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NDC once lied to IMF and Ghana was fined US$36 million – Kufuor

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Former President John Agyekum Kufuor has said the National Democratic Congress (NDC) administration under former President Jerry John Rawlings once lied to the International Monetary Fund (IMF), leading to Ghana being fined US$36 million.

He said this was part of the monumental economic challenges that the NDC administration left for him to come and deal with after the 2000 elections.

Speaking in an interview with Kwaku Sakyi-Addo on Asaase Radio on Sunday, September 6, Mr Kufuor described the situation as “an abyss and a difficult situation”.

“From Day One into office when we discovered that our economy was overladen with indebtedness, immediately we saw that we have been hit, we couldn’t even get crude oil to get for TOR to refine for petrol stations and all. How would we last?

“In fact, one of the opponents had even said they were waiting to see if the government will last for three months. It was like we were forced into some trap, and looking ahead we saw an abyss that unless we did some very fast work we may have problems.

“We tried talking our way around within the donor partners to see if they would trust that we had come in with a different outlook and ideology and philosophy and that we would do things differently from the outgone administration but they wouldn’t listen to us.

“The multilaterals, the IMF, they told us the previous regime had misreported to them about the state of the economy and Ghana was fined $36 million. They said unless we settled that fine they won’t trade with us.

“Our sister nation Nigeria wouldn’t continue to give us crude oil. Why?Because the previous regime hadn’t paid for the supplies and there were long queues at filling stations. The cedi was weak..

“This was why after trying very hard to find a solution, we went to HIPC initiative. That was the alternative so we had to go to the IMF and say we were sorry about Ghana’s economy

“This was debasing but it was the bullet we had to bite, a very difficult [one].”

Source: 3 News

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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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