Breaking News in Ghana This Afternoon, Today being Thursday, 25th of June 2020
1. EC will comply with COVID-19 protocols during voter registration – Okoe Boye View pictures in App save up to 80% data.
The Electoral Commission (EC) has taken steps to ensure the safety of Ghanaians during the upcoming voter registration exercise, Dr. Bernard Okoe Boye, has said.
The Deputy Health Minister said the EC has made provisions to ensure strict compliance with COVID-19 preventive protocols.
This follows concerns raised by some medical practitioners that the voter registration exercise could lead to a spread of the virus.
In a statement, the medical practitioners said caution must be exercised “in undertaking any activity that has the potential to accelerate the spread of COVID-19.”
2.Gov’t decision to reconstruct demolished Nigeria High C’ssion property 'prudent' – Ablakwa View pictures in App save up to 80% data.
Member of Parliament for North Tongu Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa has described the decision of the government of Ghana to restore the uncompleted structure demolished by some unknown persons belonging to the Nigerian High Commission to its original state as prudent.
Mr Ablakwa hopes the decision would help ease tensions between Ghana and Nigeria.
That notwithstanding he said “officials at the Lands Commission who created conditions for this international embarrassment and our national security apparatus which failed woefully to gather intelligence to prevent the invasion, particularly, after an earlier destruction of portions of the fence wall on June 16th 2020 must be made to answer serious questions.”
The lawmaker stressed that “perpetrators must face sanctions not only to calm nerves in Abuja but to send sincere assurances to the larger diplomatic community that Ghana remains a safe haven and respects her obligations under the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations (1961) and the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations (1963).”
3. Franklin Cudjoe wants to be hailed like Arabian king - Atik Mohammed 'fires' View pictures in App save up to 80% data.
Suspended General Secretary of the People's National Convention (PNC), Atik Mohammed, has slammed President of IMANI Africa, Mr. Franklin Cudjoe, after he described as disappointing, the dismissal of its amicus curiae brief, by the Supreme Court.
IMANI Africa, Conservative Policy Research Center, Alliance for Social Equity and Public Accountability and Institute for Liberty and Policy Innovation were seeking to be considered as friends of the court in the case involving the Electoral Commission’s planned voter' registration exercise.
But the Apex Court on Wednesday, June 24, 2020, threw out the application, saying the processes as filed were not supported by law.
Speaking to the media after the ruling, Franklin Cudjoe said, they are disappointed but will accept the decision of the judges.
"Well, on the onset of this application, we did say that we were at the benevolence more or less of the law and so what they decide to do we will live with it. It is just that we are disappointed that the court didn’t even consider the brief itself.
4. Consolidation of banks Akufo-Addo's biggest legacy – Ken Agyapong View pictures in App save up to 80% data.
Kennedy Ohene Agyapong says the banking sector clean-up and subsequent consolidation of the banks is President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo’s best achievement in office.
He contends that the reforms in that sector is shoulders above the much-touted Free Senior High School programme.
The 10 commandants of Akufo-Addo; the first one is the consolidation of the banks and reinjection of capital [into] the Ghanaian economy,” Agyapong told Paul Adom-Otchere when he appeared on Good Evening Ghana last Tuesday.
According to him, some ignorant people want to score cheap political points by emphasizing that about 3000 people lost their jobs during the banking clean-up.
The outspoken member of Parliament argues that the job loses, although regrettable, was for a greater good.
“If Akufo-Addo had not come in and save these banks, 4.6 million depositors would have lost their money. Can you compare 4.6 million depositors to [the] 3000 people we’re talking about?” he quizzed.
5. Awuah-Darko is so corrupt, I’ll hit him hard – Kennedy Agyapong View pictures in App save up to 80% data.
Self-acclaimed corruption fighter, Kennedy Agyapong, has launched an attack on the person he claims will soon be named running mate of John Dramani Mahama, the flagbearer of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC).
The Assin Central MP claims he has all the documents on Kingsley Kwame Awuah-Darko (aka Kwame Awuah-Darko) proving the latter was involved in corrupt practices during his tenure as Managing Director of Tema Oil Refinery (TOR) and Bulk Oil Storage and Transportation Company Limited (BOST).
Kennedy Agyapong who said he gets all the ‘inside’ information of his political opponents regularly told Paul Adom-Otchere on Good Evening Ghana on Tuesday that people in the NDC have called to tell him that Awuah-Darko will be named as the running mate of John Dramani Mahama.
“That will be very interesting because he is so corrupt; I’ll hit him hard. I’ve gone for all the dossier [documents] from BOST, I’ll start to hit him hard. I want them to name him…” Agyapong said.
Kennedy Agyapong noted that naming Awuah-Darko as the vice-presidential candidate of the NDC makes it easy for the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) to win the December polls.
He further stated that even though he is not really interested in who becomes the NDC's vice presidential candidate, if the NDC decides to go for Kwesi Botchwey instead of Awuah-Darko, he will hit him also with his dealings at Ghana Gas.
“I’ll hit him [Kwesi Botchway] with Ghana Gas. All those helicopters that they bought and diverted it to the Military or whatever, I’ll come with it,” vintage Kennedy Agyapong alleged.
The MP believes NDC has no credible individual within their rank and file to be a vice-presidential candidate to John Dramani Mahama.
Awuah-Darko is said to have snatched the much-awaited NDC running mate slot, after some lobbyists made a strong case for his consideration.
He is said to have knocked off competition from both senior members of the party and other young NDC leading members.
Seniors such as Prof. Kwesi Botchwey, Dr. Kwabena Duffuor, and Prof Jane Naana Opoku Agyeman had their names in high consideration for the vacant position until the former President was made to settle on Awuah-Darko, an NDC oil sector dealer.
Former President John Dramani Mahama was earlier thought to have settled on the Ashanti Region as the home region of his future vice-presidential candidate. This was after a series of fact-finding research projects that looked into the best chance the party could have if the candidate selected his running mate from that region.
But Mr Awuah-Darko who made history during the Mahama Administration as the only Ghanaian to ever occupy Managing Director positions concurrently of two oil sector companies, TOR and BOST, is said to have been told to prepare for an announcement of his nomination.
6. EC holds IPAC ahead of the voters registration exercise View pictures in App save up to 80% data.
With six days to the start of new voter registration, the Electoral Commission (EC) on Wednesday held an Inter-Party Advisory Committee (IPAC) meeting to apprise the stakeholders on the registration exercise.
Representation was made by all political parties and this time the National Democratic Congress (NDC) was represented by Mr Osei Kwame Griffiths, the Director of IT for the NDC, Mr Bede Ziedeng, Director of Elections for the NDC.
Issues discussed amongst others included bussing of party supporters to polling centres, falsely vouching for people, encouraging the registration of minors and the training of polling agents.
Briefing the media at the end of the meeting Mr Bede Ziedeng said, the meeting was a success but there were some lingering issues, which the Commission could not adequately answer.
He said the Commission might not be able to complete the process involved in the registration before the elections.
7. Don’t be like 'that foolish Owusu Aduomi' – Ejisumanhene warns John Kumah View pictures in App save up to 80% data.
The Paramount Chief of the Ejisu Traditional Area of the Ashanti region has described the incumbent Member of Parliament of the Ejisu Constituency, Hon. Kwabena Owusu Aduomi who was defeated at last Saturday’s parliamentary primaries of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) as a “fool” who did nothing to develop the area in the 12 years that he went to Parliament.
Oguakro Afrane Okese IV made the comment when a contender and victor in the primaries, John Apontuah Kumah and his supporters thronged his palace after he was declared the winner of the election on Saturday afternoon.
In a video sighted by MyNewsGh.com, set at the palace of the Ejisumanhene, Oguakro Afrane Okese IV is seen advising John Kumah not repeat the mistakes of the outgoing MP even as he prepares to contest the December 2020 elections on the ticket of the NPP and expects to win and become the Member of Parliament for the Ejisu Constituency in January 2021.
“I will only advise you to be careful and do only what the electorates want; it is true that parliamentarians do not construct roads and other projects, but you can lobby for them to be done if you set your mind to do it; unless you want to behave like that foolish Owusu Aduomi who did nothing for us”.
Hon. Kwabena Owusu Aduomi entered Ghana’s Parliament in January 2009 after unseating incumbent MP and former Foreign Affairs Minister, Kwasi Osei-Adjei at the NPP primaries in the then Ejisu-Juaben Constituency.
8. 90% of NPP’s polling station executives are useless to the party – Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu View pictures in App save up to 80% data.
The Majority Leader in Parliament and MP for Suame, Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu has described the majority of the polling station executives of the ruling New Patriotic Party as useless to the political fortune of the party when it comes to mobilization at the grassroots level, MyNewsGh.com reports.
According to the lawmaker who has been expressing concern about the voting out of experienced legislators saying it impedes effective parliamentary works, the NPP must retake a look at its delegates system as it doesn’t bode well for the party going forward.
The just-ended NPP parliamentary primaries saw 40 incumbent MPs lose their seats, including some who chaired the various parliamentary committees. Many more would have lost had they not gone unopposed.
Speaking on Oman FM via phone-in observed by MyNewsGh.com, Kyei Mensah Bonsu said: “only 5% of the NPP’s polling station executives do the actual work they are supposed to do.”
“You don’t expect John Boadu or Sammi Awuku or Wontumi and Sam Pyne to come and go house to house… It is the polling station executives who are supposed to do that but they don’t do it. […] Even me Osei Kyei Mensah Bonsu if I am doing house to house, how many houses can I enter? It is the polling station executives who must enter every house with the work of the party. But I can say 90 per cent don’t do anything. They don’t add anything to the party... They don’t help us in anyway… They only milk aspirants. It will not help us… Going forward”.. he said.
9. Govt to rebuild demolished Nigerian High Commission building View pictures in App save up to 80% data.
The Ghanaian government has pledged to rebuild the uncompleted building on the property of the Nigerian High Commission after it was demolished by some armed men in Accra on Friday, June 19, 2020.
At a press briefing in Accra on Wednesday, June 24, 2020, Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, said the building will be restored with immediate effect.
"The Lands Commission will proceed to issue a Land Title Certificate to the High Commission of Nigeria to regularize its ownership of the property in question...The Government of Ghana will ensure that the demolished building is restored to its original state as soon as possible,” she said.
The demolition of the property has generated public outbursts and put a strain on the good relations between Ghana and Nigeria.
Meanwhile, President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo rendered an unqualified apology to President Muhammadu Buhari of Nigerian over the building which was pulled down at the residence of the Nigerian High Commissioner in Accra.
The president in a telephone call told his counterpart in Nigeria that "he has directed a full investigation into the incident”.