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Churches urged to encourage members to go into politics

The Deputy Central Regional Minister, Mr Aquinas Tawiah Quansah has advised churches to encourage their members to go into politics.

“In fact churches must support members to go into politics to change perceptions people have about politics,” the Deputy Minister made the call at a Youth Fellowship Conference at the Mankessim Estate Methodist Church at Mankessim on Friday.

He said Christians must go into politics to enact laws, which could promote the work of Christ.

Mr Quansah, who is the Member of Parliament for Mfantseman West, said “the dirty game” tag labeled politics would forever remain if Christians did not go into it and changed things which made people to perceive it as dirty.

The Deputy Minister advised politicians to purge themselves from the use of indecent language and personal vilifications to attract more noble and prominent people from going into politics.

“Politics must not be regarded as “do or die” affairs over which people must fight or even kill their opponents”, the MP stressed.

He appealed to Ghanaians not to make politics to divide them but to pray for politicians to do what was right and just at all times.

Mr Quansah appealed to politicians to stop pulling down their opponents in attempt to secure projects for their people but rather to pray for them to succeed in their efforts.

Mr Henry Kweku Hayfron, Mfantseman Municipal Chief Executive, appealed to Christians to set good examples for others to emulate.

He urged them to protect the environment as it had been said “cleanliness is next to Godliness”.

The MCE advised the youth to guard against the peace in the country and not allow any politician to use them to disturb the peace before, during and after December elections.


Minority must boycott Parliament – Assin North MP

The outspoken New Patriotic Party Member of Parliament for Assin North, Kennedy Agyepong is pushing for his colleagues on the minority side to boycott their return to Parliament to work on the Constitutional Instrument (C.I) 73 establishing 45 new constituencies.

According to him, the minority should not attend the House to approve something they know is not good and not in the best interest of Ghana.

The Speaker of Parliament, Joyce Adeline Bamford Addo, by order 42(3) and the standing orders of the Parliament directed MPs to reconvene from 3rd to 28th September 2012 to continue its unfinished business of discussing the Constitutional Instrument (C.I) 73 which will establish 45 new constituencies.

The MPs raised issues with the date for reconvening as it clashes with the date for the exhibition of the Biometric Voter Register which is scheduled to be opened on September 1 to 10, this year.

They argued that they had to be in their various constituencies to assist and supervise their constituents during the exhibition period.

Speaking on Oman Fm’s “Boiling Point” programme Hon. Kenney Agyepong stated that the minority leadership’s decision to allow the new constituencies to be created because they believe the seats would be shared equally between them and ruling NDC is not true and will be counter-productive as the NDC will employ ever means sweep the seats.

“One thing I give the NDC credit is that they are always on top of the game, they understand it and will play the game to the disadvantage of their opponents’’ he said.

Hon. Kennedy Agyepong wondered why the government is in a rush to create the 45 new districts which is bound to create confusion in several areas across the country because of the mistakes identified with the Constitutional Instrument creating the constituencies.

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I’ll score Nana Addo 100% for brilliant delivery – Adu Asare

National Democratic Congress (NDC) Member of Parliament for Adenta, Kojo Adu-Asare has applauded the Presidential Candidate of the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) Nana Akufo Addo scoring him 100% for his splendid performance at the Evening Encounter for presidential candidates organized by the Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA on Tuesday.

The NPP Flag bearer has been variously commended by sections of the public including some civil society organization and even political opponents for his brilliant articulation and diction during the delivery of his speech at the event, although the contents have been challenged.

Nana Akufo Addo took opportunity of the event to spell out details of how his major policy of free senior high school programme will be implemented by absorbing fees on tuition, boarding, feeding among others for the 2013-2014 academic year costing GH¢78 million, estimated at 0.1% of Ghana’s GDP.

However the ruling NDC has pooh-poohed Nana Akufo Addo’s projections describing it as impossible.

Contributing to a discussion on Asempa FM’s Ekosii Sen programme on Thursday, Kojo Adu- Asare stated that in the unlikely event that the NPP wins the elections, the free SHS policy will be difficult to operate soon after assuming power since several stakeholders in the educational sector would have to be consulted to ensure smooth implementation.

He noted that the policy would have to go through a lot of processes including speaking to people in academia, the ministry of Education, cabinet and then to parliament to legitimize it.

Hon. Adu- Asrae was quick to add that the NDC has not problems with a free SHS education policy as the party is committed to improving the quality of education in the country.

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NDC PAC members accuse chairman of arbitrariness

NDC members on the Public Accounts Committee of Parliament are accusing the chairman of the Committee of taking arbitrary decisions.

Member of Parliament for Yape, Amadu Seidu said Kan-Dapaah cannot arrogate powers onto himself by asking the Inspector General of Police to have embattled business man Alfred Woyome arrested and dragged before the committee without consulting committee members.

The committee had summoned Woyome to appear before it after he refused to appear on a previous invitation.

The Committee Chairman, Kan-Dapaah, Thursday vowed to have the IGP drag Alfred Woyome before the committee.

But the NDC member of the Committee said the committee chair cannot take that decision on the spare of the moment.

Amadu Seidu said he was expecting the Chairman to call a meeting of members to decide what line of action to take after Woyome failed to appear for the third time, even in the face of a subpoena.

“The chairman is not the committee, the committee is not the chairman,” he swore.

Alfred Woyome is being prosecuted for causing financial loss to the state in a controversial 51 million cedis judgement debt paid him in 2010 by the government of Ghana.

He refused to appear before the committee with the explanation that the matter is being heard at the courts.

Meanwhile, one of the lawyers for Woyome, Musah Ahmed said their client received the summons an hour before the time he was expected to appear before the committee.

That he said made it impossible for him to appear before the committee.

He said Woyome is a law abiding citizen and has all the way through this prosecution respected the laws of the land.

He said Parliament must stop any calculated attempt to have him arrested.

But the First Deputy Speaker of Parliament Doe Adjaho told Joy News per standing order 151, it is only the Speaker of Parliament that has the power to issue a warrant for an arrest of an individual who fails to appear before a committee.


Public Officers Accountability Law for Parliament soon

The Minister of Communications, Haruna Iddrissu has hinted that government in keeping with its commitment to fighting corruption and being accountable to Ghanaians will soon present a document known as Public Officers Accountability Law to Parliament.

According to him, under the watch of the late President Evans Atta Mills, the then Attorney General Betty Mould Iddrissu was directed to work on the law which was to replace or improve the Asset declaration regime.

The Presidential Candidate of the Peoples Progressive Party (PPP) Dr Paa Kwesi Nduom at a press conference on Tuesday August 21, 2012 in Accra, threw a challenge to all the presidential candidates to declare their public assets, health status, income tax returns and sources of campaign funding and that he would show the way by being the first to do so.

The New Patriotic Party (NPP) Presidential Candidate Nana Akufo Addo when he took his turn at the IEA Presidential Encounter on Tuesday evening also expressed his commitment to declare all his assets in an effort to curb corruption in his future government.

However speaking on Metro TV’s Good Evening Ghana show on Wednesday, Hon. Haruna Iddrissu who is also the Member of Parliament for Tamale South, stated that the NDC government has been at the forefront of fighting corruption and ensuring accountability to the citizenry.

He was confident that the coming into being of the law will to a large extent improve practice of good governance and improve accountability.

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Samia elected unopposed

The Convention Peoples Party (CPP) Member of Parliament for Jomoro, Samia Nkrumah will contest the upcoming December 2012 parliamentary election unopposed.

This follows her election by means of popular acclamation by party executives in the constituency.

The constituency office opened nominations for qualified members of the party in the constituency to contest but at the close of nomination the incumbent MP was the only person to have picked her nomination forms.

Samia, who is also the Chairman of the Convention Peoples Party (CPP), is the party’s only MP in the 5th Parliament of the 4th Republic of Ghana, but has refused to align herself with neither majority NDC nor the minority NPP.

She won the 2008 election garnering 19,916 votes out of the 39,826 representing 50.0% of valid votes cast.

Samia is credited for improving the standard of education in the area and also empowering women by supporting them with micro-finance.

Tetteh Chaie: NPP’s attack on GTV is diversionary tactic

The Member of Parliament for Ablekuma Central, Teophilus Tetteh Chaie has described the New Patriotic Party (NPP)’s attack on the Ghana Broadcasting Corporation (GBC) as a diversionary tactic to take the attention of Ghanaians off the winning pair of President John Mahama and Vice President Amissah Arthur.

He said the largest opposition party; the NPP realizing that it has already lost the upcoming December general elections has resorted to using all manner of ridiculous measures to take some steam out of the NDC unbeatable duo who are poised and on course to registering a resounding victory in December.

The Pro opposition NPP Think Thank, The Danquah Institute in a press release criticized the nation’s broadcaster, GTV, accusing it of offering unfair airtime to one party against all others.

It added that the station through its activities has turned into a propaganda mouthpiece for the ruling NDC.

According to the Danquah Institute, GBC has ignored all other activities of other Presidential Candidates as the December 7 elections heats up and focusing on the activities of President John Dramani Mahama.

However speaking on Asempa FM’s Eko sii sen programme on Tuesday, Hon. Tetteh Chaie stated that the NPP’s attack is needless as GTV has done nothing wrong to warrant that accusation, adding that President Mahama is only on a thank you tour across the country for the support of all Ghanaians during the death of Ex President Mills, and is not campaigning as has been put out there by the opposition.

The MP posited that GTV as a state broadcaster has a duty to publicize the policies and programmes of government to the public and that GTV does its work without partisan consideration, adding that he was sure that an equal playing field would be granted to all the political parties.

He said the NPP is taking its own bitter pill that it gave to the then opposition parties in 2008 when it was in power and worked with GTV to deny other parties adequate coverage in the run up to the 2008 general elections.

Hon. Tetteh Chaie added that while the NPP concentrates its efforts on finding fault with the national broadcaster the NDC will continue to do what is electorally possible to win the election to enable it continue with the execution of the Better Ghana Agenda.

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Expect nothing new from John Mahama – Ken Agyapong

The New Patriotic Party (NPP) Member of Parliament for Assin North, Kennedy Agyapong, said Ghanaians should expect nothing new with the current administration being led by President John Dramani Mahama.

According to him, both President John Mahama and his Vice, Kwesi Amissah-Arthur are incapable of solving the economic problems which have bedeviled the country because “what worsens the case is the Governor who supervised the depreciation of our Cedi has become his Vice President. They can’t do anything.”

He asked: “When John Mahama went to Cape Coast, he said he has been the fortunate, the luckiest Vice President because President Mills gave him the latitude to operate. He was the chairman of the Economic Management Team so if there is almost a 100 percent depreciation in the Cedi, what was he doing?”

He was speaking to Citi FM Eastern Regional Correspondent, Kwame Appiah Kubi on the sidelines of the launch of the NPP’s campaign in the Upper West Akyem District.

On the issue of judgment debts, Mr. Agyapong accused the ruling NDC of robbing the state of some critical resources needed for development because of its inability to retrieve monies paid as judgment debts to certain individuals and institutions.

Mr. Agyapong told Citi News, he has documents to show that Waterville, the company at the center of the Woyome scandal, has been paid.

He said: “I can prove with documents that the US$ 35 million have been paid fully. The government of Ghana doesn’t owe Waterville so why should they pay that kind of money? Do you know what that money could have done for Ghanaians?”

Mr. Agyapong also mentioned that “Allah, you think the NDC will be there for 100 years? That is why they brought about the Public Accounts Committee. It’s a disgrace.”

By: Citifmonline.com/Ghana

Stop the mudslinging on Mahama or else… Adenta MP warns NPP

The Member of Parliament for Adenta has threatened to expose some New Patriotic Party (NPP) members if they continue to link the president to the STX Housing deal that fell through.

Kojo Adu- Asare made this statement in a reaction to what the NPP said during their press conference.

The NPP said President Mahama spearheaded the project which failed to materialize and that the country is going to lose over 200 million dollars for the abrogation of the contract.

Project was expected to provide 30,000 affordable housing units for civil servants in the country and the security services.

The NPP called the president corrupt stating that as Vice President, he superintended some of the most dubious government transactions.

But in a reaction the accusations, Hon. Kojo Adu Asare told XYZ News that the NPP should be careful in slandering the president because they are biting more than they can chew.

“My point is that if you live in a glass house don’t throw stones. We also have a lot of mud that we can sling at people so be careful,” he said adding the NPP should spend their time focusing on the issues at stake and desist from personality attacks that could muddy the political atmosphere.

He warned that if such name-calling and attacks continue, “then we are also going to engineer as many of such issues as possible.”


Mampong MP: I’ll win over 85% of votes in December election

The Member of Parliament for Mampong, Stephen Addai Nimoh has expressed confidence of retaining his seat by winning convincingly during the upcoming December Parliamentary elections.

According to him, his efficient output as the MP for the area put him in pole position to win the election by garnering over 85% of the votes that will be cast.

Speaking to Ghanamps.gov.gh, Hon. Francis Addai Nimoh stated that over the last three and half years he has exhibited quality leadership, ensured the execution of developmental projects in the area and has also sponsored several students in their education, adding that these among other things have endeared him to most of his constituents.

He noted that though he goes in a contest with the current Mampong Municipal Chief Executive, Hon. Daniel Ohyeaman Appau, who he trounced in the 2008 elections with over 20,000 votes difference, he sees him as no match as he is poised to register another landslide victory.

Hon. Addai Nimoh was hopeful of launching his campaign that promises to yield a resounding victory for himself and the party after the NPP National Campaign has been launched on August 25th 2012.

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