Michael Adangba, a Ghanaian Traditional Musician noted with songs for development says the National Democratic Congress (NDC) lost the 2016 Election due to the contradictory messages contained in the party’s campaign songs.
Outspoken New Patriotic Party (NPP) has stated unequivocally that five persons under the previous National Democratic Congress (NDC) administration will soon face criminal and civil prosecutions for their alleged involvement in shady deals.
The Finance Minister Ken Ofori-Atta has served notice that there will be huge cuts on salaries and allowances of CEOs of State-Owned Enterprises (SOEs).
The move, according to him, is meant to ensure that none of the CEOs earn more than the president.
Mr. Ofori-Atta made this known recently while addressing a policy and governance forum on governance and strategic policy for the Civil Society Organisation sector.
“We currently have a mirage of remuneration schedule that we don’t quite understand. I think we need to begin to rationalise it to make it clear where remuneration ends so that it does not go beyond the presidency,” he said.
President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo says his quest to modernise Ghana is resolute and unwavering.
The President disclosed this when he addressed attendees of the 33rd awards GALA of the Africa -America Institute held at the Mandarin Oriental building in Manhattan, New York City, where he received the AAI 2017 National Achievement Award.
According to President Akufo-Addo, Ghana is a country blessed with many natural and human resources and that with prudent management and deployment of these resources, the country will attain higher heights of development.
Mallam Shamuna Uztaz Jibril has been accurate with his predictions prior to the 2016 elections – and he has again anticipated that former President John Dramani Mahama will be a threat to the incumbent in the next presidential election.
The Islamic cleric, numerologist, philosopher, and an acclaimed spiritual hacker in an interview with Peacefmonline.com indicated that, even though Ex- President John Mahama has not won the primaries in his party to contest for the presidency but "he will be a serious threat in 2020”.
The soothsayer explained that “Based on my spiritual calculations, he [John Mahama] will win the primaries with an unexpected margin of votes and will have a mysterious reception in the party . . . and also coming with a full force to the presidential election.”
“What I mean by serious threat is that anything can happen. Thus, the election is not going to be easy for the ruling party as it was in 2016. That is to say he will not be seen as opposition candidate. There will be serious struggle between him and the incumbent,” he added
Mallam Shamuna Uztaz Jibril however failed to predict a victory for John Mahama – “As to whether he is winning or losing the 2020 elections, is not the focus of attention now, I will present that one later.”
He also warned the Nana Addo-led government ahead of the 2020 elections -“Finally, the year 2020 is a mysterious year and cannot be taken for granted. Anything can happen in the spiritual realm. I therefore caution the elephant to restructure its political muscles and stand firm. Allah knows best.”
A former Deputy Minister of Finance, Cassiel Ato Forson, has confirmed that his Ministry authourised the purchase of the defective national ambulances following a directive from the Ministry of Health to do so.
“I want to put on record that the Ministry of Finance only acted upon instruction from the Ministry of Health to issue a sight Letter of Credit on their behalf, utilising MOH 2014 budgetary allocations,” he said on his Facebook page.
Mr. Forson made the comments in reaction to revelations that some 30 ambulances purchased were not fit for the purposes for which they were procured.
Health Minister, Kwaku Agyemang-Manu, who led a group of journalists to inspect the ambulances last week, noted that although it has been established that the 30 ambulances supplied by Big Sea Ltd were defective, an amount of €2.4 million had been disbursed from the consolidated fund to pay for the ambulances.
The Professor Kwesi Botchwey Committee that investigated why the National Democratic Congress (NDC) lost last December's elections said former President John Mahama's lifestyle in the run-up to the election was a factor in the loss.
According to the 65-page Executive Summary of the report, “President Mahama lives a life of a movie star,” getting to the election in which the NDC performed abysmally.
Senior research fellow at the Institute of African Studies, Dr Kojo Opoku Aiddo, says Ghana’s past achievements and ongoing development cannot be attributed to any singular person or group.
He notes that one of the best ways to resolve the ongoing debate about Dr Kwame Nkrumah’s status as the founder of Ghana is to acknowledge that the country’s liberation efforts from the pre-colonial era to independence resulted from a myriad of collaborative efforts.
“The project to liberate Ghana from colonial rule started and was contributed to by many, many people; so many years even before Nkrumah arrived in his country.
“If we want to deal with the issues as objectivity demands, then it is quite unacceptable to say that just one person established Ghana,” he said on current affairs programme, PM Express, on the Joy News channel in MultiTV, Monday.
The opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) will hold a 'solidarity march' on Thursday, September 21 to commemorate the Founder’s Day celebration of the birthday of Dr Kwame Nkrumah.
“The March, which will commence at 6am, will move from Nima, through Kwame Nkrumah Circle, to UTC and end up at the Community Center next to the Kwame Nkrumah Mausoleum,” said a release by the party’s Deputy General Secretary, Koku Anyidoho.
The opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) has said it will use every available means to repel moves by President Akufo-Addo to alter the historical records of the country.
According to General Secretary of the NDC, Johnson Asiedu Nketia, it is an established fact that Dr. Kwame Nkrumah fought for the Independence of Ghana and not the President’s father, Edward Akufo-Addo or his grandfather, J.B Danquah as “he wants all of us to believe”.
President Akufo-Addo has come under a barrage of attacks after he revealed plans to present a legislation before Parliament to set aside August 4 as a day to celebrate Ghana's founders, including 'The Big Six', ditching September 21, the original date.
Ghana’s former ambassador to the Netherlands Dr Tony Aidoo believes Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia was the fulcrum of the New Patriotic Party’s 2016 election triumph.
The vociferous diplomat noted the then vice presidential candidate of the NPP had a field day with his economic analysis and lectures ahead of the general polls.
He stressed the ruling NDC then failed to counter the former deputy governor of the Bank of Ghana “with the facts”.
The Convention People’s Party says government's proposal to make August 4, the country's Founders' Day is a deliberate ploy to protect the ancestry of the President.
The party said it was not surprised by the announcement because President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has demonstrated his readiness to alter Ghana’s history to favour his family since he was sworn in on January 7.
CPP Communications Director, Abdul Kadri Rauf told Joy News Monday, arguments put out in support of the August 4 Founders’ Day proposal, are “lame and completely flawed.”