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President Akufo-Addo Is Managing Ghana Very Well – Dormaahene

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President Akufo-Addo Is Managing Ghana Very Well – Dormaahene

Dormaahene, Oseadeeyo Agyeman Badu II has praised President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo and his appointees in the administration of the country since assuming office in 2017.

Leading a delegation of the Bono Regional House of Chiefs to a meeting with the President at the Jubilee House on May 18, the outspoken chief who has been critical of the NPP government thanked the first gentleman of the land for properly steering the affairs of the country despite global headwinds.

He pointed to some government flagship programs including the introduction of the Free Senior High School policy and the One District One Factory, stressing that the particular policies were benefiting the entire nation.

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“When you watch all around the globe today, you will realize that times are hard and things are difficult, but you and members of your government are steering the affairs of the nation very well and we are all doing our part and we thank you for that.

“If we are here today, we want to thank you for the introduction of the Free SHS policy because lots of the nation’s children are benefitting from it,” the Daily Guide newspaper quoted him as saying.

The Dormaahene added that; “there is a lot you are doing but if I say I will talk about all that, then I may lose focus of the issue I brought here. But we know you are still doing them so we thank you and members of your administration.

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“Apart from that (Free SHS) is the One District, One Factory policy which has been of immense benefit to the entire nation”, he said.

Oseadeeyo Agyeman Badu II also thanked the president for the construction of the Sunyani airport.

On challenges confronting his region, the chief lamented the slow pace of road construction in the Bono region while urging the President to ensure it was expedited.

The Dormaahene also pleaded with President Akufo-Addo to upgrade the Sunyani Regional Hospital to the status of a teaching hospital.

He asked the president to provide the needed infrastructure for the University of Energy and Natural Resources (UENR) and Sunyani Technical University.

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On his part, President Akufo-Addo thanked the chiefs for their visit promising to tackle their concerns and to even do more.

Source: www.GhanaCNN.com

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Kejetia Market Built By Mahama Is Needless, It’s Causing Traffic In Kumasi – Wontumi Alleges

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Kejetia Market Built By Mahama Is Needless, It’s Causing Traffic In Kumasi – Wontumi Alleges

Since they all turned to the IMF during their terms as president, Ghana’s decision to approach it has sparked a lot of debate regarding who is the best between Mahama and Nana Addo. There have been many things established, and there will be more.

The chairman of Ashanti Regional has been making headlines on the internet with his straightforward and pro-NPP utterances against the NDC, one of which was made at the NPP’s delegate conference last year and drew a lot of attention.

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Under Nana Addo’s leadership, he said, Ghana is superior to the United Kingdom, United States of America, and other European nations. He recently made another statement, which I will provide to you in this piece.

President Mahama, according to Chairman Wontumi. He said, “John Mahama’s New Kejetia Market is unnecessary; it is clogging up Kumasi.” Because of his reputation for making things like these, many were alarmed and reacted right afterwards.

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The Ashanti Region’s natives have access to a tranquil trading atmosphere at John Mahama’s Market in Kumasi, which has received international recognition as one of West Africa’s greatest markets.

Source: www.GhanaCNN.com

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Victory For NDC In 2024 Has  Begun As Over One Thousand Party Members Defect to NDC; Sworn-In By Asiedu Nketia -Photos

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Victory For NDC In 2024 Has  Begun As Over One Thousand Party Members Defect to NDC; Sworn-In By Asiedu Nketia -Photos

Over one thousand members of the Progressive Peoples Party (PPP) have defected to the largest opposition party, National Democratic Congress (NDC) in Wa, Upper West Region.

The defectors were led by the Regional Chairman of the PPP, Adams Osman said they are not happy with the happenings in the PPP and hence joined the NDC which they see as attractive and will better serve their political aspirations.

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The swearing-in programme held on Sunday had all constituency and regional executives present at the ceremony.

The defectors were sworn in by the General Secretary of the NDC, Johnson Asiedu Nketia who encouraged other regions to emulate the PPP in the Upper West by joining the NDC.

The PPP was led by Brigitte Dzogbenuku as their presidential candidate back in the 2020 presidential elections.

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The party garnered 6,849 representing 0.05% of votes cast.

Source: www.GhanaCNN.com

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Fresh Scandal Uncovered: Over $31M COVID-19 Theft At Ministry Of Communications Finally Exposed?; Details Dropped

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Fresh Scandal Uncovered: Over $31M COVID-19 Theft At Ministry Of Communications Finally Exposed?; Details Dropped

The compilation of unassailable documents we are reviewing quite painstakingly confirm that for the 2020 and 2021 fiscal years, the Ghanaian taxpayer was saddled with a colossal US$36,061,637.62.

A breakdown of US$31,596,512.12 in 2020 and US$4,465,125.50 in 2021.

The total sum works out to an impressive GHS290million at current exchange.

The Finance Minister opened up to numerous expenditure items far lower than half of this (an example is the infamous serving of packed food which he claimed cost us GHS54million)

Unauthorized Use of Single Source Procurement Method.

In a 27th January, 2021 letter from the Public Procurement Authority (PPA) signed by the then Acting Chief Executive, Mr. Frank Mante — the PPA described the Minister of Communications and Digitalisation’s 2020 conduct as an ‘unauthorized use of the single source procurement method.’

Ghana’s Public Procurement Act, 2003 (Act 663) as Amended with (Act 914) makes adequate provision for how single-source procurement should be carried out in periods of emergency or during catastrophic events, however, none of those provisions were respected.

2020 Cabinet Approval

It is emerging from a letter dated 1st December, 2020 and signed by Deputy Minister for Finance at the time, Hon. Charles Adu Boahen that Cabinet approved only US$8million for the Smart Workplace Project.

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It remains a mystery how the Communications Minister defied this Cabinet decision and proceeded to award a US$31.5million contract.

Company Track Record

Our indisputable findings reveal that Smart Infraco Limited had absolutely no track record before being handed the lucrative, albeit illegal contract.

The company was incorporated as recently as 9th October, 2019 – a few months before signing the Smart Workplace sweetheart deal of March 25, 2020.

Nigerian Connection and Domination of Sector

It is disheartening to observe that despite the many celebrated Ghanaian indigenous IT firms which are globally sought after, Smart Infraco Limited with absolutely no track record that measures up with Ghanaian tech companies is the most preferred by government when its promoters and lead directors are Nigerians.

As a Pan Africanist, I would have had no reservations per se, were they a company with a proven track record and basic respect for our procurement laws.

Interestingly, it’s lead director, Angela Onwuka who signed the notorious March 25, 2020 Agreement, publicly admits she has no IT background. She claims to be a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN).

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Her powerful Nigerian backers led by the ever shadowy and elusive Philip Olaiya now dominate and totally control government contracts in the Ghanaian IT ecosystem. They have recently floated another company known as Ascend Digital Solutions Limited which like Smart Infraco is outsmarting the uninitiated and unconnected. With this new vehicle, they are poised for a firmer grip and an even much bigger lion’s share. From the opaque Kelni GVG deal; enhanced e-Government Infrastructure project dated 2nd November, 2020; World Bank US$115million eTransform Ghana Project; to the new Airtel Tigo Ghana Limited and Ascend Digital Solutions JV created to grab the Exim-China/ABSA Bank €164.9million Ghana Rural Telephony and Digital Inclusion Project — a deal we shall discuss in detail another day; the illegal and unpatriotic state capture by abominable proportions ought to be condemned and dismantled.

Final Observations

How many other dubious COVID-19 expenditure items did the Finance Minister conceal from Parliament and the Ghanaian people?

What is the true total COVID-19 expenditure?

When will Government sanction and prosecute its own officials violating our procurement laws with utter impunity?

Parliament’s special joint committee of Finance and Health about to forensically probe COVID-19 expenditure has the most crucial mandate in Ghana’s entire parliamentary history.

For a government that has initiated prosecution on procurement charges leading to people languishing in jail; a government still prosecuting political opponents for alleged procurement breaches; an Akufo-Addo presidency happy to serve as a willing conveyor belt leading to the removal of an Electoral Commissioner who declared him winner of the 2016 elections — the current developments and countless cases of procurement infractions all make for a fascinating future ahead of us.”

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It will be recalled that the speaker of parliament agreed to a call by minority to probe all Covid 19 expenditure. He directed the committees on finance and health to carry out the exercise and report back to parliament in October this year.

Source: www.GhanaCNN.com

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