Former President John Dramani Mahama has said, his favourite candidate among those who have expressed interest in running for the 2020 presidential candidate slot, for the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), is Stephen Atubiga.
The former president who lost the presidential election to the current President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo in 2016 said he does not fear any of the candidates that have expressed their interest in contesting him when the party opens for nominations.
Some individuals including Prof. Joshua Alabi, Sylvester Mensah, former NHIA boss among others have expressed interest in contesting.
About 80 Minority MPs have also threatened to stage a demonstration against Mr. Mahama if he fails to contest.
Some are also against those who have decided to contest Mr. Mahama but addressing supporters of the party at a peace walk organized in Cape Coast said, “I have no problem with any of my colleagues who has expressed interest in leading this great party. Let us not attack anyone because whoever is elected to lead us to victory 2020, will need the support of each and everyone.”
He said: “Spio was my boss and later became my minister; Joshua was my colleague in Parliament and later became the Vice Chancellor of UPSA, Sylvester was the NHIS Boss and later a Presidential Staffer… It’s not now that they want to contest that I will have a problem with them. Atubiga is even my favourite Presidential candidate. Let us all work in unity for victory 2020,” he added.
The government has secured funding from the Saudi Arabian government for the construction of 20 technical arts schools in all regions of the country.
Professor Kwesi Yankah, Minister of State in Charge of Tertiary Education, said this at a durbar of the chiefs and people of Agona Duakwa held to climax their annual Akwambo festival.
The Minister said each region would get two of the 20 technical schools with modern equipment, adding that the establishment of the technical institutions would commence before the end of 2017.
Prof Yankah said one of the technical schools would be established at Agona Duakwa in the Agona East District of the Central Region.
The Minister said it would offer training to students in carpentry, masonry, electricals, Information and Communication Technology among others.
Prof Yankah said it is the duty of all stakeholders to help provide useful skills training to the youth to help halt migration to towns and cities.
He said plans have been completed for the rehabilitation of the first free national boys’ school established by Nana Kojo Amoakwa, chief of Agona Duakwa, which has been converted into a Junior High School (JHS).
The Minister said after the completion, the ADA JHS would be named after the first Duakwa chief, a great visionary, who died in the 1960s.
Mr. Dennis Armah-Frempong, Agona East District Chief Executive, said the Assembly has made a budgetary allocation in the 2018 composite budget to construct and rehabilitate dilapidated basic school structures.
He said the Assembly has selected cocoa and palm oil for the One District One Factory programme, and urged farmers in the area to invest in these cash crops.
The DCE said thousands of bags of fertilizers and varieties of maize seeds, have been supplied to the farmers at subsidized prices under the Planting Food for and Jobs policy.
He called on the farmers to invest in Planting for Investment initiative, which is the additional programme to the One District One Factory policy.
Former President John Dramani Mahama has waded into the call for the dismissal of Ghana’s High Commissioner to South Africa, George Ayisi Boateng over his discriminatory comments.
Mr. Mahama was addressing supporters of the opposition NDC after a peace walk in Cape Coast in the Central Region said the commissioner should have been axed by the president.
“The President seems unable to take firm action in anything. When I talk about the President not putting his foot down, we have a constitution and the constitution is the supreme law of the land. If you are a party officer, you can say whatever you want, there is no problem,” he said.
“You can say all jobs should go to NDC people before it goes to NPP people, if you are Allotey Jacobs. The government doesn’t pay you, taxpayers don’t pay you and you haven’t sworn an oath to anybody. But [not] when you are appointed as a High Commissioner and you swear an oath to the constitution of Ghana which says there shall be no discrimination and you shall do justice to all manner of persons.”
George Ayisi Boateng came under attack for saying that he will consider members of the ruling party first when job opportunity arises before any other Ghanaian.
The commissioner also described NPP members as more Ghanaian than any other Ghanaian.
He was defiant until he was summoned to the Flagstaff House after which he issued an apology for his comments.
But Mr. Mahama believes the president has failed to show commitment that he came for every Ghanaian.
“When they [NPP] were looking for your votes, President Akufo-Addo said they shall open the opportunities of this country to all Ghanaians, irrespective of their party or ethnic affiliations. He came to power and now that the pigs are enjoying, they say some Ghanaians are more Ghanaian than others. For something like this, you don’t call the person to the Flagstaff House, draft an apology letter for him and ask him to sign. You sack him at once.”
The former president also indicated that the apology was insincere and that, the commissioner was made to sign the apology which was written for him.
“If you read the apology letter, it’s an apology of an apology letter. He said he apologized for the effect of his words, not his words, just the effect. That is the new government under which we are.”
Former President John Dramani Mahama has described the recently launched Digital Address System as 419.
The former president made the remarks at a peace walk organized at Cape Coast said the system is fraudulent, and that someone must be punished for misusing state funds to procure the system.
“How can you launch a Google GPS system that is freely available on our mobile phone and say it is a national addressing system. It is such a pity. Why will you embarrass the president so much? You go and take a whole president to bring him to come and launch a system that is 419,” John Mahama said.
Mr. Mahama said he decided not to comment on any issue elating to governance after he lost power to the NPP but “it looks like NPP is whittling away its honeymoon period with the mistakes that it is doing.”
“When we talk about accountability, this is where the president should show that he is serious about corruption. Somebody must account for 15 million giving away free of charge. When I was in office, there was a bus branding incident, GH¢3.6m, a minister of state resigned because of GH¢3.6m,” John Mahama said.