Politics News Summaries for June 12, 2021
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Restore Kumasi to its Garden City status
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Restore Kumasi to its Garden City status


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An Ashanti Region historian who is also the Manhyia Palace Museum Historian, Sarfo Kantanka, explains that due to the greenery of Kumasi, Queen Elizabeth in 1961 described the place as the Garden City.

Sarfo Kantanka added that some of the previous ways of preserving the environment should be reintroduced in order for Kumasi to be restored to its past state of being the Garden City.

Some inhabitants of the Ashanti Region spoke to Citi News about some of the measures required to restore Kumasi's Garden City status.


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No single bill has been sent to parliament
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No single bill has been sent to parliament


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According to the Deputy Minority Whip, in spite of the cabinet, the Council of State, Ministers and a properly constituted Parliament in place, the Akufo-Addo government has not presented a single Bill for Parliament to work on.

Ahmed Ibrahim reiterated that the NPP Government is 6 months old in office but it has not brought a single Bill to the 8th Parliament despite the fact that there are institutions in place to foster development.

Ahmed Ibrahim noted that the Minority push for the NPP government to constitute the various boards for the various agencies, departments, corporations and ministries has not materialised.


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FLASHBACK: I didn't come to deceive anybody
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FLASHBACK: I didn't come to deceive anybody


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He stated categorically that he didn't come to deceive Ghanaians but to work for the betterment of the country.

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo says his administration is on the path of fulfilling many of the promises made to the Ghanaians in the run up to the 2016 elections.

The siting of the AfCFTA Secretariat in Ghana, according to President Akufo-Addo, is a great opportunity for the country, especially as Ghana has been at the centre of pan-African matters.


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Sir John's funeral: 'Forgive Prez, Veep, others for breaching Coronavirus law
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Sir John's funeral: 'Forgive Prez, Veep, others for breaching Coronavirus law


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President Akufo-Addo is currently under pressure to apologize because he has been accused of supervising the breach of the restrictions on funerals and social distancing at the funeral.

The Ghana Medical Association has called for a probe and prosecution of the organizers of the funeral.

The mourners included President Akufo-Addo, Vice-President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, Attorney General Godfred Yeboah Dame, Minister of Energy, Matthew Opoku Prempeh, and some prominent members of the NPP and NDC. Reacting to this, Solomon Kusi Appiah said the crowd that mobbed the Vice President and those who participated in the funeral were there to appreciate the good works of the current government.


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Murtala Mohammed slams Chief Justice over 'controversial' GLC petition against Ayine
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Murtala Mohammed slams Chief Justice over 'controversial' GLC petition against Ayine


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The Member of Parliament for Tamale Central in the Northern Region, Murtala Mohammed, is the latest to take on the Chief Justice over his petition to haul Bolgatanga East MP, Dr. Dominic Ayine before the Disciplinary Committee of the General Legal Council.

Murtala Mohammed believes the focus should rather be on attempts by the Chief Justice to discourage freedom of speech, rather than comments made by Dr. Ayine during the hearing of the election petition case.

The Minority in Parliament has already called on the Chief Justice to reconsider his petition against Dr. Ayine.


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Sir John's funeral a clear sign of lawlessness under NPP Govt


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Reacting to the funeral that has drawn harsh criticism from civil society organizations and the Ghana Medical Association on the Morning Update on TV XYZ, Mr. Aziz predicted that the recklessness will increase the COVID-19 cases soon.

To him, those that organized the lavish funeral must be made to face the law, stressing that no one in Ghana is above the law.

Mr. Aziz cited some instances where people have been made to face the law for breaching the Covid 19 Protocols.


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Akufo-Addo most pampered president ever, he does whatever he likes


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Commenting on the declaration of the President, the private legal practitioner on Okay FM's 'Ade Akye Abia' Morning Show professed that President Akufo-Addo rather has been so over pampered than being vilified as President of the Republic.

He asserted that President Nana Akufo-Addo is basically Nana [King] in the true sense of the word; thus, Ghanaians have treated the President like a King as he does whatever he likes without subject to any democratic control.

Justifying his claim of the President doing whatever he likes, Edudzi Tamakloe said that President Akufo-Addo's bold statement to urge people to go to the court for the burning of the excavators, disregarding the Minerals and Mining Act which was amended in 2019, indicates a leader who has no regard for the rule of law.


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Current system of collecting royalties for musicians outmoded; let's use technology
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Current system of collecting royalties for musicians outmoded; let's use technology


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A former President of the Musicians Union of Ghana, Alhaji Sidiku Buari, is worried about the limited use of technology to monitor music plays for the collection of royalties accrued in Ghana and to a larger extent, Africa's music industry.

The issue of music royalties remains a big subject for Ghanaian musicians for years unending.

Sharing his riveting story on Citi TV's FootPrints program hosted by Samuel Attah-Mensah, the award-winning Ghanaian music mogul said until such a time when technology is prioritized in the collection of music royalties, Ghana will always lag behind in the music industry advancement.


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One district one factory is putting money in people's pockets


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Allotey Jacobs indicated that, even though the 1D1F Policy is an initiative of his rivalry New Patriotic Party, it is in the interest of the people and worth supporting.

Allotey Jacobs added that the people in the Central Region who have had the opportunity to work in the factory should put in efforts to maintain the factory as the factory is putting money into the people's pockets.

He however appealed to entrepreneurs and investors to support the NPP Government initiative and also help to create about 20 more factories in the Central Region for the benefit of the locals.


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FLASHBACK: 'Corrupt, wicked' Akufo-Addo govt rendered journalists 'fearos'
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FLASHBACK: 'Corrupt, wicked' Akufo-Addo govt rendered journalists 'fearos'


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She also labelled the Akufo-Addo government as a corrupt and wicked one for suppressing press freedom in the country as well as heaping more hardship on Ghanaians.

Speaking to Class News at the 'Kum y3n pr3ko' demonstration today, Tuesday, 9 July 2019 organised by the Coalition for Social Justice in Accra, Dr Bissiw told Simon Agbovi that the meanness of the Akufo-Addo government has entrenched insecurity and fear among journalists, whom, she claimed, can no longer speak and work in freedom.


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Boat owners accuse NPP executives of hijacking premix fuel; selling at high prices
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Boat owners accuse NPP executives of hijacking premix fuel; selling at high prices


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He said in the past, premix fuel in Ghana was always sold at a subsidized to fishermen but that can not be said about the current administration whose officials have hijacked the premix fuel.

In the past, Premix fuel in Ghana has always been sold at a subsidized to fishermen and other related users to support their business in other to increase productivity along the Volta lake.

This has helped the users of premix fuel until the NPP members have created a cartel and hijacked the premix fuel, selling it at exorbitant prices in the dark.


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Today in History: You've made corruption attractive by normalizing it
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Today in History: You've made corruption attractive by normalizing it


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Title: THE CORRUPTION TRACKER SERIES- TRACKING THE BOSTGATE CORRUPTION SCANDAL. INTRODUCTION. Ladies and Gentlemen of the media, corruption has undoubtedly been the bane of Ghana's development for a very long time, with the poor and vulnerable being at the worse end of this canker.

After being elected into office, he has normalised corruption and made it very attractive in his government.

Like similar other stinking corruption scandals that Ghanaians have witnessed under this regime, the Corruption Clearing Agent, President Akufo-Addo has been under the delusion that by coming out to give flowery speeches about corruption, he will succeed in exonerating and whitewashing his administration from the corruption tag that inextricably hangs on his neck like a medal, but that has failed and Ghanaians now know him for who he really is.


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Akufo-Addo only president in the world to give free water for a year
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Akufo-Addo only president in the world to give free water for a year


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According to her, the interventions including the free water and electricity Ghanaians enjoyed has put President Akufo-Addo under the global spotlight.

The Sanitation Minister stated categorically that per her checks, it is only President Akufo-Addo who allowed citizens to enjoy free water and electricity during the pandemic.

Recently, Ghanaians have backlashed government for introducing new taxes, stating that, the taxes are to foot the bills of the free water they enjoyed last year.


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'It is irresponsible to use middlemen to get Sputnik-V vaccines from black market'
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'It is irresponsible to use middlemen to get Sputnik-V vaccines from black market'


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The Health Ministry has also justified why the government must procure the vaccines using this means, even at an overpriced value, saying it was compelled to rely on the market for the vaccines after it failed to procure supplies directly from the Russian government.

The Minority in parliament is demanding the immediate termination of any contract between Ghana and any entity for the procurement of Sputnik V vaccines.

Ranking Member on the Health Committee, Kwabena Mintah Akandoh says, revelations about the government procuring vaccines at $19 per dose instead of $10 smacks of financial impropriety and cost inflation stating that there is no justification for the government to procure the Sputnik V vaccines at such a cost.


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'Sputnik-V procurement contract not convincing; it must be re-examined'
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'Sputnik-V procurement contract not convincing; it must be re-examined'


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Managing Editor of the New Crusading Guide Newspaper, Abdul Malik Kwaku Baako Jnr., wants the government to re-examine its agreement to purchase Russia's Sputnik V vaccines from S. L Global Limited as suppliers.

The veteran journalist was worried about the way the government is handling the procurement processes, saying they smack of suspicion, and thus called on the government to come clean on it.

Despite these explanations, the Minority in parliament demands the immediate termination of any contract between Ghana and any entity for the procurement of Sputnik V vaccines.


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World Day Against Child Labour: CHRAJ wants root causes tackled
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World Day Against Child Labour: CHRAJ wants root causes tackled


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The Commission made the remarks in a statement to mark, 'World Day Against Child Labour' on June 12, 2021.

World Day Against Child Labour was established in 2002 by the International Labour Organization to raise awareness and activism towards Child Labour prevention.

It is estimated that 152 million children between ages 5 to 17 are in child labour, of this 64 million girls and 88 million boys are in child labour globally, this accounts for almost one in 10 children worldwide.


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Two persons arrested over alleged kidnapping at Abeka Lapaz
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Two persons arrested over alleged kidnapping at Abeka Lapaz


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Police have arrested two suspects, Abdula Saeed and Kudjo Akorlor for their alleged involvement in a kidnapping incident.

The two were arrested in their hideout at Abeka Lapaz in Accra after a sister of the victim reported the incident to the police.

Osei is being held on two counts of kidnapping his kids aged 11 and 7, and two counts of engaging in domestic violence to wit - a conduct or behaviour that endangers the safety and well-being of another person.


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We'll kick against Adjei-Mensah Korsah's approval
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We'll kick against Adjei-Mensah Korsah's approval


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The Minority Leader in Parliament, Haruna Iddrisu, has served notice that the caucus will block the approval of Martin Adjei-Mensah Korsah as a Deputy Minister for Local Government, Decentralisation and Rural Development.

The Minority Caucus was not present during the vetting of the nominee on Friday, June 11, 2021, except one of them.

According to Haruna Iddrisu, the Minority was determined to boycott Mr. Adjei-Mensah Korsah's vetting due to the Techiman South election violence their absence was largely due to communication that Parliament was not sitting on Friday to enable all MPs to go to their constituencies to plant trees as part of the Green Ghana campaign.


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Suspend intended strike and meet us on June 16
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Suspend intended strike and meet us on June 16


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The National Labour Commission, has instructed the Technical University Teachers' Association of Ghana, to suspend its intended strike and appear before it on Wednesday, June 16, 2021.

TUTAG has declared an indefinite strike effective Monday, June 14, 2021.

The National Executive Committee of the striking Senior Staff Association of Universities of Ghana has resolved to resume work on Monday, June 14, after nearly two weeks of being on strike.


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5 police officers arrested for alleged extortion granted bail; 2 still in custody
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5 police officers arrested for alleged extortion granted bail; 2 still in custody


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The five police officers who were arrested for alleged extortion have finally been granted bail.

According to him, while three of the officers are out of custody, two are still in custody because they failed to meet the bail conditions.

The Accra Circuit Court 2 had earlier denied bail to the five officers who were arrested after a complaint of alleged extortion was filed against them.


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