Some angry youth at Ekumfi Ayisam of the Central region today (Saturday) attacked their Member of Parliament Mr. Francis Kingsley Ato Cudjoe over unfulfilled campaign promises.
According to the youth , the MP has not fulfilled a single of the promises he made to them during the campaign period.
Some of the iritate youth in an interview with Rainbow Radio's Nana Yaw Asare, revealed that, although there are registered members of the NDC, they all voted for Mr Francis Kingsley Ato Cudjoe because he promised to build the Ekumfi Ayisam senior high school but this promise has been in vain.
The youth further said that, Mr Francis Kingsley Ato Cudjoe also pledged to them that, when they vote for him, the unemployment rate in Ekumfi Ayisam would be a thing of past but that promise too has been in vain that is why they attacked him at the Ekumfi Ayisam festival.
According to the youth they will vote massively against him in the 2020 election.
Entertainment critic, Ola Michaels has lambasted President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, over his failure to fulfil his campaign promises for the entertainment sector. Speaking as a guest on GH Entertainment with host Prince Kwesi Dadzie aka Mr Handsome Saturday, the entertainment critic and strong supporter of the previous Mahama administration minced no words in describing Nana Addo as incompetent.
He wondered why the NPP has failed in delivering on the one-region one theatre, which was captured in their manifesto.
He opined that, the NPP has failed the creative arts despite the major promises they made in 2016.
In 2016, the current Minister of Foreign Affairs, Shirley Ayokor Botchwey said except Accra which has a modern theatre, the remaining nine regional capitals will have their share of theatres. She said very little attention has been given to that creative industry but the party will reverse that trend.
She announced new measures to be put in place for the industry when the party comes to power, one of which is a Creative Arts Council which will coordinate and harmonize the various interests and fragmented associations into a well functioning body to protect the interests of members. The manifesto said the NPP government will focus on transforming the country into a major Meeting, Incentive, Conference, & Exhibition (MICE) centre, as well as on expanding the tourism sector, through investment, innovation, the pursuit of service excellence and meaningful partnerships. This will enable tourism to become a major revenue- generating sector that provides safe, memorable and enjoyable experience for tourists. The party also promised to establish a Creative Arts Fund to make available funds to modernize and develop the creative Arts industry in Ghana. A division of the High Court was to be tasked to focus on the Creative Arts and deal with all matters relating to intellectual property rights, and a dedicated enforcement unit.
Ola Michaels commenting on these promises said, ‘’these were the promises by the NPP. Where are the theatres? Where is the special court? Where is the creative arts fund? Nana Addo has failed woefully as compared to what the former President Mahama did. Mahama did his best for the creative arts industry. He is performance was exceptional,’’ he added.
General Secretary of the main opposition National Democratic Congress, Johnson Asiedu -Nketiah has taken a swipe at the National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE) for attacking the party over the formation of new vigilante groups including the Hawks.
In a statement, the chief scribe slammed the NCCE and questioned why it attacked the NDC over the matter.
He justified the formation and attributed it to President Akufo-Addo's failure to deal with issues of vigilantism in the country.
"As we may all be aware, this has been necessitated by the persistent and loud failure of the Akufo-Addo led NPP government to rain-in their para-military trained vigilante groups, who have since their electoral victory, virtually over-powered the state security and rendered them ineffective in their bid to protect life and property of fellow citizens."
Below is the full statement (unedited)
NDC RESPONDS TO NCCE STATEMENT ON POLITICAL PARTY VIGILANTISM
The NDC has taken a rather regrettable notice of the Press Statement issued by the National Commission for Civic Education under the heading “NCCE CONDEMNS RE-EMERGENCE OF POLITICAL PARTY VIGILANTE GROUPS”.
First of all, we welcome the new awakening of organizations like the NCCE to an over-grown menace of Political Party Vigilantism in the country. Indeed, we are more encouraged and motivated by the fact that individual members of our party, have now taken charge of their personal security by organizing themselves into groups so as to provide adequate security for the lives and property of our party members. It is important to reiterate our support for any such group formed for this purpose.
As we may all be aware, this has been necessitated by the persistent and loud failure of the Akuffo Addo led NPP government to rain-in their para-military trained vigilante groups, who have since their electoral victory, virtually over-powered the state security and rendered them ineffective in their bid to protect life and property of fellow citizens.
We were all witnesses to the loud silence, the helpless response of the state security and the protection of the Judiciary, when the Delta Forces visited terror on the Ashanti Regional Security Coordinator and their subsequent invasion of the Kumasi Circuit Court to free their colleagues who were being trialed for the brutalization of the said Security Coordinator.
These same NPP vigilante forces unlawfully seized two of our party vehicles under bizarre circumstances, which said vehicles are still in the custody of the flagstaff house security, even after submission of all vehicle documentation to the transport officer at the Flagstaff House.
They again brutally invaded the residence of our Member of Parliament for Asunafo South Mr. Eric Opoku and visited mayhem amidst gunshots on the occupants of the house and other NDC faithfuls, we can only remember loud silence of President Akuffo Addo and how helpless the police looked on in this matter.
We have all been witnesses to the various episodes of terrorism, intimidation and brutalization of our functionaries by these NPP vigilante groups and not on any single occasion did we see an attempt by the NCCE or any section of moral society to condemn these acts of terrorism from these NPP vigilante groups.
So where was the NCCE in 2015, when the then Candidate Akuffo Addo recruited and brought in mercenaries to train and establish the para-military wings of the New Patriotic Party. We didn’t hear the NCCE when the South African mercenaries were arrested and deported. Several attempts to get the moral society to speak and condemn this act of forming a terrorist group proved futile; their Rambo styled attacks against NPP persons purported to be against Candidate Akuffo Addo was replete in the daily news reportage.
Unfortunately, this NCCE condemnation has come in rather too late in the day. We have allowed the NPP to perpetrate these acts of injustice to our members for far too long. We shall not miss any opportunity to protect the lives and property of our people.
Whiles we are guided by the saying that ‘he who seeks peace, must prepare for war’, we wish to serve notice of our cautious adoption of all the groups formed by our members to protect the interest of our party.
However, we wish to emphasize our readiness to order the disbandment of these groups provided and only if, President Akuffo Addo shows signs of readiness to protect the lives and property of our members by disarming and disbanding the NPPs numerous vigilante groups; arresting and prosecuting all NPP members who have been cited for various breaches of the law through vigilantism; including the forcible release of NPP suspects from police custody, the forcible ejection of some Chief Executive Officers of State Owned Organizations from their offices and providing appropriate operational environment for State Security agencies to regain their control and mandate in protecting life and property of the citizenry.
Long Live the NDC!!
Long Live our Peace and Security!!
Long Live our Democracy!!
Long Live Ghana!!
Hon Johnson Asiedu-Nketiah
Minister of Special Development Initiatives, Mavis Hawa Koomson, has inaugurated an Inter-Ministerial Committee on the Infrastructure for Poverty Eradication Programme (IPEP) here in Acccra.
The establishment of this committee is in line with the government's pursuit to strategically synchronize government's prioritised programmes into timely implementation this year and beyond for collective impact approach.
The committee has been tasked to ensure the implementation of IPEP complements other similar government initiatives and to ensure that these projects and programmes are consistent with the respective overall national medium term development framework.
Executive Director of policy think, Institute of Liberty and Policy Innovation, ILAPI-Ghana, Peter Bismark Kwofie is arguing that the Bauxite Agreement between Ghana and China is not Barter.
In explaining his point of view, he quizzed, What is barter here? and providing an answer, he said, "Barter is a Trading in which goods or services are exchanged without the use of CASH/MONEY. Barter is often Voluntary and individualistic."
According to him, "Resource Backed Loan is all about using the natural-resources as collateral to access sources of finance for investment, countervailing the barriers they face when accessing conventional bank lending and capital markets."
Mr Kwofie further indicated that "the Bauxite belongs to everybody and not to only the government. Government is a caretaker and can't go into Barter Trade."
"Using Commodity-Backed Securities to Support the Future of Ghana's economy is NEVER a Barter Trade. China is Giving you CASH and Ghana is giving out Bauxite (Natural Resource). Do you call this Barter?" He demanded.
Meanwhile, the Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia has said the arrangement seeks to leverage a fraction of Ghana’s bauxite resources to address the infrastructure challenges, and will provide a wide variety of projects including hospitals, bridges, interchanges, roads, affordable housing, rural electrification, and many others in line with government’s development agenda.
Speaking at the 2018 Ghana Economic Forum in Accra on Wednesday 5th September, 2018, Vice President Bawumia stressed that Sinohydro’s mandate is to construct infrastructure, not engage in mining, and dismissed suggestions that the Nana Akufo-Addo government had sold Ghana’s bauxite to China for $2 billion.
Rather, government has set up a holding company which will soon enter into a joint venture agreement with potential mining companies, refineries and off-takers from across the world who have the capacity, to establish the bauxite mines and refinery, and the proceeds from Ghana’s share of the refined bauxite will be used to pay for the infrastructure.
“What this arrangement does basically, is to say that we agree with Sinohydro that they provide us with our choice of infrastructure worth $2 billion. The Sinohydro Corporation which is going to provide the infrastructure is not the company that is going to mine the bauxite and they are not taking our raw bauxite. In other words, Sinohydro is not a mining company,” Vice President Bawumia emphasised.
“Rather, government in our plans has set up a holding company backed by an Act of Parliament called the Ghana Integrated Aluminum Development Company that will soon enter into a joint venture agreement with potential mining companies, aluminum refiners and off-takers to establish the bauxite mines and refinery.
“After mining and refining, Government of Ghana will then use her share of the refined bauxite to pay-off whatever cost of the infrastructure provided by the Sinohydro Corporation. This will only happen after a period of three years and on condition that Sinohydro has completed the infrastructure projects that the people of Ghana has asked them to do.”
Vice President Bawumia stressed:
“So Sinohydro will be providing the infrastructure, but Ghana will choose its own partner to set up the integrated aluminium development industry. The partners could come from America, Australia, Canada, China, wherever. Once we are confident of the capacity of the potential partners, we can enter into partnership with them.
Alluding to the misinformation campaign being waged against the entire arrangement, Vice President Bawumia assured that the necessary checks and balances have been put in place to ensure Ghana is not short-changed.
“Cynics are throwing dust in the eye of the public about the viability of the arrangement. Like all multiyear financial arrangements, there are risks. Our strong technical team has been working out the details of the entire arrangement and running sensitivity analysis to determine our degree of vulnerabilities and the terms most beneficial for Ghana.”
The Ghana Economic Forum (GEF) serves as a platform to bring captains of industry to discuss, debate key issues affecting the Ghanaian economy, and to put forward solutions to help overcome the many challenges.