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FACT CHECK: Did Prez Akufo-Addo Lie His Way To Gain Votes In The 2020 Elections?

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NPP Will Win 2024 Elections No Matter Who Is Presented To Lead The Party – Nana Akufo-Addo 

President Nana Akufo Addo has said on a Cape Coast-based radio station, Eagle FM, that he never promised to build a harbour in the Central Regional capital while campaigning in the run-up to the 2020 elections.

The facts, however, show the President’s claims are untrue.

President Akufo-Addo was speaking with Babara Obeng Dwamena Mensah on the ‘Kokroko’ Morning Show on Monday morning at the start of a two-day tour of the region.

When asked about the status of a promise to build an airport and a harbour in Cape Coast, the President said, “The commitment was never to (build) a harbour. It was to a landing site. It is very, very important. And you look into page 88 of the NPP manifesto for the 2020 election. It’s very clear”.

He then went on to list landing site projects that government had initiated in the Central region, going further to say that it was similar landing sites that the party promised to build in Cape Coast and not a harbour.

“As far as the harbour (is concerned), we have to be clear in our mind, we never committed ourselves… I never said I was going to build a harbour in Cape Coast. I said I was going to build a landing site, and that would start next year,” he said.

The facts do not support the statements made by the President. Page 160 of the 2020 manifesto of the New Patriotic Party indicates that the party- if it were to win the 2020 elections- was going to build a harbour in Cape Coast.

With regard to promises made in relation to Roads, Railways, Ports and Harbours, the NPP stated in the the document that: “Over the next four years, we will commence construction of…a new harbour in Cape Coast and a new airport in Cape Coast”.

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The manifesto was launched on Saturday, August 22, 2020, at the University of Cape Coast, where the President made his comments.

The manifesto contains further promises in respect of railway lines.

“We would ensure the completion of the construction of the Western Line and Tema to Mpakadan rail lines. Commence construction of the Eastern Rail Line, the Aduadin to Obuasi Lines, the Ghana – Burkina Line, a new line between Sekondi and Shama Free Zone area,” it states.

The issue of a harbour and an airport in the Central Region has been topical in years past, especially because of the region’s tourism potential.

Commenting on the promise, the Vice President, Dr Mahmoudu Bawumia, who presented highlights of the 2020 manifesto of the NPP, said, “People of Cape Coast, I have good news for you. We are building a new harbour in Cape Coast and a new airport in Cape Coast.

“It is very critical that we do that. An airport makes a lot of sense in Cape Coast. It’s a real tourist hub, and between Greater Accra, Kumasi and Cape Coast, you have a triangle that really is a hub for a lot of economic activity…and it’s a major growth pole”.

 

 

 

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Court Issues Bench Warrant For The Arrest Of Francis Sosu

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Court Issues Bench Warrant For The Arrest Of Francis Sosu

A bench warrant has been issued by the Kaneshie District Court for the arrest of Member of Parliament (MP) for Madina, Francis-Xavier Sosu.

The warrant was issued on Monday, November 29, 2021.

The warrant comes after his inability to show up in court on Monday, November 29, when the case against him was called.

The court presided over by His Worship Oheneba Kuffour granted a request to issue a bench warrant for his arrest after the prosecution, led by Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Sylvester Asare said Sosu did not want to appear before the court.

The Madina legislator on Tuesday, November 16, 2021 failed to show up in court as he is still out of the jurisdiction on parliamentary duties.

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Meanwhile, Sosu has been spotted in Parliament, after failing to appear in court on two occasions.

His appearance in parliament comes a day after he failed to honour a summons brought against him by the Ghana Police Service.

Sosu was in parliament for the hearing of the 2022 economic policy and budget statement to be presented by Minister of Finance, Ken Ofori Atta.

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NDC’s MPs Vote Against 2022 Budget As Parliament Reject It

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NDC's MPs Vote Against 2022 Budget As Parliament Reject It

News gathered by GhArticles.com indicates that the 2022 year budget dubbed “Agyenkwa Budget” has been rejected by the House of Parliament.

The budget which was debated on today and voted for had 137 against it and 0 votes for it’s approval.

This means that the new policies introduced by government for 2022 can not be implemented.

In a report filed by Mynewsghana.com, the Minority had requested the Finance Minister to scrape the E-Levy and make provisions for the Ketu sea defense project.

Though members of the majority were absence from the chamber for almost four hours, they came back after a call from the minority to Ghanaians to call on their MPs to part take in the debate and voting.

However, after debating the budget, the Minister of Finance appeared before the house and prayed on the Speaker to put on hold the approval of the budget for further consultation with leaders of both side but was met with rejection as those who said No were approved by the Speaker.

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After the approval on the NOs the deputy majority leader rose up and called out the speaker for not pronouncing the right judgement.

He prayed on the Speaker to rely on ‘Division’ in order 114. Subsequent to the implementation of order 114, the majority walked out of the chamber, after the Speaker ordered ministers who are not MPs to leave the House as stated in order 114.

This led to their side recording zero (0) when the Speaker returned to assume proceedings after recusing the House for 5 minutes. It must be noted that this is the first time a budget is being rejected in the fourth Republic.

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Keep Quiet, Gov’t Is Responding To Pressure To Build More Infrastructure – Information Minister Tells Ghanaians

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Keep Quiet, Gov't Is Responding To Pressure To Build More Infrastructure - Information Minister Tells Ghanaians

Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, Information Minister has descended on Ghanaians who are criticizing the government over the new taxes introduced in the 2022 budget to aid in building more infrastructure in the country.

According to him, Ghanaians are always on the streets of the country protesting against lack of roads, lack of infrastructure and other issues.

Addressing the Parliament in their recent meeting, the Information Minister said the government is responding to the pressure from Ghanaians to build more infrastructure in the country in the coming years.

He further noted that MPs tell people in their constituency they are going to Parliament to fight for infrastructure for their area and so believes the new taxes will help government to achieve this dream.

“Everyday we demonstrations in all our constituencies asking for more roads, everyday we see more calls on government to spend money on more infrastructure. Mr Speaker the government has responded by making available in the 2022 budget GHS16billion for infrastructure,” Kojo Nkrumah said.

He said this is another good reason for all Ghanaians to support the government’s agenda.

 

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Earlier on GhArticles.com reported that, the government, as part of strategies to widen the country’s tax net, has announced an Electronic Transaction Levy.

It will be a 1.75 percent charge on all electronic transactions.

This fee, according to the Finance Minister, Ken Ofori-Atta, is to enhance financial inclusion and protect the vulnerable.

Transactions covering mobile money payments, banks transfers, merchant payments, and inward remittances will have the levy imposed on them and will be borne by the sender.

However, the levy will be waived for transactions that amount to GHS 100 or less in a day or approximately GHS 3,000 per month.

The government says portions of revenue collected from the levy will be used to support entrepreneurship, youth employment, cybersecurity, digital, and road infrastructure among others.

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