Politics News Summaries for April 18, 2021
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Remove broken-down vehicles from Ghana's streets
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Remove broken-down vehicles from Ghana's streets


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The Bureau of Public Safety has reiterated calls on relevant authorities to clear broken-down vehicles from Ghana's roads as they pose danger to commuters.

Commercial vehicles and taxis were to pay GHS40, minibuses were to pay GHS80, while heavy-duty trucks were to pay between GHS80 and GHS200 annually, depending on their tonnage.

The Executive Director of the Bureau of Public Safety, Nana Yaw Akwada in a Citi News interview said the conversation on towing vehicles must be revisited.


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I blame Akuapim Poloo for her predicament
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I blame Akuapim Poloo for her predicament


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Rosemond Brown had a role to play in the current predicament she finds herself in, the immediate past Member of Parliament for Tamale Central, Inusah Fuseini has said.

Akuapem Poloo was found guilty of posting a nude photo of herself and her seven-year-old son on social media on June 30, 2020.

She pleaded guilty to all three charges and was convicted on her own plea by the court though she had initially pleaded not guilty.


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NDC must emulate NPP's loyalty to its direction
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NDC must emulate NPP's loyalty to its direction


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Member of the National Democratic Congress, Ebi Bright has urged party members to put aside their parochial interests and work for the advancement of the party.

According to her, there is an urgent need for the NDC to incorporate the science of building loyalty into its reorganisational strategy in the bid to capture power once again.

Madam Ebi Bright further said that the NDC is failing in attracting people into the party; a situation she said may cost the party dearly in its quest to win elections in the future.


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NDC now a huge elephant standing on clay feet
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NDC now a huge elephant standing on clay feet


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Speaking at a forum organised by some leading members of the party on securing NDC's future, Mr. Abodakpi said the party grassroots are key structures in determining the party's chances in annexing political victory.

The Former NDC Vice Chairman indicated that the party must be strengthened at all front by ensuring that it does not only exist as an electioneering machine but a true social democratic body that is able to carry the aspirations and hopes of the people.

The former Minister of Trade and Industry urged the rank and file of the party to contribute to the revival of its Unit Committees in the 275 constituencies in a bid to snatch power from the ruling New Patriotic Party in 2024..


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Ignore Adom Otchere's 'mischievous' analysis on NDC
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Ignore Adom Otchere's 'mischievous' analysis on NDC


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Mr Adom Otchere on his current affairs 'Good Evening Ghana' TV show has recently been discussing whether or not ex-President John Mahama will return to the ballot and run for president again in 2024.

If he wins who will he pair with as running mate and if he does not win, what are the other possible pairings for the NDC. But speaking on the Probe show on Joy News Sunday monitored by Kasapa FM, Mr Asiedu Nketia stated that he has very serious problems with the analysis being done by Mr Adom Otchere.


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It is time for NPP to introduce a younger flagbearer
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It is time for NPP to introduce a younger flagbearer


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According to Mr Ayariga who spoke in an interview with Serwaa Amihere on GhToday monitored by GhanaWeb, political parties must change the narrative by introducing young faces into the flagbearship race.

Ghana's former Attorney General, Ayikoi Otoo commenting on the subject also indicated that financial constraint can be a major challenge to any younger candidate who might be introduced to the presidential candidate scene.


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We are not ready to break the 8 if we don't stop the early campaign
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We are not ready to break the 8 if we don't stop the early campaign


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According to him, the party must now be focused more than ever on rallying to support President Akufo-Addo realise his vision for the country.

He believes it is by this achievements and many others that the party can launch the break the 8 campaign come 2024.

The NPP wants to be the first party in the country's democratic history to break the eight-year rule, hand over to itself and continue the transformational agenda beyond 2024.


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Condition of workers key after government signs agreement with AirtelTigo


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He said the government must provide details about the standings of the workers, whether or not there is going to be retrenchment, under the new agreement.

The Minister of Communications and Digitalisation, Mrs Ursula Owusu-Ekuful has assured that the interest of workers, customers, contractors, suppliers, stakeholders will be protected after the Government of Ghana and mother companies of AirtelTigo, Bharti Airtel Ghana Holdings B.V. and MIC Africa B.V signed an agreement to transfer the shares to the Ghana Government.

Mrs Ursula Owusu-Ekuful signed on behalf of the Government of Ghana, while Ms. Jatina Catharina Uneken-van de Vreede, Mr Martin P Frechette, Mr Timothy Pennington, Mr Eric Nana Nipah and Mr Vish Ashiagbor signed on behalf of the seller entities.


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Parliament to invite Ursula over AirtelTigo deal
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Parliament to invite Ursula over AirtelTigo deal


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The Minister of Communications and Digitalisation, Mrs Ursula Owusu-Ekuful has assured that the interest of workers, customers, contractors, suppliers, stakeholders will be protected after the Government of Ghana and mother companies of AirtelTigo, Bharti Airtel Ghana Holdings B.V. and MIC Africa B.V signed an agreement to transfer the shares to the Ghana Government.

Mrs Ursula Owusu-Ekuful signed on behalf of the Government of Ghana, while Ms. Jatina Catharina Uneken-van de Vreede, Mr Martin P Frechette, Mr Timothy Pennington, Mr Eric Nana Nipah and Mr Vish Ashiagbor signed on behalf of the seller entities.

As recently as two years ago AitelTigo told us that the government had failed to pay its part of the money that was needed for capital expansions.


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High cost of formalisation contributing to galamsey
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High cost of formalisation contributing to galamsey


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A former Minister of Lands and Natural Resources, Inusah Fuseini, has attributed some of the struggles with illegal mining to tedious bureaucracy and the cost of formalisation.

A communiqué issued at the end of the event highlighted key agreements and concessions made by the about 14 stakeholders, including former ministers of Lands and Natural Resources, members of the Council of State, members of the National House of Chiefs, Heads of security agencies, actors in the mining industry and members of the Small-Scale Miners Association.

The stakeholders agreed that the government must work to apply the sanctions and penalties imposed by Mining Act 995 to anyone who breaks the mining law and that this must be done without fear or favour.


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Military's account false; assault was premeditated
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Military's account false; assault was premeditated


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The group maintains that the beating up and manhandling of protestors and journalists by soldiers was premeditated and that the military has been insincere in its account of the development.

In a statement, the military high command explained that it received intelligence that some civilians were demonstrating and moving towards Burma Camp and a reconnaissance team was dispatched because the group had become violent, leading to an altercation.

The military administration mentioned that it used reasonable force in restraining the protestors since the site of the demonstration houses vital military installations which, if destroyed, will negatively impact national security.


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Communications Ministry won't handle DTT platform anymore
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Communications Ministry won't handle DTT platform anymore


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The Ministry of Communications and Digitalization has revealed that government has advanced processes to settle on a company that will oversee the country's migration from Analogue Terrestrial Television transmission to Digital Terrestrial Television.

Government has already completed the necessary infrastructure that will be used by the company for the migration with the establishment of the Central Digital Transmission Company Limited.

She stated that the Communications and Digitalization Ministry will no longer handle the Digital Terrestrial Television but instead find a replacement company to work with.


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Mahama hates me because of my loyalty to Atta-Mills
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Mahama hates me because of my loyalty to Atta-Mills


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Immediate former Deputy General Secretary of the National Democratic Congress, Koku Anyidoho says his loyalty to late President John Evans Atta Mills is the reason he is allegedly hated by John Dramani Mahama.

Mr. Anyidoho who was recently suspended by the Functional Executive Committee of the NDC over some conducts that breach the party's constitution, said he was ready with more questions for John Mahama that he wants to be answered.

Samuel Koku Anyidoho🇬🇭 April 17, 2021 In the name of the Atta-Mills Institute, I am on my knees pleading with Prez Akufo-Addo to do all he can to construct the main trunk road from Sokode to UHAS.John Mahama refused to do it because he hated his boss PREZ Atta-Mills;Prez Akufo-Addo will do it to honour a classmate.


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AirtelTigo shareholder loans not passed on to government
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AirtelTigo shareholder loans not passed on to government


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The Minister for Communications and Digitalisation, Ursula Owusu-Ekuful, has disclosed that shareholder loans of AirtelTigo were not transferred to the state as part of its takeover of the company.

Other creditors have either written off loans advanced to the company or slashed down the liability, Mrs. Owusu-Ekuful also said.

The Government and the parent companies of AirtelTigo, Bharti Airtel Ghana Holdings B.V. and MIC Africa B.V have concluded negotiations and signed an agreement to transfer the shares of the company to Ghana.


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Kwaku Azar writes: The obscenity law does not impose strict liability
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Kwaku Azar writes: The obscenity law does not impose strict liability


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Strict liability means the law punishes the publication without any regard for the intent of the publication.

Put simply, there is nothing inherently wrong with a nude or semi-nude picture.

My view, as a reasonable person is that a semi-nude picture is not per se obscene and I frankly did not find the said picture obscene.


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Broadcasting law must be passed by end of 2021
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Broadcasting law must be passed by end of 2021


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The Chairman of the National Media Commission, Yaw Boadu Ayeboafo says it is imperative for Parliament to pass the Broadcasting Bill before the end of 2021.

The purpose of the Bill is to provide comprehensive legislation on broadcasting services regulated by the NMC and the National Communications Authority in a manner consistent with the Constitution.

The regulation of the broadcasting space has received more scrutiny recently following the reported role a spiritualist on TV played in the killing of an 11-year-old at a suburb in the Ga South municipality.


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You can't hide behind engineers to explain political term 'dumsor'
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You can't hide behind engineers to explain political term 'dumsor'


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The country has been experiencing intermitted power outages in the past few weeks, which the Energy Minister, Dr Mathew Opoku Prempeh, has attributed to ongoing system upgrades.

Dr Prempeh, who recently announced that there would be systematic power outages in May, also refuted claims that dumsor was back during a recent tour of some ongoing upgrade projects in Accra.

The upgrades are being undertaken by state power transmitter Ghana Grid Company Limited.


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Sosu pays a working visit to the La-Nkwantanang Municipal Assembly
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Sosu pays a working visit to the La-Nkwantanang Municipal Assembly


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Sosu in a meeting with the Municipal Chief Executive, told her it has taken him 3 months to pay a visit to the assembly since he was sworn into office due to the hectic nature of the parliamentary work.

The project has so far provided job opportunities to over 400 constituents out of over 3000 applicants so far, providing through its vocational entrepreneurship module some 200 skill training to constituents in the areas of Agriculture, Information Technology and Fashion, Lawyer Sosu added.

Francis-Xavier Sosu also called on the Municipal Finance Officer to discuss issues regarding the MP's Common Fund.


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North Tongu: Ablakwa inspects theatre project at St. Anne's polyclinic
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North Tongu: Ablakwa inspects theatre project at St. Anne's polyclinic


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The project which was started in December 2020 is expected to be completed in August 2021.

Mr. Kornu Reuben, the Project Consultant to Keta Akatsi Dioces said the project is 30% complete.

The project when completed will not only serve residents close to the St. Anne's Polyclinic in Tagadzi but it will also be beneficial to the entire Dorfor/Fodzoku/Volo/Torgorme enclave within the North Tongu constituency.


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Ofosu-Ampofo urges Bagbin
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Ofosu-Ampofo urges Bagbin


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Mr Bagbin was in his native town to give thanks for his election as the Speaker of the eighth Parliament.

Mr Ampofo said that the NDC would continue to support Mr Bagbin in his endeavours, saying that the party was his achievement, especially since he moved up in ranks from being a member of the first Parliament under the Fourth Republic to being Majority Leader, Minority Leader, Deputy Speaker and now a Speaker.

Mr Bagbin had been the MP for Nadowli-Kaleo since the inception of the Fourth Republic in 1993 until he decided not to seek re-election to the eighth Parliament.


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