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 Politics: Year of Roads: Past gov’ts failed us but you are different; thank you – Oti Chiefs tell Akufo-Addo

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The Chiefs and people of the Oti Region have expressed gratitude to the Akufo-Addo administration for the many development projects they have witnessed in the Region since 2017, especially in the areas of roads, schools and other infrastructure.

The chiefs are particularly grateful that now, unlike in the past, promises made by Government are actually fulfilled.

Speaking on behalf of the Chiefs at Kadjebi on Thursday, 8th September, 2022, Nana Asabre Amankwatia II, Baamuhene of Kadjebi Traditional Area, said the NPP Government had indeed walked the talk and made good on its pledges.

Speaking on behalf of the Chiefs at Kadjebi on Thursday, 8th September, 2022, Nana Asabre Amankwatia II, Baamuhene of Kadjebi Traditional Area, said the NPP Government had indeed walked the talk and made good on its pledges.

“Thank you for fulfilling your promises to us. In the past we have heard many promises about Government coming to fix our roads and bring us other development but they never happened. But your government is different.

 

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“I was there at Jasikan in December 2019 when you, Vice President Bawumia, cut the sod for work to begin on this road, and today, I am here again for the commissioning. You and your government have kept your word and fulfilled your promises. You have shown once again that we only get development when NPP is in power,” he declared.

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Nana Amankwatia II made these remarks when the Vice President, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, accompanied by the Minister for Roads and Highways, Hon Kwasi Amoako-Attah and the Chinese Ambassador to Ghana, H.E. Lu Kun, joined the chiefs of the eight traditional divisions of the Oti region to commission the 56.4km Jasikan-Dodo Pepesu Road stretch of the Eastern Corridor roads.

The construction of the Jasikan – Dodo Pepesu Road is part of the Master Project Support Agreement (MPSA) between the Government of Ghana and the Peoples Republic of China for the construction of some key infrastructure project through an innovative financing model. Under Phase 1 of the MPSA, a total of 441km of roads and two interchanges are to be constructed.

Work on the Jasikan-Dodo Pepesu Project began on 11th December 2019 for completion in 30 months. The project was however completed in April 2022, almost two months ahead of schedule and did not record any cost overruns, according to officials of the Ministry of Roads and Highways.

Eastern Corridor Roads

Addressing the gathering, Vice President Bawumia explained that the Eastern Corridor Road Project starts from Tema Motorway Interchange and has a number of components, almost all of which are receiving attention.

“The Construction of the 67km Tema-Akosombo Road Project is ongoing, and includes the dualization of the Tema -Akuse Road with the construction of interchanges at Ashaiman and Akuse; the section between Akosombo and Asikuma is under Periodic Maintenance by the Ghana Highway Authority.

“Reconstruction of Asikuma Junction-Kpeve is also ongoing. Progress stands at 40%. Reconstruction of Have-Hohoe (53.5km) is currently at 60% completion. Reconstruction of Hohoe-Jasikan section (30km) is 80% complete. Construction of Jasikan-Dodo Pepesu Road (53.4km) is completed and being commissioned today.

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“Construction of Nkwanta- Oti Damanko (50.3km) up to Kpassa is 50% complete. Construction of Nkwanta-Oti Damanko (12km) and Kpassa-Oti Damanko is 71% complete

“As well, construction of Oti Damanko-Yendi (94km) is 97% complete. Construction of Yendi-Gbintri (113km) is 85% complete.

“As you can see, Government is working on almost every section of the Eastern Corridor” Dr Bawumia emphasized.

The Vice President further indicated that a number of projects, broken into Lots under Phase 1 of the MPSA, had either been completed or were nearing completion.

“There are currently 8 Lots at various stages of completion under Phase 1 of the innovative Sinohydro MPSA we agreed with the Government of the People’s Republic of China. A number of projects have been completed, including construction of the Tamale Interchange, the first ever interchange in the Northern parts (Lot 3); construction of Cape Coast Inner City and Western Region Roads (Lot 7); and upgrading of Selected Feeder Roads in Ashanti (Lot 8).

“Others, like the Construction of Kumasi Inner City Roads, involving the construction of 100km of roads in Kumasi (Lot 2); Construction of PTC Interchange in Takoradi (Lot 4), and Construction of Sunyani and Berekum Inner City Roads (Lot 6) are all at various stages of completion.”

Oti, Volta Roads

Zeroing in on the Volta and Oti regions, Vice President Bawumia said the Ministry of Roads and Highways, through its implementing agencies – Ghana Highway Authority, Department of Feeder Roads and Department of Urban Roads – had undertaken a large body of work designed to ease travel and improve the socio-economic lives of the people.

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“Apart from the Eastern Corridor roads the Ghana Highway Authority has completed about 109km of trunk roads within the Volta and Oti Regions since 2017. Some of the roads include Upgrading of Kete Krachi-Buya Road (26.9km); Upgrading of Nkonya Wurampong-Kwamikrom (21km) and Upgrading of Borae Junction-Dodiokope Road (17km).”

“The Department of Urban Roads completed 31km of road works within the same period,” he continued. These include the Asphalt Overlay of 14.7km of roads in Hohoe; 14km of Binder course laid between Sokode-Gbogame and the Civic Centre under the Dualization of the Ho main Road and the Upgrading of Klefe Town roads (2.5km).

“The Department of Feeder Roads has rehabilitated 27.5km of roads. These include the rehabilitation of Liati-Agbonyiri-Fodome Abor Phase 2 (9.7km) and rehabilitation of Matse Klave (17.8km).

“Apart from creating a new Region, Oti region, after decades of requests, you will all agree with me that indeed the government of Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has brought a lot of development to the Oti region. The evidence is also clear that no government in the Fourth Republic has constructed and completed as many kilometers of roads in Ghana as the Akufo-Addo Government,” he affirmed.

Source: 3news.com

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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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