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Dr Bawumia commissions 56.4km Hohoe-Jasikan-Dodo-Pepesu road

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The Vice President, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia has reiterated the government’s plans to construct all roads in the country.

According to Dr. Bawumia, the Nana Addo-Akufo administration is committed to constructing all roads in the country despite the current economic challenges.

Speaking at the commissioning of a 56.4km Hohoe-Jasikan-Dodo-Pepesu road project, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia said the “construction of the Dodo-Pepesu road has improved accessibility to parts of the Oti region which were bad to travel on some years back”.

“The construction of the Jasikan-Dodo-Pepesu road has improved accessibility between Jasikan and Kadjebi which formerly was very challenging. The regional minister highlighted how tortuous it was in moving from Jasikan to Kadjebi. But now it is a very smooth ride. Before, vehicles got stuck on the road during the rainy season”.

According to Dr. Bawumia, the Akufo-Addo-led administration has brought massive development to the Oti Region since its creation.

“The government of Nana Addo Dankwah Akufo-Addo and the NPP has brought massive development to the Oti region. First of all, we created the Oti Region, which is very important, and we created it for the sake of development. And in so doing, we have brought many development projects such as the revamping of the vocational school in Children and brought in machinery, and it’s amongst the best in any vocational institution in the country”.

Dr. Bawumia added that “a court complex is being completed in Kadjebi with a bungalow for the judges. We have constructed the 56.4km Jasikan-Dodo-Pepesu road, a government that has brought one constituency one ambulance, a government that is building a regional hospital, and 4 Agenda 111 hospitals in the Oti Region”.

He however noted that the rising cost of living in the country is a result of the global crisis and the NPP administration is steadily steering affairs to ensure the Ghanaian citizen enjoy all amenities.

“We are moving this economy, we are changing it, and I am excited about the future of this economy. We are going to be one of the most digital economies in the world. Because of Covid and the Russia-Ukraine war, we have seen the cost of living going up. This is not a Ghana-specific phenomenon. The cost of living has gone up across the world., it’s not only in Ghana”.

“The problems we are having in the country is because of the Covid and Ukraine war and its impact. But we are doing everything to keep the economy going”.

The construction of the Hohoe-Jasikan -Dodo Pepesu road which is a 56.4km road, forms part of the Eastern Corridor Road that links the southern part of the country to the northern part and neighboring countries.

The road which is also part of the National Road, N2 of the Ghana Highways Authority Road Classification System forms part of the Master Project Support Agreement between the Ghana government and Chinese company Sinohydro for the construction of a 441 km road which consists of the 56.4km Hohoe-Jasikan -Dodo Pepesu road.

Speaking at the event, Minister for Roads and Highways, Kwesi Amoako Atta noted that, the ministry and the highways and the highways authority department, and other agencies are undertaking various intervention methods to maintain and improve the road conditions in the Oti Region.

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National: 2023 Budget: TUC to reject government’s salary projection of ₵44.9m

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After several attempts to reach an agreement with government over an increment in their base pay, the Trades Union Congress (TUC) is expected to meet government on Wednesday to finalise a deal.

But before that meeting gets underway, the Trades Union Congress is warning that it will not accept government’s projections in the 2023 Budget.

The Finance Minister, Ken Ofori-Atta, reading the 2023 Budget in Parliament projected compensation of employees at GH¢44,990 million (5.6% of GDP).

Earlier, government also proposed a 12% salary increment during the last negotiation with Organised Labour but it was turned down.

 

Speaking on JoyNews’ PM Express on Tuesday, Deputy General Secretary of TUC, Joshua Ansah stated that they would not agree to the projected figure.

According to Mr Ansah, government must expect a fight if they turn up at the meeting with the same proposal.

JoyNews/AdomNews · TUC to reject government’s salary projection in 2023 Budget
“There is no way Organised Labour is also going to accept what has been put in the budget. Well, if the government has made up its mind that it is the way it thinks that he can actually force down the throat of workers, then we are in for a big fight, because there is no way government can pay anything below what we are expecting,” he said.

He noted that Organised Labour will not compromise on their demand for 60% increment in their base pay.

Meanwhile, the President of the Ghana Medical Association, Dr. Justice Yankson says government has created a problem by not reaching an agreement with the labour unions earlier.

JoyNews/AdomNews · Dr Yankson on organised labour and government’s negotiations
He believes the current mess could have been prevented.

“These are some of the problems that sometimes we create for ourselves. We had a whole period in which we could have sorted these things, we waited to the last end. Now we can see that we are on a collition course, it is clear,” he said.

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Politics: Wenchi High Court throws out petition against NPP MP’s 2020 election victory

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A Wenchi High Court has thrown out a petition against New Patriotic Party (NPP) legislator in the Techiman South 2020 election.

The petitioner was seeking the nullification of the poll which saw the NPP candidate, Martin Agyei Mensah Korsah, emerge victorious.

But at the hearing Wednesday, the court explained that the NDC 2020 Parliamentary candidate, Christopher Bayere, who was pursuing the matter, failed to prove the burden of petitioning.

The court was attended by some leaders of the NDC including General Secretary, Johnson Asiedu Nketia.

Wenchi High Court throws out petition against NPP MP’s 2020 election victory
He was sighted leaving the court premises a few minutes before the judgement.

The NDC Parliamentary candidate had contested the EC’s verdict which gave the NPP’s candidate victory with 49,682 votes representing 50.2 percent of the total valid votes cast, whilst the NDC’s candidate had 49,205 votes representing 49.8 percent of the total valid votes cast.

The NDC Parliamentary candidate insisted that the figures were not a true reflection of the election.

According to him, per the pink sheets of the NDC agents at each of the 267 polling stations, he garnered 50,306 votes in the Parliamentary election whilst the 1st Respondent polled 50,013 votes.

Wenchi High Court throws out petition against NPP MP’s 2020 election victory
Electoral Commission fined in 2021

In August 2021, the Electoral Commission of Ghana was fined GH¢4,000 by the court after the Court refused to grant the EC’s request for a stay of proceedings in the dispute on July 30, 2021.

Wenchi High Court throws out petition against NPP MP’s 2020 election victory
The EC’s application for a stay of proceedings was to enable it to file a motion to challenge the ruling of the Court at its previous sitting, when it granted the petitioner a motion to amend the title of the writ.

TCounsel for the EC, Emmanuel Addae said the stay of proceedings was to enable him to file supplementary statements in support of the application filed by the National Democratic Congress (NDC) candidate, Mr Christopher Beyere Baasongti.

However, reacting to the EC’s stay of proceedings, the Counsel for the petitioner, Justin Teriwajah argued that the motion was frivolous and unnecessarily geared towards delaying the adjudication of the case.

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Football: Asamoah Gyan’s run, Bagbin’s dance and Black Stars fans’ clean-up as fans celebrate S. Korea win in style

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It was the much-needed win for Ghanaians who were largely sitting on tenterhooks for the final quarter of the game.

And from the reactions, after the South Koreans netted a quickfire double between the 58th and 61st minutes, something had to definitely happen.

Kudus rose to the occasion, found himself at the end of a Gideon Mensah cross and curled the ball past the goalkeeper to restore Ghana’s lead and eventually sealed the game for Black Stars.

Asamoah Gyan’s run, Bagbin’s dance and Black Stars fans’ clean-up as fans celebrate S. Korea win in style
The 68th-minute winner triggered a thunderous celebration across the country and on social media.

Despite late attempts from the Koreans, the game ended 3-2 with Ghana earning a vital win in Group H.

Asamoah Gyan’s run, Bagbin’s dance and Black Stars fans’ clean-up as fans celebrate S. Korea win in style
Alban Bagbin

The jubilation started right from Ghana’s legislative arm where the Speaker, Alban Bagbin was caught on camera dancing to one of the goals on the day from his office.

The ecstatic Speaker punched the air while clad in his Black Star jersey in the company of other officials of the House.

Asamoah Gyan runs

Former Black Stars captain, Asamoah Gyan was on punditry duty at SuperSports TV.

However, the ethics of being on a live set could not suppress his excitement when the deciding goal was scored.

Filled with elation, the former skipper run out of the set in jubilation shouting atop his voice.

His iconic goal celebration was his response when asked about his reaction to some moments of the game.

Fans in clean-up mode

Now, supporters of Japan’s national team have been earning praise in Qatar for their zeal toward cleanliness after each game.

This win seems to have presented Ghanaian fans with the opportunity to emulate this off-pitch tradition.

While many celebrated the win at full-time, other fans were seen moving boxes around to collect the waste left by their colleagues.

South Korea’s Son not in selfie mood

Another interesting sight came from an official from the Ghana dressing room posing for a selfie.

The subject Son Heung-min was almost in tears after his team lost at full-time.

Otto Addo’s side will now face Uruguay in their last game looking to secure qualification to the next stage of the competition.

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