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Merry Christmas From The NPP


The New Patriotic Party (NPP) would like to extend warm greetings to all Ghanaians, especially Christians on the occasion of the celebration of the Christmas festivities.

This period in the life of Christians serves as a moment of celebration and sober reflection, particularly as it is observed at the end of the year and ushers in a new year. 2013 has been a year of mixed fortunes.

Apart from God’s blessings and guidance which has protected the country’s peace, the inhumane economic and social policies of the Mahama led government have placed an unbearable burden on Ghanaians.

We thank God for surviving some very difficult times with particular reference to the unprecedented reported cases of corruption and the uncertain future Ghanaians are faced with.

Gratitude should go to all Ghanaians for maintaining the peace and unity we continue to enjoy, not forgetting our service men and women who spent, and are still spending time maintaining peace across the world.

We join all Ghanaians to pray for peace, prosperity, success, better economic direction and more importantly, unity for 2014 and beyond.

God bless our homeland Ghana.

Merry Christmas.

Signed

Jake Otanka Obetsebi-Lamptey

National Chairman

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Stop Demanding Praises And Work – Dr Amoako Baah


President John Mahama’s call on Ghanaians to eschew cynicism and acknowledge the economic gains made under his administration are misplaced, a Political Lecturer has said.

Dr. Richard Amoako Baah says the President must do the job for which Ghanaians employed him and stop demanding praises.

He was speaking on Joy FM’s Super Morning Show Monday, in response to President Mahama’s appeal to Ghanaians last weekend to refrain from being cynical and appreciate the strides being made by the country under his tutelage.

“If any country will make progress, it is based on the faith and the belief of the citizens of that nation that their nation can be great, that their nation can be strong, that their nation can be prosperous. That is the difference in the rate of growth of nations,” the President stated.

He made reference to the energy crisis that hit the country earlier this year and said, “in Ghana, we have a very short memory; the energy crisis is solved, we don’t remember the darkness we were in and so we’ve put that behind us and we are looking at what the other challenges are.”

But Dr. Amoako Baah, who is Head of the Political Science Department of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), said Ghanaians are entitled to uninterrupted supply of power and that the president did Ghanaians no favour by ensuring they have that.

“Electricity should be taken for granted…it is the first thing that the nation must ensure works because everything is based on it, everything is dependent on it; and so when you fix it don’t expect praises from anyone; besides it is not his money that he used to fix it,” he stated.

The University lecturer said “We employed him in that position to do that job and so if he is doing his job, he should not expect praises from us.”

Dr. Amoako Baah said even though the President may have meant the comments as a joke, he ought to have known that the nation was not in the mood for jokes.

“It is almost as if he (the President) is not in touch with what is happening…people are suffering, the economy is going down, inflation is going up…where is the bright spot that people are supposed to look at, celebrate or to praise the president for”?

In his view, the President has lost goodwill and must not be making comments that can be picked on by his opponents.

Former Head of Policy Monitoring and Evaluation, Dr Tony Aidoo, also speaking on the show, said President Mahama was not the first leader to make such comments.

He said Mr. John Kufuor as president made similar comments when Ghanaians complained about harsh economic conditions in the country in 2003.

Dr. Aidoo said even though Ghanaians had a right to constant power supply, “we live in a third world (country) and in a third world [country] we are so handicapped materially in terms of economic growth.”

He insisted that some of the criticisms leveled against the president for his comments were indeed cynical.

NPP Holds Peaceful Elections Across The Country


The elections conducted by the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) to elect Constituency Executives ahead of the 2016 general elections ended across the country on a peaceful note.

Voting was generally peaceful, according to Citi News correspondents across the country.

The executives elected in Saturday’s vote will constitute delegates that will elect Parliamentary Candidates and the party’s flagbearer for the 2016 elections.

NPP Director of Elections, Martin Adjei-Mensah told Citi News the elections “went as scheduled” and was happy with the outcome.

“Across the country, the process was to start today [Saturday] but not end in itself .It will continue throughout the week until next Saturday. We don’t expect any election to go beyond December 21,” he added.

The Constituency Elections were however, temporarily suspended in the Eastern and Northern Regions due to circumstances beyond control.

Elections in the two regions will be held on Sunday December 15 and on December 17, 2013 respectively.

By : Evans Effah/citifmonline.com/Ghana

Ghanaians Have A Very Short Memory – Mahama


President John Mahama says “Ghanaians have very short memory,” which makes them easily forget about the achievements made by his administration.

The President, in jest, told a congregation in Accra at the inauguration of the Revival Restoration Centre of the Assemblies of God Church at Roman Ridge, Accra, on Saturday that Ghanaians easily forget how far, how much progress has been made in the country vis-à-vis their present circumstances.

Using the energy crisis that hit the country this year to buttress his point, Mahama said: “The energy crisis is solved. We don’t remember the darkness we were in and so we’ve put that behind us and we’re looking at what the other challenges are”.

According to him, while the crisis persisted, Ghanaians were constantly on his case and ridiculed him by creatively replacing the traditional way of greeting with a coined phrase (“y3 ma mu dumsor ooo”) that elicited a response (“yaa Mahama”) that directly blamed him for the crisis.

The Akan phrase, “y3 ma mu dumsor ooo” can loosely be translated as “have an erratic-power-supply-filled day” and the response “yaa Mahama” loosely means “by courtesy of Mahama”.

President Mahama said it is important for Ghanaians to appreciate how far the country has come as far as addressing development issues is concerned.

He said despite the difficulties of his first year in office, he was nonetheless grateful to Ghanaians for standing by him.

“…I want to use this opportunity to thank all Ghanaians for the cooperation we’ve had in a very challenging year. We’ve had strikes, we’ve had problems with the economy; the deficit, and above all, we’ve had an election petition for almost eight months of the year; the economy slowed because everybody was focused on what was happening in the Supreme Court, but God in his faithfulness has seen us through all these”.

Ghana Is A Nation Of Cynics – Mahama


President John Mahama has called on Ghanaians to have faith and believe in the country’s potential to become a prosperous nation.

The President is optimistic the country can rise above the challenges facing it if Ghanaians change their views about the nation and adopt a positive mindset.

“If you are a nation of cynics, where everybody believes nothing is going well it will be difficult for you to make it. You have to believe that we can make it – and we can make it – I am certain of that”, said President Mahama

The President made the remarks when he was commissioning the Revival Restoration Centre of the Assemblies of God Church at Roman Ridge, in Accra, on Saturday.

President Mahama said statistics show that Ghana is among ten emerging economies of the world, adding that “if any country will make progress, it is based on the faith and belief of the citizens of that nation.”

“We look at nations that have emerged and today are rubbing shoulders with the developed world and we say ‘how did they do it?’ …How did Japan rise out of the ashes of the second World War to be the second most prosperous economy in the world? All these nations have made it because their people believed that they could make it”, he said.

President Mahama said Ghanaians need that same attitude “in order that we can be great and strong.”

Mahama’s Administration Is The Most Corrupt – IMANI


Founding President and Chief Executive Officer of IMANI Ghana, Franklin Cudjoe, has said he is shocked at the level of corruption in President John Mahama’s government.

Speaking on ‘Burning Issues’ on Adom FM/Asempa FM, Cudjoe said “I have never seen in my entire life this level of corruption and waste in the country like under Mahama’s government.”

Cudjoe said since President Mahama appointed him as board member of a number public institutions, he has come across numerous cases of “gargantuan” corruption, most of which Ghanaians are not privy to.

He said it is sad for government to say that there is no money for the single spine salary structure.

Cudjoe asked, “what about the GYEEDA money – what about the Subah money – what about all these very nefarious, nicodamously arranged wicked enterprises, why should we ever not get our money back, this should never happen again in the history of Ghana.”

He said his empirical analysis shows that the country has lost more than Ghc4 billion through leakages and corruption such as ghost names on government payroll.

“It is obvious that there is capitalist cronyism going on in the country – where public officials give contracts to their cronies as a way of siphoning state funds into private pockets,” he said.

“I have never spoken this way before, but I do not think when someone gives you work to do you have to show them’ respect and make them think you like everything they are doing when in fact you know all is not well,” Cudjoe added.

The Economist said the president must take a very bold step in dealing with corruption rather than giving orders for reviews.

He however admitted that lately, the president’s demeanor indicates that he is committed to curbing high level corruption in the country.

Cudjoe advised the president to also follow perceived pro-opposition media and act on the criticisms, instead of focusing on the pro-government media, which only sing government’s praises and do not put government on its toes.

He said his outfit is ready to support the president to curtail corruption in the country.

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