Politics

Thu
21
Sep

I’m scared to keep a copy of Kwesi Botchwey report – Ablakwa

National Democratic Congress (NDC) Member of Parliament for North Tongu, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa has said he’s scared of seeing or owning a copy the 455 page Prof. Kwesi Botchwey Committee Report that investigated the crushing defeat of the party in the 2016 elections.

According to him, he fears to own a copy of the report because should its content be leaked into the public domain, he’ll be made a primary suspect, an unpleasant experience he’ll never want to have.

The NDC has been categorical that the findings of the report and copies will not be made available to the public because the contents are classified.

The largest opposition party insists, the report is meant for the leadership of the NDC because it is meant to deal with issues within the party.

Thu
21
Sep

UGCC was formed by a bunch of unserious people - Allotey Jacobs

NDC Central Regional Chairman, Allotey Jacobs says the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) is distorting facts in order to celebrate their own set of heroes on 4th August.

According to Allotey Jacobs, President Akufo-Addo's proposal for 4th August to be legislated as "Founders Day" is merely an attempt to place importance on the founding fathers of the United Gold Coast Convention (UGCC).

But in a stern voice, Allotey bellowed on Peace FM's 'Kokrokoo' that the UGCC did nothing substantial to warrant a holiday in their honour.

To him, the UGCC was not a political party but a "club of aristocrats" who were not serious to fight for the country's independence.

Thu
21
Sep

NDC will reverse Founder's Day to September 21st - Kofi Adams

Should the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) win back power in the future, indications are that it will reverse the changes the governing New Patriotic Party plans to make to Founder’s Day, which is observed on Kwame Nkrumah’s birthday.

The NDC, known for its support for Nkrumaist ideals, deems this move as an attempt to distort Ghana’s by enforcing the idea that Ghana had multiple founders.

The NDC’s Organising Secretary, Kofi Adams, noted to Citi News that “it must be made very clear that a future government, that is not an NPP government will correct this distortion. If they ever attempt to distort this information, it will be corrected.”

The change is only a proposal as yet, but but the September 21 Founder’s Day instituted by the NDC in 2012, has been changed to Nkrumah Memorial Day, via an executive instrument by President Nana Akufo-Addo.

Thu
21
Sep

Ignore Daily Guide’s concoction of Prof. Botchwey report – NDC

The National Organiser of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Kofi Adams, has urged members of the Ghanaian public to reject reports by the Daily Guide newspaper that the Professor Kwesi Botchwey Committee report has been leaked.

The paper, during the week, has published portions of the report it claimed it had in its possession. The paper claimed among other things, that the report blamed former President John Mahama for the party’s defeat in last year’s polls.

However, reacting to this development in a statement, Mr Adams said: “The attention of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) has been drawn to yet another series of false publications by the Daily Guide newspaper and which are being circulated as excerpts from the Professor Kwesi Botchwey Committee report.

Wed
20
Sep

LPG ready to offer constructive criticism — Akpaloo

The Founder and Chairman of the Liberal Party of Ghana (LPG), Mr Kofi Percival Akpaloo, has stated that the party is going to fully participate in the governance process and make it relevant in the affairs of state of the country.

In line with this he gave the assurance that the LPG had positioned itself to offer good governance practices and constructive criticism on behalf of the good people of Ghana.

He has, therefore, stressed that the honeymoon period enjoyed by the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) is over.

He said having been in government over the last eight months, it was appropriate to scrutinise the NPP’s activities and how it was utilising the public purse for the good of the nation.

In an interview with the Daily Graphic in Accra, Mr Akpaloo declared: “It is now time to hold the NPP government to account and draw its attention to the everyday needs and aspirations of the people and society.”

Mon
18
Sep

Kwesi Pratt blasts Bawumia for politicizing Free SHS

The Managing Editor of the Insight Newspaper, Kwesi Pratt Jnr has lashed out at vice president Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia for taking a political twist to the implementation of the free SHS policy.

Moments after the president launched the free SHS policy, the Vice President Dr. Bawumia took to his Facebook wall to tease his political opponents particularly the NDC for suggesting that the policy as an “election gimmick”, a “hoax” or “fraud”.

“We thank God. They said it was impossible. They said it was an election gimmick. They said it was a hoax. Today, the impossible has become possible. Today, Free Senior High School education is here. We thank God for the vision and fortitude of President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo… God bless our homeland Ghana”

Meanwhile, the post seems to have angered veteran journalist and The Managing Editor of the insight Newspaper Kwesi Pratt Jnr.

Mon
18
Sep

Akufo-Addo wants to recognize his family with Founders Day – MP

Member of Parliament for Zabzugu, Alhassan Umar, has suggested to President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to seek parliamentary approval if he wants his family members to be remembered in the history of Ghana.

President Akufo-Addo and his New Patriotic Party come under criticisms in recent time in what is believed to be their bid to place Joseph Kwame Kyeretwie Boakye Danquah above Dr. Kwame Nkrumah in the struggle for Ghana’s independence.

The latest decision by the President to change September 21 (Nkrumah’s birthday) from being Founder’s Day to Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Day and make August 4 Founders Day has reinforced the criticism of Nana Akufo-Addo.

Commenting on the latest decision by the President on Monday on TV3’s New Day, Mr Umar said: “if the President wants his family members to be remembered, then we have to remove the ‘s’ [from Founder’s Day] to be able to include the rest [including JB Danquah]”.

Mon
11
Sep

'All you need for free SHS is chop box' - Deputy Volta Regional Minister

Mr Maxwell Blagogee, the Deputy Volta Regional Minister, has said all a student needed for the free Senior High School was a chop box and that the policy was “putting money in the pockets of the people.”

“When the cost of education is slashed by a greater percentage, the burden on parents and guardians are offloaded and all their wards will need for SHS is a chop box,” he said.

Mr Blagogee, who was addressing a forum in Kpando during a tour by Mr Francis Nyonyo, Member of Council of State for the Region, said government was ready for glitches that might occur in the implementation of the policy.

Mr Nyonyo presented books to the districts in support of the policy and said government’s initiatives must be nurtured by the people.

Public Senior High Schools across the country this morning started admitting students for government’s flagship Free Senior High School policy with reported cases of delays across the Volta Region.

Mon
11
Sep

NDC school admits first 420 students

The first batch of 420 students have been enrolled at the Ghana Institute of Social Democracy (GISD) owned by the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC)

According to its Acting Registrar, Peter Boamah Otokunor, student will undergo various courses in Philosophy, Principles and Practice of Social Democracy; Political Leadership; and Party Organisation and Political Activism.

GISD was inaugurated on August 10 to enlighten its supporters, communicators and leaders of the opposition National Democratic Congress on the principles and ideologies of the party

Mr Peter Boamah Otokunor indicated that authorities anticipated a total of 100 students for a start but the turnout for them was very impressive.

Fri
08
Sep

NDC group angry over Mahama’s upcoming unity walk

Members of a pro-National Democratic Congress (NDC) group, Action Movement, are livid over a supposed unity walk being organized by former President John Mahama.

John Mahama is kick starting his regional unity walk in Tamale in the Northern Region on Saturday.

“I’ll be participating in a unity walk in my home region tomorrow [Saturday]. Tamale alone can draw out millions of people to fill the streets of the whole city…we have enough people to ensure that we have a successful walk. My understanding is that the walk will be repeated in other regions,” Mahama hinted while speaking at a lecture to open the NDC’s National Institute of Social Democracy on Friday.

But the group argued that the exercise is an indirect way of activating Mahama’s bid to lead the NDC in the 2020 election, after he suffered a humiliating defeat in the 2016 election.

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