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NDC Replies Bawumia With 60 Achievements of Mahama

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The National Democratic Congress (NDC) has responded to Vice President Mahamudu Bawumia’s 50 achievements that makes President Akufo Addo superior over NDC flagbearer John Mahama ahead of the December polls.

Below is the NDC’s list of Mahama’s achievements

60 Credible Achievement of John Dramani Mahama government

1. He deployed emergency plants and speed up the completion of ongoing plants resulted in the addition of more than 800 megawatts (MW) of power within 18-months.

2. In addition to the Energy Sector Levy and ongoing works to restructure the legacy debt of the power utilities, which helped to stabilise the power situation.

Water and sanitation

On water, President Mahama increased investments in the provision of clean drinking water and cited the provision of boreholes, small town water systems and major urban water treatment projects as some initiatives that had significantly increased access to clean drinking water.

3. The Teshie desalination plant,

4. The Kpong water expansion project

5. The ATMA project have expanded access to urban water supply in the capital, Accra.

6. The Wa water supply project

7. The 3Ks project, covering Kumawu, Konongo and Kwahu,

Roads and transport

John Mahama’s tenure of office had some of the most massive investments in the road sector in the history of the country. Some of the road projects include;

8. Achimota-Ofankor

9. Awoshie-Pokuase

10. Sofoline

11. Tetteh Quarshie-Adenta.

Other projects include;

12. The Kwame Nkrumah Interchange,

13. The Kasoa overhead bridge

14. The Airport Hills/Burma Camp network of roads,

15 The 37-El Wak-Trade Fair road.

16. The NDC government invested more resources in continuing the Eastern corridor roads

17. Asphalt overlay of roads in regional and district capitals

18. Cocoa roads across the country

Other ongoing projects before leaving office includes;

19. The Tema Motorway Roundabout decongestion project.

20. New bridge from Flower Pot Roundabout on the Spintex Road over the Accra-Tema Motorway to East Legon.

Projects ready to commence, such as

21. The Obetsebi-Lamptey interchange

22. The Pokuase Interchange

23. The Motorway expansion project.

24. The Tarkwa- Bogoso- Anyanfuri road

25. Some Projects include;

Expansion of the Takoradi and Tema Harbours

Construction of Terminal(T3) of Kotoka International Airport

Sekondi -Takoradi- Kojokrom railway line

Central Markets in Kumasi and CapeCoast

Economy

25. John Mahama’s government inherited an economy that was running a high deficit, with increasing inflation and interest rates characterised by a rapidly depreciating currency.

He recalled the forum at Senchi and said it was an attempt to forge a consensus for a home-grown fiscal consolidation programme, noting that the outcome eventually became the basis for the International Monitory Fund (IMF) Extended Credit Facility (ECF) programme that the country was implementing.

Health

26. During his tenure in office, a large number of health professionals trained under his administration to improve the healthcare delivery system of the country.

Health Projects

27. District Hospitals each with a capacity of 120 beds at Dodowa, Fomena, Kumawu, Abetifi among others. 6-District Hospitals each with 60 bed capacity at Tepa, Nsawkaw, Konongo, Salaga, Twifo Praso and the 100 bed Madina hospital, 120-bed Bekwai Hospital

28. The expansion in the utilisation of the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS). In 2015, the out-patient utilisation of NHIS stood at 29 million, up from nine million in 2008.

The NHIS on the whole had also been improved under his administration to ensure that people, including the vulnerable, had access to quality healthcare.

29. Teaching Hospitals: 617-bed University of Ghana Teaching Hospital

Second phase of the Tamale Teaching Hospital Expansion Project

30. Regional Hospitals: 420-bed Ridge Hospital Expansion Project, Bolgatanga Regional Hospital, 250-bed Ashanti Regional Hospital at Sewua-Kumasi

160-bed Upper West Regional Hospital

31. Institutional Hospitals:

• 500-bed Military Hospital Project in Kumasi

• 104-bed Police Hospital Project, Accra

• 130-bed Maritime Hospital, Tema

32. Polyclinics

Five polyclinics (Phase III) in the Brong Ahafo Region at Nkrankwanta, Wamfie, Kwatire, Techimantia and Bomaa.

Ten polyclinics to be located at Besease, Gomoa Dawurampong, Biriwa, Etsii Sunkwa, Esikuma Gyamera, Agona Duakwa, Bimpong Akunfude, Ekumfi Naakwa, Twifo Atimokwa and Gomoa Postin, all in the Central Region.

Five 30-bed polyclinics to be sited at Adentan, Ashiaman, Bortianor, Oduman and Sege all in the Greater Accra Region.

33. Health Centres

18 Health Centres have been completed at Amasaman, Doffor, Pokukrom, New Jejeti, Paakro, Gwollu, Funsi, Sang, Northern Buipe, Manso Nkwanta, Abuakwa, Mase Sosekpe, Kedzi, Adamso, Kayoro, Timonde, Bonsu Nkwanta and Dadieso.

34. CHPS Compounds

Out of 2,948 functional CHPS zones, 1,260 have been constructed.

35. Eye Care Centre at Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital

36. National Medical Equipment Replacement Programme: This US$264 million initiative has ensured the provision of critical diagnostic and treatment equipment for over 150 hospitals nationwide. These include all Teaching Hospitals in Ghana (Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital, 37 Military Hospital, Tamale Teaching Hospital and Korle Bu Teaching Hospital), all Regional Hospitals, 125 District Hospitals, 14 Health Centres and 8 mobile clinics.

Social protection

37. His administration helped cushioned the poor and vulnerable, many social protection programmes were introduced.

38. The number of people benefitting from schemes such as the School Feeding Programme, the Livelihood Empowerment Against Poverty (LEAP) and the Eban card, had been expanded to cover majority of the poor and vulnerable population in the country.

Education.

39. The John Mahama government continued to support the provision of free textbooks and uniforms to pupils in public schools, and it has restructured and enlarged the school feeding program.

40. The provision of 10,000 free sandals to eligible pupils. This was his initiatives to follow through on raising the quality and inclusiveness of education for everyone in Ghana.

41. The school shift system, through which pupils run shifts due to lack of adequate classrooms, has now been eliminated in many of our communities. In Wa, Sunyani, Tarkwa, Dansoman, Krachi Nchumuru in the Oti Region and many other areas, school children can no longer skip school to play truant in the name of the school shift system.

42. In the area of Accelerated ICT Education, his administration improve upon ICT at the basic level, 81,000 basic school teachers were trained to enable them acquire the requisite skills in the use of ICT in teaching and learning.

A total of 54,500 laptops were procured and distributed to basic school teachers and 60,000 laptop computers were distributed to public schools across the country.

43. A bills passed in his administration which includes Technical University Act, Act, 2016 (Act 992). This made some of the polytechnics changed to Technical Universities.

University of Environment and Sustainable Development (UESD),

The Chartered Institute of Taxation Act, 2016,

The National Commission for Tertiary Education Bill,

National Accreditation and Qualification Authority Bills, 2015,

Ghana Book Development Council Bill and The Chartered Institute of Bankers Bill, 2015.

44. To facilitate the management of education delivery the Mahama led administration procured and distributed 500 vehicles to the educational institutions-senior high schools, universities, colleges of education and polytechnics.

45. In terms of School Infrastructure – A total of 1,856 out of 2,578 basic school projects have been completed under the Schools Under Trees programme. The remaining was due for completion. A number of teachers bungalows, education offices, sanitation blocks and 203 out of 232 classroom blocks includes the SHS E block have been completed.

Under the Early Childhood Care and Development (ECCD), the Mahama led administration rehabilitated 345 KG classrooms, constructed 1,347 KG blocks and provision of 1,875 KG tables and chairs.

Agriculture

Job creation must also be supported by the expansion of opportunities in the agricultural sector. There is the need to secure sufficient supplies of food at affordable prices. Following our strong commitment to the modernisation of agriculture;

46. The government of Mahama increased the number of rice maize, yam harvesters. Additional emphasis has been put on grain storage facilities and the creation of bore holes for agricultural purposes.

47. Agricultural mechanisation service centres was established.

48. His achievements includes reviving cotton farming in the Northern Ghana.

49. Between 2009 and 2011, the government also rehabilitated several irrigation dams in the Greater Accra, Volta, Ashanti and Brong Ahafo Regions.

50. Ghana produced more than 1m tonnes of cocoa in 2011, a significant increase over the output in 2008, which stood at about 680,000 tonnes.

Sports

In line with Government’s determination to develop sports infrastructure,

51. The 15,000 seater capacity Cape Coast Stadium.

52. Progressive prominence of Ghanaian sportswomen and men at the African Youth Games in Gaborone, Botswana in 2014, the Youth Olympics in Nanjing, China in 2014, the Commonwealth Youth Games in Apia, Samoa in 2015, and the All-Africa Games in Brazzaville, Congo in 2015.

Housing

Housing: Mahama government continues to invest heavily in the area of housing in a bid to bridge the housing deficit. An aggressive affordable housing programme has been rolled out to provide more Ghanaian families in the lower to middle income bracket with decent homes. The programmes being undertaken in this regard are –

53. The Affordable Housing Project at Saglemi in the Ningo-Prampram District of the Greater Accra Region.

54. “Nyame dua” Estates Under a PPP arrangement, Messrs Sethi Realty Limited has been allocated 95 acres of land at Kpone for the construction of 5,000 affordable housing units, branded “Nyame Dua” Estates.

55. Security Services Housing Scheme Phases 1 and 2 Government’s commitment to provide decent housing for the security services has been given meaning through the completion of 168 housing units with related infrastructure in Tema.

56. Keta Sea Defence Resettlement Housing Scheme.

57. Adenta Regeneration Project (SHC Gardens) The Adenta Regeneration Project Works on the Regeneration projects at Lartebiokorshie, Kaneshie, Kanda and North Effiakuma.

58. New Labadi Villas Housing Project

The Ghana Armed Forces housing project

59. Police Housing Project Government, through a Public Private Partnership, at Cantonments in Accra.

60. Affordable Housing units started in 2006 at six sites in five regions namely, Greater Accra, Ashanti, Northern, Upper West and Eastern.

Source: GhanaFeed.com

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I Laugh When NDC’s Running Mate Says Her Voter’s ID Was Duplicated, Is She More Important Than Rawlings? Koku Anyidoho Fires Again

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Former Deputy General Secretary of the opposition National Democratic Congress, Koku Anyidoho has fired another ‘missile’ at his party, this time directed at the Party’s running mate, Prof. Jane Naana Opoku Agyemang.

Koku Anyidoho, who has for some time now been virtually ostracized from the NDC, has consistently fired direct and indirect jabs at some of the Party’s leaders who he claims are trying to take over the party.

His latest jab, in the form of a Tweet read, “I laugh when I hear that the Running Mate of the Umbrella says her Voter ID was duplicated: Is she more important than the FOUNDER of the NDC?”.

His post comes a day after the NDC flagbearer, John Mahama addressed a press conference, in which he revealed that the Party’s running mate is among the thousands of people whose names have allegedly been taken out of the voter’s register, or have had their voter’s ID numbers duplicated.

It is unclear why Mr. Anyidoho roped in the name of the NDC founder to make his comparison.

Source: GhanaFeed.Com

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‘There Is A Grand Scheme To Rig The Elections’ – Suhuyini Alleges

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Member of Parliament for Tamale North Constituency, Alhassan Sayibu Suhuyini has accused the Electoral Commission of deliberately scheming to rig the December 2020 polls in favour of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP).

According to him, the consistent flaws that have been associated with the work of the EC from the voters’ registration to exhibition exercise, is a clear indication that they are conspiring to rig the elections.

According to him, the short code that has been instituted by the EC to aid electorates verify their names is inaccurate, citing instances where people who had their names confirmed via the short code could not find their names when they went to verify in person.

“Do not rely on that short code because I know people who have checked with the short code and got feedback that their names were on the register but when they went to the polling station their names were not on the register.

“They got feedback using the short code that confirmed that they were on the register but they got to the polling stations itself and their names were not on the register. So let nobody rely on those short codes. Please make the time even if you do not have it to go and check to be sure that your name is on the register,” he said.

He added “All of these feed into the wieldy held perception that there is a grand scheme to rig the elections . On is major be an accident, two is a coincidence but you cannot tell me that three is not deliberate . When you begin to have so many reflags that are not dismissible , you cant easily dismiss them you don’t just continue to describe them as red flags .

“If you have a pattern of unexplainable happening especially around an election it will be fair for you to assume and conclude that there must be a deliberate attempt to either frustrate , to suppress of to rig.”

Source: GhanaFeed.com

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EC Has Given You Chances, Be Patient – CDD Tells Political Parties

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Head of Research at the Ghana Centre for Democratic Development (CDD-Ghana), Mr Mawuse Domevu has urged political parties to exercise patience as the Electoral Commission deals with anomalies cited in the voter exhibition roll.

Speaking on TV3’s The New Day, he noted that the commission has given assurances that they’ll fix the anomalies therefore it beholds on the parties to have patience.

“I think there are various opportunities that have been provided through the process that are set in motion by the EC. So I think I will urge the political parties that have issues to be patient. We will also urge the EC to also engage the political parties and try and bring all the parties involved.”

He added “The issue are a bit worrying. The missing names from a register is something that happens from time to time but given the magnitude of the cases that have been poured out of this particular exercise , it is a bit worrying.

“The EC has gone a step further by engaging the various stakeholders at the IPAC. They have given the assurance the issues in there will be fixed.

But we think that once they are given that assurance and they are working on getting these things fixed, it will be incumbent on them to from time to time give an update on what has actually transpired or the extent to which they have been able to get these issues resolved.”

Source: GhanaFeed.com

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