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Politics (1026)

Between 2008 and 2012, available data shows that there has been an unusual increase in the voters register in several constituencies, the New Patriotic Party has alleged.

President John Mahama has given the strongest indication of a massive restructuring of the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG).
According to the president, with the current investments in the power sector aimed at resolving the current crisis, the power distribution agencies in the country must be re-positioned to deal with the waste in the system.
His comments come on the back of debates about proposals for the privatization of ECG.
Speaking at the Ghana Journalist Awards on Saturday, President Mahama said government will put in place all measures to ensure sustainable power supply.
“The question we must ask therefore is after we have resolved Dumsor, with all these new thermal power and investments, can we sustain this with the current inefficiencies in downstream distribution when nearly 30% of power is lost from transmission losses, a lot from power theft and plenty from non-collection of revenues?”
“Is ECG a whole state owned enterprise properly positioned in terms of efficiency, logistics and attitudes to ensure optimal collection of revenue to pay for this generation we are putting into this network? It is obvious that the whole power value chain must be reformed. We must have a reliable power system that keeps in tandem with our fast growing appetite and demand for power, we cannot continue a situation where officials whose responsibility it is to ensure efficient revenue collection for their agencies accept money to help clients steal or consume power at a reduced cost,” he added.
President Mahama further reiterated his governments move to solve the current power crisis in the country.
“Within the next several months we expect the completion of projects that will add about 1,800 MW of generation capacity to the national grid,” he said.

Source: citifmonline

Felix Kwakye Ofosu, Deputy Communications Minister, says President John Dramani Mahama will not apologize to the striking doctors over his refusal to concede to their demands.

Thursday, 06 August 2015 14:20

NPP Appeals To Doctors To Call Off Strike

The opposition New Patriotic Party is appealing to striking doctors to call off their strike.
At a press conference organised at the party’s headquarters, Tuesday the party’s General Secretary Kwabena Agyapong expressed worry about the dire impact the strike and subsequent mass resignation of the doctors would have on the ordinary citizens.
Mr Agyepong therefore implored doctors to return to work and save the lives of the ordinary citizens who will be at the receiving end of this strike action.
He also implored government, to as a matter of urgency, resolve the grievances of the doctors.
The party’s General Secretary was disappointed with how the government has handled the issue thus far.
Kwabena Agyapong said the many strikes in the country’s labour front is a testament of government’s corruption, incompetence and reckless management of the economy.
Chronicling the strike by doctors, pharmacists, state attorneys, Agyepong hinted teachers and other public sector workers may soon  withdraw their services if government does not get a handle on the situation.
“What is clear is that the increasing labour unrest is not taking place in a vacuum. It is the result of mismanagement of the Ghanaian economy and rampant corruption by the John Mahama led National Democratic Congress government, which has found expression in the high cost of living faced by Ghanaian workers, deteriorating conditions of service, widespread unemployment and unavailability of basic supplies, such as chalk in schools, and paper in offices,” Kwabena Agyapong said.
Whilst blaming the government for the turn of events the party believes the doctors must return to work for the larger interest of Ghanaians.
“We wish to take this opportunity to urge various health professionals in the country to continue to show patriotism and some level of care even under this difficult period. The New Patriotic Party government in January 2017 under Nana Akufo-Addo’s leadership by the grace of God will implement effective policies to address problems in the sector. Our party has the enviable track record of better managing the economy, rewarding productivity and providing a listening ear to workers. What we are witnessing today on the labour front are the consequences of bad economic management and corruption,” Kwabena Agyepong stated.

Source: Daily Guide

A founding member of the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP), Dr Charles Wereko-Brobby has lauded Ghana’s former President, John Agyekum Kufuor saying his personality separates the NPP from the NDC.

The governing National Democratic Congress (NDC) is hoping to register 1.5 million Ghanaians as it embarks on massive biometric membership registration drive.

Tuesday, 04 August 2015 15:34

Felix Ofosu Kwakye Jabs Striking Doctors

Deputy Minister of Communications, Mr. Felix Ofosu Kwakye, has launched a verbal attack on the leadership of the Ghana Association (GMA) for allowing its members to embark on what he termed as “killer strike action.”

Security analyst and lecturer at the University of Cape Coast (UCC), Kingsley Agyei, has advised the New Patriotic Party (NPP) to investigate and find the culprit behind the leaked audio of a meeting held at former president Kufour’s residence.
According to him, secret recordings have major security implications and must not be encouraged.

He said every party has structures and elders who meet from time to time to deliberate on policies and strategies, which when leaked, compromises the party’s agenda.
The lecturer, speaking on Adom FM's 'Dwaso Nsem' on Thursday said inasmuch as secret recordings may have a positive impact when someone is planning a coup d’etat or planning evil against a state or a group of people, it is however bad when it is leaked to the public.
He added that Mr. Kufuor could be at risk if he can be recorded in his own residence without the knowledge of anybody including his security and personal aides.
Kingsley Agyei’s concerns comes on the heels of a leaked audio from a meeting at the residence of former President John Agyekum Kufuor with some religious leaders and party leaders to initiate moves to restore peace among the rank and file of the NPP.
Mr. Agyei who is calling for investigations into the matter also cautioned Ghanaians to be circumspect when having conversations privately or publicly.
Secret recordings have been a new phenomenon in the country with many personalities across the political divide falling victim to this unfortunate trend of behavior.

Source: adomonline.com

Managing Editor of the Insight Newspaper says the unending wrangling in the New Patriotic Party (NPP) is the creation of party members.

Thursday, 16 July 2015 12:12

Nana Begins Campaign In August

The NPP flagbearer Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo will embark on a nationwide tour to reinvigorate the party’s grassroots, starting from August.

The founder of the Progressive People’s Party (PPP), Dr Papa Kwesi Nduom, has said the strategy of vote buying, voter intimidation and violence could entrench poverty and under-development in the country.

President John Dramani Mahama on Wednesday expressed disaffection at the over politicisation of national issues that is eating deep into the human fabric.

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