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I didn’t come to lie to anyone in Ghana – Akufo-Addo.

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The president of Ghana, Akufo-Addo, has restated his vision to lead and to transform Ghana into a better economy and probably one of the best economy in Africa.

He said in his statement that he didn’t make his way into presidency to lie, but to fulfill all the promises he made during campaign in the 2016 elections.

The president makes this clear statements when he attended a durbar of chiefs and people of Ga West, Ga North and Ga central on monday.

He continued by assuring all residence of Accra that they will soon have their fair share of the construction of roads.

“Everything I said I will do, I am doing. I didn’t come to lie to anyone in Ghana. That is not the reason why i came but to work and transform the country with the help of my appointees,” he said.

“In 2020, all the things we need to do for the citizens to have comfort will be done. we are going to make sure inner-city roads, main thunk roads are constructed.”

President Akufo-Addo is currently on a three-day working visit to the various parts of Greater Accra Region.

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NDC can never win power unless they get someone like JJ Rawlings – Nana Addo

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The President of the Republic Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo has made a statement which has got people questioning the main reason for such a statement.

The for the National Democratic Congress (NDC) John Dramani Mahama is in court to challenge the EC’s declaration annoucing Nana Addo as the president after the 2020 polls.

But President Nana Akufo Addo on his part has stated times withut number that he won the elections legitimatly and that the Supreme Court which would be hearing the election petition should throw the case out.

In a new twist, the President while addressing some party leadership in Accra, has disclosed that Ghanaians have lost the love for the NDC ever since late President Jerry John Rawlings left them.

He said:

“We should remember that ever since Jerry John Rawlings left the presidential scene of politics in our country, no NDC presidential candidate has won more than 50 per cent of the votes. His successor Mills, in his first-round against Kufuor, had 44%, second round, 47%. He gained the same figures in his second run. In 2008, after 3 rounds, he got 50.03%. Mahama, in 2012 got 50.7%, in 2016 he got 44%, in 2020 he got 47% of the votes.”

“What these figures tell us is that whenever the members of the NPP put our heads together, we win. The majority is with us. So let us be very clear in our minds. Our opponents with all the shouting, do not have the support of the majority of the people.”

“The future of Ghana and this country is in our [NPP] hands and is dependent on our actions,” he added.

President Akufo-Addo also said the claim by the NDC that they won the election is false,

“The NDC has been making a lot of noise that they won the elections. One moment they claim they gained 139 of the parliamentary seats, another they say 145. They are not sure as to how many. All these claims turn out to be false”.

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Akufo-Addo scraps Aviation, Planning, Zongo, other ministries

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Almost all the ministries created whenPresident Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addoassumed office on 7 January 2017 to help establish and give focus to his priority projects are set to be collapsed into existing ones,Asaaseradio.comcan confirm.

Seven specialised ministries plus Ministers of State were created in addition to what are known as the ‘traditional ministries’ for the President’s first term in office. They are being absorbed for two reasons, according to Asaase Radio sources.

First is because they are said to have accomplished the purpose for which they were set up, which was the work of establishing those priority projects and programmes. Secondly, it is said to be in response to public criticism of the record size of the President’s first term government.

The Akufo-Addo first term administration over all, had 36 substantive Ministers and seven Ministers of State. The administration also had 48 Deputy Ministers as well as 16 Regional Ministers and 16 Deputy Regional Ministers, which brought the total number of Ministers and Deputy Ministers to 123. This number is expected to go down by at least 30% as the President seeks to cut down numbers, especially that of Deputy Ministers, sources close to the Office of the President have confirmed to Asaase News.

According to highly placed sources, the one-seat majority being enjoyed by the governing NPP in Parliament, with the support of the independentFomena MP, also brought with it the pressure of upholding the constitutional dictate of choosing majority of Ministers from Parliament while making sure that the work of Parliament does not disadvantage the executive with several MPs being busy with ministerial work. The affected ministries

Among the Ministries affected, according to our sources, are Aviation, which had Kofi Adda (former MP for Navrongo Constituency in the Upper East Region) as the Minister. The functions of the Ministry are expected to be added to the Ministry of Transport.

The Inner City and Zongo Development which hadDr. Mustapha Hamidas the substantive Minister will be collapsed. However, Inner City and Zongo Development will become an agency under the Office of the President and its remaining functions will be inculcated into the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development.

The Ministry of Business Development, according to the source at the Presidency, will no longer be a substantive Ministry in the yet-to-be constituted Akufo-Addo second government. The Ministry of Trade and Industry will have Business Development added to its function.

As part of President Akufo-Addo’s agenda for the creation of new regions during his first term, he created the Ministry of Regional Reorganization and Development which was headed by MP for Okere, Dan Botwe. The Ministry went ahead to supervise the creation of six new regions in line with the laid down processes in the 1992 Constitution namely the Oti Region, Savannah Region, Western North Region, North East Region, Bono Region, and Bono East Region. The Regional Reorganization and Development Ministry having essentially completed its work, will also be collapsed and all aspects of its work which are yet to be completed will be handled by the Local Government and Rural Development Ministry.

The Ministry of Monitoring and Evaluation which was essentially responsible for conducting research on the performance of all Ministries will also not exist anymore. Asaase News’ information is that the research department of the Office of the President at the Jubilee House is expected to be revamped to perform this function. A renowned Ghanaian researcher, Dr. Isaac Owusu Mensah, has been penciled to lead the research office. Three more ministries going

Adwoa Safo, the former Deputy Majority Leader, who also doubled as Minister of State in charge of Procurement, will also see her ministerial portfolio collapsed. Sources say that she is likely to hold another of the pre-existing portfolios. She is MP for the most populated constituency in the country, Dome Kwabenya.

As part of the reshaping of his second term government, President Akufo-Addo will not be maintaining the Ministry of Planning which had Professor Gyan Baffour as the Minister. The planning portfolio will be added to the Ministry of Finance.

The Ministry of Special Development Initiatives, which was headed by Hawa Koomson (MP for Awutu Senya East Constituency), will also no longer be a substantive Ministry in the next Akufo-Addo government.

Source: Asaaseradio.com

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Asiedu Nketia reveals why NDC has not disclosed figures for 2020 elections

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General Secretary of the National Democratic Congress, Johnson Asiedu Nketia, has revealed why the party has failed to mention the number of votes it obtained in the 2020 Presidential elections.

The NDC has rejected the number of votes ascribed to its candidate John Dramani Mahama by the Electoral Commission, accusing the election organization body of ballot stuffing and rigging.

As announced by the chairperson of the EC, Jean Mensa on December 9, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo who won the election garnered 6,730,413, representing 51.595% while John Mahama garnered 6, 214, 889 representing 47.366%.

John Dramani Mahama has subsequently filed a petition at the Supreme Court challenging the figures produced by the EC.

However, in all his press conferences, Mahama did not disclose what he believes to be the number of votes he polled in the election.

Speaking during an interview with Accra FM, Asiedu Nketia said that the party collated results from the polling station and hence has a figure but will not announce it now.

He said that if it becomes necessary for the party to make known their figure during the hearing of the election petition, it wouldn’t hesitate to do so.

“In this country, political parties don’t declare election result, it’s the EC. The EC has declared the result and we have issues with it and we are challenging it. We are challenging that on the basis of the EC’s own declaration, there are errors in it. So, if we get to a point where we have to give figures we will. So have patience and we’ll approve it in court. How do you expect us to reveal our tactics”, he said.

Asiedu Nketia added that the NDC’s auditing revealed that the figures announced by the EC does not correspond with the figures on the pink sheets it received from all the polling stations.

“The audit we did was a private auditing. That’s why we called that there should be an auditing of the results. We have done our auditing and have the bases that the EC’s figures are wrong. We agree with the figures at the polling station but base on what was recorded at the polling station, we’ve realized that the national figures are wrong. So, the two figures they gave is what we wanted to audit.”

Source: www.ghanaweb.com

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