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Fact Check Ghana Rubbishes Okudzeto Ablakwa’s Claims On Jamestown Fishing Harbour, Describes It As ‘False’

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Former Deputy Education Minister, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa’s claims in a presentation which sought to expose the NPPs “failed promises”, has been proven to be false.

Speaking on Joynews, Mr Ablakwa said the James Town Fishing Habour, which the ruling NPP government promised to build in 2016, has not started.

However, Fact Check Ghana, an arm of Media Foundation for West Africa which scrutinises claims by politicians and other officials, has passed a verdict on Okudzeto’s claim, describing it as FALSE.

Below is Fact Check Ghana’s verdict on Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa’s claim that the NPP has not even started the James Town Fishing Harbour.

Explanation

Fact-check Ghana looked into the second claim regarding the Jamestown Port and found it to be false.

The New Patriotic Party stated in their 2016 manifesto that they would construct ‘new harbours at Jamestown in Accra and Keta’.

According to the New Patriotic Party, “these investments will also increase the volume of business from landlocked countries in the region.”

 Verification

In our bid to verify Samuel Okudzeto’s claim, Fact-check Ghana visited the project site of the said Jamestown Fishing harbour to verify whether the project had started or not. On our arrival, we found that the project was ongoing with the contractor and his workers on site.

Our visit to the site on June 18, 2020, also coincided with an inspection by officials from the government including the Mayor of Accra, Mohammed Adjei Sowah.

Before Samuel Okudzeto’s claim on Monday, June 15, 2020, the Daily Graphic had already reported on May 21, 2020, that the Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) had started demolishing existing structures for construction to begin.

According to an article on the Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority website and a Graphic Online article, the $60 million project involves the dredging of about 118,000 cubic metres harbour basin and shipping channels.

The project will also include cold store facilities, market areas and other facilities such as a kindergarten trading market, processing area, commercial area and other production and supporting facilities.

Conclusion

Based on the facts and explanation above, Fact-check Ghana concludes that his claim about the Jamestown Fishing Harbour is FALSE.

Since his presentation, Ablakwa have had a hard time proving many of his claims to the media.

On Asempa FM earlier in the week, a so-called unfulfilled promise which he claimed is on page 175 of the NPP manifesto was proved not to be true by host of Asempa FM’s Ekosii Sen Osei Bonsu, popularly called OB.

Then on Metro TV’s Good Evening Ghana, Ablakwa claimed the NPP government have constructed only nine factories under the One District One Factory initiative. But that claim has been proven to be FALSE as over 60 factories are currently operational, with over 100 at different stages of construction across the country.

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Voter’s Register: Timely Intervention Of Muntaka Saves 7 ‘NPP Minors’ From Severe Beatings In Asawase

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Seven JHS Students who were allegedly bused by a tutor Bismark Okyere to register in the Asawase Constituency have been arrested after protests from NDC polling agents.

One student was first arrested when he was spotted in a queue attempting to register. The student upon sensing danger following the anger of the NDC supporters at the registration center attempted to run but luck eluded him when he was apprehended.

The timely intervention of the Incumbent NDC MP for the Area, Muntaka Mubarak prevented what would have been an unfortunate lynching by the vigilant NDC agents.

The student then confessed he was bused to the registration center by his teacher with 20 other final year students. He quickly pointed 6 other students who were already in queue to register. They were also arrested.

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Carlos Ahenkorah Must Be Prosecuted – Asiedu Nketia Spits More Fire

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The General Secretary of the opposition National Democratic Congress, Johnson Asiedu Nketia has laughed off President Akufo-Addo’s decision to let MP for Tema West, Carlos Ahenkorah off the hook because he has resigned.

According to General Mosquito, the resignation of the Member of Parliament for Tema West is not punitive enough for the harm he allegedly caused.

Carlos Ahenkorah resigned from his deputy ministerial position following severe backlash after admitting he breached COVID-19 protocols by visiting a registration centre despite being aware that he had tested positive for the virus.

In a Citi News interview during his tour of Voter Registration Exercise in the Volta Region, Johnson Asiedu Nketia said the prosecution of the former Deputy Minister is the only way to show the government’s commitment to evenhandedly deal with offenders of the Coronavirus safety rules.

“There are positive cases identified at the Presidency, but nothing is happening. There have been positive cases identified in the house of Parliament, but Parliament is still sitting. Even when one case was identified in a factory, they close the factory down. You go to the hospitals, and when one case is identified, they close the ward down. Now in the House of Parliament where all these laws are made, they identified more than 13 cases in Parliament, and they are still sitting because they have to wait to pass laws to make Nana Akufo-Addo continue as President.” He said.

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OccupyGhana Calls For Prosecution Against Carlos Ahenkorah

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Pressure group, OccupyGhana has called on the Ghana Police to launch an investigation into Carlos Ahenkorah’s Covid-19 gaffe and prosecute him if found guilty.

In a statement issued on Friday July 3, 2020, the group expressed their disappointment with Mr Ahenkorah for abandoning isolation and coming out to public space knowing very well he has the Coronavirus.

“He has admitted that after testing positive for COVID-19, and before obtaining a subsequent negative test, he recklessly and callously put himself in the public space, visiting registration centres in the Tema West Constituency.

“By this, he put his fellow citizens at such high risk of contracting the coronavirus disease. As a minister of state of a government that is battling hard against this pandemic, he has shown a remarkable lack of good sense on the social and physical distancing that is required by law, on the pain of criminal prosecution,” the statement read.

Aside his resignation, the group wants an investigation and possible prosecution if found guilty.

It further asked the New Patriotic Party to make him stand down as their Parliamentary candidate.

“We also call on the New Patriotic Party to withdraw him as their candidate for the upcoming parliamentary elections,” the group demanded.

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