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BBC interview question on bribe caught me off guard – Mahama



Flagbearer of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) and ex-President, John Mahama has revealed that the question of whether he’s taken a bribe before asked him during a BBC interview which he describes as very “discourteous” threw him off the cuff.

According to him, that particular question should never have been asked him as the Western media would never ask a Western Leader such a question.

In 2016, the then President John Mahama in an interview with BBC denied ever taking a bribe.

According to him, although any individual could be lured to take a bribe, it is important for individuals to put themselves in a position to resist it.

“Any human being in the world would have encountered corruption one way or the other, either being offered a bribe or a bribe being demanded from you. What you need to do is to put yourself in a position to (resist it)…”

When BBC’s Peter Okwoche, asked him directly if he has taken bribe, President Mahama responded, “no, I haven’t taken bribe before”.

His comments sparked a debate as to whether he was being truthful or just playing politics with the question.

But commenting further on the issue in an interview of Class FM Monday monitored by Kasapafmonline.com, ex-President Mahama stated it was the perception of the Western media that African leaders are corrupt that pushed the interviewer to ask that discourteous question that unsettled him.

“…of course it threw me off the cuff, it was a question about have you taken a bribe before? it caught me off guard I’ll tell you that. I answered it and try to clarify the question but he kept persisting and I said no I haven’t. Of course, people took advantage of that and made a lot of noise about it.”

He stressed that he’s incorruptible and actually dealt ruthlessly with issues of corruption while in power which saw one of his Members of Parliament being jailed for engaging in corrupt activities.

Source: Kasapa FM



Government Gifts 3 Universities With 1.5m ghs and 4 Vehicles Each



Three new universities have received four vehicles and GH¢1.5 million each from government to cater for their basic logistics needs.

The universities are the SD Dombo University of Business and Integrated Development Studies (SDD-UBIDS); CK Tedam University of Technology and Applied Sciences (CKT-UTAS); and University of Environment and Sustainable Development (UESD).

The four vehicles comprised a Toyota Land Cruiser, two Toyota Land Cruiser Prados and a Toyota Hilux pickup.

Presenting the vehicles on behalf of the government, Thursday 24th September, 2020 the Minister of Education Dr Matthew Opoku Prempeh said the vehicles were provided as part of government’s resourcing plan for the new universities.

He further stated that this follows assurances he gave at the inauguration of their Governing Councils and Interim Key Officers, earlier this year, since the universities identified the means of transport among the most of their immediate needs.

This initial funding is sourced from allocations made under GETfund to provide for the most urgent logistics requirements, while government makes provision for adequate funding for their medium to long term needs.

Dr. Prempeh emphasised that government expects the universities to use these resources efficiently and most effectively. “We expect you to be innovative yourselves and resourceful as the universities takeoff so that you can complement government’s efforts.”

He continued, “most of all, we want you to focus on ensuring a smooth takeoff and to keep the universities on a growth path consistent with the mandates given you.”

Speaking on behalf of the three universities, the Vice Chancellor of the CK Tedam University of Technology and Applied Sciences (CKT-UTAS), Prof. Eric Wilmot, thanked government for the gesture and assured the Minister of a sound maintenance culture for the vehicles. He further assured him that they will work with the NCTE to ensure that in no time, their institutions will become pace setters.


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Prez Commends Otumfuo For Releasing 150-acre Land For Kumasi Composting And Recycling Plant




THE President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has commissioned a $95m Intergrated Composit and Recycling Plant in Kumasi aimed at processing sold waste into reusable material, organic product and plastics.

The $95m project which is located at Adagya in the Bosometwe Consituency in the Ashanti Region when completed will have the capacity of receiving 2400 tonnes of sold waste which is above the daily generation of 1200 tonnes of waste in Kumasi.

Nana Akufo Addo said the project is the largest in Africa and Ghana as a whole comprising of one cubic meteric sold waste, restaurant, a clinic, cafeteria, lecture halls, administration block, a conference hall and other auxiliary facility.

He said the project if completed will employ 800 directs and indirect jobs and help reduce unemployment in the country.

He said the government remains committed in partnering the Public Private Partnership in this case in the area of sold waste management and thanked the Hungarian government for patterning with Zoolion Ghana Limited.

He said the integrated plant has a 90% recovery rate, boost the economy and serve as a tourism in the Kumasi metropolis.

The President task all MMDCEs to collaborate with the company in it operations and charged of the Sanitation Ministry to see to the completion of all the 16 projects across the country.

He call on all Ghanaians to follow the safety protocols adding that the Coronavirus is not yet over but the numbers are quite encouraging.

He Express gratitude to the Ashantihene, Otumfo Osei Tutu II for his support for the project.

The CEO of Jospong Group of Companies, Dr Joseph Siaw-Agyapong said the project if completed with recieve 2400 tonnes of sold waste daily above the daily waste generated in Kumasi metropolis which is 1200.

He said the $95m project will create 800 direct and 1500 indirect jobs for the teeming youth adding that the projects was an Australian technology.

Mr Siaw Agyapong said research has shown that the Coronavirus can survive in plastic waste for five days, wood for four days, paper for four days and glass.

He said currently Zoomlion has 600 staff capacity with 45000 operatives making a total of 51, 000.

The Ashanti Regional Minister, said when the NPP government took over the helm of affairs, Kumasi was bedeviled with two major problems that was bad read network and sanitation issues.

But today one can attest to the fact that our governor has done well in terms if road construction.

The second problem which was sanction has also recieved a major boost through the commission of the Composit and Recycling Plant aimed at processing sold waste into plastic, fertilise and other produce for reuse.

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Gov’t Has Expended GH¢27 Billion To Implement Social Interventions – Veep




Vice President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia has said the Akufo-Addo-led government has spent GH¢27 billion on the implementation of key social interventions since assuming office in 2017.

These programmes included the roll-out of the Free Senior High School policy, restoration of the teacher/nursing trainee allowances, the Nation Builders Corps, and provision of free water and electricity for lifeline consumers for six months amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

However, the Mahama-led administration could not raise GH¢70 million to pay for the teacher/nursing trainee allowances, he said.

Dr Bawumia made the remarks on Tuesday at a durbar of teachers and artisans at Metaheko/Flamingo in the Ablekuma Central Constituency of the Greater Accra Region to begin his four-day tour of the Region.

He said Ghanaians were witnessing much better governance and leadership under President Akufo-Addo with the cedi depreciating by only two per cent this year amid COVID-19 pandemic and an election year.

He cited the restoration of the teacher/nursing trainee allowances, implementation of the Free Senior High School policy for which government pays GHc2.2 billion annually, payment of GHc21 billion to 4.6 million depositors whose funds were locked up in the banking sector clean-up, and provision of infrastructure such as roads, libraries, classroom blocks, and health facilities.

The government, he said, had recruited 90,000 teachers since assuming office in 2017.

The Vice President further explained that in view of the fulfillment of about 80 per cent of the NPP 2016 electioneering campaign promises with more ongoing projects, Ghanaians could trust the government with four more years to deliver more developmental projects.

Dr Bawumia outlined some policies and programmes the Akufo-Addo-led government intended to implement when given the nod in the December 7 elections.

They included the National Transport Recapitalization Scheme, Leasing programme to enable commercial drivers own new vehicles, Tertiary Loan Scheme for university students to receive loans and pay it after completion of school, and National Rent Allowance Scheme for workers to rent decent accommodation and later deducted from their salaries.

The teachers and artisans asked government to provide stimulus package for private schools to cushion them against the COVID-19 pandemic, employ graduate teachers, and ensure that the One-Student, One-Laptop policy was fulfilled.

Vice President Bawumia, responding to their requests, said President Akufo-Addo had directed the Finance Minister, Mr Ken Ofori-Atta, to look at the COVID-19 Alleviation Fund and find support for the private schools.

In addition, government wanted to find a local manufacturer to produce laptop computers in the country so that every teacher and student could get one each.

Dr Bawumia said government would provide free internet service to all senior high schools, 46 colleges of education and 260 education offices across the country by the end of the year.

Some dignitaries in the Vice President’s Team were Ms Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, Anthony Abeyifa Karbo, Deputy Minister of Roads and Highways, Alhaji Saad Habib, Member of Parliament for Bortianor,Ngleshie/Amanfrom, and Mr Sylvester Tetteh, CEO of the National Youth Authority and NPP parliamentary candidate for Bortianor/Ngleshie/Amanfrom.

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