Bawumia-NAPO ticket represents blend of visionary leadership and innovation- Dr Armah

The Bawumia-NAPO ticket represents a blend of visionary leadership, innovation and unwavering commitment to progress, Dr Prince Hamid Armah, a deputy Minister of Works and Housing, has said.

Dr. Armah who is also the Member of Parliament for Kwesimintsim, noted that Dr Mahamudu Bawumia with his extensive background in economics and proven record of accomplishment as Vice President, had shown his capability to drive economic growth and digital transformation.

He said paired with Dr Matthew Opoku Prempeh, aka NAPO’s exceptional leadership in the education sector and his impactful tenure as Energy Minister, the Bawumia -NAPO ticket promised comprehensive development of the country.

Dr Armah said this in a statement issued in Accra.

Last week, Vice President Bawumia announced Dr Opoku Prempeh, who is also Member of Parliament for Manhyia South as his running mate in the upcoming General Election.

The deputy Minister of Works and Housing said the challenges of Ghana required leaders who were knowledgeable, em
pathic, innovative and result oriented.

According to him, Dr Bawumia and NAPO had showed those qualities throughout their careers, understood the aspirations of the Ghanaian people, and committed to creating opportunities for all by fostering an inclusive society where very citizen could thrive.

‘I believe that the Vice President, our flagbearer, and leader of the Party has made an excellent choice in selecting Dr. Mathew Opoku Prempeh as his running mate. Together, they form a balanced and dynamic leadership team ready to tackle the pressing issues of our time.

‘Their combined expertise spans economic management, technological advancement, educational reform, health and energy sector improvement. Their partnership promises a brighter, more prosperous future for Ghana.’

Dr Armah described NAPO as a man of integrity and resourceful, saying during his tenure as Education Minister, his resourcefulness ensured that there were minimal disruptions in the education space.

‘NAPO is also a fervent advocate of STE
M education. Through his innovative mindset and collaborative spirit, NAPO has fostered an environment of continuous improvement and adaptation, benefiting both students and educators.

Dr Armah debunked the assertion that Dr Opoku Prempeh was arrogant, noting that he was sincere and stood for the truth.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Abu Kansangbata Applauds Mahama for media encounter

Mr Abu Kansangbata a Former Deputy Upper West Regional Minister, has commended former President John Dramani Mahama for his recent media engagement.

Following Mahama’s address on the 24-hour economy policy, Abu Kansangbata expressed profound satisfaction with the clarity and effectiveness of Mahama’s communication.

‘I was very pleased with how John Mahama explained the 24-hour economy policy,’ .

‘His articulation of this initiative, which promises to transform the economy and provide jobs for the youth, was exceptional.

‘ The 24-hour economy initiative, as outlined by Mahama, aims to bolster economic activity continuously, potentially creating numerous employment opportunities and fostering economic growth.

Reacting to former President Mahama’s engagement ,he said emphasized its role in increasing productivity to meet the demands of the African Continental Free Trade Area, thereby supporting indigenous companies and reducing reliance on imports.

Mr Kansangbata underscored the transformative potential of
this policy, noting its significance for Ghana’s economic future.

He highlighted Mahama’s commitment to providing tax incentives to boost local production, particularly in citing an example with a sectors like pharmaceuticals, ensuring Ghana can meet its own needs without relying on imports.

In addition to lauding Mahama’s policy explanations, Abu Kansangbata stressed the importance of constitutional review. ‘The review of the Constitution is vital, and I am pleased that a future NDC government under John Mahama will prioritize this,’ he remarked.

Looking ahead to the 2024 elections, Abu Kansangbata urged all Ghanaians to support Mahama, citing his leadership and vision as essential for Ghana’s progress.

Mahama’s engagement has garnered widespread attention, praised for his ability to communicate complex policies clearly and convincingly.

As the election approaches, Mahama’s strong media presence and clear policy positions are expected to play a crucial role in his campaign.

He also touched on various a
chievements of the NDC, including significant contributions to social interventions such as GETFund for educational infrastructure improvement and efforts to increase access to clean drinking water, particularly noting the progress from 58% to 76% access nationwide and significant increases for Accra alone.

He emphasized the importance of media freedom and improved salaries for journalists, aiming to enhance their capacity to inform the public effectively. Furthermore, Mahama outlined plans to make small-scale miners operate by the laws of Ghana while combatting illegal mining in forest reserves, addressing environmental concerns while promoting sustainable mining practices. He also pledged to revamp sports facilities to elevate Ghana’s sports prowess.

Mr Kansangbata commended John Mahama for his openness and dedication to addressing national issues through transparent communication with the media.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Information Minister responds to Mahama’s misinformation on energy debts

The Minister of Information, Madam Fatimatu Abubakar, has refuted claims from former President John Dramani Mahama that government owed Independent Power Producers (IPPs) to the tune of two billion dollars.

In an interview with the media in Accra, Madam Abubakar stated that reliable statistics from the IPPs revealed that the government owed them one billion dollars for power supply.

She said the government had reached an agreement with five out of the seven IPPs to restructure the debts owed them to ensure regular power supply.

The Government, the minister said, had also agreed with five of the IPPs to restructure the Power Purchase Agreements and that it was working tirelessly to address the shortfalls in power supply.

‘The government is making frantic efforts to provide adequate funding for the energy sector to ensure regular power supply…so that VRA, ECG and GRIDCo will get enough power for transmission,’ the Minister assured.

Meanwhile, as part of efforts to decentralise government’s communication an
d inform the citizenry about the projects it had implemented, Madam Abubakar said her Ministry would embark on regional townhall meetings and exhibitions across the country, starting from the end of July.

The townhall meetings, she said, would bring onboard regional and sector ministers and key government appointees to answer questions from journalists and community members on government projects.

The issues to be discussed at such meetings would include roads, health, education, water and sanitation infrastructure, and any other issue bothering the community or the region.

The regional townhall meetings and exhibitions would help to ensure transparency and accountability regarding government projects and take feedback to the presidency.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Dadekotopon NPP parliamentary candidate calls for unity to win power

Mr Joseph Addo, La Dadekotopn New Patriotic Party (NPP) parliamentary aspirant has called on members of the party to work harder than before to enable the party to win a third term to break the eight-year political jinx to make history.

He said as a history-making party in Ghana’s politics, the party would prosecute an effective and efficient political campaign in the run-up to the December polls to win power.

Mr Addo made the call at the end of a Health Walk he organized for his constituents at La in Accra.

The five-hour walk started at the party’s office through some principal streets of La ended at the Trade Fair Site.

‘I can assure you that with hard work the NPP will win a straight term to continue to steer the affairs of the country which will be a great shock to many Ghanaians,’ Mr Addo said.

The NPP parliamentary candidate said although some Ghanaians and political watchers did not believe that the NPP stood a chance to break the ‘eight’ the party would ensure that the agenda to break the eight-y
ear cycle became a reality.

Mr Addo said just as the party members and sympathizers worked hard to win both the 2016 and 2020 general elections, they should do the same to win the December polls to enable the party to make history.

He appealed to NPP members to see themselves as belonging to the elephant family and work in the interest of the party.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Majority endorses Chief Justice’s recommendation of five Judges appointment to Supreme Court

The New Patriotic Party (NPP) Parliamentary Majority has endorsed the decision of Chief Justice Gertrude Araba Esaaba Sackey Torkornoo to recommend five Judges to the President for appointment to the Supreme Court.

Mr Alexander Kwamina Afenyo-Markin, the Majority Leader and Leader of Government Business in Parliament, speaking at a press conference at Parliament House in Accra, said the Chief Justice had mooted a proposal to expand the Supreme Court to 20 judges for efficiency and effectiveness.

This was contained in a recent letter from the Chief Justice to President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo recommending some five justices to be considered for appointment to the Supreme Court of Ghana.

‘I must emphasize that, the letter is not conclusive of what Article 144(2) of the constitution of the Republic of Ghana provides in the appointment of justices of the Supreme Court of Ghana,’ he stated.

‘I understand that the Ghana Bar Association (GBA) was consulted on the expansion proposal, and they agree in princip
le. I also understand that others have also been consulted.’

This, he said, had triggered varying opposing views from the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC).

Mr Afenyo-Markin said the primary objection to the recent recommendation for appointment to the Supreme Court was on the back of a justification that, even judges in the Supreme Court of the United States (US) with their larger population were not up to 10 and for that matter, any such recommendation was an attempt to ‘load’ the apex court of Ghana.

For the avoidance of doubt, Mr Afenyo-Markin stated that, unlike the US Supreme Court, in Ghana, a litigant had unfettered rights and access to the Supreme court.

He said it was also important to underscore the fact that, an appeal to the Supreme Court operates as of right which is provided for under Article 131 (1) (a) of the 1992 constitution of the Republic of Ghana except matters of Parliamentary Elections dispute settled by the Court of Appeal.

He said this was settled by the Supreme Cour
t in the case of Sumaila Biebel v Adamu Dramani Sakande.

He said what must also be noted that the jurisdiction of Ghana’s Supreme Court incorporates other jurisdictions such as Original jurisdiction as provided for under Article 130 of the constitution of Ghana, Enforcement Jurisdiction, Review Jurisdiction as provided for under Article 133 (1) of the constitution of Ghana as well as Appellate jurisdiction as provided for under Article 131 of the constitution, Supervisory jurisdiction as provided for under Article 132 of the constitution of the Republic of Ghana.

He said he attempt to create an unrelated comparison of Ghana’s judicial system to other jurisdictions such as the United States and others was a recipe for an absurd conclusion.

Touching on the argument regarding the packing of the apex court, which was being foisted on Ghanaians by the NDC, Mr Afenyo-Markin said it was important to point out that, apart from Justice Paul Baffoe Bonnie and Justice Gabriel Scott Pwamang, all the other justices of
the Supreme Court were appointed by the sitting President (Akufo-Addo).

‘There seems to be a missing link in their comparison of both jurisdictions. What they are not telling us, however, is that both Supreme Courts exercise different and distinct jurisdiction in terms of mandate and power,’ he said.

He said for emphasis, the total number of Supreme Court judges in all the 50 US States was hovering around 340; adding that on the average each State Supreme Court had six Justices.

Mr Afenyo-Markin said the fundamental difference was that Ghana had only one Supreme Court with Districts, Circuit and High Courts distributed to the various sixteen Regions in Ghana.

He said what must be noted however was that it was possible for a case to move from a District Court to the Supreme Court either on appeal or an interlocutory reference to the supreme court for interpretation of a constitutional provision as was done in the case of Raphael Cubagee v Michael Asare Yeboah.

‘As it stands now, Nigeria, has increased the
number of its Supreme Court Judges from 20 to 24 to manage the workload for effective dispensation of the cases before them,’ he stated.

‘It is worth emphasizing the fact that, even in the United Kingdom, only 80 to 100 cases are heard in a year by their Supreme Court, which has a limited jurisdiction as compared to Ghana.’

The Majority Leader said the Supreme Court of Ghana received 900 cases in 2021; adding that at the end of 2021, they were able to hear six hundred cases.

He said the decision of the Chief Justice of the Republic of Ghana to recommend Justices for appointment to the Supreme Court comes on the back of multiple cases the Supreme Court is always saddled with.

‘It is instructive to note that, since independence, we have allowed institutions to grow. Even before 2019, Ghana had only 10 Regions. As we speak, we have an additional six making it sixteen.’

He said the argument by the NDC that the nation’s Supreme Court was being packed or heaped was untenable having regard to its multifaceted j
urisdictions unlike the United States and UK.

He said that the apex court of the land must be allowed to go through reformation through expansion in terms of numbers.

‘This is because, the minimum number of Supreme Court judges as set out in the 1992 constitution is evidence of the fact that, the framers of the constitution in their wisdom had anticipated that, there will be a future need to increase the number of judges in our Supreme Court, this is the reason why, they settled on a minimum number and not a maximum number as provided for in the 1992 constitution of the Republic of Ghana,’ Mr Afenyo-Markin stated.

Source: Ghana News Agency

NPP Presidential Ticket: We are innovators, problem-solvers and generational thinkers – Dr Bawumia

The Vice President and the Flagbearer of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, has touted the presidential ticket of the Party, describing the pair as a combination of the ‘youth, innovators, problem-solvers and generational thinkers’.

He said the NPP Presidential ticket was the sure bet to catapult the country to higher heights in terms of development and job creation.

‘We are superior in performance to the NDC’s record in areas of road infrastructure, railways, education, health, digitisation, among others,’ Dr Bawumia stated.

The NPP Flagbearer, Dr Bawumia, made these remarks during the official unveiling of Dr Matthew Opoku Prempeh as his Running Mate for the 2024 Election in Kumasi on Tuesday.

Dr Bawumia said the NPP’s Presidential ticket was a well-oiled machine to lead the Party to victory in the December 7 Election.

Dr Bawumia expressed confidence in his running-mate to complement his efforts in securing victory saying: ‘ I have high respect for him, he is a problem-solver, a genera
tional thinker and I have absolute confidence in him.’

Dr Bawumia hinted at plans to launch the Party’s 2024 Election Manifesto next month, which would be the blueprint for the policies and aspirations of the Party.

Earlier, Mr Kennedy Agyapong, the MP for Assin Central and former flagbearer aspirant, called for unity in the Party and appealed to those with grievances to forgive one another to ensure a united front for a resounding victory on December 7.

He also asked the leadership of the Party to respect the grassroots supporters to ensure they worked for the Party.

The theme for the Party’s campaign is, ‘ Bold Solutions for the Future’.

Source: Ghana News Agency