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Rawlings Responds To Claims That He Never Had A Strategy On How To Develop Ghana

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Former president Jerry John Rawlings has responded to claims by Prof Kwamena Ahwoi that he never had a plan, strategy on how to materially develop Ghana.

Professor Kwamena Ahwoi in his book, ‘Working With Rawlings’ siad the former president did not appear deep ‘philosophically and ideologically,’ adding that he rather preferred to play with his toy planes during cabinet meetings.

“In my encounters with him at PNDC meetings and at cabinet meetings, I could tell that he did not understand many of the technical issues that used to be debated. Often times, he would feign disinterest and be looking through the window or playing with his toy planes,” Mr Ahwoi said.

In response, Jerry Rawlings has rubbished the claims stating he’s always had a vision but wanted subordinates to share in it.

According to him, he never wanted to impose his visions on people but rather preferred patriots who’ll buy into the vision and own it.

Rawlings said as a pilot who had been to several rural areas across the country, he had formed perceptions that guided his thinking and gave him a sense of direction and vision for Ghana considering the wide difference between the Rural and Urban centers in terms of developmental projects and the standard of living was.

He pointed out a number of projects that was implemented under his administration to help develop the country.

Read full statement below:

RAWLINGS: HIS VISION AND LEGACY

President Rawlings has always stated publicly and unapologetically that throughout his tenure, he served his nation with a team comprised of various experts with different political affiliations each of whom patriotically contributed their talent and intellect to the cause.

As a young Air Force officer (in his twenties) who used to fly across the country, former President Rawlings came face-to-face with some stark realities across the country. He and his pilot colleagues, would sometimes go to local markets in places like Yendi to purchase some local produce. He noticed old men selling beans, sorghum etc. and placed close to their legs were containers with a brown looking fluid. He was shocked to the core when on enquiry, he would be informed that the dirty looking fluid was their drinking water. He felt pained knowing that folks in the urban areas were so privileged that they were able to flush their toilets with clean water from the taps while those in the rural areas drank Guinea-worm infested water. Accept it or not, this was our reality as a nation. How could these experiences not have sparked a vision or a philosophical outlook in this young pilot’s head?

Even more disturbing was the fact that large patches of Ghana were without lights when he flew at night. His perspective began to take a more serious tone as he recognized the reality on the ground and the fact that without electricity and water, the populace would be living an unhappy and distressing sub-standard existence, while urban dwellers remained out of touch with the reality on the other side of the country. Years later, President Rawlings’ priority naturally, was the provision of potable water for the wider populace and the distribution of electricity to the entire country. A vision he can proudly state he largely saw to fruition.

The next step in his vision for development was the construction and equipping of regional hospitals across the entire country. Indeed, in the early days (1980s) there was a time when Dr. Joe Abbey informed Flt. Lt. Rawlings that drugs for Government-run hospitals could not last for a week. A most shocking situation! At the time, historical records will clearly show that support from Eastern bloc countries who could be considered natural allies was not forthcoming owing to their own internal challenges. With the urgent need to complement much-needed social development projects, the PNDC Government had no option but to go West to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank, where we as a Government and a nation made history by defining our financial needs, terms and method of implementation to those institutions; leading to a complete overhaul in the way the IMF and World Bank approached project funding and implementation globally.

President Rawlings has always seen his vision and legacy as a collective one that he hopes each of the dedicated patriots also recognizes as their own legacies as well. It is said, that it is an effective leader that consults with and participates in the backbreaking work of development, but most importantly trusts in the craft, talent and skills of his team to deliver on his and their collective vision. President Rawlings no doubt had a grand vision for Ghana, and in tribute to the dedicated patriots who worked with him to realise this vision, as far as practicable, a few of these achievements are set-out hereunder:

• Institution of a local government structure, a clear empowering process that has successively been embraced by all Ghanaians irrespective of political affiliation; And credit must go to patriots such Dr. Ayirebi Acquah and Madam Joyce Aryee and several others who played a significant role in implementing the policy.

• The Rural Electrification Project that ensured that most parts of Ghana were provided with electricity, recognizing the benefits that provision will add to socio-economic development;

• Prior to the era of Rawlings, travelling from Southern Ghana to Northern Ghana took days. After major roads were constructed to link most parts of the Northern Regions to the South half of Ghana, we became one unified country not just in name but also accessibility.

• Championing of women’s development and affirmative action. The results are there for all to see. Nana Konadu Agyeman-Rawlings and the 31st December Women’s movement, were instrumental in agricultural the country’s agricultural development, trade and the development of many of Ghana’s health facilities.

• With food security a priority for Rawlings, agricultural policies were initiated that resulted in the recognition of Ghana’s food production growth of 148 percent for the period 1995-1997 as “the third highest achievement in the record after Jordan (157%) and China (156%)” in the World Bank’s 1999-2000 Development Report.

• The introduction of sustainable economic policies that led to:

  • Increased productivity in export produce like cocoa and gold;
  • The establishment of the National Development Planning
    Commission;
  • The revival of the Ghana Export Promotion Council, all institutions which have survived to date.

• There were massive developments in the health sector including:

  • The establishment of the Cardiothoracic Centre at the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital
  • The establishment of the Korle Bu Radiotherapy Centre
  • The wooing of eminent personalities such as Professor Frimpong Boateng to return to Ghana to serve their country.
  • The Reconstructive Plastic Surgery and Burns Centre was also constructed under President Rawlings’ watch.

Source: GhanaFeed.com

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Mahama’s Statement On Mortuaries For Zongos Has Been Distorted, Ignore False Claims – NDC Campaign Team

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The Campaign Team of the Opposition National Democratic Congress for the 2020 Elections has clarified it’s position on claims making round that the Party intends to construct Mortuaries in Zongo Communities when given the nod in December.

In a statement, the campaign team of John Mahama described the publications as false, misleading and a deliberate attempt to whip-up anti-Muslim sentiments against the NDC and the JOHN MAHAMA 2020 Campaign.

Below is the full statement by the campaign team of Mr Mahama

2020 ELECTIONS: MAHAMA PROMISES MORE MORTUARIES FOR ZONGO COMMUNITIES

The attention of the JOHN MAHAMA 2020 Campaign has been drawn to a false, misleading and inaccurate claims in publications carried by sections of the online media titiled “2020 elections: Mahama promises more mortuaries for Zongo communities”.

For the records, the presidential candidate of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Mr John Dramani Mahama, during a live interview with TV XYZ and Woezor TV, took the opportunity to highlight his party’s proposed interventions in the People’s Manifesto for Zongos and Deprived Urban Settlements.

Reading from page 82 of the NDC’s 2020 manifesto, Mr Mahama mentioned a number of interventions aimed at addressing “the historical inequalities between Zongo, Deprived Urban Settlements and other communities, including the negative effects of the Alien Compliance Order implemented by the Danquah-Busia tradition on Zongos”.

Acknowledging the concerns of Muslims about how traditional mortuaries handle their beloved ones when they pass on, Mr Mahama quoted the specific section of the People’s Manifesto which addresses the issue and aims at lessening the burden of bereaved Muslims by treating their deceased loved ones in line with accepted practices of the Islamic faith.

“So a lot of the Muslim communities have not been happy. And so we say ‘we will facilitate the establishment of mortuaries in accordance with Islamic custom and practices and collaborate with the Ministry of Health to set up focal teams responsible for procedures that are compliant with Islamic custom and practice at all public mortuaries’ ”, he quoted.

For the avoidance of doubt, the said publication is mischievous, deliberately distorted and calculated to whip-up anti-Muslim sentiments against the NDC and the JOHN MAHAMA 2020 Campaign.

Muslims,in particular, and the general public are therefore entreated to disregard that offensive publication by treating it with the contempt it deserves.

Source: GhanaFeed.Com

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NPP Must Suffer For Ignoring Ashanti Region – Muntaka

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Member of Parliament for Asawase constituency in the Ashanti region, Muntaka Mubarak, has called on electorates in the region to boot out the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) from power after it has consistently taken the region for granted because it has been its reliable stronghold.

According to Muntaka, the Ashanti region has not experienced any major development from the NPP although it has always been the party’s stronghold.

To him, the region is only becoming a village under the NPP because of poor road networks and infrastructure.

“Ashanti region has shown commitment to NPP but NPP has not shown gratitude. NPP has not shown that what the region has done they appreciate so they must take their vote away to teach them that if you’re NPP government and you disregard Ashanti region this is what is going to happen to you. I think when they do that any NPP government in future will take Ashanti region seriously,” the legislator stated.

Source: GhanaFeed.com

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You Dare Not Run Independent Or We’ll Sack You Forever – Wontumi Warns NPP MP

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The Ashanti Regional Chairman of the New Patriotic Party, Mr. Bernard Antwi-Boasiako, also known as Chairman Wontumi has sent a strong caution to Member of Parliament for Fomena, Hon. Amoako Asiamah over his decision to run independent in this year’s polls.

Speaking on the Wontumi Morning Show, Chairman Wontumi warned the MP to reconsider his stance on going independent or risk being booted out of the NPP forever.

“NPP has given you all you made in life. We made you see Parliament. You have turned against the party. The party would vomit you,” he fumed.

Source: GhanaFeed.com

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