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Minority Leader inaugurates GHs 230,000 classroom block

A six- classroom block with an office, store, library and washrooms built for the Anomangye M/A Primary School in the Kumasi Metropolis at the cost of GH¢230,000.00 has been inaugurated.

Mr Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu, Minority Leader and Member of Parliament (MP) for Suame, funded the project from his share of the Common Fund.

In inaugurating the project, he said, it underlined his determination to promote education in the area.

He said given the critical role of education in the socio-economic development of both the individual and society, it was important for all to work together to create the right conditions for teaching and learning.

He promised to continue supporting the school with blocks, exercise books and computers.

Mr Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu spoke of his award of scholarship to a number of students to pursue higher education and thanked Nana Agen Frempon II, the Tafohene, for the release of the land for the school project.

He used the occasion to appeal to people in the constituency to vote massively for the New Patriotic Party (NPP) in the December 7, elections to transform the economy and put it on the real path of growth.

Mr Joseph Nsiah, Officer-in-Charge of the Suame Sub-Metropolitan Directorate of Education, urged parents to enroll their children in the school and expressed satisfaction with the performance of schools in the area in the Basic Education Certificate Examinations (BECE).

He appealed to the teachers to continue to work harder to maintain the standard.

Mr Cosmos Agyemang, Assembly Member for Anomangye , praised the MP for his contribution towards improving the living conditions of the people saying the supply of electricity poles and bulbs to boost illumination in the community has been well received.

Nana Agen Frempon, reminded the people to ensure that the block was properly maintained to keep it in good shape at all times.

Mr Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu later presented 10 laptop computers and two footballs to the school.


I have no intention of going independent again – Nkawkaw MP

The Independent Member of Parliament for Nkawkaw constituency Seth Adjei Baah, a.k.a Shaaba, who lost his seat over the weekend after deciding to seek re-election on the ticket of the New Patriotic Party, (NPP) has said he has no plans on contesting as an Independent Candidate after his defeat.

According to him, he respects the verdict of the party delegates who by their vote have indicated that they prefer someone else to him.

Speaking on Okay FM on Monday, Hon. Seth Adjei Baah, said he was not ready to talk about any under hand dealings that might have caused his defeat, adding that he was ready to work with the party inspite of his loss.

He polled a paltry 26 votes and lost to the NPP’s Eastern Regional treasurer, Eric Kwakye Daffour, who garnered 192 votes.

The other contestants were the former MP; Kwabena Okekyere Adusah who got 186 votes, while Lawyer Joyce Opoku Boateng pulled 102 votes with Mr. Yaw Owusu Addo in charge of radio at GBC also getting 12 votes.

Hon. Seth Adjei Baah, back in 2008 after losing the NPP primaries went independent in disregard of the party’s constitution which resulted in his dismissal from the party but went ahead to win the elections.

In Parliament he sided with the NPP Minority.

The Party decided to extend an olive branch and re-admit all its party members who contested as Independent candidates.

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Bekwai MP now NPP Parliamentary candidate

The Independent Member of Parliament for Bekwai Hon .Joe Osei-Owusu has won the Bekwai constituency primary organized by the New Patriotic Party (NPP).

He garnered an amazing 476 votes to defeat former Minister and MP, Hon Kofi Opuku Adusei who polled an insignificant 37 votes.

Speaking on Okay FM on Monday 24th September, Hon. Osei Owusu thanked the delegates for the trust reposed in him, and promised that he would work hard to ensure a resounding victory for the NPP in both presidential and parliamentary elections come December.

He noted that his efficient work as an MP, his love for his constituents and his readiness to assist people in need endeared him to the delegates which translated into the massive win for him.

Hon. Joe Osei-Owusu who is a Member of the NPP has been in Parliament for almost four years as an Independent Member of Parliament but decided to side with the Minority(NPP) side in Parliament.

In 2008, Mr Osei-Owusu, a former DVLA boss, lost the primaries to the then incumbent MP who was then Deputy Minister for Fisheries by a single vote.

This led to several agitations by the supporters both contestants which resulted in Hon. Osei Owusu deciding to contest an Independent Candidate in the 2008 Parliamentary election and won convincingly.

His action was in contravention of the party’s constitution which made the NPP sack him from the party, but was extended an olive branch by the party hierarchy after he decided to seek re-election on the party’s ticket.

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Declare which party you support, Adenta MP urges Rawlings

The Member of Parliament for Adenta, Kojo Adu-Asare has challed ex President and Founder of the ruling NDC party to public declare which political party he will in the upcoming December election.

According to him the refusal of the Founder to come out clear on which party he will campaigning for with a little more than two months to the general election is very worrying.

Ex president Rawlings has severally criticized the NDC government accusing it of engaging in corruption and has been linked to the breakaway NDP party which his wife is tipped to be the flagbear, but recently Mr Rawlings has given NDC supporters hope with his appearance at the party’s special congress in Kumasi and his comment that President Mahama could win the election.

But speaking on Asempa FM’s Eko sii sen show, Hon. Adu Asare stated that this is not enough to tell which party he was going to throw his weight behind.

He said Mr Rawlings should come out clear so that members of the NDC would know how to deal with him in the run up to the election.

Hon. Adu Asare was confident that with the good work that the NDC government has done, Ghanaians are sure to retain the government.

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Supreme Court throws out application for injunction on CI78

The Supreme Court has thrown out an application for injunction on the CI 78 that would give legal backing for the creation of the 45 new constituencies.

Supreme Court Judge, Justice Julius Ansah in his ruling stated that the right thing to be done is for the case to be dismissed.

The ruling clears the first legal hurdle on whether or not Parliament should be stopped from considering the Representation of the People (parliamentary Constituencies Instrument), 2012 CI 78.

A businessman, Mr Ransford France, entreated the Supreme Court to restrain Parliament from considering the CI 78 which has been laid and is expected to mature on October 3, 2012 until the final determination of a suit tie that has been filed against the creation of the new constituencies.

The applicant went to court on July 6, 2012, praying it to declare as unconstitutional and illegal the creation of 45 new constituencies by the Electoral Commission (EC).

The EC’s move to create the 45 new constituencies has received stiff opposition from the Minority in Parliament.

Mr. France was represented in Court by his lawyers Mr Joe Ghartey and Hon. Atta Akyea while the Attorney¬General and Minister of Justice, Dr Benjamin Kunbuor, argued for the state.

The judge stated that it is proper for injunction to be dismissed to allow the substantive case be heard on October 4.


Amissah Arthur will do little for NDC – Nitiwul

The Member of Parliament for Bimbila, Dominic Nitiwul has said His Excellency Amissah Arthur as the NDC Vice President would not add anything substancial to the electoral fortunes of the ruling party come December election.

According to him H.E Amissah Arthur has a difficulty in advancing the course of the NDC as his name recognition is virtually non existent. ” You go to the villages and you mention Amissah Arthur and nobody knows him, even the president has that challenge even though his recognition is a bit better” he said.

Vice President Amissah Arthur was on Wednesday formally outdoored as the NDC Vice Presidential candidate for the impending general election.

However speaking on Metro TV’s Good Morning Ghana show on Wednesday, Hon. Nitiwul casted doubt on Mr Amissah Arthur’s ability to even deliver votes in the Central region which is his own home region as he is not popular like the late President Atta Mills or President John Mahama.

”His ability to move out on his own to deliver votes for NDC is suspect, and that is a problem for the NDC to solve, they can decide how to use him for their advantage. I don’t see him leading NDC crusade in Ashante or Eastern Region when the president is somewhere else campaining” Hon. Nitiwul added.

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Bring agreement on gas infrastructure to Parliament -Minority Leader

The Minority Leader Osei Kyei Mensah Bonsu has questioned the legitimacy of the ongoing construction of gas project infrastructure in the Western Region when the agreement relating to the projects has not been presented to Parliament.

According to him, despite several admonishing to the government to present the agreement between Ghana and Sinopec , the Company undertaking the projects the government has failed to do so.

Ghana National Gas Company last year signed an agreement with the Chinese firm Sinopec International Petroleum Service Corporation for the development of the early phase gas infrastructure in the Western Region. Ghana is expected to have a functioning gas processing plant and infrastructure linking the FPSO to the processing plant and to Aboadze and Prestea, through Esiama by December 2012.

However the Minority Leader Osei Kyei Mensah Bonsu stated in Parliament on Monday that although he is not against the ongoing works on the project, it was important that the right thing is done, by the government presenting the agreement in Parliament for approval.

“ We are all for the provision of this all important project, but the government certainly must bring the agreement to Parliament for approval as stated in the constitution’’ he said.

Hon, Haruna Iddissu, MP for Tamale South responding to the issue said the agreement formed part of the 3 Billion Dollar Chinise Loan which was approved by Parliament, but added that the specific agreement of the gas infrastructure will be presented to parliament in due course for approval.

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Kennedy Agyapong confesses to hiring thugs during 2008 Elections

NPP firebrand, Hon. Kennedy Agyapong, has been caught on a leaked tape recording making damning confessions about how he allegedly used about 1,000 thugs in the heat of the 2008 general elections.

On the said tape recording received by Citi News, over the weekend, the Assin North law maker expressed outrage over what he said were internal attacks on his person despite his many contributions to the fortunes of the party.

It comes at the time of mounting public pressure on the Ghana Police Service to arrest the NDC National Organizer, Yaw Boateng Gyan, for plotting to infiltrate the nation’s security agencies.

In the tape, Mr. Agyapong mentioned that “it got to a time when the security in the country was breaking down and so in the second round of the election, I was taken to the Ashanti Region and I met with the Regional Police Commander and when we got back, the Minister of Defense, Kan Dapaah told me we shouldn’t have even gone to them because the security has broken down and we don’t even need to trust them. I was really sad for a whole Minister of Defense telling me this.”

He further stated “so I asked, what were going to do? And he told me to hire some macho men to protect our ballot boxes and so I had to get about 1,000 macho men for Ashanti Region to protect our ballot boxes. I can assure you I will not be very, very active because there are a whole lot of insults everywhere and so I won’t be very active like that again. I spent my money left and right only for people to insult me.”

The MP for Assin North also alleged that the NPP party is “just for some people and they have made it clear to us that the party belongs to them so they should bring money for us to do the campaign for this year. I am only going to restrict myself to my constituency. What I have to do is bring my constituency on board.”

Hon Agyapong, who is currently standing trial for inciting tribal violence around the country, also claimed the so called party unity agenda embarked upon by the party’s flagbearer, Nana Akufo-Addo will not work.

“I am telling you that the unity talk is fake it is just there and I don’t need anybody in my life to unite the NPP but I won’t say anything. But I know this unity talks won’t work.”

According to him, he is embittered by the treatment meted out to him by some persons in the party saying, “the kind of insults they rained on me, the amount of money I have spent on the party; nothing will change the feeling is have for these people. As for me, it is Nana who wants to win and is doing his campaign and so I don’t have anything to do with it. As for me, I am doing my campaign and they are also doing theirs.”

Kennedy Agyapong described the host of Adom FM’s Dwaso Nsem, Adakabre Frimpong Manso as “a very bad guy. He is a very good friend of mine and all the things he said about me, it will be hard to forget. I haven’t finished taking care of my family for me to take care of the NPP.”


Akuffo Addo as an MP was an institution – Kofi Jumah

The Member for Asokwa, Maxwell Kofi Jumah has said the Presidential Candidate of the New Patriotic Party(NPP) Nana Akufo Addo as an MP for Akim Abuakwa was an institution on his own.

According to him, Nana Akufo Addo’s rich and valuable contribution on the floor of Parliament was so great that student of political science could learn from it.

He was responding on Asempa FM’s Ekoo sii sen show, to assertions by some NDC persons that Nana Akufo Addo performed abysmally as an MP for the good people of Akim Abuakwa for twelve years.

Others also claim President John Mahama as MP out-performed Nana Addo who was his colleague in Parliament.

Hon. Kofi Jumah stated that an attempt to compare the contribution of both leaders on the floor of Parliament would be a mis-match as Nana Addo was an articulate MP who was a wonder to listen to whose statement was difficult to ignore or controvert.

” Everyone can go and check the Hanzard from 1997 to 2008 and read the contribution of Akufo Addo which enriched discourse in Parliament during that period” he said.

Hon. Jumah named experienced politician J.H Mensah and Akufo Addo as two MPs whose contribution in the fourth Parliament of the fourth Republic of Ghana was second to none.

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I pity Prez Mahama – Teye Nyaunu

The Member of Parliament for Lower Manya Krobo,Michael Teye Nyaunu says he has a lot of pity for President John Mahama as he leads a divided party into the December election.

He says the ruling NDC party under the late President Mills has been so fragmented such that President Mahama faces a herculian task of leading the party in the December election.

Speaking on Citi FM Eye Witness News on Thursday, Hon. Nyaunu states that the NDC in its current state is nothing to be proud about as the several divisions is sure to affect the electoral fortunes of the party. He declined to state whether or not he was going to campaign to ensure victory for Prez.

Mahama in the election, saying ”when I get to that bridge I will cross it”.

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