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Latest Corruption Perception Index shows Nana Addo’s failed corruption fight – NDC

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The National Democratic Congress (NDC) has said Ghana’s latest score on the Corruption Perception Index (CPI) signifies President Nana Akufo-Addo’s failed fight against corruption.

Ghana ranked 80 out of 180 countries on the 2019 CPI, which is prepared by Transparency International (TI).

According to the report, Ghana scored 41 out of a possible clean score of 100 – the same score as 2018.

The party in a statement signed by its National Communication Officer, Sammy Gyamfi said the drop by two places on the index is a dent on Ghana’s reputation.

“These latest results of the CPI highlight President Akufo-Addo’s failed fight against corruption in Ghana, as the country could not improve upon its paltry score of 41 points recorded in 2018. According to the latest survey, Ghana ranked dropped from an already low ranking of 78 to 80 out of 180 countries, thereby achieving the unenviable feat of being behind countries such as Namibia, Senegal and Rwanda in the fight
against corruption.

“Our drop of two (2) places on the latest Corruption Perception Index (CPI), is yet another dent on Ghana’s
reputation and a testament to the endemic corruption that has engulfed the Akufo-Addo government.
This latest CPI confirms the recent Afrobarometer survey findings by the Ghana Center for Democratic
Development (CDD), that 53% of Ghanaians think that corruption has worsened under the Akufo-Addo-led
government.”

Mr. Gyamfi cited the PDS, 2018 commonwealth games visa fraud, among others, as clear examples of corruption cases the government failed to tackle.

“Whether it was the PDS scandal, the BOST scandal involving 5 million litres of deliberately contaminated
fuel sold under dubious circumstances, or the PPA scandal or the Australia Visa Fraud scandal, the “#12”
and “Galamsey Fraud” investigations by ace journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas, or the recent Northern
Development Authority (NDA) Scandal involving over 400 missing tricycles, President Akufo-Addo has
failed to show a genuine commitment to the fight against corruption.

“Instead of punishing his corrupt officials who have been involved in acts of corruption, President AkufoAddo has turned himself into the chief clearing agent of corruption in his government and has endorsed,
whitewashed and promoted his errant appointees who have been engaged in these corrupt acts. His
continuous support for acts of corruption in his government is what has emboldened his appointees to
entrench themselves in wholesale corruption, thereby eliciting the consistent condemnation of even the
diplomatic community in Ghana.”

Details of CPI

In this year’s index, Denmark and New Zealand top with 87 points each. Syria, South Sudan, and Somalia were at the bottom of the Index with 13, 12 and 9 points respectively.

The highest-scoring region was Western Europe and European Union with an average score of 66, while the lowest scoring region was Sub Sahara Africa, with an average score of 32.

In 2015, Ghana scored 47 and in 2016, came down to 43. In 2017, it recorded the worst performance with an average score of 40 out of 100 and rose marginally to 41 in 2018 and maintained that figure in 2019.

Even though Ghana performed better than neighbouring Burkina Faso as well as Lesotho, the country could not catch up with countries like South Africa, Senegal, São Tomé and Principe that scored better than Ghana in 2018.

Source|Citinewsroom.com

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NDC To Recruit 8,000 Police Personnel In Next Term, 40% To Be Women

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Samuel Ofosu-Ampofo, Chairman of the National Democratic Congress has disclosed the intentions of the party to recruit 8000 Police personnel should it be elected in the December 7 polls.

According to the Chairman who was speaking at Denu in the Volta Region, where Prof. Nana Opoku Agyeman was touring, it is the goal of former President John Mahama to improve the police to civilian ratio. Also 40% of theat number will be women.

He said;

“President John Dramani Mahama says that I should inform you that he wants to improve the police to civilian ration when he becomes the next president of Ghana, and for that matter for the four years that he is going to rule.

“For every year, 2,000 additional policemen and women will be recruited.

 “Our manifesto says out of the number of police officers who will be recruited, 40% of them will be women,”

President Mahama is going to build a government of national unity. We want Ghanaians to know that the unity of this country is more paramount than any other parochial political interest”.

Mr. Ampofo advised the police not to allow themselves to be manipulated by the government to promote their whims but that they should see the citizens as friends and relatives.

 

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NPP Promises ‘One Youth, One Rent’ If Reelected for A 2nd Term

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The ruling NPP government has promised the youth of Ghana a rental assistance scheme if re-elected into office which I’m calling the ‘One Youth, One Rent’ policy.

According to NPP Communication Team member Nana Akomea, the scheme would pay rent advance for young people to help them deal with the huge problem of finding huge sums of money to pay rent.

With elections just around the corner, the NPP has remembered the rent problem and are promising to solve it if reelected.

According to Akomea, they are setting up an agency – National Rental Assistance Scheme – to provide low-interest loans to young people so they can get the money needed to rent and pay it back bit by bit.

“Government will in effect pay the rent Advance for you, and you pay the rent monthly to the scheme.

“In effect then, the NPP government in its next term will eliminate the big problem of rent advance facing the youth and indeed many other Ghanaians,” Akomea said.

In much of the world, rent is a utility just like electricity and water and people therefore pay their rent on a monthly basis.

In Ghana however, the people have zero governmental protections and you’re forced to pay your rent on a two-year basis.

That means young people have to find gargantuan sums of money to pay for their often two-year rent advance.

This is a big problem for many young people who often don’t have that much income, not to talk of raising that gargantuan sums.

The NPP is therefore counting on it as an issue which can help them galvanise the youth vote.

That’s if anyone would believe their claims – they’ve had four years to do this and they’ve done literally nothing but elections are around the corner and voila – they have all the solutions.

Reelect them and see them forget this easily until the next election comes around.

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“After borrowing $9billion, NPP can only boast of free SHS” – John Dramani Mahama

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The former President of Ghana John Dramani Mahama says the only thing the New Patriotic Party (NPP) led by President Nana Akufo Addo Dankwa Addo, can boast of is Free SHS after borrowing $9 billion from the Capital Market

According to John Mahama during an interview on TV XYZ, his administration left office with a rich economy for the NPP to take advantage in developing the country.

However, he said President Akufo-Addo and the NPP government has failed Ghanaians, and on top of that, accumulated huge debt with their gargantuan borrowing.

He added that, at the time he was leaving office he had completed two more oil fields. That virtually tripled revenue from oil but what did they do with the money.

With the kind of resources we left them, I’m surprised and shocked at his very abysmal performance. We managed this economy with one oil field which is the jubilee field. At the time we were leaving office we had completed two more oil fields. That virtually tripled revenue from oil

With that kind of extra revenue, one could just imagine what they could have done in terms of transforming the economy. But they’ve not been able to, I mean you can see everywhere there is nothing to show for it. Their only claim to fame is Free SHS and so the Free SHS is been funded with revenue from oil but aside from that there is nothing to show for it

he said

 

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