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“I Don’t Need The E.C. To Help Me Win An Election. — Nana Akufo-Addo

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President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has emphasised the importance of strengthening the institutional capacity of Ghana’s electoral body to deliver on the verdict of the people through a free, fair and transparent electoral process.

President Akufo-Addo indicated: “I’ve said it to you before, and I will repeat it. I don’t need the Electoral Commission to win an election; I don’t want to win an election in Ghana because of the Electoral Commission. I want to win an election in Ghana because of the people of Ghana; that they make a free and open choice that Akufo-Addo will be, again, their choice.”

President Akufo-Addo made the statement Thursday when the Chairperson of the Electoral Commission, Mrs Jean Mensa, and her two deputies, paid a courtesy call on him at Jubilee House, as part of series of consultative meetings being held with stakeholders of the electioneering process.

He said to have an Electoral Commission that was partisan or open to manipulation was essentially inimical and dangerous to the country’s democratic system.

According to the President, “what the ballot should do is to present an unvarnished verdict of the will of the Ghanaian people. That is what should take place of any well-functioning democracy; that the ballot represents a fair, clear statement of what wishes of our people are.”

He added that “If there is any interference with that, it is a distortion of the popular will that, therefore, means that the democracy that you seek to advance itself becomes questionable.”

The President was happy with measures underway to institutionalise the role and operation of the Inter-Party Advisory Committee (IPAC). He said IPAC, since its institution in 1996, has provided a platform for all political parties to have their say and discuss issues with the commission directly as stakeholders.

On the ECs suggestion to persuade political parties to merge, the President said “I am not so sure that encouraging parties to merge is a part of the functions or remit of the electoral commission,” adding that “those decisions, I believe, are for the parties; yours is to provide the regulations and the ambit within which the parties can operate.”

He described as important the efforts the Commissioners were making to strengthen the EC, enhance its institutional capacity, and control its processes.

On her part, the Chairperson of the Commission thanked President Akufo-Addo for the support they had received since their appointment, adding that “for the first time in our history, we had you intervening in the release of our budget to us. So, this, year, we have been able to carry out our mandate smoothly.”

She added, “Since you appointed us into office a year ago, we have been doing our best to ensure that the ideals and mandate you gave to us are achieved. We want to assure you that we are committed to peaceful, transparent and credible elections. In all our dealings, we have Article 45 of our Constitution as our guiding light.”

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“The World Is Trapped In Immoral, Unethical Capitalism. – J.J. Rawlings

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Former President of the Republic of Ghana, Ft. Lt. Jerry John Rawlings has stated that, the world is still trapped in a phase of immoral, unethical and unconscionable capitalism which has contributed to the immense decline of global stability and justice.

According to the Flight Lieutenant, the second most atrocious contributor to global injustice are the persistently persecutionist human rights violations and abuses in the Middle East.

In remarks at a meeting with Israel’s Ambassador to Ghana, Shani Cooper, on Wednesday, the former President said, “The injustice in the Middle East and the West’s inability to contain and prevent the abuses and violations have exposed their hypocrisy and abhorrent weakness and this is a gross indictment on the West.”

The former President said it was admirable that Israel had rich internal democratic values and the rule of law that ensured that even Prime Ministers could be prosecuted and jailed for accumulating savings outside their country, unlike the situation in some parts of our continent where political leadership is characterized by greed, nepotism and corruption.

He noted, however, that it was unfortunate that Israel has been unable to translate its internal political strengths and relationships to the rest of the world.

Ambassador Cooper who assumed office in 2018, said Israel’s economic development was primarily motivated by the country’s desire to survive in the midst of hostile neighbours. She noted, however, that her country now had good relations with Egypt and Jordan.

The Israeli envoy said her country was ready to work with Ghana especially in the areas of agriculture, homeland security, health, water and renewable energy by imparting its strategic knowledge to develop such sectors, adding that, Israel is leading in such technology and will like to be part of Ghana’s transformation.

The Ambassador disclosed that her country had opened a new trade mission in Ghana to boost Israel-West Africa commodity trade.

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Rapper Sarkodie Endorses A-Plus’ T.P.P. Movement.

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Ghana’s most branded artiste, Michael Owusu Addo, professionally known as Sarkodie,  has today, September 19, 2019, declared his support for the former hiplife artiste, Kwame Asare Obeng known as A-Plus, for his none partisan project.

A-Plus, during his active years in music, had a great interest in rapping about politics and social issues. The album, Freedom of Speech I, he released in 2000 placed more emphasis on politics and politicians in particular.

The ’the masses and inflation’ hitmaker, Sarkodie, has more interest in how politicians have taken the ordinary citizens for granted, consistently failing on their promises. Both tracks were released under the regime of the former president, John Dramani Mahama, but the tracks are for every political party and governments in power.

The People’s Project, basically is a formidable, non-partisan and non-violent Ghanaian third force cum social movement established to demand for social goals and constitutional reforms that serve the best interest of the good people of Ghana.

Founded in recent times and lead by Mr. Kwame Asare Obeng a.k.a A Plus. The movement has gotten approval from Ghanaian citizens home and abroad with over five hundred and twenty branches across the globe and an estimated member of seven hundred thousand.

The unique factor about this group is that we do not only criticize government also lends a helping hand in solving some of the numerous Ghanaian problems. As a commitment to the good people of Ghana, we build free modern boreholes with purification systems to provide good drinking water to communities across the country, we give startup capitals to as many youths as possible, we coverings for persons with disabilities among many other social interventions.

  • Promote citizens’ participation and engagement in the democratic and governance processes.
  • Demand accountability, transparency and responsibility from government and government officials.
  • Promote the development and implementation of inclusive of sustainable policies and programmes
  • Facilitate the implementation of the pro-poor projects and initiatives for every low-income communities in the country.

To drive initiatives that will empower the youth economically and other aspects to rejuvenate their interests in national discourse to promote development.

Sarkodie, has joined his colleague artiste, Charles Nii Armah Mensah, backing the dream of ’The People’s Project’.

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President Akufo-Addo Inducts 378 New Doctors And Dentist.

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The President of Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has inducted 378 newly qualified medical doctors and dentists into the country’s healthcare delivery system.

Speaking at the induction ceremony on Friday, 13th September, 2019, at the Accra International Conference Centre, President Akufo-Addo also revealed that the first batch of 48 ambulances, out of the 300 procured in fulfilment of the 1-Constituency-1-Ambulance pledge, has arrived in the country, with the second batch due in Ghana by the first week of October.

At the ceremony, which was also held to honour Dr. Evans-Anfom, a medical doctor who served as the second Vice Chancellor of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, President Akufo-Addo noted that the doctor-dentist-population ratio in the country remains very unsatisfactory after 62 years of nationhood.

“We currently do not have the right numbers of doctors, dentists and healthcare professionals, with the right mix of skills and expertise, in our regions, districts and deprived communities, especially for the newly created regions and districts,” he said.

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The President encouraged the newly inducted practitioners “to follow the exemplary example of Dr. Evans-Anfom, and accept postings to accredited Regional and District hospitals, where your services are needed most, particularly during your second year of housemanship.”

He noted that the country would only keep the doctors it trains when agriculture and industry are thriving, when we have better roads, better communications, better schools, better housing, reliable and cheaper power supply, and better drainage.

“On my part, I am determined to work to help ensure that these improvements we all want in our lives become reality. Until that is done, we have to equip those currently in training and our fresh doctors to do a little more out of the ordinary to bring relief to the present situation,” he assured.

Government, according President Akufo-Addo, is committed to improving access to essential and quality health services through the provision of the necessary health infrastructure, equipment and logistics, including the deployment of appropriate technology as part of the drive to attaining Universal Health Coverage (UHC).

He added that the National Health Insurance Scheme, implemented by the government of President Kufuor, which was left in ruins by successive NDC governments has been revived again by another NPP-led Government.

“We have cleared the GH¢1.2 billion arrears we inherited, and brought the operations of the NHIS back to life. The claims of service providers have been settled as of end January this year. By the end of September, their claims, as of March ending, would have been settled, and, by the end of the year, claims up to August ending, will also have been settled,” the President said.

He reiterated the determination of Government to making the scheme current in its obligations to service providers, and prevent the accrual of arrears, as was, unfortunately, been the case in the not so distant past.

In ensuring that the Ghanaian people receive the high standards of professionalism and conduct from healthcare professionals, President Akufo-Addo revealed that Government, through the Ministry of Health, has established the Quality Management Unit at the Ministry of Health to ensure that Ghanaians receive the best of healthcare services, irrespective of their geographical location.

In addition to launching Ghana’s Antimicrobial Resistance Policy and Action Plan, the President added that Government is engaging the Ghana Medical Association (GMA) to take another look at its codified conditions of service, which are overdue for review.

“Special attention would be paid to the rural incentives package to encourage professionals to accept postings to rural and underserved communities. We will continue to engage with stakeholders on how to care better for our health professionals, and how, collectively, we can make our healthcare system more responsive to the needs of our people,” he assured.

To the newly inducted doctors and dentists, President Akufo-Addo urged them to be guided by Hippocratic Oath, and be active citizens and bring doctors’ perspectives to public issues.

“I look forward to you not being narrow in outlook, but developing and maintaining a healthy interest in music, the arts, literature, the environment, sports, public life, and, yes, I want each one of you to be a renaissance man or woman,” he added.

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President Ramaphosa Apologizes To Ghana Over Xenophobia Attacks.

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The President of the Republic of South Africa, His Excellency Cyril Ramaphosa, has conveyed his and the apologies of the people of South Africa to President Akufo-Addo and the people of Ghana over the recent xenophobic attacks in South Africa, that resulted in the deaths of and injuries to several African nationals, and the looting of their shops belonging to them.

The message delivered to President Akufo-Addo by Hon. Jeffrey Thamsanqa Radebe, a Minister of State at the Office of the South African Presidency, on Tuesday, 17th September, 2019, expressed the abhorrence of the South African leader at the turn of events.

According to Minister Radebe, “this is not in line with constitutional democracy, and it is an affront to the rule of law. President Ramaphosa has condemned the violence, and has instructed security agencies to leave no stone unturned in bringing all the perpetrators to book”.

He revealed further that President Ramaphosa has decided to cancel his participation to the United Nations General Assembly to deal with the matter, and ensure that it does not escalate.

The South African Minister reiterated the importance of the historic relations between the two countries, and indicated that “what has happened should not stand in the way of closer cooperation between Ghana and South Africa.”

With President Akufo-Addo being the first President to pay a State Visit to South Africa upon the assumption of office of President Ramaphosa, Minister Radebe told President Akufo-Addo that this is evidence of “the high regard he has for you and the people of Ghana, and the role played in the liberation of the continent from colonialism and imperialism.”

He told President Akufo-Addo about the decision of President Ramaphosa to pay a reciprocal visit to Ghana in December 2019, and revealed also that modalities for the waiving of visa requirements for nationals of the two countries were being finalized.

On his part, President Akufo-Addo thanked Minister Radebe for President Ramaphosa’s “exceptional gesture”, adding that “it is a courageous act on his part to apologise on behalf of the people of South Africa for the actions of the perpetrators of the violence.”

The apology, the President stated, “is accepted in good faith”, and was hopeful that the “authors of the violence will be apprehended, and will face justice.”

He was confident that there continues to exist opportunities for stronger ties of co-operation between the two countries, and assured President Ramaphosa, through Minister Radebe, that Ghana remains committed to realizing the vision of a united Africa.

“We have been the marginalized people for too long, and we must stick together so we can have our day in the sun soon,” he added.

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