President Nana Akufo-Addo has urged members of the Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly to stop blackmailing his nominee for the position of Metropolitan Chief Executive, Sam Pyne, and approve him.
The members had decided not to approve Mr Pyne until the government pays off a GHS50 million debt the Assembly owes.
According to the Assembly Members, the indebtedness has significantly contributed to the underdevelopment of Kumasi.
The Presiding Member for the assembly, Stephen Ofori, has publicly served notice that the Assembly will not approve any nominee unless all their debts are cleared by the government.
Stephen Ofori added that those debts were incurred under the tenure of President Kufour, but when he left power, the NDC government that took the reigns of government paid for the Accra Metropolitan Assembly and Tema Metropolitan Assembly and left them out.
“We have some debts that the government has to pay for us and it is not a debt that we are supposed to pay. It was under former President Kufour’s era that he tasked the assembly to take up those projects and promised to bail us on those projects but after he left power and NDC took over, they paid for Accra and Tema and left Kumasi and that debt has been on our neck over the years.”
“So we are saying that if the government does not settle that debt for us, no individual will occupy that seat as Mayor.”
But commenting on the issue in an interview on Pure FM monitored by President Akufo Addo stated that the position taken by the assembly is wrong.
“I don’t understand the connection, is he the one who incurred the debt? If he were to be the one who caused the debt then I can then agree with the position of the assembly members but that’s not the case. Is he going to be a victim of the past? I don’t think that is fair. I appeal to the assembly members to look at his competence and approve him to start working.
“I’ve asked the Local Government Minister to look into the issue of the debt and give me a proper brief of how come the debt. Because we’ve seen on many occasions that so-called debt, upon investigations, the figures don’t add up, we’ve seen it in many areas of national life – Energy sector, Rail, many others.
President Akufo-Addo added: “I don’t see how…and that they are going to hold up Kumasi getting a proper Chief Executive because of the past? I don’t think that is fair. It appears to be blackmail. That is not the way to go about it. I think what they need to get from him when he appears before them right from the beginning is to get the commitment to deal with it, that will be the proper way to go. If they feel he’s worthy of confirmation, let him make it clear to them that when he’s approved the number one item on the agenda is that he’ll look into the debt and work together with the government to clear it.”
Alan Kyerematen has not resigned from Akufo Addo’s gov’t
Sources close to the Trade and Industry Minister, Hon. Alan Kyerematen, have asked the general public and the New Partriotic Party (NPP), to disregard news making headlines on the various social media platforms and internet suggesting that, the NPP’s presidential hopeful, who doubles as Minister of Trade and Industry, Hon. Alan Kyerematen has resigned from the Akufo Addo led government as a minister.
According to the report, Mr. Kyerematen has tendered in his resignation letter effective December 1, 2021, citing Nana Ohene Ntow as the source.
The news according to the staunch Alan supporter is a complete hoax intended to assassinate Mr. Kyerematen’s character and good will for which many people tip him as the NPP’s favorite for 2024. “Fake news”, he described the report.
NPP is fighting corruption with deeds, not words like Mahama use to do – Bawumia
The Vice President, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, has urged Ghanaians, especially politicians, to inculcate moral values and high standards in the quest to build a society underpinned by a common set of aims and beliefs.
He has also charged politicians in particular to emulate the Akufo-Addo government by backing up their claims of fighting corruption through deeds, not just words, to make Ghana a better place.
Speaking at the 76th Graduation ceremony of the Trinity Theological Seminary, Legon on Saturday, 13th November 2021, Vice President Bawumia said in today’s world, it has become important that countries deliberately develop a society of persons who are not merely prepared for jobs, but are also set for ongoing growth in all aspects of life to make a difference in the world.
“As Ghanaians, we could build a distinct moral identity and constitute a reference point for people of other nations. We must endeavour, both in our public and private lives, to do what is morally right and eschew what is morally evil. A high sense of morality is “sine qua non” of good citizenship. That much, not material wealth, not prosperity religion, is what we need in order to build a good society” he emphasised.
Zeroing in on corruption, Vice President Bawumia said several pronouncements have been made in the past indicating a desire to fight it, but these have largely failed, hence the decision by the Akufo-Addo government to digitize the process of accessing government services and reduce the human interface, which lends itself to corruption.
“One of the major moral cankers facing our society is that of corruption. It is one of the things that every political party talks about but very little has been done about it in the past. We have killed people in the past and it has not worked. We have passed many laws and they have not been enforced. We have appealed to people’s sense of morality and it has not worked.
“When we came into office, one of the approaches we took to address the issue of corruption is to put in place systems that eliminate corruption through digitalization. Through digitalization we have been able to tackle corruption at the Passport office, Ports, GRA – TIN is now the Ghanacard number, SSNIT, NHIS, you can purchase electricity credits using your mobile phone. Every public sector worker will be uniquely identified by the Ghanacard number – no more double salaries.
“The Motor Insurance database, containing the data of all the insurance companies, has ensured that now we don’t have fake insurance certificates. You can dial a short code and check the insurance status of a car before you board. The data of the Births and Deaths Registry is being digitized, to take out fake birth certificates. And now, with the Ghana.Gov platform, you can access all Government services and make the necessary payments without any major human interventions, drastically reducing corruption.”
“We are building a new system to underpin the economy,” he explained. “A system that makes for greater transparency, promotes accountability and efficiency in every aspect of public interactions. It is a system that minimizes incentives to pay bribes and opportunities for corruption in the delivery of public services.”
Touching on the theme for the celebration, “faith-based education, morality and nation-building”, Dr Bawumia indicated that individual and national, concerted efforts would be required to rekindle the core societal values of the country.
“We need to work consciously on the nation’s value systems to enhance the moral temper of the country to help accelerate national development. Our values are very important, and we should hold on to them.
“As data indicates, a majority of Ghanaians are religious. Therefore, religion does not only have a profound influence on our moral values and life, but also on the development of our country.”
217 graduates received recognition for their hard work, ranging from Certificate in Ministry (16), Bachelor of Theology (55), Master of Arts in Ministry (91), Master of Divinity (41), Master of Theology (11) and Doctor of Philosophy in Theology (3).
2024 polls: Data and analysis don’t favour Mahama – Dela Coffie
A youth activist of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) and a former confidante of the late Former President Jerry John Rawlings, Mr Dela Coffie has said he believes former President John Dramani Mahama cannot win the 2024 elections for the NDC.
In his view, electoral data and analysis do not favour the presidential candidate of the NDC in last year elections, going into the next elections in 2024.
He was reacting to Mr Mahama’s comment that the NDC has learnt useful and bitter lessons in the 2020 election.
Mr Mahama had said at a forum in Accra on Wednesday November 11 after his thank you tour of the region that “It has been barely a year since Ghanaians went to the polls to elect a President and two hundred and seventy-five Members of Parliament. Despite misgivings about the processes leading up to the election, we had reposed hope and confidence in what was a time-tested tradition of peaceful and fair elections since our democratic return in 1992. Our expectations proved to be misplaced as the worst-possible election in 29 years was delivered last year.” he said.
“The umpire of our elections, the Electoral Commission, for some reason, chose to sacrifice the much-heralded good image it had carved over the years. Our difficulties with the elections have been well-documented and I would belabour the point if I recounted them here. Suffice it to say that the kind of violence that claimed the lives of eight of our citizens, the misuse of security agencies to influence the outcome of elections in some constituencies and the uneven playing field that marred the 2020 elections, should never be allowed to recur.”
He added “We, in the NDC have duly learned useful, even if bitter lessons, from the entire episode. We are willing to engage the EC in constructive dialogue with a view to addressing the clear shortfalls of the present electoral process and fashion out one that meets the expectations of all if we are to avoid the unfortunate incidents of 2020. We have started this process by proposing a number of reforms to the electoral process and we continue to carry out consultations with stakeholders. We look forward to having an opportunity with the Electoral Commission to discuss these reforms and their possible implementation.”
In reaction, Dela Coffie said “Former President John Mahama last night in a concluding remark to his #thankGhana address delivered at Kempinski Hotel, averred that his immediate task is to help the NDC to REORGANISE and work together in unity to win election 2024 at the polling stations, in a manner that no man or woman can interfere with.
“I completely agree with the former president- A well organized NDC will inspire not only members, but attract the floating voters on the sidelines watching and looking for a more viable option to the status quo.
“Genuinely, the NDC must take lessons from 2016 and 2020 relative to what not to do. We must focus on organizing purposefully for victory in 2024. The party needs to position itself to start “measuring” the grounds so as to be purposeful with its choice of a Presidential candidate/running mate. The time has come for the NDC to exorcise the ghost of election 2016/2020 and confront the future.
“I’ve recently decided to do a little more research and actually pay attention to the data featuring the last two elections. And yes, I’d say the NDC is in for a hard time regardless of what the Mahama backers tells you.
“Just take a peek at the data of the 2016 and 2020 elections and you will appreciate the fact that NDC has a zero chance of winning the presidency in 2024 with Mahama – The electoral math is not in his favor. The evidence is there to read – Both the data and the analysis doesn’t favour Mahama.
“If you’re in doubt, check the 2020 Presidential vis-à-vis the Parliamentary results – the NDC lost so many seats with very small margins and those candidates still outperformed Mahama. On the other hand, NDC parliamentary candidates won and still outperformed Mahama in Adenta, Agona East, Akwatia, Assin North, Ayensuano, Ewutu Senya West, Jomoro, Nkoranza South, Jaman South, Wenchi, Upper Denkyira West, Cape Coast North, Asikuma Odoben Brakwa, Gomoa West, Okaikwei North and several other constituencies.
“Again, take the central region for instance, the home region of the NDC running mate, the party was outperformed so badly at the presidential level – President Akufo-Addo won 19 constituencies out of 23, leaving 4 for John Mahama. At the parliamentary level, the NDC won 13 constituencies as against 10 for the NPP.
“The broader question, frankly, is what accounted for the NDC losing 19 constituencies (Presidential) in the central region with Naana Jane Opoku Agyeman, an indigene on the ticket? And why did the parliamentary candidates outperformed Mahama?
“Well, the hard fact here is that even those Ghanaians who were obviously dissatisfied with Nana Akufo-Addo didn’t see John Mahama as the alternative.
“What astonishes me more is that Mahama has been so unpopular amongst his own “Northern folks”- they abandoned him in 2016 and again in 2020. Northern Ghana used to be the stronghold of the NDC. Not anymore. The North is no more an NDC stronghold under Mahama’s leadership. Then again, if you do the analysis of the data, you would realise that the NPP has started eating into NDC’s vote basket in the Volta Region. I mean, who would have thought that in AD 2021, the NPP would win a parlimentary seat in the Volta Region?
“I’m getting the impression the NDC is losing leverage in its traditional strongholds, but those who ought to know better don’t seem to have the self-awareness to realise it.
What’s interesting is that Mahama and his surrogates have played the NDC base like a fiddle and they will blame anyone but him for the party’s woes. The base relies on entertaining narratives rather than analysis, which is why they get annoyed when someone who understands data calls them out on their conclusions.
“The reality is that the NDC can’t do any better in 2024 with Mahama as the standard-bearer- He represents greyness and egoism with no redeeming vision, nor lofty objective. There’s no need to continue with any more of the mawkish pointlessness.
“It is time to start looking past our own preconceptions and start thinking about the collective interest of the NDC. And while it may be fashionable in the media to trot out more excuses for Mahama, perhaps party folks should be brave enough to look at their role in creating the conditions for the scary future that a lot of us are foreseeing.
“I honestly cannot fathom why any person of even nearly average intelligence and knowledge of data would try and proffer Mahama as some sort of viable and reasonable candidate, unless of course their goal is to deflect and obscure the REAL problem that the NDC is faced with.
“The NDC have a chance to take a step back from the abyss that Mahama has created in the last two elections.
“It’s not about one man’s greedy ambition or whatnot. It’s about whether the NDC will pay attention to the data or continue to discard it and chart a path that would eventually lead to the party reaping the whirlwind in 2024. I shall be back.”
Source: 3 news.com
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