The Vice President of Ghana, Dr. Alhaji Mahamudu Bawumia today in his new year message as he ushered Ghanaians into 2019 used the opportunity to highlight the successes achieved by his government with respect to promises made by NPP prior to the 2016 elections.
He acknowledged the fact that it has been hard but fruitful work for the country since taking up the mandate. Dr. Bawumia further went on to thank God to have President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo as President of Ghana.
In his statement he said “As we come to the end of 2018, we have to thank God for all his mercies. We are thankful for what God has made possible for President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo and the NPP to accomplish during our first two years in office”.
Some of the policies listed by the vice president,Dr. Alhaji Mahamudu Bawumia, which he attributes to their successful two years based on campaign promise and delivery basis includes but not limited to:
- Free SHS to reduce the hardship on parents.
- Restore teacher training allowances to reduce the hardship on teacher trainees .
- Restore nursing training allowances to reduce the hardship on nursing trainees.
- Establish a Zongo Development Fund and we have delivered.
- We promised a renewed focus on agriculture through the Planting For Food and Jobs program and we have delivered.
- Issue National ID Cards and we are delivering.
- Implement a National Property Digital Address System and we have delivered.
- Digitise the clearance of goods at the ports through paperless ports and we have delivered.
- Establish three Development Authorities (Northern, Middle Belt and Coastal) and we have delivered.
- One District One Factory program and we are delivering.
- We promised a One Village One Dam program and we are delivering.
- We promised a One District One Warehouse program and we are delivering.
- Implement a Nation Builders Corps program to reduce the hardships on the graduate unemployed.
- Implement a National Entrepreneurship and Innovation Program to provide support and reduce hardships of entrepreneurs.
- Rehabilitate VALCO to resume operations.
- Leverage our natural resources to obtain a $2 billion innovative infrastructure financing arrangement with Sinohydro .
- Establish integrated bauxite and aluminium industry and we are delivering.
- Implement mobile money interoperability.
- Reduce electricity prices.
- Reduce the hardship in obtaining a drivers license.
- Reduce the hardship in obtaining a passport.
- Reduce the hardships in renewing the national health insurance.
- Establish an Office of the Special Prosecutor on Corruption.
- Revive Ghana’s railways and we are on course.
- Transparent allocation of Ghana’s oil blocs.
- Reverse the trend of declining economic growth.
- Restore discipline in the management of our public finances and we have delivered with lower fiscal deficits.
- Pass a fiscal Responsibility Act.
- Establish a Fiscal Council.
- Establish a Financial Stability Council.
- Reduce inflation to single digits.
- Reduce interest rates and we are delivering.
- Keep our exchange rate relatively stable even in the midst of global volatilities.
- Reverse Ghana’s trade position with the rest of the world from deficit to surplus.
- Reduce taxes and we reduced and abolished 17 different taxes in two years.
- Revive the NHIS and we have cleared the GHC1.2 billion arrears inherited under the NHIS. The NHIS is working again.
- Move away from a predominance of sole sourcing to tendering in procurement.
- Bring about a change from destructive galamsey activities to a more regulated small scale mining activities.
- Reduce the hardships of the disabled and increase the share of the DACF to persons with disabilities by 50%.
- Double the Capitation Grant.
- Create six new region.
He ended his statement by saying “It has been an honour for me Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia to serve as his Vice-President.We look forward to a blossoming 2019.Happy New Year in advance”.
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Akufo-Addo won 2016 polls on corruption –Atik Mohammed
Campaigns on corruption about the erstwhile John Dramani Mahama administration is what won President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo the 2016 polls, suspended General Secretary of the Peoples National Convention (PNC), Atik Mohammed has stated.
According to him on Accra-based Peace Fm monitored by MyNewsGh.com, the Mahama administration appeared sloppy in the fight against corruption which was capitalized on by the then opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) to win the last general elections.
“Akufo-Addo won the 2016 polls based on his campaign for corruption because the Mahama administration was perceived to be corrupt. Ghanaians voted for him because they wanted a change but if his administration is worse off than the previous one then there was no point”, he told host Kwami Sefa Kayi.
The former PNC leader expressed disappointment that out of the many corruption allegations no single individual has been thrown into the cooler to show the commitment of the Akufo-Addo led administration in the fight against graft.
Then candidate Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo in 2014 stated categorically that enriching himself and family has never be his reason for being in politics.
In spite of his two failed attempts at the presidency at the time, he explained he was given it a third shot because he has dreamt about what the country’s destination ought to be, and wanted to take Ghanaians to that promised land.
“I am not in politics to fill my pockets, to enrich myself or my family or to steal your money. That’s not why I am in politics,” he stressed, adding I am in politics because I have a vision and a dream of what this country can be and I want to work to make that dream possible. I am asking you to give me the opportunity, support me. Where it is necessary to criticize me, do not hesitate, point out when things are going wrong. Give me your positive enthusiasm and let’s go forward together. We can make it and make Ghana truly the Black Star of Africa,” he promised.
We inherited a weak institution – EC boss
Chairperson of the Electoral Commission (EC) Jean Mensah has disclosed that she inherited a very weak institution which was not founded on rules.
She’s also expressed worry about how the Commission was run as a free for all institution that lacked governance framework and was a subject of state capture by foreign elements.
“It is an institution that has is not founded on rules, is not founded on administrative policies, does not have a governance framework. We came into office and found out that we do not have a single policy to guide procurement, to guide finance, to guide human resource, nothing exists.
“In a nutshell, the Commission has existed as an election machine, and over the year we have spent a lot of efforts to plug the loopholes to the best of our ability. It has been run as a free for all institution,” she explained.
Asawase risks voting ‘skirt and blouse’ – Disgruntled NDC members
Some disgruntled members of the opposition NDC in the Asawase Constituency have vowed to vote ‘skirt and blouse’ in 2020 general elections.
They will change their only if national executives rescind their decision on Masawudu Mubarak’s disqualification.
The party members are discontented about the party’s functional executive committee’s decision to disqualify their preferred candidate to contest the parliamentary primaries.
The decision, they believe, does not reflect the interest of delegates in the constituency.
“The decision is disappointing and disgraceful,” says one of the disgruntled members, Akolgo Martin told Joy News’ Mohammed Nurudeen.
Mr Martin is among many others who claim delegates of the party in the constituency are angry because they have been taken for granted for far too long.
They are threatening to vote against any candidate who will represent the party in the 2020 general elections.
Clad in red bands with frustration clearly written on their faces, they vow to boycott 2020 elections if their preferred candidate isn’t given the go-ahead to contest.
Gathered at the residence of the disqualified aspirant, Masawudu Mubarak to throw their continuous support behind him, Mr Martin said, “If our decision affects the party in 2020 they (national executives) brought it, especially Asiedu Nketiah.”
“They keep on imposing candidates on us,” Martin alleged.
“‘You cannot go unopposed like that. Let the people choose you,” Mariam Nuhu, one of the women’s branches organisers said.
She said they would either boycott the 2020 elections or choose to vote skirt and blouse.
For them, it will only be prudent for the party hierarchy to change its decision and allow their candidate to contest.
The incumbent Asawase MP, Muntaka Mubarak will contest 2020 parliamentary elections on the ticket of the opposition NDC unopposed.
This follows the acceptance of a report by the Doe Adjaho Committee which was constituted look into petitions surrounding the selection of parliamentary candidates.
The NDC held parliamentary primaries nationwide but the elections were put on hold in five constituencies including Asawase.
Elections were later held in four of the constituencies leaving Asawase where some NDC members had filed a petition to the National Executive Council of the party.
This follows their inability to file the nomination form of Masawudu Mubarick, the aspirant who is challenging the incumbent.
In a statement copied to Joy News, the party’s General Secretary, Johnson Asiedu Nketia said the issues have been settled and Mr Mubarak will now go unopposed.
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