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We will not legalise ‘Okada’ business – Dr Mahamudu Bawumia

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Vice President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia says the Akufo-Addo administration will not legalise what he describes as “risky business” of commercial motorbike aka ‘Okada’ in the country.

He assured the riders of a better alternative of empowering them to purchase brand new cars assembled in the country to engage in a much safer venture.

Dr Bawumia was speaking at an event on Thursday in Accra which saw VW and BlackIvy signed an MoU to embark on the production of affordable homes and affordable cars for the Ghanaian people.

Section 128 (1) of the Road Traffic Regulations, 2012 (Legislative Instrument 2180), states: “The licensing authority shall not register a motorcycle to carry a fare-paying passenger.”

But flagbearer for the NDC John Mahama had earlier indicated that his government will legalise the commercial operation of motorbikes popularly known as Okada if voted into power in 2021.

During a tour of Kpando in the Volta Region, the former President said the Okada business has become a means of sustenance for young people who are unemployed.

He explained that “our law says Okada is illegal, but it is a reality it has come to stay and you can’t stop it” and further backed it up by making provisions in the party’s 2020 manifesto to that effect.

Members of the NPP including the Transport Minister, Kwasi Ofori Asiamah who said government had already begun stakeholder consultations to decide on whether to review the law and legalise the business.

In the latest twist, Dr Bawumia has explained that the riders “need to graduate from this risky and less risky Okada riding to a safer means of transportation.

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Alleged Lesbian Who Got Married Is A Soldier – She’s Been Detained and Facing A Court Martial

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Ghanaians were shocked to the bone Wednesday when a couple of videos hit the web showing two lesbians getting married.

The two ladies were dancing happily at what is believed to be their wedding and Ghanaians exploded with anger on social media.

According to latest updates modernnewsgh.Com.Com has learned, one of the two ladies involved (the taller one) is a soldier with the armed forces.

After the news went viral, she was detained by the armed forces and is reportedly facing a court-martial.

According to what modernnewsgh.Com.Com has learned, the lady in question has denied getting married. According to her the ceremony was not a wedding.

The military command are conducting investigations into whether the ceremony was a wedding but at the moment she’s being charged with giving out her uniform to a civilian.

The military judicial process continues today and modernnewsgh.Com will update followers with any new information we pick up.

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John Mahama To Address The Nation On Voter Register Anomalies Today

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The Presidential Candidate of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), John Dramani Mahama will speak to the nation on the ongoing anomalies in the voters register today 24th September 2020.

The John Mahama campaign team is expected to touch on the voters exhibition and other issues related to the integrity of the voter’s register that has a serious implementations of undermining the peace and stability of the country ahead of the December polls.

The Electoral Commision have already released statement to describe the allegations from the opposition as unfounded.

The Electoral Commission started its voters exhibition exercise last week and has been faced with alot of criticisms from the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC).

 

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Make coronavirus vaccine available to all – Akufo-Addo urges world powers

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President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has called on world leaders to ensure that in the event that a vaccine is found for the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, it should be made available to the entire world and not the rich few.

There has been a debate among world super powers as to who gets to be first in line for a COVID-19 vaccine when one is discovered. United States health authorities hope by late next month to have some draft guidance on how to ration initial doses, but it’s a vexing decision and the developing world are those likely to be discriminated most should a vaccine be found.

Addressing the virtual 75th United Nations General Assembly via a pre-recorded video today, the 23rd of September 2020, President Akufo-Addo said the entire world has been negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic together and so must rise out of it together.

“Mr. President, the lessons are clear we all fell together and looked into the abbeys together even as we closed our borders and shut airports, reality dawned on all of us that we had to rely on each other to be able to get out of the trouble that we were in. We have all gone down together, we should all rise together” President Akufo-Addo said.

“If the answer to this pandemic lies in finding a vaccine, that vaccine should be made available to the whole world, rich and poor alike, developed and developing, all races and all believes” President Akufo-Addo stated.

Election 2020

On the upcoming 7th December Presidential and Parliamentary elections in Ghana, the 8th of its kind under the fourth (4th) republican constitution of the nation, President Akufo-Addo said he is firm in his conviction that he will ensure a free, fair and peaceful election.

“The political season is at its height here in Ghana as we prepare for parliamentary and presidential elections in December. Like everything else in our world today, wven the politicking has been affected by the pandemic and we cannot campaign for votes in the style we are accustomed. It is a matter of great pride to me that in spite of the difficulties in conducting at election during a pandemic, I am able to state that all Ghanaians are agreed that we have to work together to ensure that the elections will be transparent, free, fair, safe and credible” President Akufo-Addo said.

To this end President Akufo-Addo indicated that his administration is “keenly aware of the reputation that Ghana has built as a tolerant and working democracy and for that matter, he has” every intention to nurture and improve on it”.

Financing for Developing Countries

Touching on the impact that COVID-19 has had on the world economy and particularly that of the developing world, President Akufo-Addo said the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) has signaled that COVID-19 has brought in its wake, “a significant reduction in the financing available to developing economies”. The developed world and the United Nations thus have a responsibility to offer support to the developing world in order to help protect the gains that has been made by the developing world.

“The restructuring of the global financing architecture to enable access to fresh capital by developing nations now more than ever, is of immediate necessity” President Akufo-Addo said.

Source: Daily Mail

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