Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, President of the Republic, left Ghana on Sunday, May 16, 2021, for a nine (9) day official working visit to France, Belgium, and South Africa.
These working visits are part of the President’s efforts to re-engage with the world following the Coronavirus pandemic, and they highlight Ghana’s impressive business-friendly environment to the rest of the world.
In France, President Akufo-Addo is attending a Summit on Financing African Economies hosted by French President Emmanuel Macron on Tuesday, May 18.
The Summit brings together various African and European leaders and heads of international financial institutions to devise strategies for Africa’s recovery.
Speaking on Peace FM’s ‘Kokrokoo’ on Tuesday, Kwesi Pratt questioned the logic in organizing the summit in France.
He asked why the African leaders would leave Africa to attend a summit on COVID-19 in France, asking if there is no place in West Africa where they could have held the summit.
To Mr. Pratt, this sends a wrong signal, hence stressing Africa must wake up and stop the neocolonialism.
“So, if there is an outbreak of COVID in West Africa and we want to discuss issues about it, we have to go to Paris. We couldn’t organize it in Ghana, Lagos or Abuja, unless we send it to Paris. Why? Emmanuel Macron is doing this because he knows what he wants. You know what, all the French-speaking African countries’ foreign reserves are stored in the Central Bank of France to the extent that the French-speaking African countries save up their foreign reserves in France, go back for a loan and pay interest on it. This arrangement between us and the former colonial metropolis doesn’t help West Africa,” he said.
Mahama Begged Me To Do This With Him But I Said No To It – Afia Schwar Drops Dirty Secret
Loudmouth media personality cum actress, Afia Schwarzenegger has revealed that Former President John Dramani Mahama in the wake of the 2020 elections begged him.
We can recall the controversial YouTuber who also doubles as the mother of twins was a strong campaigner of Former President John Dramani Mahama.
The cause of his departure from the campaign of John Dramani Mahama was not known and it raised several questions in the media.
She added that she seriously admired John Dramani Mahama and it remained difficult for him to turn him down but he couldn’t help herself.
Afia added that she was not comfortable campaigning for the National Democratic Congress (NDC) since Ghanaians massively voted against them in 2016. This according to her is enough evidence that Ghanaians don’t want John Mahama back as president.
“…John Mahama wanted me to campaign for him in the 2020 elections but I said no to him because i knew Ghanaians disliked him…” he said.
Full Details: Coup Plotters Wanted To Bomb NCA, Block Jubilee House, And Arrest Akufo
Members of Take Action Ghana (TAG), alleged coup plotters facing prosecution in court planned to engage in series of attacks including arresting President Akufo-Addo, Vice President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, Speaker of Parliament, and the Chief Justice at one function.
According to prosecution witness Colonel Isaac Amponsah during a cross examination in the case of ACP Benjamin Agorzor and nine others, the group planned to bomb NCA in order to shut down radio stations, block al entry and exit routes to Jubilee house among others.
“On the 5th July, a conversation between Dr. Mac Palm and the BNI informant who had infiltrated the TAG, Dr. Mac Palm gave details of all the plan including the blocking of 66 Artillery Regiment, the Jubilee House, and indicated that they will block all the exit and entry route so that Ofori-Atta and all the big guys cannot escape”, Colonel Amponsah told an Accra High Court.
He further stated Dr. Mac Palm “also talked about capturing of the president and referred to a function that took place in the north”.
He stressed that at the said function, “the President was there, Vice President was there and the Speaker of Parliament was there and he indicated that he didn’t see the Chief Justice and they are looking for a function where all four are present so they can capture them”.
Health Minister Should Be Sacked Over Sputnik-V Vaccine Procurement Saga – Martin Kpebu Boldly Tells Akufo-Addo
A Private Legal Practitioner, Martin Kpebu, has called on President Akufo-Addo to sack the Health Minister, Kwaku Agyeman Manu.
According to him, the Minister has not shown prudence in the handling of the procurement of the Sputnik – V vaccine for the national inoculation exercise.
A Norwegian news tabloid, Verdens Gang, reported that Ghana has made a request to purchase 3.4 million doses of the Sputnik V vaccine through two businessmen who are selling it to Ghana at $19 per dose instead of the $10 per dose on the international market.
This has generated public uproar, with the Minority in Parliament and others calling for the cancellation of the deal.
However, the government has explained that it could not secure the vaccines directly from the manufacturer, hence the need to go through some middlemen, and that explains why the cost is higher than the standard price of the Russian vaccine.
But Martin Kpebu in an interview Citi News insisted that the Health Minister has failed in that regard.
He said the least the President can do is to sack him.
“He should know that Ghanaians are very vigilant; so this one, I think the Health Minister has been too sloppy and the least the President can do is to sack him. The President should know that we are very angry with what the Health Minister has done, he has not shown prudence at all and has also shown no sensitivity to how Ghanaians react to issues of money.”
The Minority in Parliament is demanding the immediate abrogation of the contract.
According to the Ranking Member on the Health Committee, Kwabena Mintah Akandoh, revelations about the government procuring vaccines at $19 per dose instead of $10 smacks of financial impropriety and cost inflation.
“The minority in Parliament will urge the government to reconsider both terms of this contract with particular emphasis on price and work assiduously through proper diplomatic and approved channels to secure COVID-19 vaccines for Ghanaians.”
He also believes the deal should have gone to Parliament for approval because it passes for an international agreement.
“This contract is unconstitutional, null, and void and the government should abrogate and refrain from making any payment with respect to this contract before laying the entirety of the contract before Parliament for scrutiny and subsequent approval.”
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