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Joy News uncovers plan to train NPP party activists for election 2020

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Joy News uncovers plan to train NPP party activists for election 2020

Joy News uncovers plan to train NPP party activists for election 2020

Joy News has uncovered a plan by Upper West Regional Coordinating Council and its Regional Security Liaison Office to recruit and train activists of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) for the 2020 elections.

The activists, who will be called “Election Security Team”, are expected to, among other things guard ballot boxes during the elections.

This is contained in a leaked letter supposedly addressed to the NPP Constituency Chairman in the Upper West region signed by Regional Security Liaison Officer, Capt. Simon Ansu Tengabo (Rtd).

The letter was also copied to the NPP Regional Chairman, Upper West Region, the Regional Minister, Alhassaan Suleman and all Municipal and District Chief Executives in the Upper West region.

In the letter, Capt. Tengabo said, “Grateful you submit a list of suitable security oriented party members for training as Election Security Team to closely monitor the 2020 elections starting from the re-opening of the voters register through to the actual elections and up to the declaration of results.”

The list, according to the Regional Liaison Officer must include a leader of the party in the region and 10 others.

“After their training/orientation, the teams will in turn select and also train polling station Elections Security Team to cover all polling stations in your area.

“Please carefully select and submit your District/Municipal list to the Regional Security Liaison Officer, Regional Coordinating Council, Wa, Upper West region.”

Specific telephone numbers were included in the letter and the list was expected by February 2019.

This revelation comes barely 24 hours after government sponsored a two-day national security stakeholders’ forum to deliberate on ending political vigilantism following the violence at the Ayawaso West Wuogon by-election.

While government has set up and inaugurated a three-member Commission of Inquiry to investigate that violence, the emergence of this letter appears to throw a spanner into the spokes.

A Joy News reporter posed as one of the constituency chairmen and called Capt. Tengabo about the list of party activists he wants selected and the purpose of the letter.

He said in the telephone conversation that the team is needed so that in the event that some people want to disrupt the voting process and the police is incapable of handling the situation, they will intervene.

“Don’t bring weak people that when you shout at them they run away, they should be courageous people,” Capt. Tengabo stressed.

The development terrifies Security Expert, Dr. Kwesi Aning.

He is shocked that just days after the violence that disturbed the Ayawaso West Wuogon by-elections, the governing party which should be condemning and working towards ensuring that subsequent elections go on a similar tangent are rather planning worse.

“The front line institution for election security is the Ghana Police Service supported by allied services with the military as the last security institution.

“So to find a political party that sends this letter out two days before the stakeholder meeting at Aburi poses very disturbing issues about the trust that the stakeholder process seeks to engender among different interest groups,” he said.

A disturbed Dr Anning added that “And I think some people within the NPP would have to explain to the people of this country why state resources are being abused and used for parochial party political interest. This ties in to the national security business that took place at the Ayawaso West Wuogon by-election,”

He said the move by the NPP is unconstitutional, undermines the role of official security services, and threatens their loyalty to the state and their willingness and preparedness to lay down their lives for Ghana.

The implication of such irresponsible behaviour, in his view, is what was witnessed at Ayawaso on January 31.

“These disparate acts of irresponsibility almost come together to read as a declaration of war,” he said.

Source: Myjoyonline.com

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Shisha is illegal in Ghana – FDA

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Shisha is illegal in Ghana – FDA

The Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) says water pipe tobacco smoking popularly known as ‘shisha’ is illegal in Ghana.

A Senior Regulatory Officer at the FDA, Juliana Amankwah-Marfo, told the Ghana News Agency, that, “By law FDA has to regulate its usage. Operators must come to us to register before offering it to the public but no one has come to us to register.”

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the water pipe tobacco smoking which is also known as “hookah or narghileh” is a form of tobacco consumption that utilizes a single or multi-stemmed instrument to smoke flavoured or non-flavoured tobacco, where smoke is designed to pass through water or other liquids before reaching the smoker.

It consists of a head or tobacco bowl in which tobacco is placed, a body, a water bowl, a hose and a mouthpiece.

Operators of most pubs and drinking spots in the urban areas make the water pipes available to their customers who openly inhale the flavoured tobacco smoke emanating from it. Mrs Amankwah-Marfo urged the public to report operators of pubs, restaurants, drinking spots among others who offer it to their customers as well as shops that trade in it.

She disclosed that officials of the FDA had seized a number of the water pipes in some big malls and supermarkets with administrative sanctions handed over to them.

According to her, they also visited pubs and other places unannounced to check the use of such illicit drugs and seized their equipment and subsequently issued sanctions adding that those who refused to adhere to the sanctions were put before the courts.

She appealed to the general public to help the FDA to clamp down on activities of operators and smokers of illicit drugs especially shisha by reporting them to the Authority.

She pleaded with the youth to stay away from it and any other tobacco product as engaging in it predisposed them to cancer regretting that “now it is the trend among the youth as they wrongly believe that because the tobacco is flavoured, their health is secured”.

A fact sheet from the WHO indicated that shisha was becoming more popular among the youth due to its flavoured tobacco. The erroneous perception that drawing tobacco smoke through water made it less harmful than cigarette smoking.

The WHO stated that shisha smoking was dangerous to human health as laboratory analyses of the smoke revealed measurable levels of carcinogens and other toxicants which smokers absorb in appreciable amounts.

Other effects of water pipe smoking included elevated heart rate and blood pressure, acute cardiovascular effects, impaired lung function, increased lung inflammation, low birth weight, cancers and male infertility.

Source: Ghana News Agency

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Number of Akufo-Addo’s ministers high – NPP MP

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Number of Akufo-Addo’s ministers high – NPP MP

The Member of Parliament for New Juaben South Dr. Mark Asibe Yeboah has said the number of ministers in the Akufo-Addo government is high, adding a lesser number could have been enough to run the affairs of the country.

He was however quick to add that the performance of the government after the 4-year tenure will justify the size of the government.

Dr. Asibe Yeboah was one of the critics of the 80 Ministers who worked in the previous John Mahama government describing the number of ministers as too high

When quizzed on Koforidua-based Kingdom FM whether he still stands by his position given that the NPP government has over 123 ministers following the creation of new regions, he said “well, I still think that the 124 Ministers might be on the high side but the President’s explanation is that he must be judged on the work they will do at the end of the four years. If the number of Ministers in his government do not commensurate with the work done. So we are waiting to Judge him at the end of the four years based on the assessment of work done by the 124 ministers”.

“So I still stand by my comment made at the time the ministers were 80 that it was on the high side. I think we can do with less. But the President [Akufo-Addo] has been asked time and again and he has defended it over and over that let us wait the end will justify the numbers”.

The New Patriotic Party (NPP) then in Opposition chastised the number of persons serving as Ministers in the Mahama-led government arguing that a lesser number could have been ideal for the country if the government was willing to cut down cost to save the public cost.

However, the NPP government shocked Ghanaians when it appointed 110 as Ministers, a number which has been increased to 124 following the creation of six new regions.

The main opposition National Democratic Congress and Civil Society Organizations have criticized the government for the large size accusing it of creating needless Ministerial portfolios for” family and friends”.

Source: starrfm.com.gh

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Former clerk of Parliament presents books to Rawlings

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Former clerk of Parliament presents books to Rawlings

A former clerk of Parliament, Samuel Ntim Darkwa, has presented copies of two books he has co-authored on Parliament, to former President Rawlings.

The revised edition of the books, titled “The Evolution of Parliament in Ghana” and “How Our Parliament Functions” were presented by Mr. Darkwa when he called on the former President last Thursday.

Mr. Darkwa told the former President that having worked for decades with the Parliamentary Service he thought it wise to “put something down for posterity.” The books, he stated, are dedicated to the Constituent Assembly which drafted the 1992 constitution.

In a hearty discussion with the former President, Mr. Darkwa said when the 1992 constitution was promulgated he and a colleague prayed regularly for it to be sustained.

The former Clerk of Parliament commended the former President for his role in sustaining the Fourth Republic recalling that when the constitution was first presented to the then Head of State, he called on all to ensure that it was a lasting legacy for Ghana.

Former President Rawlings said he was honoured to have received the books and stated he will endeavour to read them and take some notes for his autobiography. He commended the former Parliamentary Clerk for writing the book and noted that not many are writing, allowing some to skew the history of Ghana’s political development.

Mr. Samuel Ntim Darkwa has the enviable record of having worked in the parliament of all four Republics He was also the clerk to the Constituent Assembly which drafted the 1992 constitution.

Co-author K. B. Ayensu was Ghana’s first Clerk of Parliament.

Source: Office of JJ Rawlings

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