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Choosing Naana Agyemang As Veep Is A Clear Indication Mahama Does Not Take Ghanaian Electorates Seriously – NPP

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The New Patriotic Party in a press conference yesterday July 6, congratulated former president John Mahama for selecting a running mate after a long while.

However, the NPP believe the announcement of Prof Naana Opoku Agyemang as Vice President for the National Democratic Congress flagbearer is an indication that Mahama does not take the Ghanaian electorate seriously.

According to them, her performance as Education Minister was nothing to write home about; a signal that she is not fit for the running mate job.

“We can only conclude that the choice of Prof Jane Naana Opoku-Agyeman by John Dramani Mahama is a clear indication that he does not take the Ghanaian electorate seriously. But then as our own Vice President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia has famously said, it does not matter who the running mate is, if the main man himself is indecisive and incompetent, we still have a problem. It is our view that after having looked so long and wide, the NDC still has a problem”

See full press statement below:

PRESS STATEMENT BY THE NEW PATRIOTIC PARTY ON THE SELECTION OF PROF. JANE NAANA OPOKU AGYEMANG BY FLAGBEARER OF THE NDC, JOHN DRAMANI MAHAMA

The New Patriotic Party brings warm greetings to the leadership of the opposition National Democratic Congress and uses this opportunity to congratulate the party and the flagbearer, John Dramani Mahama on the choice of Jane Naana Opoku Agyemang the former Minister for Education under the previous NDC administration as the running mate to Mr. John Mahama as the 2020 elections inch closer.

It has certainly taken a long time for the selection to be done but as the saying goes, better late than never; and we wish to congratulate the NDC and Mr Mahama for finally picking a running mate.

We extend our congratulations to Professor Naana Opoku Agyeman on her selection. Having congratulated her, we believe it is important to remind all of us what Professor Naana Opoku Agyemang brings to the John Mahama ticket.

In an ideal world, one of the strongest things going for the selection of the good Professor would be that she is a woman, and this would be met with a lot of enthusiasm. Unfortunately, Prof Jane Naana Opoku Agyemang hardly meets the expectations of someone who has a track record of fighting for women and their welfare.

Luckily for all of us, Professor Jane Naana Opoku Agyemang is not new to Ghana politics, and it is her performance during her period as a political appointee that we refer to.

Need we remind anyone that it was during the tenure of Naana Jane that training teachers’ allowances were scrapped. It was done without paying any heed to the many appeals to reconsider the decision. Indeed, it was one of the things she was proud to have done.

Teachers were the hardest hit when Naana Opoku Agyemang was at the helm of affairs at the Education Ministry. Apart from their transportation allowances not being paid, Naana Opoku Agyemang also introduced the practice of teachers working for two years without being paid and being restricted to being paid only three months back pay, no matter how long they had worked. This inhumane treatment meted out to Ghanaian teachers at the time was the brainchild of Prof. Naana Opoku Agyemang, the then Minister for Education. The cold hearted manner in which teachers were treated by Naana Opoku Agyemang cannot easily be forgotten.

Let it not be forgotten that Prof. Naana Opoku Agyemang had been a teacher herself before she came to the position of Minister of Education, and yet it was during her period that classroom teachers were denied common chalk to be able to write on blackboards. We remember the infamous “We won’t give you chalk today or tomorrow” comment by Matilda Amissah-Arthur, and this was under the supervision of Naana Opoku Agyemang.

It would be unconscionable on our part not to remind ourselves of the key role played by Jane Naana Opoku Agyemang in the Montie Trio saga.

When the ‘Montie Trio’ threatened death upon some Supreme Court Justices, including the then Chief Justice Theodora Georgina Wood, this newly appointed running mate to Mahama was one of those who joined the campaign for their release.

Jane Naana Opoku Agyemang’s ardent anti-feminist posturing was too obvious to ignore when she appended her signature to the petition to have the trio who had then been incarcerated at Nsawam to be freed against sound advice from well-meaning Ghanaians.

How can a woman who hates her fellow women to the extent that she advocated the release of the jailed trio so that they could rape and kill her fellow women be given such a responsibility?

We wonder what the message is that John Dramani Mahama is sending Ghanaians by picking Jane Naana Opoku Agyemang as his vice presidential candidate when her stewardship in the past brought such heartache to teachers and trauma to her colleague women.

While we would wish the NDC well in this regard, we also wish to emphasize that we are ready to tell Ghanaians the danger she poses to our growth and development as a country.

2. She superintended over a supposed Progressively Free S.H.S where students were made to pay Gh1500 to GH1700 per student in some schools. It is on record that, monies budgeted for and approved by Parliament to be paid on behalf of students as day students were never paid till date.

When she resigned as the Minister for Education:

• Teachers were paid three months’ arrears for three years of work, sometimes more than that and sometimes less than that.

• Yearly incremental jump in salary scales of Teachers was wickedly cancelled.

• Allowance for Trainee Teachers was cancelled at a time they were paying only 9000 beneficiaries claiming it was huge on government’s purse. Today, we have reintroduced the teacher training allowances and we are paying around 46,000 students.

• Research and Book allowances of our hard-working Lecturers were cancelled. Today we have reintroduced Book and research allowance and government has also put together a stand-alone bill to dedicate enough resources for the fund.

• There were no Teaching and Learning Materials in our schools, Ghanaians were insulted even when they asked for common chalk.

• She was by the side of Mr. John Mahama when he promised to build 200 Community Day SHSs and it turned out to be a “suuliya” promise.

• She was again by the side of Mr. John Mahama when they failed to deliver on their promise of building 10 Colleges of Education.

• It was during her reign as Minister for Education that Teachers were always harassed by B.N.I. Officials.

• She presided over the freezing of employment in the Education Sector. And the heightened corrupt practices at the N.S.S. Secretariat. Remember the Secretariat is under the direct supervision of the Ministry of Education.

• She has, recently, advised John Mahama to cancel the Licensure Examination for Teachers when, God forbid, they come to power. Any rational person wouldn’t do that because professionalism is anchored on licensing.

• During her tenure as the Minister for Education, the funding for the Progressively Free S.H.S., School Feeding Program, Capitation Grant—-were all in arrears.

• She presided over the near-collapse of the scholarships Secretariat. Students on Foreign Scholarships were always complaining because their fees and other allowances were always in arrears. All these anomalies have since been corrected by the N.P.P.

CONCLUSION

We can only conclude that the choice of Prof Jane Naana Opoku-Agyeman by Mr John Dramani Mahama is a clear indication that he does not take the Ghanaian electorate seriously.

But then as our own Vice President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia has famously said, it does not matter who the running mate is, if the main man himself is indecisive and incompetent, we still have a problem. It is our view that after having looked so long and wide, the NDC still has a problem.

Source: GhanaFeed.com

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Apply Wisdom In Your Borrowing And Stop Burdening Our Kids With Debts – NDC To Government

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The opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) has charged the government to prudently use monies they borrow.

Speaking at the Policy dialogue on the economy held in Accra on Monday, Dr. Cassiel Ato Forson said the ruling NPP is in a business of burdening the next generation with debt because they’re not investing wisely.

“Everyone borrows but please when you borrow, borrow smartly. Borrow not for chop chop but pay for things that can repay for itself. Even advanced countries borrow. When they borrow, they build infrastructure. They do things that can repay itself. They don’t borrow for chop chop and it is important we make that point.”

“What the NPP is seeking to do now is to actually give all of us, our kids, our generations a burden of carrying a public debt. A debt that when we are not careful, we cannot pay,” he added.

Source: GhanaFeed.com

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Mahama Should Have Been Jailed Like Jacob Zuma – Kofi Akpaloo

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Leader of the Liberal Party of Ghana, Percival Kofi Akpaloo has said that Former President Mahama should have been in jail by now.

According to him, if the former special prosecutor, Martin Amidu had balls, John Mahama would be in jail like former South African President, Jacob Zuma.

Jacob Zuma, served as South Africa’s President from 2009 to 2018, when he resigned under growing pressure from his party, the African National Congress (ANC), amid declining electoral support and public anger at corruption allegations during his tenure.

On June 29, the constitutional court sentenced Zuma to 15 months in jail for defying an instruction earlier in February to give evidence at an inquiry examining allegations of high-level corruption during his time in office.

It will be recalled that prior to election 2020, flagbearer of the NDC, and former President Mahama was cited in the infamous Airbus saga in which some persons were accused of bribes and kickbacks in the sale of aircrafts.

However, then special prosecutor, Martin Amidu said he could not investigate the former President because it was an election year and tensions were high.

According to Mr Akpaloo, “Martin Amidu was lying to have said that because it was an election year he couldn’t prosecute Mahama…It’s a lie …he just can’t do the job”.

“Is the ANC not the government in Power in South Africa? Why didn’t they say jailing Jacob Zuma would ignite chaos in the country? Mahama should’ve been jailed like Jacob Zuma”. Akpaloo emphasised.

Source: GhanaFeed.Com

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I’m Likely To Be NDC Flagbearer Again – Mahama

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Former President John Dramani Mahama has revealed that his ambition to contest elections again is not over and he’s likely to make a comeback for the National Democratic Congress (NDC.

Mr Mahama made this known in his Eid-ul-Adha message on July 20 to Muslims in the Bole-Bamboi constituency delivered on his behalf by the Member of Parliament (MP) for the Bole-Bamboi constituency Alhaji Yussif Sulemana on Bole based Nkilgi FM on the 2021 Eid-ul-Adha day.

The Bole MP said; “former President John Dramani Mahama who is from Bole has asked me to tell the good people of Bole-Bamboi Constituency that, he has not forgotten of the good things they have done for him over the years and that Inshah Allah (God willing) he is likely to come back to contest elections in his party and so they should use this special Eid-ul-Adha day to thank God and to ask for good health, success and victory for him.”

The former President has been silence on a return since his defeat in the 2020 polls to president Akufo-Addo. With this message, supporters of Mr Mahama can have a renewed sense of hope to see him come back to lead the NDC in 2024.

Source: GhanaFeed.com

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