‘We’ve written history’ in creating 6 new regions – Akufo-Addo touts
President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has patted his government on the back for successfully implementing the proposals for and the creation of six new regions, describing it as historic.
“We have written some Ghanaian history,” he stated Tuesday, explaining that it is the first time under Ghana’s 1992 constitution that the provision on the creation of new regions have been “invoked and successfully been implemented”.
In the run up to the 2016 general elections, then candidate Nana Akufo-Addo pledged to facilitate the creation of four regions from the Western, Northern, Brong Ahafo and Northern regions on the back of proposals from the chiefs and people in the area.
On assumption of office he established the Ministry of Regional Reorganisation and Development primarily to spearhead the creation of the new regions which according to the government was at the heart of the people in the areas.
Since June 2017, the government has through the Ministry championed all the constitutional processes required in the creation of the regions including the December 27, 2018 referendum which allowed the people to overwhelmingly endorse the creation of six new regions.
With at least 80 per cent vote, the people of voted for Ahafo, Bono East, Savannah, North East, Western North and Oti to be created out of Brong Ahafo, Northern Region, Western Region and Volta Region.
In line with Article 5(8) of the 1992 Constitution, President Akufo-Addo on Tuesday held the first of a series of ceremonies at the Jubilee House in Accra to issue a constitutional instrument to give effect to North East region.
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Speaking to at the event, Nana Akufo-Addo said he was struck by the overwhelming endorsement of key people from the political divide of the need to create the region.
“It was clear that the process was demand driven and reflective of the will of the people as the constitution so intended,” he observed.
‘Raw political courage’
Minster of Regional Reorganisation and Development, Dan Botwe who could not hide his excitement for the successes achieved, said Nana Akufo-Addo exhibited what he termed “raw political courage” to be able to create the new regions.
This, he explained, was because he had to navigate the difficult political, economic and social terrain before he was able to make the creation of the new regions a success.
“There were doubts when president Nana Akufo -Addo embarked on the venture to create the new regions to reflect and fulfil the deeply and long held aspirations of our citizens in the affected areas.
“There were even predictions of national tension and attempts were made to delay the longheld desires of our fellow citizens,” he stated.
Despite these challenges, Mr. Botwe said such doubts and hand rigging, the President mustered courage and quality leadership to ensure the new regions were created.
“Mr. President, when we are all long gone and the history of our beloved country comes to be written, alongside all the things that made Ghanaians proud will stand the courage of a president who dare to believe, dare to let his deepest democratic instincts result in action, dare to keep a promise made and dare to take stand,” he said of Nana Akufo-Addo.
‘We’ll take all our seats from NPP’ – Boamah Otokunor
The National Democratic Congress (NDC) is targeting majority seats in the next Parliament after the December 2020 general election.
The strategy is to capture more parliamentary seats in the New Patriotic Party (NPP) strongholds to increase NDC’s seats to 170 in parliament as part of the party’s agenda, and opened parliamentary nominations in all constituencies across the country, effective July 12.
According to Boamah Otokunor, the Deputy General Secretary of the NDC, he was hopeful only vibrant and results-oriented candidates would be elected for the primaries saying, “We will take all our seats from the NPP to get a two-thirds majority in parliament since the NDC has a solid, credible and realistic campaign message and the party is poised for victory in the 2020 elections.
“The governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) is a party specialised in confusion, lies and deception, Ghanaians will make a big mistake if they vote for President Nana Akufo-Addo and the NPP again, we are convinced given the strategies put in place with a marketable candidate like former President John Mahama, the 2020 elections will be ‘cool chop’,” Mr Otokunor touted.
On what aspirants have to do, the Deputy General Secretary noted that “all aspirants must satisfy the constitutional requirement which qualifies one to be a Member of Parliament, all aspirants must also satisfy the requirements of the party, no one will be disqualified based on normal procedural errors, the parliamentary primaries are expected to take place on August 24, at all the 275 constituencies across the country,” Mr Otokunor disclosed.
Government spends over GHC800m to settle debts accrued by NDC – Deputy Minister
Deputy Minister for Works and Housing and Member of Parliament for Subin Constituency, Eugene Boakye Antwi has said that government has spent over 800 million Ghana Cedis to settle debts accrued by the erstwhile Mahama administration.
According to him, there are still debts unsettled by other ministries and all these debts make Ghanaians feel government is not doing anything.
Speaking on Okay FM’s ‘Ade Akye Abia’ programme, he explained that the amount of money government is paying in terms of settling debts could have been used for other developmental projects.
The NPP government is committed to providing Ghanaians with whatever they promised in their manifesto.
“Nana Addo will not disappoint Ghanaians just that we will have to settle debts that was accrued by the other government so that those affected can have money to execute other projects that will improve the lives of Ghanaians,” he said.
I will unseat Collins Dauda – Ali Suraj assures NPP members
One of the aspiring parliamentary candidates for the new patriotic party in the Asutifi South Constituency in the Ahafo region has assured members of the party of winning the seat for the first when elected.
Alhaji Ali Suraj says he has all it takes to match the incumbent Member of Parliament in the area in the upcoming general elections.
“I am very experienced and know how to play my cards well.” ALI SURAJ told gathering of NPP members after he has filed his nomination at the constituency party office.
Alhaji Suraj says he has been assured of victory in the upcoming primaries and therefore he would channel every into the general election.
One of the past contestants of the Asutifi South constituency on the ticket of the NPP, Boakye Boateng appeals to the delegates to rally behind the Aspirant to win the seat for the first time in the history of Ghana’s elections.
Mr. Boateng says Suraj is more likely to win the seat for the party than him, reason he rescinded his decision to contest this time round.
“Most of the voters here are northerners and they would love to see their own brother leading them.” Mr. Boateng says adding that, the aspirant is the best bet for the party.
Mr. Boateng promised to support Mr. Suraj in issues-based campaign go the seat for the party.
Among other things Mr. Ali Suraj is seeking to implement when he becomes the MP are to change the life of the people, mentality and issues that bother on their health.
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