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W/R: CPP Calls For Cease Fire, Demands Reinstatement Of Interdicted Executives | Politics

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The Western Regional Loyal Youth Wing of the Convention People’s Party (CPP) has appealed to the hierarchy of the party to as a matter of urgency address the turmoil ongoing in the party.

They have also called for the reinstatement of the interdicted executives as efforts were being made to diversify the party, describing their interdiction as unconstitutional.

The ongoing wrangling, according to them, had the tendency to put the party in dismay and make it unattractive to Ghanaians.

This was contained in a statement issued and signed by Mr Shiabu Mohammed and Mr Annor Blay Yemi, Convenors of Osagyefo Youth Wing and copied to the Ghana News Agency (GNA) in Takoradi.

The statement described the interdicted executives, the First National Vice Chairman, Mr Onzy Nkrumah, the General Secretary, Nana Yaa Akyempim Jantuah and the National Youth Organiser, Osei Kofi Acquah, as prestigious and people who had played significant roles in the party.

According to the statement, the CPP did not need litigation but rather proper accountability.

“We want to put on record that, Leaders inspire accountability through their ability to accept responsibility before they place blame and again accountability breeds responsibility”, the statement said.

“We want the top hierarchy to know that we in the Western Region particularly Nzemaland suggest strongly that CPP that Kwame Nkrumah left is dear to our hearts”, it added.

The statement further added that “It is very sad and as a party, if we continue this way, there will be nothing to write home about”.

“We affirm that the CPP needs healthy news headlines, not the tribal prejudice that is pushing people to neglect to settle personal scores”, it said.

“Look at the issue in Jomoro, a whole Founders constituency battling with constituency executive election for over five years. It is sad. And the so-called National Executives are deaf on it and fighting the angles in the party”, it lamented.

The statement further lamented how young promising members of the party were crossing carpets to join other political parties because of deceit and the fact that they needed sound minds to serve.

Source: GNA

 

 

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‘Break The Eight With Me’ – Ken Agyapong Speaks On Presidential Ambition | Politics

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Kennedy Ohene Agyapong, MP, Assin Central, has opened up on his ambition to succeed President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo in 2024 as the President of Ghana.

According to him, he will use his first 100 days in office as the President – when he wins the party primaries and the general election – to change the mindset of Ghanaians.

He said he will change the fortunes of the youth because there is overwhelming unemployment and as a businessman and entrepreneur, he will use his tenure as the President of Ghana to create jobs for the youth.

He said if the governing party wants to break the eight as their mantra for 2024 is, then they must break the eight with Kennedy Agyapong.

“Yes, it is true. I have decided that when the NPP opens nominations, I will pick a form and file my nomination to contest the party primaries as the flagbearer…I will stand on the ticket of the NPP and nothing will change,” Kennedy Agyapong said in a Facebook live interview with The Announcer Newspaper, Wednesday, May 26.

Why contesting flagbearership

According to Parliament’s Defence Committee Chairman, he is the best person who can continue the legacy of President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo.

“When you look at Ghana at the moment, the only person to continue President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo’s legacy is me, Kennedy Agyapong and that is the confidence I have.

“If we make a mistake and select any other person apart from me, the NDC will win the elections and will not continue the legacy of President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo. If you look at the mistake, we did in 2008 by fighting ourselves and allowing the NDC to win the 2008 elections, President John Agyekum Kufuor’s uncompleted works were halted, but this time, I am appealing to the members of the NPP not to do such a mistake again,” he explained.

Agyapong added, “We should make sure that we break the eight and I am the only person who can break the eight for the NPP…if they need a new face as the new brand for the NPP, then it is Kennedy Agyapong’s ticket…If members of the NPP will vote for me as the flagbearer, I will beat Mahama hands down. I have what it takes to beat Mahama [in any election].”

Outlining his vision for Ghana

Kennedy Agyapong, in outlining his vision for the country stated that, one thing he will capitalise upon is to create more jobs for the youth.

He also stated that he will not take his monthly salary as a President but rather, he will use it in setting up a scholarship scheme that will help brilliant but needy students get the best education they deserve.

“I won’t take salary or perks; any monetary benefit that should be given to me will be used as scholarships to educate the youth who are from poor backgrounds.

“Respectfully even the ‘chop money’ that I give in the house, if I decide to rely on the government salary then I can’t give my wife ‘chop money’ again. I will use the profits from my companies to take care of myself. If Ghanaians will give me either 4 or 8 years as the President, I won’t touch any monies from the state.

“I will establish what is known as a Presidential scholarship so that brilliant but needy students can also get some level of education to the university level,” he noted.

“When I become the President of Ghana, I will use tourism to develop Ghana. President Akufo-Addo has done very well with his 1 District 1 Factory as well as the Free SHS,” Kennedy Agyapong said.

He praised President Akufo-Addo for the significant improvement he has done within the educational sector, especially with the introduction of his flagship Free SHS.

“Look at the graduates coming up, they need jobs and I can tell you gold, cocoa, all minerals put together; if you develop your tourist sites, it promotes the tourism of the country. There is no way that all that the mineral resources have can be compared to what is in the tourism sector but we have overlooked tourism for so long that I think that, this is the time.

“When Ghanaians give me the opportunity, this is a dream that I have and with discipline, we shall all wake up, and work hard [we can achieve it]. I will enforce discipline in my administration. I will introduce the ‘clock system’ so that every government worker that goes to work can be able to ‘clock’ to indicate the time of reporting and vice versa. Time is money and we waste a lot of time in Ghana doing so many things that are unnecessary.

“If you give me the chance within 100 days, I will change the mindset of the people; we have to get a positive mindset to develop this country and we can do it,” Agyapong stressed.

Message to NPP members and Ghanaians

“Ghanaians should have confidence in me because whatever I have said to myself that I will do by the grace of God I have done it. I am going to change the fortunes of the youth in our country because we have to create employment for the unemployed graduates…

“I will contest the flagbearship race and I will win. I am appealing to the members of the NPP that if they want to ‘Break The Eight’ you break the eight with Kennedy Agyapong because I walk the talk and have love for Ghanaians.

“I am the hope for the hopeless and voice for the voiceless,” Kennedy Agyapong stressed.

Source: Ghanaweb.com

 

 

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NPP Akuapim North: Injunction Placed On NPP Elections Not From Me – Nana Ama Dokua | Politics

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The Member of Parliament for Akuapim North Constituency, Nana Ama Dokua has dispelled rumours amidst viral online publications to the effect that she has placed a court injunction on the impending NPP internal elections in the constituency.

Following this development, she has issued an official statement in an attempt to set the records right and further straighten the facts.

Below is the Full Statement:

There are writeups making rounds that I have injuncted the upcoming Elections.

I wish to record that, I have not taken such an action and the said publication must be treated without merit.

It must be noted that I only saw the album for the first time during the electoral area coordinators’ elections with some names expunged from it, and other names replaced.

I only petitioned the Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) to give us direction as I was being accused of it.

It is important to note that, I was not even privy to the album as the regulations concerning the album compilation demand.

However, to the best of my knowledge, I only found out yesterday that some of the aggrieved members whose names have been expunged and replaced have resorted to the court to halt the electoral process.

As a stakeholder in this constituency, and as far as the development of our party is concerned, I will not take any action that will denigrate our party, and neither do I plan to compromise the album for whatever reason.

It must also be established that, when I first came to contest for the primaries, I came in when the album had already been compiled by the then constituency leadership. I however sold my message, which was in sync with the people and I was overwhelmingly voted for and I still represent the people.

However, I hope that we will resolve the issue as soon as possible so we can move on as one person.

Keeping calm and focused.

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I Was Not Involved In Owoo Family Achimota Forest Land Increase – Inusah Fuseini Challenges Jinapor | Politics

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A former Lands and Natural Resources Minister, Alhaji Inusah Fuseini, has challenged the recollection of circumstances which led to the increase of the acreage of Achimota forest land ceded to the Owoo family.

Reacting to the recollection contained in a statement issued by the Minister of Lands and Natural Resources, Samuel Abu Jinapor on Tuesday [May 24, 2022], Alhaji Fuseini said he was not a party to the alleged extension of the initial grant of 118 acres to 198.501 acres.

“I am unaware and unconnected to any subsequent attempts to vary the initial grant of 118 acres to the pre-acquisition owners of the land as alleged by the current minister of Lands and Natural Resources. I could not have varied the initial grant because I am fully aware of the implications of Article 58 of the Constitution of Ghana and could not have placed myself in that awkward position,” Alhaji Fuseini said in a statement.

Read Alhaji Inusah Fuseini’s statement below;

House No. B.42
Tishigu, Tamale
Northern Region, Ghana.

25th May, 2022

DECLASSIFICATION OF PORTIONS OF ACHIMOTA FOREST RESERVE AND MATTERS ARISING.

My attention has been drawn to a press release by the Ministry for Lands and Natural Resources dated May 24, 2020 and captioned RE: ACHIMOTA FOREST MATTERS, in which the Ministry sets out in historical chronological order events surrounding the acquisition and subsequent releases of portions of the Achimota Forest to the Owoo Family consequent on petitions submitted to President Kufuor, the second President under the Fourth Republic and other Presidents thereafter.

The press release contain some incorrect assertions and plain misrepresentation of facts skewed against my person and the role l played as Minister for Lands and Natural Resources between the period January 2013 to June 2014. I shall attempt to state the true facts of the matter which came before me and the decisions I took on same during my stewardship at that Ministry.

Prior to the 2008 general elections, the acquisition of State Lands by elements within the then NPP/Kufour government and some appointees in the public and civil service became a major national and political issue. Mention can be made of the International Student Hotel land which now houses the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the La Wireless land which now houses the AU village and the sale of government bungalows to government appointees and sympathizers, one of which was challenged in court.

This was a matter of considerable public interest and concern then, as it is presently. So when President John Evans Atta Mills assumed the reigns of government, a total ban was imposed by the government on the sale or alienation of State Lands to enable the government to restore some sanity in the administration of public lands.

It is also important to state that the Achimota Forest reserve which until recently stood at 495 hectares was facing serious encroachment. There was therefore the need to protect the Forest from further encroachment. It was the view of the NDC that the best way to protect the Forest was to turn same into an Ecoturism facility as experience shows that the encroachment into the Forest is precisely because it has been lying fallow. The 2012 manifesto with which the NDC sought the mandate of the people of Ghana bears ample testimony to the avowed intention of the NDC to protect the Achimota Forest reserve from further encroachment by turning it into an Eco Park.

As said earlier, I assumed the mandate to steer the affairs of the Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources in February 2013 with a clear directive to take steps to convert the Forest into an Ecotourism facility. I set up a Strategic Committee headed by my able deputy Hon. Babara Serwa Asamoah to look at the most prudent and feasible way we could implement this manifesto promise. I reviewed the various petitions from the Owoo Family and recommendations from Committees set up to consider those petitions. Let me state categorically that apart from the Strategic Committee I set up to implement the NDC’s manifesto promise, all other committees on the Achimota Forest Reserve up until the time I assumed office pre-dated me.

The Committee set up under President Kufuor recommended that 193 acres (not 90 acres as claimed by the current Minister of Lands and Natural Resources) of the Achimota Forest be returned to the Owoo Family with the plan to covert the forest into a second central business district for Accra. This fact has been corroborated by Kwame Gyan Esq., a legal consultant in the Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources for the period 2001 to early 2009 on Joy News. Indeed, he was the witness of the government of Ghana to the Memorandum of Understanding signed between the Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources and the Owoo family at the time Hon. Esther Abena Dapaah was the Minister. This MOU was signed sometime in August 2008 but could not be implemented because the NPP lost the 2008 presidential elections.

For the records, the Afari-Dateh Committee recommended that only 118 acres of the peripheral portions of the Achimota Forest be returned to the Owoo Family, instead of the 193 acres the Kufour Administration had agreed to grant the family. I sought cabinet approval for the implementation of the committee’s recommendations and was granted same. This was the only portion of land that I had the capacity by reason of the delegated authority given to me by the executive President to grant to the pre-acquisition owners of the land.

I am unaware and unconnected to any subsequent attempts to vary the initial grant of 118 acres to the pre-acquisition owners of the land as alleged by the current minister of Lands and Natural Resources. I could not have varied the initial grant because I am fully aware of the implications of Article 58 of the Constitution of Ghana and could not have placed myself in that awkward position.

It bears repeating that I was not a party to the alleged extention of the initial grant of 118 acres to the Owoo Family. My letter of 4th April, 2014 to the Lands Commission was in respect of the original grant of 118 acres of land to the Owoo family as captured at the last paragraph of the said letter. That letter read together with the original Lease executed by the Forestry Commission in favour of the Owoo Family will leave no doubt in the mind of anyone reading those two documents that they are referrable to the same 118 acres of land granted the Owoo Family pursuant to a cabinet directive. I could not have acted otherwise.

The 4th April 2014 letter was addressed to the Executive Secretary of the Lands Commission to accept for registration the lease granted the Owoo Family by the Forestry Commission which allocated to them only 118 acres of the peripheral portions of the Achimota Forest Reserve on compassionate grounds.

I welcome and support calls from the general public for the reversal of the declassification of portions of the Achimota forest reserve as contained in E.I 144 and for an independent enquiry to be launched into these matters to ascertain the truth.

Thank you.

Signed,
Hon. Alhaji Inusah Fuseini
Former Minister of Lands and Natural Resources

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