage, deal with rebellious groups – CPP tells Akufo-Addo

Written by | April 13, 2017 | 0
Recent activities of riotous groups affiliate to the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) – “Invincible Forces and Delta Force,” has turned the country into a “ticking time bomb,” the Convention Peoples Party (CPP) has said. “We therefore call on President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to take responsibility and muster the political courage to deal with the rebellious groups decisively and urgently restore the sanctity of national security. “Ghana cannot and should not continue to entertain groups that are gradually transforming into a terrorist group as their recent bravado of invading a circuit court in Kumasi is an affront to the country’s judicial system,”Professor Edmund N. Delle, CPP Chairman told the Ghana News Agency in an interview on Friday. The CPP joins right thinking

Ayariga could’ve been expelled from Parliament if… – Lawyer

Written by | April 10, 2017 | 0
The Member of Parliament for the Bawku Central Constituency, Mahama Ayariga could have been expelled from Parliament if he had pursued the bribery allegations he made against some key members on the Appointments Committee despite the Speakers of Parliament’s ruling on the matter. According to a private legal practitioner, Nii Kpakpo Samoa Addo, the Majority Members in Parliament could have capitalized on it to call for his removal and for a by-election to be held in his constituency. “It didn’t make political sense to push the issue because the consequences I understand could go as far as even calling for his removal from Parliament. Politically if you push, and your area is a flip flop constituency, the majority could take advantage and call for a by-election, they could actually

Koku Anyidoho Became ‘President’ While Mills Was Dying – Appiah Stadium

Written by | March 22, 2017 | 0
Popular Kumasi based NDC serial caller, Frank Appiah aka Appiah Stadium has alleged that Deputy General Secretary of the party, Koku Anyidoho usurped the powers of late President Mills when the later had a frail health. According to him, Mr Anyidoho as the Director of Communications at the Presidency went to the extent of signing documents for President John Evans Attah Mills in the last days leading to his death. Appiah, has vowed to wage a relentless war against any member of the party who has purposed to make it impossible for ex President John Mahama to lead the NDC to the 2020 general elections. According to him, the Deputy General Secretary and Vice Chairperson of the NDC, Koku Anyidoho and Anita Desoso respectively have hatched a grand agenda to prematurely end ex President Mahama’s

Mahama Made Boys Who Couldn’t Rent For Themselves As Ministers – NDC MP Claims

Written by | March 22, 2017 | 0
NDC MP for Yunyoo, Hon. Joseph Bipoba Naabu has given a detailed account as to why the party lost the 2016 general elections. In his view, President John Dramani Mahama was a huge contributor to the party’s defeat when he appointed “young boys who couldn’t even hire a chamber and a hall” as ministers of State to help him run the economy knowing very well that they had no experience in politics. In an interview with some journalists of the Parliamentary Press Corps, the Yunyoo lawmaker also revealed that that arrogance of the President Mahama’s Ministers also contributed to the defeat the NDC. Below is a transcript of excerpts of the interview: “The arrogance of most of the Ministers was very serious and it affected their elections. I don’t want to mention names. I know a minister

Akufo-Addo Can Appoint Minister For ‘Koobi & Momoni’ – Yamoah Ponko

Written by | March 22, 2017 | 0
Former Municipal Chief Executive for Ejisu has said president Akufo-Addo has not violated any law by appointing over one hundred ministers in his government. According to Afrifa Yamoah Ponkoh, president Akufo-Addo has done nothing wrong with regards to his ministerial appointments so far as the constitution allows him. Yamoah Ponkoh argues, the president has been given a mandate by Ghanaians to government and take decisions in line with the constitution and no one must question the exercise of the president’s powers. There has been widespread public outcry over President Akufo-Addo’s appointment of 110 ministers to help him fulfill the plethora of electioneering promises to Ghanaians. Out of the total 110, 20 are Regional Ministers and their Deputies, 40 ministers for various ministries,

Clarify anomaly in local gov’t funding – Group to Parliament

Written by | March 22, 2017 | 0
The Centre for Local Governance Advocacy has called for a clarification of what it considers to be an anomaly in the allocation of the District Assembly Common Fund (DACF) in the 2017 budget. The current allocation of about GHc 1.5 billion falls short of mandatory 5% of total revenue and is below government allocations in the last 4 years, according to the Centre. Beyond this, the Centre has also called on government to direct the funding for its 1 million per constituency policy to the DACF, as it noted that there was some lack of clarity in this regard. A research fellow at the Centre, Edem Awusi noted to Citi News that, “Parliament is mandated to allocate at least 5 percent of revenue” but “we checked from the budget and we matched it against allocations made to the DACF and we realised

I did not give money to anyone- Osie Owusu testifies befor Ad hoc C’ttee

Written by | February 16, 2017 | 0
The Chairman of Parliament’s Appointments Committee and First Deputy Speaker, Mr. Joe Osei-Owusu, has testified to the Ad hoc Committee constituted by the Speaker of the House to unravel the truth or otherwise of a bribery scandal that has hit the Appointments Committee. The Bekwai MP has reiterated his innocence in the matter and urged the Committee to do all it could to establish the veracity of the allegations. Mr. Joe Osei-Owusu has been accused by the Bawku Central MP, Mr. Mahama Ayariga, for attempting to bribe Minority caucus members on the Committee to approve by consensus the nomination of then Energy Minister-designate, Mr. Boakye Agyarko. According to Mr. Ayariga, Mr. Agyarko tried bribing each member of the minority side with GH¢3,000 each through Mr. Osei-Owusu, for smooth

NPP will not be blackmailed over appointments – John Boadu

Written by | February 14, 2017 | 0
The New Patriotic Party (NPP) has issued a stern warning to its supporters that the party would not be blackmailed over the appointment of the various metropolitan, municipal and district chief executives (MMDCEs) across the country. Acting NPP General Secretary, John Boadu, at a news conference in Accra on Monday, said the decision of who to appoint rested with President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, and he should be given the space to exercise that. “All that is being done is consultation with the party people and consultation with other stakeholders,” he said. Barely two months in office, has the President come under intense pressure from party supporters over the choice of persons to fill the various MMDCE positions. On January 22, some party youths in Bole-Bamboi Constituency warned

Minister-designate promises collaboration with Volta Region chiefs for dev’t

Written by | February 1, 2017 | 0
The Volta regional minister-designate, Archibald Letsa, has promised to work with the Regional House of Chiefs to bring development to the region. According to him, one of his main objectives, when he gets Parliament’s approval for the ministerial role, will be to make sure that chiefs across the region are partnered and encouraged to involve their subjects for the development of the region. Dr. Letsa disclosed this in an interview with Joy News Tuesday afternoon. He said his focus on chiefs in the region to drive the development agenda is informed by the crucial roles they play in national development. “My strategy is to have a strong partnership with all the chiefs in the Volta Region, these chiefs will be able to mobilise the people in their respective communities, give advice on