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I expected demonstrators to vent anger on ‘Akyem mafias’ involved in Agyapa deal – Asiedu Nketia

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General Secretary of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), Johnson Asiedu Nketia has said persons who demonstrated over the “Akyem Sakawa Boys” remark are rather fuelling ethnocentrism and not former President John Dramani Mahama.

Giving explanation to his claim, General Mosquito as he is popularly called said that the “Akyem Sakawa Boys” statement was directed at specific Akyem people who are involved in the Agyapa Royalty deal and not the entire Akyem tribe.

To him, the demonstrators are rolling the entire Akyem people who know nothing about the Agyapa Royalty deal into the scandal perpetrated by some people from their tribe, making it appear that they are defending and supporting the evil committed by their own people.

In a one-on-one interview with Okay FM’s ‘Ade Akye Abia’ Morning Show host, Kwame Nkrumah Tikese, the NDC Chief Scribe said that the demonstrators should have rather demonstrated against those Akyem individuals involved in a scandal which is bringing disrepute to the name of the entire tribe.

“I was expecting the demonstrators to rather first of all get angry at those Akyem people who are involved in the corrupt Agyapa Royalty deal which is bringing a bad name to the entire Akyem tribe, asking them to stop it”.

“It should not be that you are defending and protecting the evil your people are doing and if you insult those who are complaining about the wrong your Akyem people are doing, then it means that the demonstrators support the wrong things their people are doing”.

“Those men who have teamed up to carry out the Agyapa Royalty deal are Akyem people. If they are Mosi people and we called them Akyem people, we would have grounds to complain but they are Akyem people and if someone says Akyem people who are engaged in Sakawa, why should the rest of the Akyem people who are not engaging in Sakawa get angry?” he rhetorically asked.

Trying hard to understand the essence of the demonstration against those who rather raised concerns about the scandalous Agyapa deal, Asiedu Nketia wondered if the entire Akyem tribe engaged in the Agyapa deal; hence, a demonstration for those who are involved.

“The demonstration was rather ethnocentric because this has nothing to do with ethnocentrism. Some people are carrying their guilt and you want to help them; why should it be so? Is our party Chairman not an Akyem? Is our manifesto Chairman not an Akyem? Our government appointed a lot of Akyem people”.

He, however, advised those who are demonstrating to get better understanding of what is going on before they get involved; thus, their demonstration is rather helping to entangle the entire Akyem tribe in the “Akyem Sakawa Boys” remark when indeed it is not the entire Akyem people but those specifics in the Agyapa Royalty deal.

“If it is the entire Akyem people who sent those ‘Akyem Sakawa Boys’ to swindle the nation, they should say so and if it is not the entire Akyem people, they should rather expose them and disassociate themselves from the scandal that they know nothing about,” he advised.

Concerned Citizens of Okyeman and Okyeman Youth For Development on Wednesday morning hit the streets of Asamankese in the Eastern Region in protest against the unfortunate comment posted by Bolgatanga Central MP, Isaac Adongo and shared by John Dramani Mahama on his Facebook timeline.

The comment “Akyem Sakawa Boys” did not go down well with the people of the Akyem land hence the demonstration to demand apology and retraction from the statesman and flag bearer of the main opposition NDC, John Dramani Mahama.

Source: Peace FM

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‘Show Me One Secondary School You’ve Built Since You Won’ – Mahama To Akufo-Addo

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Former President John Dramani Mahama has challenged President Akufo-Addo to point to a secondary school you has constructed since he won power in 2016.

According to him, President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo is “heavy” on giving promises but “low” on delivery.

“Ghanaians know what my track record is; my opponent comes nowhere near me. When we talk about credibility; who is more credible when it comes to delivery on social infrastructure, everyone knows who is credible.

“He (President Akufo-Addo) should show me one secondary school he has built or one hospital he has built in four years. It is easy to say that we have better credibility when it comes to infrastructure with our opponent,” the NDC presidential candidate told TV XYZ in an interview Sunday.

Meanwhile, the former President was on Friday installed as the Nkosouhene (Development Chief) of the Apesika Traditional area in the Kintampo South constituency of the Bono East region.

Under the stool name Nana Beyeman Kwame Ababio I, Mr. Mahama was taken through the customary rites by the Chief of Jema and Kyidomhene of the Nkoranza Traditional Council, Nana Amponsah Gyan II.

Nana Amponsah Gyan II explained that the NDC presidential candidate deserves to be honoured as he undertook massive development projects in the area when he was the President of Ghana.

Speaking at a durbar held in honour of Mr Mahama, Nana Amponsah Gyan acknowledged projects such as roads, water and schools as some of the legacy projects of the then government of President Mahama.

The chief was however unhappy that the projects started during the Mahama administration have been abandoned by the Akufo-Addo government.

Nana Amponsah Gyan, therefore, urged his people to return the NDC to power by voting for Mr Mahama in the December 7 presidential election to enable him continue from where he left in 2016.

For his part, Mr Mahama expressed appreciation to the chiefs and people of Apesika for the honour bestowed on him.

He said when elected as president in the December 7 general elections, the next NDC government will complete all the abandoned projects.

 

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Presby Moderator’s description of Akufo-Addo’s govt will shock you

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The Right Reverend Joseph Obiri Yeboah Mante, the Moderator of the General Assembly, Presbyterian Church of Ghana (PCG), has described President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo’s passion and zeal to transform the nation’s health sector as unparalleled.

He likened the President’s commitment towards nation-building to what he termed as the “true reflection of biblical healing ministry of Jesus Christ, where concern for the poor and the vulnerable in the society was prioritised.

“I really admire your passion. Try to stay focused and I know God will reward and bless you”, Rt. Rev. Mante encouraged him when President Akufo-Addo broke the grounds for work to begin on the construction of an ultra-modern Accident and Emergency Centre at the Dormaa Presbyterian Hospital at Dormaa-Ahenkro during his visit to the Bono Region last week.

The facility, expected to be completed within 36 months, has x-ray laboratory, procedure and admission rooms, 33-bed wards and others.

Rt. Rev. Mante emphasised the church acknowledged the responsibility of the government to provide health services to the people, assuring “we will, therefore, continue to go with the government to complement efforts towards national development.”

He observed the PCG had been a key player in health and other services delivery in the country since 1885, saying the church has partnered the government to run 55 health facilities nationwide.

These facilities, he added, provided a substantial portion of health services in rural areas with a total workforce capacity of 1,515.

Rt. Rev Mante announced work was on course for the conversion of the defunct Presbyterian Girls Vocational Institution at Begoro to a College of Health to start with the training of Allied Health Professionals at the Diploma Certificate Level.

Source: GNA

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Politics in Ablekuma West will remain non-violent – Ursula assures

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Member of Parliament for the Ablekuma West constituency and Communications Minister, Ursula Owusu-Ekufful has assured electorates of a peaceful campaign and election as she kickstarts her outreach.

She noted that the constituency is known to enjoy peaceful processes whiles cautioning any party or group that intends to cause any form of violence in the area.

Ursula was speaking with journalists on the sidelines of the first day of what she calls retail campaigning in the area.

Ursula together with her supporters walked the principal streets of Dansoman to reach out to her electorate as they pasted posters, shared handbills, and literally painted the town red and blue Saturday, September 12.

Answering a question posed by starrfm.com.gh on how she planned to caution the youth in the area against election-related violence, she maintained “we never engage in election violence here. But if we are attacked we defend ourselves. We would never ever cast the first stone. Here in Abekuma West, we believe in decent politics, politics of ideas.”

She went on “we are standing on our record. In the eight years that I have been MP of this constituency, they know what I have done. And we are standing on that record to tell the people to vote for us again.”

She assured “we don’t have time for violence and we are telling the other side too that this is our territory, and it is in our interest to have a peaceful election. We will work to have a peaceful election. If they try anything, we will meet them squarely.”

Source: Starr FM

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