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Effutu MP donate computers to schools

The Minister of Lands and Natural Resources, Mike Hammah, has distributed 19 desk top computers to some Senior High Schools in Winneba to improve the knowlege of the students in the use of computers.

The Minister who is also the Member of Parliament for Effutu, procured the computers with his personal monies.

Schools that benefited from the MP’s kind gesture include A.M.E Zion Girls’ School , Winneba Senior High School, Nananom Senior School, H.S. Amissah Memorial Institute, Uncle Rich Senior High and Winneba School of Business.

Presenting the items, Mr Hammah noted that providing quality education is a huge task which cannot be done soley by the government and urged other stakeholders to partner and support the government in this regard.

Mrs Cecilia Coffie, the Head Mistress of Winneba Senior High School and Rev Mrs Helena S. Essien, the Head Mistress of Zion Girls, while receiving the equipments expressed their gratitude to the MP for the donation.

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I respect the decision of the NPP – Ambrose Dery

The Deputy Minority Leader Ambrose Dery has declared his readiness to throw his weight behind the newly named New Patriotic Party (NPP) running mate Dr Mahamadu Bawumia and campaign for him as the December 2012 elections beckons.

According to him, he respects the decision of the party and has no problem with the choice of Dr Bawumia over him, as it is in the best interest of the NPP which is poised to wrestle power from the ruling National Democratic Congress(NDC).

Nana Akufo Addo, the NPP Presidential candidate for the December election on Thursday 29th March 2012 nominated Dr Mahamadu Bawumia out of other candidates including Ambrose Dery, Deputy Minority Leader Alhaji MND Jawula former Chief Director and Alhassan Andani, Deputy Managing Director of Metro TV to partner him for the second time.

Speaking on Oman FM’s National Agenda programme on Friday 30th March, Hon. Ambrose Dery Member of Parliament for Lawra/Nandom who had his other colleagues MPs rooting for him to be selected, stated that he’s put the running mate contest behind him and will do everything in his capacity to ensure victory for the party.

He added that his primary focus now is to work effectively to win his seat and also return the NPP to power to build on the solid foundation it built before exiting power in 2008.

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KEEA MP tours registration centres

Dr. Joseph S. Annan, Deputy Minister of Trade and Industries, has appealed to inhabitants of the Komenda-Edina-Eguafo-Abrem (KEEA) constituency to take advantage of the on-going biometric registration exercise in order not to be disenfranchised.

Dr. Annan who is also the Member of Parliament for KEEA made the appeal when he toured a number of registration centres in his constituency to see how the exercise was going.

The MP said failure to register will deny them of their right to vote during the December general election and called on his constituents to register massively to enable them to elect the right leader for the country.

He appealed to the electorate to co-operate with the registration officers to ensure a successful exercise.

Dr. Annan later registered at the Amotoe Roman Catholic registration centre at Komenda.


I don’t need foreign votes to win – Aquinas Quansah

The Member of Parliament for Mfantsiman West, Aquinas Quansah has disputed allegations he is busing people from other regions to take part in the ongoing biometric registration process.

He said such allegations are wild and without basis.

He was reacting to comments by the parliamentary candidate for the opposition New Patriotic Party, Asamoah Boateng who claimed ‘aliens’ have been bused from Ashaiman near Tema and the Brong Ahafo Regional capital, Sunyani to shore up the dwindling fortunes of the incumbent candidate in the region.

But Aquinas Quansah told Joy News’ Central Region correspondent Richard Kojo Nyarko that he does not need foreign votes to win the elections.

He said Asamoah Boateng is unnecessarily raising tension in the area.

He said looking at the projects he has undertaken in the region, he has no doubts he will win hands down.

The Deputy Central Region Minister said his opponent is only crying wolf and challenged him to substantiate his allegations.

He also dared him to take legal action if he is convinced such an allegation is true.

You must assist EOCO, court tells O.B Amoah

Former Deputy Minister of Youth and Sports, Osei Bounsu Amoah’s hope of never to appear before the Economic and Organized Crime Office (EOCO)for investigation into his role in the infamous Woyome saga has been dashed following a Fast Track High Court dismissing his application.

The court on Wednesday threw out the application filed by Hon. O.B Amoah who was praying the court to restrain the EOCO from inviting him to assist its investigations into the controversial judgment debt paid to NDC financier Alfred Woyome.

The court ruled that it had no jurisdiction to restrain the EOCO from inviting Mr Amoah, but could only do so if the body had abused its statutory jurisdiction.

Mr O.B Amoah who is also the Member of Parliament for Aburi/Nsawam was arrested a month ago for questioning in connection with the controversial GH¢51 million judgment debt award to businessman Alfred Woyome.

His lawyers after his arrested told the media that the Police was to charge him corruption and willfully causing financial loss to the state

He was deputy sports minister in the erstwhile Kufuor administration when contracts awarded for the construction of stadia ahead of the CAN 2008 tournament were canceled and re-awarded.

Mr Amoah is saod to have instructed construction firm Waterville Holdings to move to site ahead of a formal contract for the rehabilitation of the Accra, Kumasi and Elwak sports stadia for CAN 2008.

It has subsequently been explained that a Memorandum of Understanding between Waterville and the Government of Ghana formed the basis for his letter.

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Bawumia will be wrong choice for NPP – Appiah Ofori

With some few hours to the official declaration of Dr Mahamadu Bawumia as the New Patriotic Party (NPP) running mate for the December elections, the Member of Parliament for the Askimua-Odoben-Braka constituency, P.C. Appiah Ofori, insist Dr Bawumia will be a wrong choice for the NPP as he cannot garner much of the northern votes that the NPP needs to boost its chances of victory.

According to him, Dr Bawumia who was the party’s running mate for the 2008 election contributed insignificant votes even in the northern region where he comes from, a situation which led to the defeat of the NPP in the last polls.

Dr Bawumia is widely tipped among other candidates such as Alhaji MND Jawula and Ambrose Dery to be announced today Thursday 29th March 2012 to once again partner Nana Akufo Addo in the upcoming December general election which promises to be keenly contested by the two main parties, NDC and NPP.

Speaking to Ghanamps.gov.gh, Hon. PC Appiah Ofori stated that the NPP’s chances of winning power will be much easier with the choice of Alhaji MND Jawula who is a respectable traditional ruler in the north and could easily garner support from his other colleague northern chiefs.

He was confident his Alhaji Jawula’s choice will be the best bet for the NPP as northerners hold in the highest regard their chiefs, adding that his selection would inure to the benefit of the party.

P.C Appiah Ofori, was of the view that Dr. Bawumia, who was former Deputy Governor of the Bank of Ghana will better serve the future NPP government as an excellent Governor of the Bank of Ghana and not a vice president.

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NDC will go to opposition – Teye Nyaunu

The blunt talking National Democratic Congress (NDC) Member of Parliament for the Lower Manya constituency, Michael Teye Nyaunu, has stated that the ruling party will be voted out of power during the upcoming December elections which promises to be keenly contested.

According to the MP, the apparent tension between the Ex President and founder of the NDC, Jerry John Rawlings, and the party plus President John Evans Atta Mills, is sure to affect the NDC’s chances in the elections if immediate action is not taken to resolve the issues that have generated the tension.

Speaking on Citii Eyes Witness News on Tuesday, Hon Nyaunu stated that the NDC party risk paying a huge and regrettable price if it decides to ignore the Rawlingses during the December election.

“President Mills’ administration is determined with those youthful exuberance out there that they can win power without Jerry John Rawlings faction,” Hon. Nyaunu said.

The “firebrand MP” comments follow the recent suspension of the NDC Deputy General Secretary Kofi Adams who also happens to be the Spokesperson for Former President Rawlings, a development that the Ex President has reacted to saying that the Mills-led government “is fast speeding the country into an abyss” and called for a national prayer to save the country.

Kofi Adams was last week suspended and had his membership of the party revoked following an alleged tape in which he’s reported to have in a conversation with known opposition party member Gabby Asare Otchere Darko that he’ll work to get President Mills out of power in the December polls.

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Kofi Jumah blames EC for apathy

The Member of Parliament for Asokwa Maxwell Kofi Jumah says the Electoral Commission (EC) is to blame for the apathetic behavior by some people who are yet to register in the ongoing national biometric registration exercise especially in Accra

According to him, the EC should have ensured the creation of more registration centers at polling stations with high number of voters to ensure that the registration process which drags a bit is made much faster.

A visit by ghanamps.gov.gh to some registration centers in the Okaikoi North constituency revealed that since the registration exercise started on Saturday 24th March 2012, potential voters come to the centers at dawn to enable them register early so they can attend to their own businesses, but the slow pace of the registration exercise has discouraged a lot of people from waiting in those long queue for hours.

However speaking to ghanamps.gov.gh on his assessment of the ongoing exercise in his constituency, Hon. Maxwell Kofi Jumah stated that the exercise has been generally smooth apart from some hitches in the first two days of the exercise.

He said he has been moving round his constituency to educate people belonging on both sides of the political divide to ensure a successful exercise.

“Even though I’ll not be contesting in the upcoming parliamentary election, I’m doing my work as an MP for the love of my party and the fact that I want to see the NPP party being voted back into power to continue with the development of Ghana’’ Kofi Jumah said.

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All district courts to be automated soon- Kumbour

All District courts operating in the country will soon be automated or computerized before the end of this year.
The Judicial Service will launch its e-justice project which is aimed at infusing Information Communication Technology (ICT) products and services into the justice delivery system with the view to improving its efficiency and effectiveness.
Through the intervention of the e-justice project which augment with funding from the Government of Ghana’s budgetary provision and donor support, the rest of the district courts in the country will at least be computerized.
The Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Dr. Benjamin Kumbour disclosed this in parliament on Thursday whiles answering a question posed by Hon. Ben-Abdallah Banda, Member of Parliament for Offinso South as to what is being done to ensure that all district courts in Ghana are computerized or automated.
He however said the project will be dependent on the presence of electricity supply in those localities, adding that courts without electricity will be supplied with manual typewriter to facilitate their secretariat work.
Hon. Kumbour noted that out of 141 district courts in the country 19 of these have been automated, that is, they have been special equipment installed in them to facilitate the recording and transcription of proceedings. 41 districts courts across the country have also been computerized.
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Nii Laryea Afotey Agbo supports constituency

The National Democratic Congress (NDC) Member of Parliament for Kpone-Katamanso Constituency in the Greater Accra Region, Nii Laryea Afotey Agbo, has presented motorbikes, bicycles and megaphones worth GHs 50,000 to the NDC foot soldiers in the constituency to mark the launch of his campaign towards the 2012 general election.

He said the motorbikes and the bicycles would help the recipients to move into the campaign zeal.

Nii Afotey Agbo noted that the gesture was also to show appreciation to them for working hard to help him retain the seat again as the Member of Parliament for the area.
The MP, who is also the Greater Accra Regional Minister, is of the view that this step will enable him to concentrate on the ministerial duties which covered the entire region, while the party office handled his campaign at the grass root level.

He stressed the need for his campaign team to move into the constituency, ignoring all temptations from who would want to intrude and urged them to concentrate on the purpose for which the bikes were given and charged them to entice over 80 per cent of the voters in the constituency to the party.

He advised them to use tact and respect in their approach to work to manifest the Better Ghana Agenda.
Nii Afotey Agbo gave the assurance that with their support and hard work which helped him gain the unopposed status during the primaries, he was convinced that success would come their way in the next elections.

He urged them to be disciplined in all their endeavors to give the party the good name that it deserved.
Nii Agotey Agbo, promised to bring together all people including the youth, traditional rulers, elders and development partners to build the region.

Nii Afotey Agbo disclosed his intention to devote the period by working hand-in-hand with the people and assured them of greater collaboration.

He also gave the assurance that he would work as a leader and bring everybody’s ideas together for development.

He appealed for co-operation from the people to enable him to achieve his target.

The Kpone-Katamanso Constituency Organizer, Mr. Emmanuel Nagadzi, who received the items was appreciative of the gesture and said it would go a long way in their campaign.

He said the party in the constituency was united and would use that objective to work hard to ‘win more souils’ for the party.

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