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New era dawns Kumasi as Sam Pyne resumes office as Mayor

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On October 08, 2021, history was made with the swearing-in of a new Mayor for Kumasi, Ghana’s second-largest city.

Mr. Sam Pyne, hitherto, the Ashanti Regional Secretary of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP), at a symbolic event held at the Regional Coordinating Council’s (RCC) premises at Ridge-Nhyiaseo, would be ushered into office after taking an oath.

The former teacher becomes the seventh Mayor to be given the mandate to engineer affairs in the metropolis, under the Fourth Republican Constitution, taking over from Mr. Osei Assibey-Antwi, currently the Executive Director of the National Service Scheme (NSS).

Since 1992, the notable names occupying the ‘hot’ seat include Nana Akwasi Agyeman, Mr. Kofi Jumah, Ms. Patricia Appiagyei, Dr. Samuel Sarpong, and Mr. Kojo Bonsu.

Due to its location, as not only in a central part of the Region, but also strategically located in the central part of the country, Kumasi has been the locus to the major emigrational processes within the country and West Africa in general.

It has long been regarded as the commercial capital of Ghana, attracting tens of thousands of traders across the sub-Region on a daily basis.

Mr. Pyne is taking office at a time when Kumasi is grappling with varied development challenges, ranging from sanitation and waste collection, congestion at the Central Business District, illegal siting of structures, security to environmental issues.

According to the Ministry of Sanitation and Water Resources, about 40 percent of all dwellers in compound houses in Kumasi are without private places of convenience and proper waste systems.

Sight could also not be lost of the mounting debt staring the Metropolitan Assembly in the face, low level of internally-generated funds, domestic tourism drive, and infrastructural growth.

What about the recurrent floods, which had become ‘an annual ritual’, claiming scores of lives with their attendant destruction to property worth several millions of Ghana Cedis?

Dr. Stephen Appiah Takyi, a Development Planner, in a recent interview, acknowledged the huge responsibility in store for whoever was appointed as the Mayor.

According to him, a visionary leader who had the technical expertise and also conversant with the modern-day demands of managing a city, was what was needed to harness the potentials of Kumasi.

In his view, some emerging issues such as climate change, population growth, advancement in science and technology, should inform development policies and planning of the city.

Mr. Pyne, in an interview with the Ghana News Agency, after he had been sworn into office, said the job at hand demanded the support of all identifiable groups.

“I believe in an all-inclusive administration,” he noted, saying, the daunting task was surmountable given the needed cooperation and unity of purpose.

He cited his resolve to continue with projects being undertaken to bring development to the metropolis, such as the, ‘Keep Kumasi Clean and Green’ project, an initiative meant to restore to Ghana’s oldest city its status as the ‘Garden City of West Africa’.

Source: GNA

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President Akuffo Addo begins 4-day tour of Ashanti

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The President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo will on Monday October 17, 2022 visit the Kumasi based OTEC 102.9 FM for a an exclusive interview on their breakfast show “Nyansapo “

The regular host of the show who happens to be one of the popular broadcasters in the region, Andrews Korankye Akuoko, affectionary known as Captain Koda will moderate the show.

The visit forms part of a four-day tour of the Ashanti Region which begun on Sunday October 16, 2022.

President Akufo-Addo commenced his tour with a church service at the Saint Cyprians Anglican Church at Fante New in the Kumasi Metropolis.

President Akuffo Addo will later call on the Asante Otumfour Osei Tutu II at the Manhyia Palace after which he will proceed to inspect the ongoing works at Boankra Inland Port Project.

The president will also Commission the long waited Konongo Municipal Hospital in the Asante Akyem Central Municipality.

The president will among other things get comprehensive briefings of security situation in the region from the Ashanti Regional Security Council (REGSEC) and Meeting with Security Officers at Headquarters of Central Command IDRIS Barracks.

One of the major highlights of the tour is the sod cutting event of the four tier Suame Interchange, and per the schedule, President will cut the sod on Tuesday October 18, 2022 which happens to be the third day of his tour.

Source: Myvoicenews.com

 

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National | Politics: Early NPP Flagbearer elections will ensure enough time to prepare for 2024 polls – Subin MP

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There are fresh calls within the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) for an early congress to elect the flagbearer of the party ahead of the 2024 election.

The party is yet to announce modalities for the election of the person to lead the NPP into the next election.

Several names of bigwigs in the party like Vice-President, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, Trades Minister, Alan Kyeremanten and others have come up as persons who may contest the flagbearership position.

But speaking to JoyNews, MP for the Subin Constituency, Eugene Boakye Antwi noted that electing the flagbearer early affords the party and the individual enough time to prepare for what will be a crucial election in 2024.

“Going by experience, my view is that let us hold the super delegates as early as say next spring, March thereabouts, give them four or five months to campaign around the country. By August when Parliament is on recess like this, we vote for both Parliamentary and Presidential, get it off the way.

“The most important thing is that we must look at the party. Akufo-Addo will not be a candidate in 2024 so whoever the candidate will be at that time is the one we should be aiming at selecting, partnering the President in terms of all these Regional tours the President is doing,” he said.

The Legislator recounted how late the party elected its Flagbearer prior to the 2008 elections which he said affected the outcome of the election results.

For this reason, Eugene Boakye Antwi believes the party must not delay in electing its flagbearer for the 2024 elections.

“I am saying that because of what happened to Akufo-Addo in 2008… Nana Akufo-Addo had only about six months to campaign at that time Mills and Mahama had split up the country into two and going various ways, it did affect us,” he recalled.

According to him, the early election of the Flagbearer has the tenacity to affect the outcome of the elections since it affords the party enough time to campaign.

“You give the flagbearer six months before the end of the year so any housekeeping duties will be dealt with at the time…just before Christmas, they hit the ground running they have one year to campaign and you will see the results,” he noted.

Source: Myjoyonline

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Politics: NDC starts constituency elections next week, National Congress slated for December 17

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The National Executive Committee (NEC) of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) has approved guidelines for the Party’s constituency, regional, and national elections for the next three months.

About  7,900 executives are expected to be elected in a total of 876 elections at the constituency, regional, and national elections.

The Party’s Branch elections, held in about 29,000 branches of the Party across the country, is expected to be completed next week to pave way for the next round of elections.

Per the guidelines, the Party will hold its Constituency elections between 22nd and 23rd October, 2022, while the regional elections would be held between 12th and 13th November, 2022.

The National Congress will be held on December 17, 2022.

Addressing a news conference in Accra on Thursday, Mr Johnson Asiedu Nketia, General Secretary, NDC, said all aspirants must be members in good standing and must have joined the Party for at least 4 years.

He said a 5-member elections committee would be constituted to supervise the elections at all levels.

Mr Nketia said nomination forms for all the elections would be made available online and that payment for picking and filing of nomination forms would be done electronically.

The NDC will open nominations for its Constituency elections between 20th and 22nd September, 2022, and filing of nominations is slated for 28th to 29th September, 2022.

The nominees would be vetted between 30th September and 2nd October, 2022, and the hearing of appeals would be done on October 5, 2022.

Mr Asiedu Nketia said the opening of nominations at the regional elections would be done between  October 6 and  October 7, 2022, and the filing of nominations between October 14 and October 15, 2022.
He said the main regional elections would be heralded by the Regional Youth Organiser and Women’s Organiser conferences slated for November 11, 2022.

Regarding the National Congress, the NDC will open nominations between 20th and 21st October, 2022, and filing of nominations would be received from 5th November, to  6th November, 2022.

“We will hold the National Youth Organiser and Women conferences on Saturday, December 10, 2022, and the main national Congress will be held on December 17, 2022,” Mr Nketia said.

Filling fees

The NDC said persons living with any form of disability would be offered 50 per cent discount on the filing fees at all levels.

Mr Nketia said aspirants for the Constituency Chairmanship position would pay a filing fee of GHS600 while those vying for the Constituency Vice Chairman, Secretary, Organiser,  Treasurer, and Communications Officer positions will pay GHS400.

Aspirants for the Regional Chairmanship positions would pay a filing fee of GHS 4,000, and those vying for the Regional, Vice Chairman, Secretary, Organiser,  Treasurer, and Communications Officer positions will pay GHS3,000.

“The Youth, Women, and Zongo Caucus Coordinators will pay GHS2,000 and all other deputies will pay GHS1,500,” Mr Nketia said.

The Party said it was yet to finalise the guidelines for the national elections.

As part of measures to address challenges associated with the Tertiary Education Institutions Network (TEIN), Mr Nketia said the Party had resolved that any TEIN Branch must have been credited for at least since 2020 to be eligible to participate in the elections.

Source: GNA

 

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