2024 Elections: Let’s guard against violence, hate speech – Peace Council


Sheik Armiyawo Shaibu, a member of the National Peace Council, has urged stakeholders to preach against all forms of violence and hate speech ahead of the December elections.

He said misinformation and hate speech could influence public opinion and election outcomes, therefore, key actors in the electoral process should guard against the phenomenon.

He made the call at the 2024 Africa’s Peace, Investment and Tourism Summit in Accra on Monday.

The conference, organised by the David Douglas Leadership Forum, brought together business executives, traditional leaders, students, traders, political party representatives and groups from different African countries and the diaspora.

It, among other things, sought to unite stakeholders to foster peace and explore investment and tourism opportunities on the continent.

Sheik Shaibu, also the spokesperson of the National Chief Imam, stressed the importance of tolerating divergent views and maintaining social cohesion in the election period and beyond.

Referring to
aspects of the Sustainable Development Goals, (SDGs), he urged various agencies to work ‘professionally and efficiently to ensure credible electoral outcomes to deepen the country’s democratic gains”.

He, like other speakers at the Summit, agreed that a peaceful atmosphere was required for Ghana and the African continent to attract the ”right investments” and boost existing economic fortunes.

”…We have a responsibility to create opportunities for people of diverse backgrounds to peacefully coexist. Diversity is a valuable virtue which we all need to thrive,” Sheik Shaibu stated.

In his address, Mr David Douglas Tengey, Convener of the Summit, said it was time to find lasting solutions to conflicts and a myriad of challenges affecting the development of the African continent.

He said the Summit was to inspire participants to be ”agents of positive change” across sectors and their communities as peace and development were ”interconnected”.

”The Summit is to place the spotlight on the pivotal role
s of the creative arts in bridging cultural difference and promoting social cohesion…it seeks to strengthen regional unity, collaboration, and knowledge transfer,” Mr Tengey noted.

Ms Selma Ashipala-Musavyi, High Commissioner of Namibia to Ghana, said the world had become ”immune to human suffering” however, efforts must be intensified to maintain lasting peace.

She highlighted measures her country was taking to promote tourism and stressed the need to promote intra-Africa tourism.

Discussions at the Summit focused on peace and security, investment, funding opportunities and foreign direct investment in Africa, public-private partnership, youth and social enterprise, among others.

Panellists, taking turns on the various subjects, encouraged citizens to play active roles in maintaining peace and promote national unity.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Politicians shouldn’t use youth as conduit to perpetrate violence – NDC PC


Mr Seid Mubarak, the National Democratic Congress’s (NDC) parliamentary candidate for the Sunyani East Constituency has urged the youth against being manipulated by politicians to perpetrate violence in the December 2024 polls.

The parliamentary candidate said he was dedicated to safeguarding the youth from being used to incite violence before, during, and after the Election 2024.

Mr Mubarak made the statement in an interview with the Ghana News Agency in Sunyani on peace towards the upcoming general elections.

Touching on his prospects in the elections, Mr Mubarak said he was optimistic about a resounding victory, emphasising his commitment to unite the youth in the constituency to collaborate on strategies for achieving development that had long been elusive in the community.

He said Sunyani was lagging in terms of development, saying, the township had reached a point where it needed modern sporting infrastructure to promote sporting activities effectively.

He highlighted another crucial infrastructure
gap being a modernised market, to help stimulate economic growth and development in the area by creating opportunities for increased economic activities.

He said he would remain loyal to promoting development in the constituency and restore Sunyani’s reputation as the cleanest city in Ghana which could be achievable if he was voted into power.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Chiefs have critical roles to play in local governance – Governance Expert


Mr Yaw Adu-Gyamfi, a Governance Expert, says traditional authorities must bring to bear their leadership expertise to advance the structures of local governance in the country.

Speaking to the Ghana News Agency (GNA) in an interview, he described chiefs as regal ombudsmen and women, who could contribute to the decision-making process towards the development of the various districts.

He said it was imperative for local government authorities to ensure that they involved traditional rulers more in their development planning processes for accelerated growth.

Mr Adu-Gyamfi, for instance, said: ‘When it comes to issues of conflict, traditional leaders often have experience in conflict resolution and mediation, so their presence in the assemblies can help in resolving disputes and promoting harmony within the community’.

‘When we talk about community engagement, chiefs are often respected and influential figures within their communities, so their involvement in the Assemblies can help in engaging the community
and encourage participation in local governance.’

Chiefs could also contribute to the preservation and promotion of traditional knowledge, customs, and practices within the assembly, ensuring that these important aspects of Ghanaian culture were upheld.

‘They can also play a role in identifying and prioritizing local development initiatives, drawing on their knowledge of the community’s needs and aspirations,’ he added.

Mr Adu-Gyamfi underscored the importance of involving traditional authorities in their respective assemblies to help bridge the gap between traditional and modern local governance to guarantee inclusive and culturally sensitive decision-making processes.

Source: Ghana News Agency

John Mahama wins African Advancement Award for Exemplary Leadership


Former President John Dramani Mahama has won the African Advancement Award for Exemplary Leadership at the Africa Heritage Awards 2024 held in Lagos, Nigeria.

Organised by the Heritage Times of Nigeria, the African Heritage Awards is a platform that unites influential African innovators, entrepreneurs, and organisations, all of whom are instrumental in propelling the continent towards greatness.

The 2024 ceremony was chaired by former Botswana President Dr Seretse Khama Ian Khama and was the second edition of the awards. The first edition took place in Kigali, Rwanda in 2023.

A release copied to the Ghana News Agency on Monday quoted former President Mahama as saying: ‘I want to thank the team that supported me tirelessly during my presidency. This award inspires me to strive to be an even better leader.’

‘Thank you to the Heritage Times for this recognition. It will have a pride of place in my Office, when I am re-elected as President.’

‘Thank you all for your continued support. Together, we can achieve
great things for Ghana.’

In a citation accompanying his award, Mr Mahama, leading the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) to Ghana’s 2024 elections, was recognised for implementing strategic initiatives and infrastructure projects across various critical sectors to address economic challenges and improve livelihoods.

These include efforts to alleviate power shortages and boost job creation through agricultural expansion.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Minority not responsible for delay in operationalising Komenda Sugar Factory – Dr Ato Forson


The Minority Caucus in Parliament has refuted claims by the Minister for Works and Housing, Mr Kojo Oppong-Nkrumah, that the Minority was responsible for the delay in operationalising the Komenda Sugar Factory in the Central Region.

This was contained in a statement signed by Dr Cassiel Ato Forson, the Minority Leader in Parliament, and copied to Ghana News Agency in Takoradi.

According to the statement, Mr Oppong-Nkrumah was reported to have blamed the Minority in Parliament for the failure of the government to operationalise the Komenda Sugar Factory.

‘In his attempt to justify his government’s I competences, the Minister claims the Minority’s opposition to certain tax waivers before Parliament is to be blamed for abandoning the Komenda Sugar Factory by the Akufo-Addo/Bawumia NPP government,’ the statement said.

The statement described the claim as false, saying there was currently no such request for tax waiver before Parliament in respect of the Komenda Sugar Factory.

It said: ‘For the record, the ov
er GHS5.5 billion worth of unconscionable tax waivers to crony businesses of the Akufo-Addo/Bawumia NPP government currently pending before the Finance Committee of Parliament, do not include any such request as claimed by Kojo Oppong Nkrumah.’

The Minority could therefore not be blamed for stalling the Komenda Sugar Factory.

‘On the contrary, such blame must laid squarely at the doorstep of the Akufo-Addo/Bawumia NPP administration, which inherited a revamped Komenda Sugar Factory when power was handed over to them in 2017,’ the statement noted.

The statement, said the factory was revamped in 2016 by the erstwhile National Democratic Congress (NDC) government, with a $35 million Indian Export-Import (EXIM) Bank facility, with an additional $24 million equally secured to support sugar cane out-growers to feed the factory

The statement said the factory was expected to create over 7000 jobs and substantially reduce Ghana’s sugar importation.

It said President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo after a tour of the
facility in 2021, promised the chiefs and people of Komenda that his government was going to open the factory by March 2022.

It said: ‘Following a similar working visit to the factory in 2022, then Trade and Industry Minister, Alan Kyeremanteng also promised to ensure that the factory becomes operational but that again did not see the light of day.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Ejisu NPP Primary: Vetting committee clears all nine aspirants


All nine aspirants seeking to replace the late Dr John Ampontuah Kumah as the next Member of Parliament (MP) for Ejisu Constituency have been cleared to contest by a vetting committee put together by the New Patrotic Party (NPP).

The committee chaired by the Regional Chairman, Mr Bernard Antwi Boasiako, said it would soon come out with guidelines for the primary scheduled for Saturday, April 13 following the successful vetting of the aspirants.

The nine aspirants battling for the single slot are Mr Kwabena Boateng, Dr Evans Duah, Mr Klinsman Karikari Mensah, Ms Helena Mensah, Ms Jacqueline Abena Pokua Amoah-Boaitey, Ms Portia Baffoe Abronye, Mr Kwesi Nyantekyi, Mr Aaron Prince Duah, and Ms Yaa Akyawmaa Aboagye.

Mr Evans Nimako, Director of Elections of the NPP, told the media after the vetting that all the aspirants were cleared to provide ample opportunities for party members interested in the race.

He disclosed that the national executives would meet the candidates on Tuesday.

He implored them to candi
dates to conduct their campaigns devoid of character assassinations and intemperate languages.

Mr Nimako thew more light on steps taken so far towards the primary and said: ‘The Committee has recommended that all of them be allowed to participate in this contest.

‘Also, we’ve taken them through the ballot and so balloting has also been done. We’ve informed them that the national executives of the party will meet them on Tuesday,’ he threw more light

Source: Ghana News Agency

Ejisu NPP Primary: Vetting committee clears all nine aspirants


All nine aspirants seeking to replace the late Dr John Ampontuah Kumah as the next Member of Parliament (MP) for Ejisu Constituency have been cleared to contest by a vetting committee put together by the New Patrotic Party (NPP).

The committee chaired by the Regional Chairman, Mr Bernard Antwi Boasiako, said it would soon come out with guidelines for the primary scheduled for Saturday, April 13 following the successful vetting of the aspirants.

The nine aspirants battling for the single slot are Mr Kwabena Boateng, Dr Evans Duah, Mr Klinsman Karikari Mensah, Ms Helena Mensah, Ms Jacqueline Abena Pokua Amoah-Boaitey, Ms Portia Baffoe Abronye, Mr Kwesi Nyantekyi, Mr Aaron Prince Duah, and Ms Yaa Akyawmaa Aboagye.

Mr Evans Nimako, Director of Elections of the NPP, told the media after the vetting that all the aspirants were cleared to provide ample opportunities for party members interested in the race.

He disclosed that the national executives would meet the candidates on Tuesday.

He implored them to candi
dates to conduct their campaigns devoid of character assassinations and intemperate languages.

Mr Nimako thew more light on steps taken so far towards the primary and said: ‘The Committee has recommended that all of them be allowed to participate in this contest.

‘Also, we’ve taken them through the ballot and so balloting has also been done. We’ve informed them that the national executives of the party will meet them on Tuesday,’ he threw more light

Source: Ghana News Agency

Election 2024: God uses Muslim Vice President to fulfil Christian Seminary’s dreams – Rev. Ntim Fordjour


The Reverend John Ntim Fordjour, a Deputy Minister of Education, on Wednesday took a swipe at some political leaders who are using religious stereotyping for their political gains.

He said those religious stereotypes were dangerous and unhelpful to the maintenace of peace as God could anoint anyone, irrespective of his religion, to fulfil His will and purposes for the people.

Rev. Fordjour cited Vice President Alhaji Mahamudu Bawumia as a clear example of a Muslim Vice President, whom God used to fulfil the aspirations of the Trinity Theological Seminary of aquiring a hostel facility for pastor trainees.

The Deputy Minister expressed these sentiments when Vice President Bawumia cut the sod for the construction of a 200-capacity hostel for the Trinity Theological Seminary in Accra on Wednesday.

Vice President Bawumia, as a Guest of Honour during the Seminary’s 76th graduation ceremony in 2021, promised to facilitate the construction of a hostel for the institution.

Therefore, the sod-cutting ceremony was
in fulfilment of the promise he made to the school.

‘Under the benevolence of Alhaji Bawumia, a Muslim Vice President, God has brought joy to the heart of the Christian Community. God used a Muslim Vice President to bring this dream to pass,’ Rev. Fordjour said.

‘It is a demonstration of the fact that God is not a respecter of persons and can use anyone or any citizen to bring to pass His will for his people, and bring prosperity to the country.’

Rev. Fordjour referenced Isaiah: 45, where God used King Cyrus, who was the ruler of Persia, to help the Israelites to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem, which it was in ruins.

He also mentioned King Hiram of Tyre, whom God used to support King David to build a palace.

‘God can use anyone to bring prosperity to His people and His shall pass. This must shut the tendencies of religious stereotypes as some are trying to tread’.

Rev. Fordjour again cited a scenario at the University of Mines and Technology (UMaT) when he was a student, where a Muslim SRC President fac
ilitated the construction of a decent place of worship for the students.

The four-storey hostel facility for the Trinity Theological Seminary would be completed within 14 months, with funding from the Ghana Education Trust Fund (GETFund), in partnership with the Ghana Tertiary Education Commission (GTEC) and the Office of the Vice President.

Dr Bawumia said the hostel would provide a conducive accommodation for the students to study.

Under his administration, he would usher in a golden age of partnership between government and private religious organisations to improve infrastructure development in the country, he said.

Source: Ghana News Agency