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Kwaku Baprui Asante

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Former President, John Dramani Mahama, has paid a glowing tribute to the departed statesman and diplomat, K. B.  Asante, whose death was confirmed by his relatives Monday morning.

The National Chairman of the Convention Peoples Party (CPP), Prof Edmund Delle, has eulogised the late retired Ghanaian diplomat, KB Asante saying he was “fearless” and “apolitical.”

“I wish he leaves us the secret of his life because as a doctor I just cannot explain,” he stated on Morning Starr “as those of us who are younger than he was didn’t have the energy that this man had.”

Professor Jane Naana Opoku Agyeman

Politics

The immediate past minister for Education Professor Jane Naana Opoku Agyeman says she will accept the post again if offered to her by the President.

According to the former Vice Chancellor of the University of Cape Coast, who has been accused of incompetence and mismanagement by her successor Dr. Mathew Opoku Prempeh, her desire to see progress in the education sector of the country goes beyond her personal interest.

“If I am called again to be Education Minister, I’ll take the job,” she told Francis Abban on the Morning Starr Monday.

The National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE) is to intensify the campaign on accountability, rule of law and anti-corruption (arap) this year to drum home the need to curb corruption in the country.
The campaign is to complement the national anti-corruption (nacap) crusade being undertaken by the commission.

The Chairperson of the Commission, Ms Josephine Nkrumah, stated this during a press briefing on activities lined by the commission for 2018 last Friday.

The Minister of Gender, Children and Social Protection, Miss Otiko Afisa Djaba, has urged the Ghanaian public to cooperate with the ministry to achieve the goals of its Operation Get off the Street project.

She said in so doing, it was necessary for the public to stop giving money to street children and beggars in order to discourage the children and beggars from staying on the streets.

At a stakeholders meeting in Accra, she said halting the act giving to beggars would also help the ministry achieve the Operation Get off the Street project, which sought to provide a better living for street children while they were off the street.

President Akufo-Addo has charged supporters of the governing New Patriotic Party [NPP], to avoid all forms of disagreements and conflicts which may affect the unity of the party.

He asked them to rally behind the government and give it the needed support to succeed.

President Akufo-Addo said this when he addressed party supporters at an annual meeting in the Ashanti Regional capital, Kumasi.

The ongoing Polling Station Executive elections of the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) are gaining notoriety for clashes as aspirants, or groups loyal to them, turn against their opponents.

On Saturday, the residence of the Wa Municipal Chief Executive, Issahaku Tahiru Moomen, was vandalised by persons believed to be loyal to NPP’s Wa Municipal Chairman, Ali Kamara.

They reportedly attacked a second house belonging to Mr Moomen, but there the timely intervention of security personnel quelled further damage.

National Democratic Congress [NDC], Member of Parliament for Kumbungu, Ras Mubarak, has accused the Chief Justice of altering some of the words in the oath administered to the Speaker of Parliament, Professor Michael Oquaye, who was sworn into office on Sunday as the acting President, in the absence of the President and his Vice.

According to him, the framers of the constitution should have made provisions for the oath to be recited by the acting President when the need arises.

Majority Leader, Osei Kyei Mensah-Bonsu, has suggested that future Speakers of Parliament who may have to act as President be allowed to take only the Oath of Secrecy.

At the moment, Speakers of Parliament who serve as acting President in the absence of both the President and the Vice, are to take only the Oath of Office.

But speaking on the floor of Parliament on Sunday after Professor Michael Oquaye was sworn in as acting President, Mr. Mensah-Bonsu said the country could take a second look at the arrangement.

The Minority leader, Haruna Iddrisu

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The Minority Leader in Parliament, Haruna Iddrisu, is calling for more clarity from the Presidency with respect to the health status of Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia.

Speaking on the Floor of Parliament on Sunday, he criticized the government over its communication of what he described as a “sensitive matter.”

Dr. Bawumia left Ghana for the United Kingdom on Friday night on medical leave after the Presidency indicated that he had taken ill earlier in the day and was undergoing medical checks.

Experienced lawyer, and a member of the Council of State, Sam Okudzeto, has shed light on President Nana Akufo-Addo’s work ethic, revealing that he frequently works late into the night.

The former President of the Ghana Bar Association said contrary to the popular view that being the highest public servant is a comfortable job, it comes with a lot of tough calls and self-sacrifice – and for Nana Akufo-Addo, who wants to leave a lasting legacy, it can become a source of worry for people close to him.

“It is not an easy job. Sometimes I worry for him in the sense that he works too much...he will wake up very early in the morning and work till about 10 o’clock in the evening...Sometimes I tell him, ‘please take your time and rest and cut down on what you are doing.’

An Accra District Court has ordered the pathologist who conducted an autopsy on Member of Parliament for Abuakwa North, J. B. Danquah-Adu to produce his autopsy report by February 8.

This was after Dr Lawrence Edusei, the pathologist who is currently on retirement had told the court that he was working on the report adding that he had so far received pictures from the Police that would help him write the report.

On January 4, this year, Dr Edusei appeared before the court after three subpoenas for him to appear before the court for failing to issue the full autopsy report on the late MP.