Kofi Annan was a consumate int’l diplomat – Akufo Addo

President Akufo-Addo has expressed his condolence and that of the entire country to the family of Kofi Annan following his death, describing him as a “consummate international diplomat and highly respected.”

According to Akufo-Addo, the former UN Secretary-General who died in Switzerland Saturday after a short illness “brought considerable renown to our country by this position and through his conduct and comportment in the global arena.”

“He was an ardent believer in the capacity of the Ghanaian to chart his or her own course onto the path of progress and prosperity,” said President Akufo-Addo in a statement adding; “Undoubtedly, he excelled in the various undertakings of his life, leaving in his trail most pleasant memories. His was a life well-lived.”

President Akufo-Addo has thus “directed that, in his honor, Ghana’s national flag will fly at half-mast across the country and in all of Ghana’s diplomatic missions across the world, from Monday, 20th August 2018, for one week.”

Mr. Annan was the 7th Secretary-General of the United Nations.

He was appointed as the Secretary-General on 13 December 1996 by the Security Council, and later confirmed by the General Assembly, making him the first office holder to be elected from the UN staff itself.

He was re-elected for a second term in 2001, and was succeeded as Secretary-General by Ban Ki-moon on 1 January 2007.

Kofi Atta Annan was born on 8 April 1938 in Kumasi, in the Ashanti region of Ghana. He and the UN were the co-recipients of the 2001 Nobel Peace Prize.

He is the founder and chairman of the Kofi Annan Foundation, as well as chairman of The Elders, an international organization founded by Nelson Mandela.

Kofi Annan went on to study economics at Macalester College, international relations from the Graduate Institute Geneva and management at MIT. Annan joined the UN in 1962, working for the World Health Organization’s Geneva office.

He went on to work in several capacities at the UN Headquarters including serving as the Under-Secretary-General for peacekeeping between March 1992 and December 1996.

As the Secretary-General, Annan reformed the UN bureaucracy; worked to combat HIV, especially in Africa; and launched the UN Global Compact. He has been criticized for not expanding the Security Council and faced calls for resignation after an investigation into the Oil-for-Food Programme.

After leaving the UN, he founded the Kofi Annan Foundation in 2007 to work on international development. In 2012, Annan was the UN–Arab League Joint Special Representative for Syria, to help find a resolution to the ongoing conflict there.

Annan quit after becoming frustrated with the UN’s lack of progress with regard to conflict resolution. In September 2016, Annan was appointed to lead a UN commission to investigate the Rohingya crisis.

Akufo-Addo chases gov’t vehicles sold to solders under Mahama

The Seat of Government, Jubilee House, has began an exercise to retrieve all government vehicles sold to solders or Service Personnel who served in various capacities at the Presidency during the National Democratic Congress (NDC) Administration which was headed by His Excellency, John Dramani Mahama.

They have in effect, served notice to all Service Personnel through the Chief of Defense Staff that benefitted from the sale of the government vehicles at the instance of then Chief of Staff, Julius Debrah, to surrender the vehicles to the Military High Command for same to be returned to the Presidency on or before September 7, 2018.

The notice dated August 6, 2018, further directed that all documents relating to the sale/purchase of the vehicle should be provided to enable refund to be effected.

The move, kasapafmonline.com understands, was spurred by the fact that the said vehicles are on the list of vehicles that was handed over to the incoming NPP Administration led by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo on January 7, 2018.

Below is the notice and list of Service Personnel who bought the government vehicles:

Double Track System: Ignore the Pharisees – Akufo-Addo

The President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has reiterated the commitment of his government to ensuring that the double-track school calendar, which will be implemented in September 2018 for some Senior High Schools in the country, is a success.

According to President Akufo-Addo, “we are going to make sure it is a success. So, I am pleading with you, please ignore the Pharisees who are singing the ‘impossible’ tune, and stick with me. It will be a success.”

Speaking on Sunday, 12th August, 2018, at Mpasaaso, in the Ahafo Ano North constituency, after inspecting construction works on the 19.5 kilometre Mpasaaso to Wioso Road, President Akufo-Addo stated that when the free SHS policy begun in September 2017, the naysayers were optimistic that the policy would fail.

“The logical thing for them (naysayers) was for each person to pay for their education. Ghanaians chose to believe in me, and the Free SHS vision by the vote of the 7th December. Ghanaians indicated that they wanted Free SHS; that was the meaning of the emphatic vote I received in December 2016.

“We are not going to go back on that, not today, not tomorrow! So, whenever the naysayers come to spread their lies, hoot at them, and do not give them audience,” President Akufo-Addo added.

With 90,000 new entrants in 2017, and the number doubling to some 180,000 in September 2018, the President noted that “every child of school going age in Ghana will have the opportunity to go to school up to the Senior High School level, and I intend to keep that pledge.”

On the Double-Track System, he assured the Chiefs and people of Mpasaaso, that “I will never present anything that is not worth it to the Ghanaian people. The double track system will ensure longer contact hours, teachers will have longer periods of interaction with the students, and the numbers of enrolled students will increase.”

Touching on the Programme for Planting for Food and Jobs, the initiative introduced in 2017 by the Ministry of Food and Agriculture, President Akufo-Addo bemoaned the low numbers of farmers who took advantage of the programme in the Ashanti Region.

“The farmers of the Upper East and Upper West regions have embraced it wholeheartedly. The Programme, this year, will cover 500,000 farmers. I urge farmers in the Ashanti Region to come on board, and, thereby, guarantee increased agricultural productivity this year.”

President Akufo-Addo, in responding to the concerns of the Chief of Mpasaaso, Nana Tabiri Gyansah III, assured that his request for the construction of a new police station for the community will be tabled before the Minister for Interior for the necessary action to be taken.

Happy with the progress of work on the 19.5 kilometre stretch of road, President Akufo-Addo assured further that “the work will be completed and the much-needed relief will come to this town.”

President Akufo-Addo also attended the Akwasidae festival, held at the Manhyia Palace, after his visit to Mpasaaso.

The festival, which is held on the first Sunday after every 40 days on the Asante calendar, gives people, in and out of Ashanti, the opportunity to pay homage to the Asantehene.

Ignore the Pharisees; Double-track system will be a success – Akofo-Addo

Thee President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has reiterated the commitment of his government to ensuring that the double-track school calendar, which will be implemented in September 2018 for some Senior High Schools in the country, is a success.

According to President Akufo-Addo, “we are going to make sure it is a success. So, I am pleading with you, please ignore the Pharisees who are singing the ‘impossible’ tune, and stick with me. It will be a success.”

Speaking on Sunday, 12th August, 2018, at Mpasaaso, in the Ahafo Ano North constituency, after inspecting construction works on the 19.5 kilometre Mpasaaso to Wioso Road, President Akufo-Addo stated that when the free SHS policy begun in September 2017, the naysayers were optimistic that the policy would fail.  

“The logical thing for them (naysayers) was for each person to pay for their education. Ghanaians chose to believe in me, and the Free SHS vision by the vote of the 7th December. Ghanaians indicated that they wanted Free SHS; that was the meaning of the emphatic vote I received in December 2016.

“We are not going to go back on that, not today, not tomorrow! So, whenever the naysayers come to spread their lies, hoot at them, and do not give them audience,” President Akufo-Addo added.

With 90,000 new entrants in 2017, and the number doubling to some 180,000 in September 2018, the President noted that “every child of school going age in Ghana will have the opportunity to go to school up to the Senior High School level, and I intend to keep that pledge.”

On the Double-Track System, he assured the Chiefs and people of Mpasaaso, that “I will never present anything that is not worth it to the Ghanaian people. The double track system will ensure longer contact hours, teachers will have longer periods of interaction with the students, and the numbers of enrolled students will increase.”

Touching on the Programme for Planting for Food and Jobs, the initiative introduced in 2017 by the Ministry of Food and Agriculture, President Akufo-Addo bemoaned the low numbers of farmers who took advantage of the programme in the Ashanti Region.

“The farmers of the Upper East and Upper West regions have embraced it wholeheartedly. The Programme, this year, will cover 500,000 farmers. I urge farmers in the Ashanti Region to come on board, and, thereby, guarantee increased agricultural productivity this year.”

President Akufo-Addo, in responding to the concerns of the Chief of Mpasaaso, Nana Tabiri Gyansah III, assured that his request for the construction of a new police station for the community will be tabled before the Minister for Interior for the necessary action to be taken.

Happy with the progress of work on the 19.5 kilometre stretch of road, President Akufo-Addo assured further that “the work will be completed and the much-needed relief will come to this town.”

President Akufo-Addo also attended the Akwasidae festival, held at the Manhyia Palace, after his visit to Mpasaaso.

The festival, which is held on the first Sunday after every 40 days on the Asante calendar, gives people, in and out of Ashanti, the opportunity to pay homage to the Asantehene.

GH¢500m earmarked for Ashanti roads – Akufo-Addo reveals

The President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has revealed that his administration has set aside, for 2018 alone, an amount of GH¢500 million to construct new roads, as well as give a facelift to some existing roads in the Ashanti Region.

Speaking at the Akwasidae celebrations, on Sunday, 12th August, 2018, at the Manhyia Palace, President Akufo-Addo noted that, despite the “unprecedented infrastructural development” touted by the predecessor government, the consistent cry of the Ghanaian people, everywhere he has been since becoming President, has been about the poor nature of their roads.

“So where is this unprecedented infrastructural development that was touted by my predecessor? The roads in Ghana’s second biggest city, Kumasi, are nothing to write home about, even though much of the country’s revenues and resources come from the Ashanti Region,” the President bemoaned.

He continued, “I was left with a bankrupt economy, but with hard work and discipline, we have been able to find money. So, this year, GH¢500 million has been devoted to the roads in Ashanti. This comprehensive plan for roads, i.e. the Kumasi Roads Facelift Project, has already been approved by Cabinet, and will result in the facelift of Kumasi roads, as well as the development of roads in Ashanti.”

The President noted that his administration cannot fix all roads in the Region, and, indeed, in the entire country at a go, but assured that before he leaves office, the vast majority of roads in the country would have been fixed.

Government’s focus on infrastructure, he said, is not only about the development of the country’s road network, stressing that railway infrastructure is also critical to the country’s needs.

“Over the years, we have not maintained our railway sector. However, in my time, the railway sector is undergoing massive rehabilitation. Shortly, the Minister for Railways Development, Hon. Joe Ghartey, will roll-out the comprehensive plan my Government has for the redevelopment of our country’s railway sector,” he added.

President Akufo-Addo assured that “Kumasi is going to be at the heart, and will be a central hub of the whole railway infrastructure of our country. This will ensure easy access from Kumasi to Nyinahini, and to all the key natural resource areas in Asanteman.”

He, thus, appealed to Otumfuo Osei Tutu and all the Chiefs of the Ashanti Region to support the programmes and policies put in place by his Government, and also help educate their subjects about the importance of these measures, and they being the surest route to progress and prosperity.

“There will be those who will always want to obstruct progress, and put obstacles in my way and in the way of my government. But, I can assure them that it will not work. These programmes, when implemented, will bring development to Ghana and, indeed, to Asanteman,” he added.

President Akufo-Addo also paid tribute to the work undertaken by the Asantehene in bringing most chieftaincy disputes in the region to an end.

“Together, let us all help to resolve all the remaining disputes. Chieftaincy disputes are a drain on government’s resources, and, if anyone understands what I am saying better, it is you, Otumfuo.”

“My wish is that, when the story of our country’s history is being told, it should be said that it was during the time of two friends, Otumfuo Osei Tutu and President Akufo-Addo, that Ghana and Asanteman were put on the path of progress and prosperity,” he added.

We’re fulfilling our promises – Akufo-Addo

The President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, says the period of stay of his administration in office has witnessed the fulfillment of many of the promises he made to the Ghanaian people in the run-up to the December 2016 elections.

According to President Akufo-Addo, “the work that we promised to do, the promises I made during the campaign period, I believe that all Ghanaians can attest to the fact that they were not idle promises, but rather promises that I honestly believed that I could fulfill, once I won power.”

Addressing a durbar of chiefs held in his honour at Beposo, on Saturday, 11th August, 2018, during his 5-day tour of the Ashanti Region, President Akufo-Addo stressed that, amongst others, Free Senior High School Education is a reality today.

“Those who said we could not do it have been put to shame. Very soon, we will pass legislation that stipulates that every child in Ghana should go to school up to Senior High School level, at least. We don’t want dropouts. This way, everyone can find meaningful employment in this country,” the President said.

He continued, “We have reduced electricity tariffs as well, so as to bring relief to individual households, as well as to businesses. By so doing, business owners, especially entrepreneurs, will be energised to bring in more income. We came to visit you and to inform you that the promises we made to you here in Beposo, during the campaign period, are being fulfilled.

President Akufo-Addo thanked the Chief of Beposo, Nana Boamah Kwabi IV, for the large tracts of land, i.e. 24,000 acres, given to his administration to facilitate the realization of Government’s flagship projects such as the Programme for Planting for Food and Jobs, and 1-District-1-Factory.

“These are very valuable additions. I am truly thankful. In the same vein, the Kwamanhene has also offered us 5,000 acres for Planting for Food and Jobs. The Nsutamanhene has also given us 3,000 acres for warehouses. Out of the 21 constituencies here in Asanteman that will have warehouses, the Nsuta constituency will receive one,” he added.

Touching the concerns of the Beposohene on the extension of electricity to all communities in Beposo, President Akufo-Addo assured that Government is working towards ensuring that “every town and village in this country will have access to electricity, so that nobody will be left behind.

“It is systematic. We are pushing for complete rural electrification and very soon, you will hear from us here in Beposo.”

Earlier in the day, President Akufo-Addo visited the Rocklands Farms in Beposo, Wontumi Farms in Asare Nkwanta, and visited Assam, in Mampong, to inspect ongoing works on the Kofiase-Mampong road, which is being constructed for the first time in the country’s history.

Akufo-Addo begins 5-day tour of Ashanti Region

The President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, will from Friday, 10th August, 2018, embark on a 5-day tour of the Ashanti Region.

Following earlier visits to Brong Ahafo, Western, Volta, Northern, Upper East and Upper West, the 5-day tour of the Ashanti Region forms part of the President’s ongoing nationwide visit.

President Akufo-Addo will visit the Manhyia South, Asokwa, Nhyiaeso, Bosomtwe, Bantama, Sekyere Central, Nsuta-Kwamang-Beposo, Mampong, Subin, Ahafo-Ano South, Kwadaso, Atwima Kwanwoma and Oforikrom constituencies

Beginning with a courtesy call on the Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, at the Manhyia Palace, President Akufo-Addo is expected to launch the Kumasi Roads Facelift Programme at Atonsu in the Asokwa Constituency and visit the Vesta Oil Factory at Bosomtwe.

He will also inspect ongoing works on the Manhyia-Bantama Asphalt Overlay Project at Abrepo in the Bantama Constituency.

Other engagements will include interactions with the Chiefs and religious leaders of the region, inspection of ongoing construction works of a 1-District-1-Warehouse project at Mampong, cutting of the sod for the construction of the Wioso-Mpasaaso Road Project.

On Monday, 13th August, 2018, President Akufo-Addo will launch the Youth in Afforestation Programme, and also inspect ongoing works on the Trede-Ahodwo Road Project, as well as visit a 1-District-1-Factory Project site in Kaase.

Before ending his tour, the President will participate in the 29th Biennial General Council Meeting of the Assemblies of God Church, to be held at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology.

The President will end the tour of the region on Tuesday, 14th August, 2018.

Begging Amidu to drop your case fruitless – Akufo-Addo

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has said attempts by the Bawku Central MP, Mahama Ayariga soliciting high profile persons to get Special Prosecutor, Martin Amidu drop an investigative case against the him[Ayariga] would be “fruitless venture”.

According to a statement sighted by Kasapafmonline.com, the outspoken Prosecutor accused Mahama Ayariga of sending personal friends, former colleagues, chiefs, pastors among others, to beg him [Amidu] to stop some investigations against him [Ayariga].

Mr Amidu said Ayariga has become adamant despite all his attempts to get him back down on his unnecessary pleas through high profile personalities.

“I asked EOCO on a number of occasions to warn the suspect to desist from his conduct of obstructing the investigations by soliciting others to put pressure on me to abate same to no avail,” he said.

The SP statement stated that Ayariga is under investigation on suspicion of commission of corruption and abusing his office by importing three used Toyota Land Cruiser V8s into the country.

In a post on social media, the President intimated he’s well convinced Amidu won’t kowtow to such pressure from anyone.

See Akufo-Addo’s post

 

Meanwhile,  National Democratic Congress (NDC) Member of Parliament for Tamale North, Alhassan Suhuyini has said the publication of the alleged Ayariga investigation is a deliberate attempt by the government through Martin Amidu to douse the public outcry over the revelations from the new Ameri deal.

“If they think they are going to use this to divert attention from the stinking Ameri deal and several other fraudulent transactions that are going on, they should think again because is not going to wash. The people of Ghana will continue to find out if people are hanging puppies and leaving dogs” he said.

According to him, there is no need for Mr. Amidu to disclose the alleged sending of personal friends, pastors or chiefs by Mahama Ayariga to the public, because that does not in any way stop him from going ahead with his investigation.

“Read the story, what is in it, if people are coming to you so what, is there any law that syas that if people come to you, you cannot do your work” “Telling the whole Ghana that people are coming to you, so what, what should the people of Ghana do” he asked The Minister of Energy, Boakye Agyarko was sacked by the President after the President was allegedly misled into approving the new AMERI deal which had been by Executive Order.

Current C’cil of State validates institution’s relevance – Akufo Addo

President Akufo Addo says the volume of work and contribution of the current Council of State to his administration validates the importance and relevance of the constitutional body in the political circumstances of Ghana.

Addressing members of the Council of State at their third meeting with him at the Jubilee House, to present the first of its kind, an annual report detailing their activities, President Akufo Addo said the Council has dealt expeditiously with all matters that he has submitted to them as required by the 1992 Constitution and he is very pleased with their work. The President noted that even though the Council is required to meet four (4) times a year, they have chosen to meet 73 times in the course of this year alone, a clear sign to him that the current composition of the Council have come to work for the good of the country.

The Creation of New Regions

On the invocation of Article 5 of the 1992 Constitution to create new regions in Ghana, the President said the Council of State went about their work in a thorough and deliberate manner that has seen the process continuing to its climax that will see the Electoral Commission (EC) organizing referenda in the various places where the new regions are to be created.

New EC Chairpersons

The President noted that the circumstances leading to the removal of the former EC Chairperson, Charlotte Osei, were unfortunate, however, the Council of State in record time considered and approved his nominees to fill the vacancies that had been created to get the Commission back on track.

Chairman of the Council of State

The Chairman of the Council of State, Nana Otuo Siriboe II, in his remarks indicated that over the course of the year, the Council has examined and approved appointments to 128 boards of state institutions, Universities and the Judiciary. He noted that they are gratified that the President respected reservations they had on certain nominations he made. This he said is a clear indication that the Council is not a rubber stamp.

The Council he said, was taking a break for a couple of months to resume work in October. However, in order that government business continues uninterrupted, the Council’s appointments and House Affairs Committee (AHAC) will be available to consider requests for examination of appointments forwarded to it by the Presidency during the period of recess.

AMERI deal: Asiedu Nketia backs calls for Akufo Addo’s impeachment

General Secretary of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) Johnson Asiedu Nketiah has endorsed calls for President Akufo Addo to be impeached over his involvement in the controversial AMERI deal.

President Akufo Addo was compelled to withdraw the deal after he initially gave executive approval after huge public backlash against the agreement which did not include approvals from the Energy and Finance Ministry which ultimately culminated in the dismissal of Minister of Energy, Boakye Agyarko.

His dismissal comes after the President was allegedly misled into approving the new AMERI deal which had been rejected by Parliament through an Executive Order.

The novation and amendment agreement was seeking to buy out the deal Ameri Energy had with the government of Ghana under President John Mahama and handed over to a third party Mytilineos for 15 years. Ghana would have ended up paying over Ghc1 billion under the new arrangement.

The joint committee on Finance and Energy of Parliament rejected the new deal because it had no signatures from the Attorney General and Finance minister.

Speaking to Joy News on the matter, Johnson Asiedu Nketia stated that President Akufo Addo is complicit in the controversial deal and must be impeached.

“There’s grounds in my view for impeachment looking at the nature of our Parliament it would be difficult to get it through. But there’s no harm in trying it, at least it would be establishing a principle that the President cannot do wrong brazenly and get away with that.

“In this particular case since he decided to liken himself to a dog who’s going to be given a bad name, I think that this dog has earned a very bad name nobody needs to hang the dog, the dog must hang itself.”