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Minority calls for forensic audit into NIA’s $1.2bn Ghana card budget

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Minority calls for forensic audit into NIA’s $1.2bn Ghana card budget

Minority calls for forensic audit into NIA’s $1.2bn Ghana card budget

The Minority in Parliament has demanded a forensic audit into the activities and finances of the National Identification Authority (NIA).

According to the Minority Leader, Haruna Iddrisu, the rolling out of the National Identification Card which cost about $1.2 billion has an air of impropriety around it.

He contended that a probe is required to enhance transparency to find out what the funds were used for since it is a national project.

“It has been reported that the National Identification Card would cost the state 1.2 billion dollars. Where is the NIA getting its finance from? That would mean that for a country with a population of 30 million, It would cost 42 dollars per person to do an ID card. India with its population did not do an ID card for even 20 million dollars. We are calling for a forensic audit into the operations of the NIA and its finances,” he said.

He also stated that there was a need to find out whether the money used was a loan or a public-private partnership and how much the ID card would cost the state and taxpayer.

In May last year, the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) raised concerns over the supposed $1.2 billion allocated for the national identification project.

According to the opposition, the amount was alarming and in contradiction of President Akufo-Addo’s mantra of “protecting the public purse.”

A statement from the NDC’s Functional Executive Committee (FEC) and signed by NDC General Secretary, Johnson Asiedu Nketia urged Ghanaians to rise and demand answers with regards to value for money.

“The NDC is also alarmed at the cost of $1.2 Billion that this project will cost the people of Ghana as it is not in consonance with President Akufo-Addo’s often touted mantra of ‘Protecting The Public Purse’ and we are calling on all well-meaning Ghanaians to demand answers relating to issues bordering on value for money,” the statement added.

Source: citinewsroom.com

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We may consider revising 1D1F – NPP communicator

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We may consider revising 1D1F – NPP communicator

A member of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) Communications team, Eric Amoako Twum, has said the government may have to go back to the drawing board to redefine its flagship policy “One-District One-Factory” to properly address the economic needs of Ghanaians.

The NPP while in opposition promised to establish a factory in each of the 216 districts (now 254) in the country, but on coming into government less than 100 factories to produce various goods have been established or revived.

In the wake of conversations about the alarming depreciation of the cedi, many experts, including the President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, have blamed it on the country’s high appetite for imported goods.

An extended conversation on the matter questions why the country continues to import when the 1D1F was supposed to help reduce importation.

Some critics however think that the policy could focused on setting up factories for goods that the country imports the most rather than seeking to set up different factories across the country.

Speaking on TV3’s New Day Thursday, Mr. Twum agrees it will not be out of place to consider the options being proffered by the critics.

“And people have come out and said, listen, maybe even for the one district one factory, four, five, six products that are major imports into this country and create a huge factory to afford for economies of scale”, he said.

“I believe that we can go back to the drawing board and redefine the 1D1F in terms of 5,6 strategic factories”, he added.

Asked if he is convinced that is the way to go to make the policy better, Mr. Twum responded in the affirmative, “I believe in it”.

Private legal practitioner and member of the Conventions People’s Party (CPP), Kwame Jantua, who was also contributing to the discussion observed that it has always been his position that the 1D1F policy focuses on a few factories that manufacture goods the country has a competitive advantage in.

“The focus of one-district one-factory should not have been the way it is”, he observed.

Member of Parliament (MP) for the Tamale North Constituency, Alhaji Alhassan Suhuyini, also noted that it is welcoming news to the National Democratic Congress (NDC), that the NPP has agreed to go back to the drawing board.

According to him, it has always been the position of the NDC that the government did not think through their policies properly but “governs as you go”.

Source: 3news.com

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GCPP lauds government for involving parties in local governance

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GCPP lauds government for involving parties in local governance

The Great Consolidated Popular Party (GCPP), has lauded the government for the bold decision to amend some provisions in the 1992 Constitution to allow political parties to participate in district level elections and governance processes.

It said that would fulfil the constitutional obligation of reinforcing multiparty democracy since over the years, successive governments have paid lip service to the call for involvement of political parties in district level governance and government’s decision was in tandem with the constitution.

John Kwadzo Amekah, the 2012 and 2016 vice presidential candidate of the GCPP, made the commendation and urged traditional authorities and civil society organisations to support the national referendum in September, this year.

He appealed to the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development to enact constitutional instruments and legislations after election of people to assemblies to avoid laws that would create lopsided playing field to put impediments on those elected.

“Those who will be elected should put up their best performances to enable them to be re-elected, which will ultimately accelerate socio-economic development at the local level, we applaud government’s social intervention programmes which has reduced financial burden on parents because in the past they struggled to find money to pay their children’s school fees, especially at the secondary level and must be sustained.

“The recent celebration of the 62nd Independence Day parade at Tamale on March 6, somehow deepened the peace in Dagbon traditional area after successful resolution of the age-long chieftaincy dispute and bridged the gap existing between northerners and southerners,” Mr Ameka noted.

Commenting on the prevailing discussions on political vigilantism, he called on the government “to give free hand to the Police to operate for those involved in the act arrested, prosecuted and possibly jailed when found guilty, that is the only way the government can be exonerated or otherwise other people will engage in political vigilantism to paint the government black”.

The government has stated that the election process would be in three phases: Pre-referendum activities, referendum activities, post-referendum activities and the amendment of Article 55(3) of the 1992 Constitution, consequently regional consultations and sensitisation programmes to raise public awareness and prepare for the referendum in September.

Source: ghananewsagency.org

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UEW saga: The church mustn’t be divisive; Prof. Afful-Broni must step aside – MP

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UEW saga: The church mustn’t be divisive; Prof. Afful-Broni must step aside – MP

UEW saga: The church mustn’t be divisive; Prof. Afful-Broni must step aside – MP

The Member of Parliament for Bongo, Edward Bawa is concerned a man of the clergy is at the heart of the leadership crisis that has engulfed the University of Education, Winneba.

He feels on those grounds alone the UEW Vice Chancellor, Rev. Fr. Prof. Anthony Afful-Broni, should step aside in the name of peace.

Prof. Afful-Broni’s dismissal of some lecturers sparked student protests that culminated in the school being shut down indefinitely.

Students and the University Teachers Association of Ghana have accused the VC of trying to sabotage the school.

Speaking on The Big Issue, Mr. Bawa insisted that “the church cannot be seen as a dividing force so when you are the reason there is a problem, you could be right you could be wrong, excuse yourself.”

“In the spirit of reconciliation and in the spirit of the progress of the university, I think professor Afful-Broni should step aside. His first call is to be a priest. His first and primary call is to evangelise… I think [an] Archbishop of Central Region should also step in. If your presence can create chaos in an environment, it is only fair that you are taken out,” Mr. Bawa concluded.

Some MPs have also voiced concern with Prof. Afful-Broni’s methods with the Minority Spokesperson on Education, Peter Nortsu-Kotoe, accusing the Vice-Chancellor of mismanagement.

He, for example, said the Vice-Chancellor had spent over GHc 5.7 million on transportation and honorarium in just six months.

Effutu MP Alexander Afenyo-Markin, who has been very vocal on the school’s affairs, also called on Prof. Afful-Broni to resign.

“Afful-Broni was supposed to do [more], but he has failed. I am sure that in the next few days if he has a conscience, he will resign and leave the university because he has failed the University. Afful-Broni has failed the University; he has misled all of us – that is a matter of fact. Mistakes of the past shouldn’t be repeated,” he said on Monday.

Resolution in sight?

Prof. Afful-Broni, the school’s board chair, Prof. Emmanuel Nicholas Abakah and other stakeholders have since agreed to work towards addressing the current challenges at the school.

The two were part of a meeting involving the Minister for Education, Matthew Opoku Prempeh, Mr. Afenyo-Markin, among other stakeholders in Accra on Friday aimed at ensuring lasting peace on the school’s campus.

Dr. Opoku Prempeh following the meeting expressed hope that the new found understanding “will serve as a bedrock for peaceful deliberations and relations henceforth and that peace in the university be prioritized in all their dealings.”

Source: citinewsroom.com

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