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John Mahama’s Running Mate Will Die After 2020 Election

NDC Members are jubilant that their flagbearer, John Mahama has finally unveiled his running mate and that happens to be Prof Jane Naana Opoku Agyemang.

Well, an old video has surfaced that sees the moment Prophet Owusu Bempah gave a prophecy that whoever becomes the running mate of John Mahama will die after 2020 polls.

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THE REBECCA FOUNDATION CONSTRUCTS LIBRARIES FOR FOUR COMMUNITIES

The Rebecca Foundation has handed over two libraries to the people of Daffiama Bussei Issah District in the Upper West Region and Wenchi in the Bono Region.

The Libraries are part of four libraries constructed by the Rebecca Foundation in parts of the country to inculcate the habit of reading in school children as a means of improving on their learning skills.

In a statement read on her behalf, Executive Director of The Rebecca Foundation and First Lady of the Republic of Ghana, H.E. Mrs Rebecca Naa Okaikor Akufo-Addo acknowledged the contribution of the current NPP administration in prioritising education with various policies such as free SHS and reinstituting allowances for teacher trainees to improve upon the ability of our young Ghanaians to effectively propel national development.

She however, bemoaned the ability of many children to read and write as a result of factors including limited access to reading materials, which she said adversely affects the child’s ability to learn stating, “Literacy is the means by which lifelong learning and a child’s ability to learn to the highest levels is made possible”.

The First Lady thanked development partners of The Rebecca Foundation including the Ministry of Education, Ghana Library Authority, Book Aid International, the District and the Municipal Assemblies, where the libraries are sited for their support in executing the four projects.

She also announced the completion of two more libraries in other parts of the country to be commissioned soon.

Chief Executive of Ghana Library Authority, Mr Hayford Siaw, expressed gratitude to H.E. the First Lady in helping the agency meet one critical objective in its ‘2020 Year of Learning’ which is to increase the network of libraries in the country, stating that since 2017, government through GhLA has increased library network from sixty-one to seventy-four and now seventy-eight with the new libraries by the Rebecca Foundation

Present to grace the commissioning were MCEs, Officials of GES, Ghana Library Authority and Chiefs.
It will be recalled that in 2018, the Rebecca Foundation launched the “Learning to Read and Reading to Learn” initiative to help improve literacy levels among Ghanaian children. The initiative involves a reading television show for children shown nationwide on GTV Saturdays at 12pm and repeated on Wednesdays at 5pm, the Ghana Learning TV, Net2, and GN Junior TV, as well as construction of libraries in school clusters that lack access to library facilities.

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John Mahama to name Mr. Daniel Yaw Domelevo as his Running Mate for 2020 Elections

John Dramani Mahama, the ex-president, ex-vice- president and 2020 presidential candidate of the National Democratic Congress(NDC) is set to name Mr. Daniel Yaw Domelevo as his running mate for the 2020 general election. Mr. Daniel Yaw Domelevo is the Auditor General who is currently enjoying his accumulated leave in accordance with the law.

The Volta Caucus in NDC has mounted a spirited defense and pressure on John Mahama to consider Mr. Daniel Yaw Domelevo as his running mate in order to satisfy the grassroots of the Party in Volta Region, the largest stronghold of the National Democratic Congress(NDC). This is a last minute agenda by the Volta Caucus of NDC to John Mahama.

Initially, kingpins of the Volta Caucus were behind Hon. Edward Doe Adjaho, but he has been substituted for the Auditor General, Daniel Yaw Domelevo.

According to the argument of the Volta Caucus, the floating voters and Think Tanks have developed love for Daniel Yaw Domelevo over his strong political resistance and biases against the NPP Administration. They argued further that, the “neutrals” would have some level of trust and confidence in the Mahama-Domelovo ticket.

Again, the Ewes have become Orphans in the current NDC leadership set up and the coming on board of Daniel Yaw Domelevo would help to cool down tempers in the Volta Region.

However, the Church Street bloc in NDC are pushing for Prof. Naana Opoku Agyeman, the woman who boldly canceled the allowances for Teacher and Nursing trainees.

The Rawlings faction are solidly behind Dr. Kwabena Duffour.

Lordina Mahama bloc are pushing for Eric Opoku or Awuah Darko.

The leadership of CVM wishes NDC well in the choice of their running mate in the coming days.

Certainly, no matter what, John Mahama and NDC SHALL Lose the 2020 general elections more miserable than 2016.

…..Signed….
Razak Kojo Opoku
(CVM Founder and President)

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Ghana’s Covid-19 cases hit 20,000 with 122 deaths

This is according to the Ghana Health Service’s latest update on Sunday, July 5, 2020.

The updated case count comes after some 697 more persons tested positive of the virus.

Five more persons, per the update, have died leaving the death toll at 122.

The number of recoveries and discharges has so far been pegged at 14,870.

The country’s active cases as of July 5, 2020, are 5,093.

Regional breakdown

Greater Accra – 10,979

Ashanti Region – 4,244

Western Region – 1,729

Central Region – 983

Eastern Region – 798

Volta Region – 362

Upper East Region – 278

Northern Region – 137

Oti Region – 112

Western North Region – 154

Bono East Region – 136

Savannah Region – 46

Upper West Region – 55

Bono Region – 38

Ahafo Region – 26

North East Region – 8

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I returned to Ghana with only GHS1.50p to start life – Sam George recounts sad story

Member of Parliament(MP) for Ningo -Prampram, Sam George has revealed how some thirteen years ago, he came back to Ghana without a plan to start life.

According to him, when he was coming, all he had on him was GHS1.50p but was optimistic that he will achieve great things.

Sam George indicated that he walked severally from Lomnava to Osu in search of non-existing jobs but was hopeful that Grace will smile at him someday backed by prayer.

He indicated that with his persistence, he was able to secure a job and that helped develop him till today.

Exactly 13 years ago, I came back home to Ghana to ‘start life’. A young man with God, ambition, drive, determination and only GHS1.50p in my pocket.

The journey has been arduous many times with absolutely no hope in sight but my ultimate belief in God and myself have kept me going. Many days I walked from Lomnava to Osu in search of a job.

Till my breakthrough job through Uncle Dennis at UNDP got me my first IT gig with that Agency and a whole world of consulting with several UN Agencies and the World Bank opened up to me.

Politics happened to me. A wife and 3 kids to boot have all happened in what seems a blur to me as I reminisce on 13 years of God’s inexplicable grace.

My journey so far has been phenomenal thanks to the grace of God and the many men and women He has brought along my path. What scares me is that this is just the beginning of what God has in store for me.

I reaffirm my utmost belief in His plans and purpose for my life.

I am a product of #UncommonGrace. My heart burst with joy at the goodness the LORD has surrounded me with. Keep faith in Him and He would perfect His will for you in His own time. 🦁🙏🏾

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Election 2020: 60 reasons Ghanaians want John Mahama back as President

Ghana has about sixteen (16) months more to go to the polls to elect new or retain President and Parliamentarians to stir the affairs of the nation from January 7, 2021. Many say the 2020 elections is going to be yet another festival of promises to the people of Ghana but some say it is going to be different.

To those who are of the view that the 2020 campaign is not going to be the normal ‘festival of promises’ told Awake News’ Efo Korsi Senyo that it will rather be “festival of a showcase of achievements”.

It is now going to be “showing what you have done. Your track record on which of the past promises you have to fulfil which is why you should be given another opportunity ” and “not what you will do for the first time. It is not going to be why you could not fulfil your past promises”

Many said they booted out the then President Mahama and his NDC out of power in 2016 on the basis of “corruption, unemployment and high cost of living” but said they are now experiencing worse of what they experienced under John Mahama.

On corruption – they believe the current NPP government is a true definition of corruption as no single month has passed without news of high-level corruption scandal. Dr. Lawrence Appiah in his recent article published on AwakeNewsRoom.com, he said:

“..NAM 1, PDS, collapsed Banks, PPA, etc. We should beg the President to let us finish discussing one scandal before he produces another one. The current rate of scandals coming out every week is creating traffic in our minds.

They are also of the view that Nana Addo has the biggest government size – 121 Ministers which is just an avenue to drain the public purse. They described the situation as “smart corruption”.

Unemployment – Ghanaians are of the view that President Akufo-Addo has killed more jobs than he has created if any at all. This is how Dr. Hayford of Caucus for Democratic Governance, Ghana (CDG-GH) puts it:

“There have been many job losses since they took over in 2017. In May to August 2018, not less than 10,285 job loses were recorded, the highest unemployed rate in the history of Ghana, within that period

EIB Network and Group Nduom lost 250 jobs; Textile Works lost 235 jobs; BXC Company Limited lost 200 jobs; Rider Steel Company lost 400 jobs; Goldfields Ghana lost 1,500 jobs; Consolidated Bank Ghana lost 1,700 jobs; Vodafone Ghana lost 2,000 jobs and Oil Marketing Company lost 4,000 jobs. Besides about 20,000 people have also lost their jobs directly due to 420 financial institutions that have been shut down.”

The high cost of living – Ghanaians put is as simply as Mahama’s time, a litre of petrol was GHc3.6 but today under Nana Add0 we are buying petrol GHc5.2 per litre. Dollar during Mahama’s time was 4.1 but today under Nana Addo, a dollar is 5.47. Things are too hard, Mahama’s time was far far better.

Borrowing vs Projects:

Many Ghana’s are saying President Akufo-Addo and his NPP government in their less than 3years have borrowed (over 70 billion to 80billion in 32 months) more than any other President or government in the history of Ghana but have no or little project to show.

So these are the 60 reasons why they want to vote Mahama back into power. Because of the following projects he has done during his 4years in office:

1) Rehabilitation of Komenda Sugar Factory.

2) Construction of Elmina Fish Processing Factory.

3) Construction CIMAF Cement Factory.

4) Rehabilitation of GIHOC Shoe factory in Kumasi.

5) Takoradi Port Expansion Project.

6) Tema Port Expansion Project

7) Tamale Teaching Hospital Rehabilitation and Expansion Project.

8) Construction Legon Teaching Hospital.

9) The construction NHIS Tamale Office

10) The construction of Upper West Regional Hospital.

11) The construction of over 100 Community Day SHSs.

12) The Establishment of University of Health Allied Sciences.

13) The construction of numerous CHPS compounds.

14) Construction of several Polyclinics.

15) The construction Millennium City Schools in Accra.

16) The Tamale Airport Rehabilitation and Upgrading Project.

17) Kumasi Airport Expansion and the construction of Ho the Airport.

18) The construction Nkrumah Circle Interchange.

19) The construction Aworshie Pokuase Road.

20) The Development Corridor, Takoradi Met.

21) The New Asphalt Road; Yamoransa – Elubo Road Rehabilitation.

22) The expansion and Asphalting of all major roads in Accra.

23) The construction of Burma Camp interchange and Giffard Roads.

24) The construction Teshie – Nungua Bush Road.

25) The construction of Aflao Metro Mass Terminal.

26) The Mampong Water Supply Rehabilitation and Expansion Project.

27) The Wa Water Supply Expansion Project.

28) The Kibi 5- Town Water Treatment Plant.

29) The Akwapim Water Project.

30) The Teshie Desalination Water Plant Project.

31) The Kpong Water Expansion Project.

32) The Pungu Solar Energy Project.

33) The Atuabo Gas Plant.

34) The construction Atuabo Free Port.

35) The extension of Electricity to 22 communities in Tamale South.

36) The extension of Electricity to 54 Communities in Mampong.

37) The over 60% increment in producer price of cocoa.

38) The Takoradi Sea Defence Project, Jita Tokor and Ada foah Sea Defence Projects.

39) The construction of Cape Coast Sports Stadium Complex.

40) The construction of the NCA Tamale Office.

41) The construction Kajetia Market Complex in Kumasi.

42) The construction of theTamale Market Complex.

43) The construction of the Kotokuraba Market in Cape Coast.

44) The construction Military Hospital in Kumasi.

45) The Expansion of Ridge Hospital in Accra.

46) The Expansion of Police Hospital in Accra.

47) The construction of Kumasi Roads and Drainage Expansion Project.

48) The construction of Ho Market Complex

49) The construction of the 695km Eastern Corridor Roads.

50) The constructed of Fufulso-Sawla road.

51) The constructed of 800-kilometre Fibre Optic ICT Backbone.

52) The Gye Nyame, and the Volta Basin oil blocks exploration projects.

53) The successful implementation of deregulation of petroleum products.

54) The construction 225 MW power barge to help in solving the energy crisis.

55) The Ameri power project to increase electricity generation capacity.

56) The Asogli Thermal expansion project.

57) The modernized Kotoka International Airport.

58) The Rehabilitated Job six-hundred (600) to house Parliamentarians.

60) The constructed multi-court building in Accra

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On-going Limited Registration is Fraudulent – Aseidu Nketia Fumes

The largest opposition party, National Democratic Congress, NDC says the Limited Voters’ Registration, conducted by the Electoral Commission is fraud with many challenges.

The Limited Voters’ Registration which took off on Monday, June 17, 2019, was initially scheduled on June 7 and end on June 27 but was stalled by a suit filed by a Ghanaian citizen, Umar Ayuba.

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Umar Ayuba filed an application at the Supreme Court seeking to stop the EC from going ahead with the limited voter registration following a substantive suit he filed challenging the decision by the EC to hold the registration in its district offices and some selected electoral areas.

Addressing a news conference at the party’s headquarters on Thursday, June 27, 2019, the General Secretary of the NDC Johnson Asiedu Nketia said the exercise is fraud with many challenges. Adding to that he said information communicated to the EC would have been critical for the assessment of the exercise

”On our observation so far about the limited voters registration exercise which in our view is fraud with massive challenges and irregularities. During the period leading to the commencement of the limited registration exercise, you will recall that the NCD raised red flags which we thought if not addressed may adversely depart in the success of the exercise . Which of the issues raised were fiercely ignored and treated with contempt by the Jean Mensa and Bossman Asare led electoral commission”.

”Firstly we strongly raised the setting of target by the EC in relation to the expected number of qualified voters to be registered. Insisting on the need for a reliable complete data from the Ghana Statistical Service. We were of the opinion and still are on the opinion that sufficient statistical data will be indispensable in the accurate planning of procurement of electoral materials as well as the effective planning of distribution registration centres across the country”.

Meanwhile, the exercise will end on Sunday, July 7, 2019, across all district offices in the country.

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It’s unconstitutional for Akufo-Addo to say Ghana-Jamaica visa waiver starts on July 1- Ablakwa

Member of Parliament for North Tongu Mr Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa says the Ghana-Jamaica visa waiver agreement can’t take effect without Parliamentary ratification.

President Akufo-Addo in a meeting with Prime Minister of Jamaica Andrew Holness, on Saturday, 15 June 2019, announced that Ghana and Jamaica had agreed to a mutual visa waiver agreement.

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However, Mr Ablakwah says it was “inappropriate and unconstitutional” for Prez. Akufo-Addo to have assured Jamaicans and Ghanaians that his negotiated visa waiver agreement with his Jamaican counterpart will come into effect from 1 July 2019.

Mr Ablakwa in a statement said parliament will have to ratify such an agreement before it can take effect and the President’s failure to acknowledge that “suggest he is either usurping the authority of Parliament or that the Ghanaian Parliament is a mere rubber stamp ready to do his bidding by ratifying whatever agreement is presented to the House…”

The lawmaker noted that similar mutual waiver of visa agreements for Diplomatic and Service Passport holders with the Republics of Colombia, Hungary, India and Chile signed several months ago – some under ex-president John Dramani Mahama, are still going through the motions in Parliament as page 11 of the Agenda for the Second Meeting of Parliament Commencing Tuesday, 28 May 2019 reveals.

Below is Mr Ablakwa’s full statement:

We are all the wiser per the Supreme Court’s interpretation of Article 75 (2) of the 1992 Constitution in the Gitmo 2 case.

The apex court offered clarity in the instant case that all international agreements MUST be submitted to Parliament for ratification before they could come into effect.

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So I am curious; why is President Akufo-Addo assuring the Jamaicans and of course Ghanaians that his negotiated visa waiver agreement with his Jamaican counterpart will come into effect from July 1st 2019 (some 12 days from today)? Does the President have that authority to so pronounce?

Regardless of all the controversial matters others have raised, my fundamental contention as Ranking Member on Parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee is that this Ghana-Jamaica Mutual Visa Waiver Agreement cannot come into effect without Parliamentary ratification.

It is therefore most inappropriate, unconstitutional and indeed undermining of Parliament and the Judiciary for that matter, for our President to speak on the international stage in ways that suggest he is either usurping the authority of Parliament or that the Ghanaian Parliament is a mere rubber stamp ready to do his bidding by ratifying whatever agreement is presented to the House, that is, if even the President intends to comply with Article 75 (2) in the first place.

I would not have taken issue with the President if he had said expressly that the Mutual Visa Waiver Agreement will come into effect subject to Parliamentary ratification and if he had refrained from timelines since Parliament is NOT and CANNOT be an extension of his office. With all due respect, such conduct affronts constitutionalism and fails to market the beauty of Ghanaian democracy in the global arena.

Perhaps, it is worth reminding His Excellency President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo that similar Mutual Waiver of Visa Agreements for Diplomatic and Service Passport holders with the Republics of Colombia, Hungary, India and Chile signed several months ago – some under His Excellency John Dramani Mahama, are still going through the motions in Parliament as page 11 of the Agenda for the Second Meeting of Parliament Commencing Tuesday, 28th May, 2019 reveals.

Long live Ghana-Jamaica relations!

Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa
MP, North Tongu
Ranking Member, Parliament’s Committee on Foreign Affairs.

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‘Foment trouble and we’ll deal with you’ – Police warns against attack on Nigerians

The Police Service has warned that it will not hesitate to deal with any Ghanaian who tries to attack Nigerians working in the country.

Earlier this week, some Ghanaian traders forcefully closed down the shops of their Nigerian counterparts at Suame Magazine in Kumasi in the Ashanti region.

The attack came in the wake of several allegations levelled against Nigerians over the recent increase in crimes and kidnappings in Ghana.

However, the Ashanti regional police command has warned that it will deal with any Ghanaian trader who foments trouble.

The command said it held a meeting with the members of the Ghana Union Traders Association and their Nigerian counterparts on Tuesday.

PRO of the regional police command, ASP Godwin Ahianyo, said the Police will not tolerate vandalism of any form.

“They have also assured us that they will talk to their members and whoever misbehaves again, they will give that person up and allow the security to do their work,” he told the media.

“We sent our men in mufti to go to Suame only for them to meet these characters and the behaviour they put up. We decided to use dialogue but we are saying that after their meeting if anybody tries to foment trouble that person would be dealt with mercilessly.”

Meanwhile, the Government of Ghana has also condemned the actions by the Ghanaian traders who forcibly shut down shops owned and operated by Nigerians at the Suame Magazine.

Minister of Information, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, said if any Nigerian violates the laws, the appropriate authorities are the ones to deal with them adding that no Ghanaian must take the law into their own hands.

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Canadian girls kidnap: Education Ministry PRO in trouble over Facebook post

The Accra Region Police Command is investigating Education Ministry PRO, following a Facebook post relating to the rescued Canadian women who were abducted on June 4.

Vincent Ekow Assifuah is being investigated for posting on his Facebook timeline on Wednesday, June 12, that one of the suspects identified as only as Seidu, is a close associate of a businessman, Ibrahim Mahama.

Police invited him Thursday, following an official complaint lodged by Mr Mahama, who is also the brother of former president John Dramani Mahama.

Although the post is no longer on Mr Assifuah’s timeline, the businessman is believed to be hurt by the comment and wants him dealt with by law.

Bailen Chitty (left) and Lauren Patricia Catherine went missing since June 4, 2019, after four men bundled them into a red Toyota Corolla car at the entrance of their private hostel at Nhyiaeso in Kumasi.

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Their captors held them under unhygienic conditions in a two-bedroom apartment located at a settlement at Kenyasi-Achiase in the Ashanti Region capital, Kumasi.

The semi-completed building is outgrown with weeds and appears to have been unoccupied long before the kidnapped ladies were taken there.

Close Circuit Television (CCTV) footage of the scene is said to have led to arrest of ten people in separate operations at Sawaba in Asokore Mampong Municipality and Kenyasi-Achiase, leading to the rescue of the women