The President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, on Friday, 4th May, 2018, reinstated, with immediate effect, the suspended Upper West Regional Minister, Alhassan Suleman, following the completion of Police investigations into the attack on the Upper West Regional offices of the National Disaster Management Organisation (NADMO), in Wa, which led to the suspension.
President Akufo-Addo’s decision is informed by Police investigations, for which a report dated 22nd February, 2018, was submitted to the President, after which a thorough assessment of the report was undertaken.
The report exonerates the Regional Minister from any wrongdoing in the unfortunate incident of 31st January, 2018, including attempting to pervert the course of justice. Nine (9) persons – Kamal Ismail, Bongaamwini Issahaku, Salifu Seidu Adnan, Abdulai Hakeem, Suglo Nugu, Dakura Peter, Nuhu Mohammed, Kasim Dramani and Issah Salifu – who are alleged to have been responsible for the criminal action have been arraigned before court for prosecution, having been charged with the following offences:
1. Conspiracy to commit crime to wit assault contrary to Sections 23 and 84 of the Criminal Offences Act, 1960 (Act 29);
2. Assault contrary to Section 84 of the Criminal Offences Act, 1960 (Act 29);
3. Conspiracy to commit crime to wit threat of harm contrary to Sections 23 and 74 of the Criminal Offences Act, 1960 (Act 29);
4. Threat of death contrary to Section 74 of the Criminal Offences Act, 196, (Act 29); and
5. Rioting contrary to Section 196 of the Criminal Offences Act, 1960 (Act 29).
The judicial proceedings in the matter are ongoing.
Director of Communications
President Akufo-Addo Appoints Chief Executive Officers And Deputy Chief Executive Officers Of The Development Authorities
The President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has appointed, in accordance with applicable laws, the following persons to act as Chief Executive Officers and Deputy Chief Executive Officers of the Coastal, Middle Belt and Northern Development Authorities.
COASTAL DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY
NAME POSITION PROFESSION
1. Samuel Attah-Mensah Chief Executive Officer IT Professional
2. Jerry Ahmed Shaib Deputy Chief Executive Officer Lawyer
3. Bob-Charles Agbontor Deputy Chief Executive Officer Quantity Surveyor
4. Mona Gertrude Effah Deputy Chief Executive Officer Lawyer
5. Emmanuel Affram Anim Deputy Chief Executive Officer Administrator
MIDDLE BELT DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY
1. Joe Danquah Chief Executive Officer Administrator
2. Joyce Opoku-Boateng Deputy Chief Executive Officer Lawyer
3. Vincent Frimpong Manu Deputy Chief Executive Officer Development Practitioner
4. Alexander Ferka Deputy Chief Executive Officer Accountant/Banker
NORTHERN DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY
1. Alhaji Abdel-Majeed Haroun Chief Executive Officer Agricultural Economist
2. Lariba Zuweira Abudu Deputy Chief Executive Officer Teacher
3. Osmani Aludiba Ayuba Deputy Chief Executive Officer Chartered Accountant/ Banker
4. Stephen Yir-Eru Engmen Deputy Chief Executive Officer Development Practitioner
The appointees are to act pending the receipt of the constitutionally required advice of the governing Boards of the Development Authorities, given in consultation with the Public Services Commission. The three Development Authorities are tasked with the implementation of the Infrastructure for Poverty Eradication Programme (IPEP) – the Programme which will ensure the disbursement of the equivalent of $1 million per constituency per year, in fulfillment of President Akufo-Addo’s 2016 campaign pledge.
Director of Communication
The President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has urged the outgoing Ambassador Extraordinaire and plenipotentiary of the People's Republic of China to Ghana, Mrs Sun Baohong, who has come to the end of her 4 year duty tour of the country, to be a strong advocate for Ghana, when she returns to China.
“When you go back to China, you will be the voice of Ghana in high circles in China, and continue to promote this strong relationship between our two countries,” President Akufo-Addo said.
The President made this known on Tuesday, 10th April, 2018, when Mrs Sun Baohong was honoured with a farewell lunch and a citation, at the Jubilee House, by President Akufo-Addo.
Explaining the rationale for the honour, President Akufo-Addo stated that Mrs Baohong had become “a great friend of our nation, and whose tour of duty here in Ghana has witnessed a significant and tremendous expansion of co-operation and friendship between the Peoples’ Republic of China and Ghana.”
The President noted that Ghana-China relations date back to the very early years of Ghana’s independence, and were rekindled in the period of the leadership of President John Agyekum Kufuor, in the year 2001 to 2008, resulting, amongst others, in the construction of the Bui Dam.
“Everybody who is an objective and impartial observer of the happenings in the country would agree that these last four or five years, where our guest of honour has been the Chinese Ambassador, have witnessed a truly remarkable development in this relationship,” he said.
The President how the outgoing Chinese organised an official visit to China for the then Vice Presidential candidate of the New Patriotic Party, Alhaji Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, now Vice President of Ghana
“It was an unusual event. The leaders of the opposition are not usually the beneficiaries of official largesse from governments in power, because we know how tricky crossing that line can be. But she recognised, and the Chinese government did too, that Ghana is an increasingly vigorous democracy, and the possibility always existed that their invitee would be what he is today, the Vice President of the Republic,” the President said.
He continued, “She had the foresight, and it struck me, at the time, as an unusual gesture of friendship and solidarity, and I felt that when the occasion came, I should say so in public of how much I appreciated that gesture.”
President Akufo-Addo also made reference to “her final act of her tour of duty”, as Mrs Sun Baohong executed, with the Finance Minister, Ken Ofori-Atta, a series of agreements where China has offered $66 million to Ghana for the construction of the Jamestown Fishing Port Complex.
“It is an important initiative to see to the revival of that part of Accra, which has falling into significant decline. That initiative, when it becomes real, will make a large impact on the lives of the people of Jamestown. The balance will go into the completion of the next phase of the University of Health and Allied Sciences,” he said.
President Akufo-Addo stressed that Ambassador Sun Baohong “went that extra mile for Ghana”, adding that “that is what, in the brief period that I have seen here, has been the hallmark of her period as Ambassador to Ghana.”
Expressing her appreciation, the outgoing Chinese Ambassador, thanked President Akufo-Addo for the “extremely friendly gesture”.
She stated that “It demonstrates your Excellency’s strong commitment to promoting China-Ghana friendship, and further development of our relations. I have only fulfilled my duty as an Ambassador whilst, Your Excellency, the government and people of Ghana have given me much more.”
Singling out Ghana as one of China’s largest trading partner, and main source of foreign investment, she said the bilateral trade volume had risen from $5.6 billion USD in 2014, to $6.68 billion in 2017, with Ghana’s exports to China reaching a historical $1.85 billion mark.
She lauded Chinese investments in Ghana, saying, “The Chinese side has implemented a dozen of major coperation projects through grants and loans. Those projects have made important contribution to Ghana’s economic development and improvement of people’s livelihood.”
Concluding, she stated that, “I came to Ghana with hopes and dreams, yet I leave the country with friendship and honour.”
The President of Republic of Liberia, George M. Weah, has extended a passionate appeal to the Government of President Akufo-Addo and people of Ghana to help Liberia to progress and succeed.
“I am young, I agree, but you are my big brother, and I know that you will help Liberia to succeed,” he appealed.
The Liberian President made this known on Friday, 6th April 6, 2018, when he paid a courtesy call on President Akufo-Addo at the Jubilee House, as part of a two day visit to Ghana.
The purpose of the visit, in the words of President George Weah, is to “renew the bonds of friendship and solidarity that there are between the Liberian and Ghanaian people.”
According to him, “Liberia came a long way, and without Ghana we will not be standing here today. Ghana hosted us, today we can never repay, we just have to make sure that our people continue to relate cordially, and I can assure that the relationship that has existed between our governments will also be mutually beneficial.”
Expressing his appreciation for the role President Akufo-Addo has played in strengthening the African Union, he noted that “when we travel to AU meetings, like we did the last time in Addis Ababa, you realize that when a big brother speaks, you look and listen to him, and you know what is to be done.”
Continuing, he pledged to work towards strengthening the existing relationship between Ghana and Liberia, saying “Ghana is my home, and we are here not to just come sight-seeing but to reassure you that the relationship we have will be sustained and strengthened.”
President Akufo-Addo, on his part, referenced the longstanding, personal relationship between himself and President Weah, which predates their current respective presidencies, and described the Liberian leader “as a symbol of the progress that Liberia is making after the trauma of the civil war.”
He said, “I have known him for some time because we share many characteristics, one of which has been persistent efforts to arrive at where we are today. I believe it was a set time as it was mine. One of the things that I have discovered about him is his honesty and also his commitment to the welfare of his people. That is what has brought him this far.”
Commending the efforts of former President of Liberia, Her Excellency Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, he said, “the first female elected leader on our continent did a great deal of work in trying to consolidate the peace, after the years of the traumatic civil war. And one of the most important outcomes of that process of consolidation is that she was able to organise elections which allowed for the first time, I believe, in over 17 years, a peaceful transfer of power from one democratically elected leader of Liberia to another.”
The President continued, “That is the measure of her achievement, and it is also a measure of how far Liberia has come to put its past behind it, and, in doing so, she chose as her successor a man who is already world famous in his other life as a sportsman, and who has now become a symbol of the hopes of the majority of the people of Liberia, especially of its youth.”
President Akufo-Addo also touched on the happenings in the Region, and asked for a realist view of the imminent threats and opportunities confronting the Region.
“The world is going through some difficult moments, all kinds of new arrangements are appearing, and we, here in the West African region, must continue to deepen the contacts, the links, the friendships between us in West Africa, so that the challenges of the 21st century, the challenges of rapid economic growth, inclusive economic growth that makes it possible for all our people to be part of the process of development, so that we can successfully meet those challenges within the context of democratic values and democratic institutions.
So it is a particularly happy day for us in Ghana, and for me personally to be able to welcome to our country this famous man who, even before he became a president, was a household word in Africa,” President Akufo-Addo concluded.
The Flagstaff House, the official seat of government has been renamed, Jubilee House.
The name change was announced in January 2017 by President Nana Akufo-Addo and the name change has been effected to coincide with the 74th birthday of the first gentleman of the land.
“The President has signed an executive order to that effect, which has been gazetted and so Jubilee House will now be the official name of the seat of government,” Director of Communications, Eugene Arhin, said in an interview.
The Kufuor government which built the current edifice housing the presidency named it Jubilee House because it was built in 2007 to coincide the 50th anniversary of Ghana's independence.
But the President John Atta Mills government renamed it Flagstaff House, the original name of building around the same area which housed the President.
The Minister of Information, Mustapha Hamid, has rubbished claims by traders and artisans who have been asked to vacate the Nima residence of President Akufo-Addo, that they have been treated unfairly.
The Minister in a statement said, consultations between the affected persons, Office of the President and National Security were held and compensation packages agreed upon.
‘’It is important to note that extensive consultations were undertaken between the Office of the President, National Security, and the traders and artisans, before the implementation of this decision. It is completely false that only a week’s notice was given to the traders and artisans to move from their current location. Indeed, the leadership of the artisans and traders requested for a six week grace-period from National Security, beginning from the last week of January 2018, to enable them move. Clearly, this request has been met,’’ the statement said.
The statement also revealed that the president who did not want the national purse to be burdened, agreed to finance the packages from his own pocket.
‘’In view of the security implications of the operations of the traders, and artisans, National Security proceeded to engage with them, and compensation packages of varied sums were agreed on. President Akufo-Addo has taken the view that the national purse should not be burdened on a matter such as this, and has gone on to pay these compensations from his personal resources,’’ the statement added.
He also added in the statement that, some artisans who were not part of the package wrote to the president and requested for compensation to which the president obliged.
Traders and shop owners around the private residence of President Nana Akufo-Addo have been given one week to pack out of the area.
The traders have been compensated with amounts ranging from GHc 3,000 to GHc 10,000.
Operatives from National Security visited the area on Friday and directed the traders to vacate the premises by March 15, 2018.
Some of the traders have described the compensation package as woefully inadequate and are demanding for more.
Read Below the full statement
Government’s attention has been drawn to news items on the media landscape, about the “eviction of traders” in front of the President’s House in Nima, and wish to state as follows:
1.Prior to Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo becoming President of the Republic, there was a taxi rank, an artisanal shop and traders operating in front of his house. After being declared winner of the 2016 election, and before the President’s swearing-in on 7th January, 2017, the taxi drivers, on their own volition, moved their operations away from the President’s residence, realizing the implication of their operations for the security and safety of the President.
2.In view of the security implications of the operations of the traders, and artisans, National Security proceeded to engage with them, and compensation packages of varied sums were agreed on. President Akufo-Addo has taken the view that the national purse should not be burdened on a matter such as this, and has gone on to pay these compensations from his personal resources.
3.A group of artisans, describing themselves as “the Junior Masters”, who were not beneficiaries of the initial compensation, in a letter to President Akufo-Addo, dated 25th February, 2018, appealed to the President to be included in the compensation package, a request to which the President has accepted.
4.It is important to note that extensive consultations were undertaken between the Office of the President, National Security, and the traders and artisans, before the implementation of this decision. It is completely false that only a week’s notice was given to the traders and artisans to move from their current location. Indeed, the leadership of the artisans and traders requested for a six week grace-period from National Security, beginning from the last week of January 2018, to enable them move. Clearly, this request has been met.
5.The National Security is continuing with the engagement process, in order to ensure that their movement is done in a manner that accommodates their welfare as citizens of Ghana.
Mustapha Abdul-Hamid (PhD)
(Minister for Information and Presidential Spokesperson).
The President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, left Ghana on Thursday, 8th March, 2018, to attend the International Solar Alliance (ISA) Summit, being held in New Dehli, India, at the invitation of the Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, and the President of the French Republic, Emmanuel Macron.
The Summit, which is being attended by 25 Heads of State and Government, will provide a dedicated platform for co-operation amongst solar resource rich countries, aimed at realising “the common goals of increasing the use of solar energy in meeting the energy needs of ISA member countries in a safe, convenient, affordable, equitable and sustainable manner.”
The Summit will also result in the signing of a “New Delhi Declaration”, which will prioritise solar energy and, thereby, ensuring “power for all”.
Whilst in India, President Akufo-Addo will also hold bilateral discussions with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, which is expected to deepen the existing, cordial relations between Ghana and India, and will also present the two countries with an opportunity to define new areas of co-operation that would serve their mutual interests.
The President will return to Ghana on Monday, 12th March, 2018, and in his absence, the Vice President, Alhaji Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, shall, in accordance with Article 60(8) of the Constitution, act in his stead.
Director of Communications
The President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, left Ghana on Sunday, 21st January, 2018, at 3:10pm, to attend the inauguration ceremony of the President-Elect of the Republic of Liberia, His Excellency George Weah, which is scheduled to take place on Monday, 22nd January, 2018, in Monrovia, Liberia.
He is accompanied by the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Hon. Shirley Ayorkor Botchway; the Minister for Finance, Ken Ofori-Atta; Minister for National Security, Albert Kan Dapaah; and officials from the Presidency.
Given the absence from the jurisdiction of the Vice President, Alhaji Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, the Speaker of Parliament, Rt. Hon. Aaron Mike Oquaye, in accordance with Article 60(11) of the Constitution, will act in his stead.
President Akufo-Addo will return to Ghana on Tuesday, 23rd January, 2018.
……signed…… Eugene Arhin Director of Communications
An official notice from the presidency has confirmed that Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia has been flown to the UK for medical examination.
The statement signed by the Chief of Staff Frema Opare said the Vice-President is on medical leave as advised by his doctors.
She said the Vice-President was joined by his wife for the UK trip.
Director of Communications at the presidency, Eugene Arhin had denied authoring a statement in that regard after the purported statement went viral on social media.
On Friday, Mr. Eugene Arhin announced that the second gentleman of the land was under medical observation.
The statement issued yesterday read: ‘’ The Vice President of the Republic, Alhaji Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, in the early hours of Friday, 19th January, 2018, reported feeling unwell. He was attended to by his doctors, and is currently undergoing medical tests and observation. Any further information will be duly communicated.’’
The Director In charge of Communications at the Presidency, Eugene Arhin, has vehemently denied authoring a statement to announce that, Vice President, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia has been flown to the United Kingdom for medical observation.
He had authored a statement issued yesterday [Friday] to announce that, Dr. Bawumia was under medical observation after taking ill.
The statement read: ‘’ The Vice President of the Republic, Alhaji Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, in the early hours of Friday, 19th January, 2018, reported feeling unwell. He was attended to by his doctors, and is currently undergoing medical tests and observation. Any further information will be duly communicated.’’
Meanwhile, a purported statement allegedly signed by Mr. Arhin, went viral on social media to claim that, the Vice President’s situation worsened and has been flown to the UK.
But Mr. Arhin denied the statement and described as a hoax.