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List Of Rawlings’ Achievements During His Time As President Of Ghana

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Former President of Ghana, Flight Lieutenant Jerry John Rawlings died on Thursday, November 12, 2020, at the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital after he was admitted following a short illness.

Although his death has been a big blow to Ghana, many have received the grim news with mixed reactions. While some subtly rejoice and say Rawlings has been rewarded for all the wrongs he did, others have nothing much to say about him other than what they have heard and read in books.

Controversies upon controversies have erupted following his demise with some rumours of Rawlings allegedly having a son outside the walls of his marriage. Also, the likes of Hajia Fati have alleged dangerously that former President Mahama killed Rawlings.

On the hand, prophets are claiming points for correctly predicting or prophesying the death of Rawlings and are outdoing each other in a bid to court public admiration and recognition.

Well, Rawlinsg was known first as a military man who masterminded several coups. Also, he is known and revered for ushering Ghana into its fourth republic with the coming into force of the 1992 constitution which is the sovereign book that guides and guards our democracy.

J J Rawlings or Papa J, as he is affectionately called is the one individual in the history of Ghana who has led the nation more than any other person, not even Kwame Nkrumah, Ghana’s first president. His democratic tenure as president of Ghana spanned from 1993 to 2001 where he made several strides and positioned Ghana for economic growth and development.

Below Are List Of Achievements Of The Rawlings’ Regime:

  1. Achieved political and economic stability in a region rife with conflicts (for example Liberia, Côte d’Ivoire, Togo, Guinea Bissau and Sierra Leone).
  2. Created 110 districts through non-partisan district level elections. Education, infrastructure developments and healthcare all devolved to the district level. Annual government subvention by law goes to the district — unthinkable in many other African countries.
  3. Absorbed hundreds of thousands of Ghanaians living in Nigeria who were expelled. Housed them at El -Wak Stadium in 1983 and then moved them to their family homes. Most other economies, including even advanced ones such as Germany, saw their economies suffer when they reunified with integrated citizens (for example German reunification)
  4. Built first-ever memorials to Kwame Nkrumah and W.E.B. DuBois.
  5. Followed an independent foreign policy
  6. Returned Ghana to democratic rule in 1992, after a public referendum by a wide majority, approved a new constitution. Neither Nigeria, Iraq, Togo, nor Côte d’Ivoire was able to achieve this feat (in Nigeria two governments were overthrown during this period).
  7. Passed the value-added tax (VAT of 10%) to secure the government revenue base, which today funds most government public expenditures.
  8. Passed the Ghana Educational Trust Fund (GET Fund) that is today educating millions of Ghanaians.
  9. First Ghanaian President in 20 years to be received on a state visit of the US.
  10. Expanded electricity to Northern parts of Ghana – hitherto ignored by ruling elites since 1957.
  11. Both Bill Clinton and Queen Elizabeth II visited Ghana during Rawlings tenure to highlight the successes of the country.
  12.  The NDC’s agricultural policy and programme 1994-2000 resulted in the recognition of Ghana’s Food Production Index of 148% for 1995-1997 as “the third-highest achievement in the record after Jordan (157%) and China (156%) in the World Bank’s “1999-2000 Development Report.”
  13.  Contributed immensely towards dispute resolution and peacekeeping in several of the unstable countries in the West African sub-region and beyond.
  14. Started the Expansion Project and the Renovation of the 37 Military Hospital.
  15. In the urban road sector, reconstructed the entire Kumasi city roads, Sekondi-Takoradi city roads and Accra city roads. In Accra, these included the six-lane dual carriage road leading to the four-lane dual carriage road from the Tetteh Quarshie Interchange to the Independence Avenue.
  16. Constructed the Kumasi-Sunyani asphalt road; the Kintampo-Tamale-Bolgatanga-Paga Faso asphalt road; and the double surfacing bitumen Bibiani-Awaso-Sefwi Wiawso road.
  17. Established the University for Development Studies, and used his Hunger Award Prize Money to buy books for the University’s Library.
  18. He upgraded the Winneba Advanced Teacher Training College into a full-fledged public University of Education, Winneba, thus adding two new public Universities to the three that had existed since independence.
  19. Introduced the policy of allowing the establishment of private tertiary institutions, including Universities, to supplement the public sector Universities. Implemented the policy of one region, one Polytechnic.
  20. Made sure that every district had at least two senior secondary schools.
  21. Constructed the modern regional hospitals at Cape Coast, Ho and Sunyani. Numerous modern district hospitals were constructed in the district capitals all over the country.
  22. Potable water was provided for so many communities that at the time he was leaving office, guinea worm infestation had virtually been eradicated from Ghana.
  23. The housing sector, the sprawling housing estates at Adenta, Sakumono, Lashibi, and on the Spintex Road all in Accra and the SSNIT Estates all over the country were constructed during His Era.
  24. There was the smooth, historic transfer of power from the NDC to the NPP.
  25. The creation of  District Assemblies’ Common Fund, the GetFund, the Road Fund, the EDIF and the Energy Fund
  26. Ghana’s huge reputation in international peacekeeping, coupled with the ability of H. E Jerry John  Rawlings to get the illustrious son of Ghana, Kofi Annan, elected as the Secretary-General of the United Nations.

Source: Ghbase.com

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News In: Diego Maradona Kicks The Bucket

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Football star, Diego Armando Maradona has been confirmed dead at age 60.

According to reports, he died from cardiac arrest. He died in his home in Tigre, Argentina.

Maradona had been recuperating from the removal of a blood clot on the brain.

Maradona, regarded as one of the greatest footballers of all time, helped Argentina win the World Cup in 1986, the pinnacle of an illustrious career.

He played club football for Boca Juniors, Napoli and Barcelona among others and was adored by millions all over the world for his brilliant skills.

Maradona was responsible for the infamous ‘Hand of God’ that eliminated England from the 1986 tournament.

His career was also tinged with controversy because of drug and alcohol addiction.

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Akufo-Addo directs needy student who scored 8As to be given full scholarship

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President of the Republic of Ghana Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has directed the Ghana Scholarship Secretariat to grant full scholarship to one Thomas Amoaning of Adeiso Senior High School.

Master Amoaning is reported to have scored 8As in the 2020 West Africa Senior Schools Certificate Examinations (WASSCE).

His plight made rounds on social media given his background.

“As a normal practice and taking into consideration the socio-geographical background of the student, HE the President has expressly directed the Ghana Scholarships Secretariat to grant full scholarship award to the student for his tertiary studies,” a release from the Secretariat on Tuesday, November 24 said.

“The Scholarships Secretariat has subsequently established contact with the student and parents and will on Friday 27th November, 2020 pay a visit to the family to discuss their needs in detail,” the release signed by Registrar of the Secretariat Kingsley Agyemang said.

Meanwhile, the Secretariat announces for the information of WASSCE graduates that there will be a “big announcement” on Tuesday, December 1.

“The retooled Ghana Scholarships Secretariat is now strategically positioned to effectively deliver on its mandate of awarding scholarships to Ghanaians for tertiary education,” the release said.

 

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Election 2020: Supreme Court sets target for election petition

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The Supreme Court is set to deal with any election petition that will arise out of the 2020 elections in 42 days maximum.

Justice Jones Dotse, the Chairperson of the Election Manual Review Committee, any suit challenging a presidential election will only be allowed from contestants in the election and only against the winner and the Electoral Commission.

“There’s a nice write-up on the manual which indicates that the Supreme Court is proposing that should there be any dispute, it will not go beyond 42 days,” he stated.

This is to prevent a repetition of the election petition of 2012 which dragged for eight months.

Governance expert said it affected the country as the government of the day was too cautious in taking certain decisions.

The business community was also affected as a lot of investors wanted to be certain the direction the country was going before investing in the country.

Speaking at the launch of the 4th Edition of the Manual on Election Adjudication, Justice Jones Dotse disclosed that processes on who can sue and join the suit has been spelt out.

“And there are major significant changes in the law in the sense that now if you are interested in questioning or initiating a presidential election dispute, you must have been a candidate in that election and you can only sue the one who has been declared as the winner by the EC and the EC, that’s all. ” he added.

On his part, Chief Justice Kwasi Anin-Yeboah indicated the readiness of the Judiciary to deal with all election related suits.

“While not everyone will agree with our decisions, I can assure you that they (political) have all seen and motivated by the national interest underpinned by first and foremost the judicial principles for which the judiciary stands for geared towards the sanctity of our motherland,” he said.

He added, “Our judges had sufficient training to better improve their capacity in handling dispute that might emerge after these elections.”

The Chief Justice assured “Ghanaians of the thoroughness, professionalism and patriotism with which we approach and dispense our duties that would never change.”

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