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Everything You Need To Know About Honourable Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa

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Everything You Need To Know About Honourable Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa

Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa is the Member of Parliament for the North Tongu in the Volta region. He served as a deputy minister of state under both John Atta Mills and John Dramani Mahama.

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He has a reputation for being a passionate youth and political activist. He loves to associate with the cause of the masses seeing that as his natural constituency.

He was a member of the Committee for Joint Action (CJA) a pro-masses pressure group, an author and a prolific writer.

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He was also a member of the team that drafted his party’s youth policies in the NDC’s manifesto for the 2008 campaign.

Before all these, he had served as President of the National Union of Ghana Students (NUGS) from 2005 to 2006.

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In his foray in national politics, he was a member of the then candidate John Evans Atta Mills Campaign Communication Team and until his appointment as Deputy Minister for Information served on Government’s Transition Team.

Hon. Samuel Okudjeto Ablakwa in 2012 contested and won in the parliamentary elections to represent the North Tongu Constituency in Parliament

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He has been guest speaker at many local and international events where he advocates on the need for humanity to eliminate all forms of injustice and sincerely commit to a fair and just society.

Some programmes and seminars he has participated in are:

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• Washington DC and Chicago – October, 2009

American Council for Young Political Leaders

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• Copenhagen, Denmark – April, 2008

Copenhagen Consensus Youth Summit

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• Accra, Ghana – August, 2007

Coalition for the passage of the Freedom of Information Bill

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• Dimona, Israel – June, 2007

On invitation by the African Hebrew Israelites to study an amazing Regenerative Health model.

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• Tripoli, Libya – June, 2007

Member of the Activists African Meeting for a Federal State of Africa as a precursor to the 9th Summit of the African Union.

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• Tripoli, Libya – November, 2006

Conference on African and Arabic CSOs on the United States of Africa project.

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• Legon, Ghana – January, 2006

Annual New Year School

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• Johannesburg, South Africa – July, 2006

Head of Ghana’s delegation- All Africa Students Union (AASU) Executive Committee Meeting and Special Awards Session.

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His earlier commitments have included:

2007 to April, 2009 – Managing Director, Savvi Solutions

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2009 – Acting Secretary, NDC Transition Team

2009 – Secretary, NDC Transitional Task Force on Sanitation and Waste Management

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2008 – Member, NDC Communications Team for 2008 Campaign

2008 – Member, NDC Manifesto Working Group on Youth and Sports

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2008 – Supervisor, NDC Ballot Paper Printing Monitoring Team

 

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2006 – 2009 – Member, Committee for Joint Action (CJA)

2008-2009 – Member, Free Tsatsu Tsikata Campaign

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November 2006 to August 2007 – National Service: Office Of Parliament, Research Unit

January, 2006 – Reviewer of the 2005 United Nations World Youth Report at the UN Ghana Office.

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August 2002 – September 2003: Campus Manager, Carrera Computers Internet Café (University of Ghana)

March 2000 to July 2002: Public Relations Officer, Cosmopolitan Computer Services (CCS)

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August 1998 – August 1999: Trustee, Greater Accra Regional Students’ Representative Council

December 2004 -February 2005 – Consultant, KNUST SRC 10-Year Strategic Plan

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Mr. Okudzeto Ablakwa has received numerous awards including the TNG Corporate Excellence Awards – Accra, 2010, Outstanding Youth Leader in West Africa by the West Africa Students’ Union (WASU) – Kaduna, Nigeria 2009, Special Alumnus Award by the National Union of Ghana Students’ (NUGS) – 2009, Old Vandal Award – 2008, Award of recognition by the Volta Hall JCR of the University of Ghana – 2005 and a special Fellow of the Private University Students Association of Ghana (PUSAG).

He is an Accredited Member (APR)of the Institute of Public Relations (IPR),Ghana.

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He has also been honoured by the Mepe Traditional Council and the Tepa Traditional Council where he is known as the “Mmrantiehene.”

He is a Project Management Practitioner (PRINCE2), an associate member of the Institute of Public Relations, Ghana and an alumnus of the American Council for Young Political Leaders.

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He is an old boy of Presbyterian Boys’ Secondary School (PRESEC), Legon and the University of Ghana. He remains a proud Vandal.

Source: www.GhanaCNN.com

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Mahama Must Know Ghana Is Governed By Laws – Kamal-Deen On Charlotte Osei’s Removal

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Mahama Must Know Ghana Is Governed By Laws – Kamal-Deen On Charlotte Osei’s Removal

The deputy Communication Director for the governing NPP, Kamal-Deen Abdulai says the former Electoral Commission (EC) boss, madam Charlotte Osei was lawfully removed from office.

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According to him, the laws will apply on anybody irrespective of the offender’s status in the country adding that when you flout it you cannot escape the consequences that come with the offends.

His comments come on the back of former President John Mahama questioning how State institutions have been bastardized in the country by the current administration.

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Delivering a lecture on “Africa’s Strategic Priorities and Global Role” at Chatham House, London last Friday January 27, 2023, the former President also recounted how the former EC boss was removed.

Commenting on the lecture by the former President on Starr News, Mr. Kamal-Deen stated that it is unfair for former President Mahama to describe the removal of the former EC boss as frivolous on an international stage such the Chatham House.

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“No matter who you are, our constitution is clear that no one is above the law and for His Excellency John Dramani Mahama who hascbeen the President of the republic of Ghana before, and who swore according to the constitution of Ghana and swore to uphold all the laws of Ghana.

“It will be very unfair to the system when he says that reasons for the asking of Charlotte Osei from office were frivolous. The question that comes to mind is that was Charlotte Osei taken out of office as a result of due process of the law? As a result, she has relented on her duties and to the extent that she has flouted the laws of this country or not, and if the answer is yes then I think that President Mahama should come again.

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“I think it is unfair for a statesman to make such a statement. With the young people growing up we all have learnt that we need to be bonded by the laws of the country. We need to actually work with them and Charlotte Osei.

“The accusations that came for her removal emanated from the same institution, people she was working with. Even Commissioners that were at the same table had problems with her and she had problems with them.”

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Mr. Kamal-Deen stated that the former President should not sit anywhere and formulate any story while the accusations and counter accusations from EC under the leadership of Charlotte Osei got her out of office.

“Me I will maintain that no matter how little a law appears and no matter how little a crime appears it is still a crime. So long as it is defined by the law as a crime and if it is punishable and if consequences are to come with them, they are supposed to come with them and of course you will face them as well.”

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Source: www.GhanaCNN.com

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Asiedu Nketia Is Implicating Bagbin As Brain Behind Removal of Haruna, Muntaka – Koku Anyidoho

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Asiedu Nketia Is Implicating Bagbin As Brain Behind Removal of Haruna, Muntaka – Koku Anyidoho

A Former Deputy General Secretary of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) Koku Anyidoho believes that the latest comments by the National Chairman of the NDC Johnson Asiedu Nketia on why the changes to the Minority Leadership, is implicating the Speaker of Parliament Alban Bagbin for being the brain behind the action.

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Mr Asiedu Nketia has stated that the NDC cannot accept a situation where New Patriotic Party (NPP) Members of Parliament cooperate with Speaker Alban Bagbin when NDC lawmakers are not doing same even though Mr Bagbin is from the NDC.

Addressing the NDC UK/Ireland Chapter during a visit to London after accompanying former president John Dramani Mahama for a public lecture engagement at Chatham House, Mr Nketia said “My priority in Parliament is to see our parliamentary caucus working together and also cooperating with the Speaker of Parliament. Why did we struggle to get an NDC person elected as a Speaker of Parliament?

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“There are certainly some advantages and those advantages can be tapped into when your leadership is cooperating with the speaker. So we cannot have a situation where NPP is cooperating with the speaker and our NDC leadership has challenges with the speaker and if you are given a party whose leadership in Parliament is not working together, what will you do? You make the changes or you resign and I am not about to resign.”

Source: www.GhanaCNN.com

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Leaked Audio Tape: Court Orders Samuel Ofosu-Ampofo, Kwaku Boahen To Answer To Charges

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Leaked Audio Tape: Court Orders Samuel Ofosu-Ampofo, Kwaku Boahen To Answer To Charges

The High Court in Accra has ordered the former National Chairman of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Samuel Ofosu Ampofo, and a former Deputy Communications Officer, Anthony Kweku Boahen, to open their defence to charges.

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The two were charged in 2019 with conspiracy to cause harm following a leaked audio tape in which they were alleged to have plotted to harm the Chairperson of the Electoral Commission and the Chairman of the Peace Council.

Both are also separately facing a charge of assault on a public officer, but have pleaded not guilty and been granted bail.

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In the course of the trial, the prosecution called three witnesses to give evidence towards the proof of their various charges. But, after the closure of the prosecution’s case, the accused persons through their lawyers, each filed a submission of no case to answer on November 24, last year.

They contend that the prosecution’s witnesses were unable to prove the charges against them, so the court should acquit and discharge them.

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Ruling on the submission of no case on Thursday, January 26, Justice Samuel Asiedu, now a Justice of the Supreme Court sitting as an additional High Court judge, said a prima facie case has been established against them by the prosecution.

According to the judge, there is evidence on the record in respect of the charges brought up against them, and the court is satisfied that, given the evidence before it, it is fit and proper that the accused persons are called upon to open their defence.

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“The court has examined the evidence which has been placed before it by the prosecution vis-à-vis the charges which the accused persons are facing and the court has come to a conclusion that there is evidence on record in respect of the charges brought up against the accused persons.

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“This is not the stage for the court to review the evidence and make pronouncements as to the guilt or innocence of the accused persons. The court is satisfied that given the evidence before it, it is fit and proper that the accused persons be called to enter upon their defence.

“In this regard, the court adopts the statement of the law espoused in Asamoah and Another vs. The Republic (supra) to the effect that: ‘There is no rule of law or procedure which gives an accused person the automatic right to make a submission of no case to answer at the close of the prosecution’s case in a criminal trial.

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“In a summary trial, it is at the discretion of the Judge to determine whether or not a prima facie case has been made out against the accused persons, having regard to the evidence adduced.

“Where there is cogent evidence against the accused a trial Judge did not have to waste time inviting counsel for the accused to make a submission of no case…An appellate court only has to ascertain whether, at the close of evidence in support of the charge, a case was made out against the accused sufficiently to require him to open his defence.

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“Furthermore, the standard of proof the prosecution bears at the stage of the trial before the appellants open their defence is not proof beyond a reasonable doubt. See Tsatsu Tsikata v The Republic [2003-2004] SCGLR 1068.”

“For the above reasons, the court said, “the submission of no case to answer is hereby overruled. The accused persons shall open their defence accordingly.”

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The accused persons have been charged with the offence of conspiracy to cause harm contrary to sections 23(1) and 69 of the Criminal Offences Act, 1960, (Act 29), as amended. This charge appears in count one of the charge sheet.

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The 1st accused has also been charged, in count two, with the offence of assault on a public officer contrary to section 205(a) of the Criminal Offences Act, 1960, (Act 29). Likewise, the 2nd accused has also been charged.

Source: www.GhanaCNN.com

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