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Rice Price Will Never Go Up Under My Regime – President George Weah Vows | Politics

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In a bid to ascertain firsthand information and improve on the reported shortage of rice in the local market in Liberia, President George Weah has toured various warehouses at the Freeport of Monrovia with a vow to take punitive measures against unscrupulous business owners and others creating an artificial shortage and hiking the price of the commodity.

Rice is the staple food in Liberia.

It can be recalled that on Tuesday, March 29, hundreds of aggrieved rice dealers staged a violent protest on Bushrod Island, outside Monrovia by setting roadblocks over the unfavorable business practices and the scarcity of the country’s staple food on the local market.

The marketers, mostly elderly women, were seen chanting anti-slogans like “We want rice; No Rice, No Car Going, Your Open Your Stores, We Want Rice”, among others.

They also held placards with inscriptions: “Enough is enough, we want rice; Where is the rice; Local rice dealers are tired of paying transportation for rice; No rice, no work; Government please give us rice, We are hungry and out of business”, among others.

They also blocked the main entrances of two major rice importers – K and K and Fouta Corporation in Vai Town-accusing the owners of allegedly hoarding and creating an artificial shortage of the commodity on the market.

They also claimed that the importers are reportedly planning to increase the price of a bag of 25kg rice from US$13 to US$15 in the midst of extreme hardship and poverty in Liberia.

K and K Trading Company belongs to top Lebanese business tycoon George Haddad, a former closed associate of ex-Liberian President Charles Ghankay Taylor. His company enjoyed a monopoly over the sale of rice for several years during the regime of Mr. Taylor.

Fouta Corporation is being owned and operated by Mr. Cherif Abdallah.

The two companies are among the highest importers of rice in the country.

But speaking to Reporters during the tour on Wednesday, April 6, President Weah warned against the politicizing of the country’s staple food for political gains.

He claimed that there is no rice shortage in the country as evidenced by the stockpile of rice spotted at various warehouses at the Freeport, and as such, citizens, especially politicians should desist from stirring up issues to create panic among the citizenry.

He emphasized that his government remains cognizant of the consequence or aftermath of the shortage of rice.

President Weah added that being aware of the consequence, his government held a meeting with rice importers two years ago to prevent the hike in the price or the shortage of the product on the Liberian market.

At the meeting, the Liberian Chief Executive recalled, his government was assured by the importers that there will be no scarcity of rice in the country.

“When it comes to rice issue here, it’s not about politics. Your don’t know when to play politics; we are not campaigning here. This is governance process and you guys (journalists) are responsible because you guys are part of the governance process by giving the actual message to our people so they cannot panic. If there is a rice shortage, people will get hungry and they will go into the streets”.

“Let’s forget politics; you may not like me, and I may not like you but it has nothing to do with the general good of the country. Whether we are opposition or not, this is our country”.

President Weah disclosed that his decision taken to tour the warehouses at the Freeport was intended to verify the information he received about the insufficiency of rice.

“I came here to see because two years ago, they (importers) promised us that there will be no rice shortage. Coming here again, we can see that there is no shortage, but our people have been misinformed. I listened to so many journalists, but what they said is contrary to what we are seeing here. So, what we need to do is to make sure that we give the right information to the public”.

He said the opening of the rice market in Liberia has immensely attracted scores of Liberian and other foreigners to engage into the trading of the commodity, This, he observed, is delaying the timely distribution of the product.

“Rice is our staple food and if it is the only commodity that will be expensive in this country, we will not allow that”.

President Weah maintained that his government will continue to make sure that rice is “available and affordable” for consumers.

He said the necessary mechanisms will be put in place to combat against the hoarding of the commodity.

“Whether they like it or not, rice price will not go up. If you are a (Commerce) Minister and you are not able to stabilize rice price, then you are not a Minister. You need to communicate that to our people so they cannot panic”.

President Weah assured that government will assiduously “monitor” and take actions against unscrupulous business owners who are hiking the price and creating artificial shortage of rice on the local market.

“Some people decide to cheat; we just have to monitor them. We will make sure to enforce the laws so that those getting the rice cheaper and want to blow the rice up, they can get there. Everywhere in the world, people cheat the market.

It’s not something new or strange. But our law enforcement officers have to get around to enforcing the law and make sure that no one will sell the rice expensive. We will not tolerate anything that will hinder the growth of our people”.

As a former soccer legend, many Liberians, including supporters of the ruling CDC, still see President Weah as one who has the “connections” to use the magical wind to change and make things work for them in the nation.

The Liberian leader assured citizens that his government will do her best to ensure that the country’s staple food remains available in Liberia.

He emphasized that even after his tenure, he would not sit supinely as a patriotic Liberian to allow rice shortage to hit the country and breed tension.

“We are meeting with the people and working very hard to make sure that there is no rice shortage here. Even when we leave power, we have all our connections and we will bring our people to make sure that we have surplus rice in this country”.

 

 

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It All Began Under Mahama – Abu Jinapor On Achimota Forest Saga | Politics

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The Minister of Lands and Natural Resources, Samuel Abdulai Jinapor, has indicated that former President John Mahama, by executive approval, gave out Achimota Forest for redevelopment in 2013.

He made this remark while debunking reports that the ruling government has sold Achimota Forest.

Speaking in an interview on Peace FM’s morning show ‘Kokrokoo’, he said: “on September 5, 2013, the then President, John Dramani Mahama, gave Executive Approval for the conversion of the forest reserve into an ecotourism park, and to release the peripheral portions of the forest reserve to the Owoo family, in accordance with the recommendations of the committee”.

The minister explained that because the land remained a forest reserve, by virtue of Order 31 of 1930, the lessees and sub-lessees could not develop the land, although they had obtained all the necessary permits.

He said pursuant to the same Executive Approval, the Forestry Commission, acting on behalf of President entered into an agreement with Aikan Capital, a limited liability company, for the development of core areas of the forest into an eco-tourism park.

The commission also executed a lease agreement with the company in February 2016, by which 227.84 hectares of the reserve were leased to the company to undertake the planned development.

“The Owoo family and their grantees, in a bid to develop the peripheral portions of the land which had already been granted to them, continued to petition the government to release of the peripheral portions as a forest reserve,” Mr Jinapor added.

Source: Peacefmonline.com

 

 

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Overnight Achievers; Ablakwa, Kwakye Ofosu, Sammy Awuku, Eugene Arhin, Et Al ‘Stealing’ Wealth From State Coffers – Maurice Ampaw Alleges  | Politics

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Controversial Lawyer, Maurice Ampaw says some ‘babies in diapers’ have in a short period become ‘millionaires’ – something they would have struggled to achieve if they did not venture into politics.
 
According to him, politics in Ghana has become the fastest way for just any ordinary person to become rich.
 
He named the likes of Member of Parliament for North Tongu, Okudzeto Ablakwa, NDC’s Felix Kwakye Ofosu, the National Youth Organiser of the NPP, Henry Nana Boakye, Director General, National Lottery Authority, Sammy Awuku among others who have suddenly become “rich” with their involvement into politics.
 
Lawyer Ampaw argued that the acquisition of wealth among some young politicians in the country is alarming – he, however, called on the office of the Special Prosecutor (SP) to investigate them to save the public purse.
 
“We know them, you don’t need lawyer Ampaw to mention names. Their quest to be MPs and acquisition of properties is mind-blowing. They are overnight achievers; they have not suffered enough.”
 
“Someone like Okudzeto Ablakwa, Felix Kwakye Ofosu among others have done nothing in life but rich now, we saw the lavish wedding by Okudzeto Ablakwa in this country. Where did he get the money from as a university graduate with no working experience?”
 
“I have known Okudzeto Ablakwa from years back. He couldn’t even afford to pay for his car maintenance. He was nobody but when he entered politics, things changed drastically. As I speak, his new mansion in his hometown is more than a palace,” he claimed.
 
Lawyer Ampaw further said the Nana Addo-led government is also breeding ‘young yet powerful’ politicians who are stealing from his government.
 
“Who is Sammy Awuku, ‘boys abr3’? a lot of them, what have they done in life. Nana B, Asenso and the rest. They are a lot them, right from university they entered politics and are rich now,” he said in an interview with NEAT FM’s morning show, ‘Ghana Montie’, Thursday, 19th May 2022.
 
Lawyer Ampaw, who was discussing the Special Prosecutor’s role to protect the public purse told host, Akwasi Aboagye that – “All these boys from Mahama’s time to President Nana Addo’s time must be investigated on how they are making their money.”
 
“There are so many things happening in this country. People are stealing from the state,” he lamented.
 
“Someone like Eugene Arhin [Director of communications at the office of the president], Jesus Christ, what has he done in life?” he questioned.

Source: King Edward Ambrose Washman Addo/peacefmonline.com/ghana

 

 

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Majority Chief Whip Urges Western World Not To Be Passive In Geo-politics of The World | Politics

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The Majority Chief Whip and MP for Nsawam/Adoagyiri constituency, Hon Frank Annoh-Dompreh has urged the western world not to be passive in the geo-politics of the world especially Africa.

He observed that anytime the western world became passive in global political affairs, autocratic countries such as China and Russia increased their activities to fill the vacuum created by the passive posture of the western world.

The Majority Chief Whip was speaking at the German-African Conference of Parliamentarians 2022, held in Berlin Germany.

The programme was on the theme “Africa and Europe in the age of a new geopolitical rivalry and how to improve bilateral cooperation in the light of the new EU-Africa strategy adopted in February 2022”.

Representatives from Africa and Europe attended the conference.

Frank Annoh-Dompreh also urged African countries to focus on their priorities and harness their natural resources towards national development.

He also urged citizens of Africa to hold their governments accountable in order to make them take decisions in the best interest of the people.

Source: Emmanuel Akorli/Parliamentary Correspondent/Peace FM

 

 

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