PATRIOTIC PROFESSIONALS GHANA-PPG CALLS FOR PEACEFUL AND CREDIBLE ELECTIONS
Patriotic Professional Ghana-PPG is calling on all stake holders in Ghana’s elections including the international community to take steps to ensure a peaceful and credible elections.
Elections all over the world are exciting events that ensure citizens participation in the governance of their country. However in our part of the world election periods are scary moments, with everybody sitting on tenterhooks until the final whistle is blown, mainly because of egocentrism , greed and fear of unfair election management.
Ghana has successfully gone through this event six times from 1992, thereby winning the accolade ‘beacon of hope in Africa’,PPG is therefore unable to understand why the 2016 version of this recurrent event is characterized by violence, ethnocentrism and official unprofessionalism.
A few days ago,the residence of the flag bearer of the opposition NPP, Nana Akufo Addo was attacked by supporters of the governing party and no one has answered for it yet. A few months ago, a gentleman lost his life in the Asawase constituency in an election related violence, the perpetrator is yet to be subdued. Scores of violence have been reported in many parts of the country including Sunyani, Odododiodio, and Eastern Region.
In all these what is very loud and deafening is the silence of the police service and the security agencies. It is our opinion that such officious silence is undesirable. The security forces must be seen working faithfully, deligently and professionally without fear or favour.
The electoral commission of Ghana which is seen as the most experienced in Africa south of the Sahara has also come under intense criticism. In many circumstances it has been seen singing the same song with the ruling party. This is not a healthy development since such acts compromise the credibility and integrity of the the process. We believe that only a credible election would be accepted by the citizens of Ghana.
The media is expected to play a neutral role and give accurate report, however some of them have side stepped their professional duty and have engaged in sensationalism and biased reportage. A lot of circumspection is needed by the media to ensure that Ghana comes out of the elections peacefully.
Ethnicity,which is the quickest button to triggering conflicts has also gained deep grounds in the 2016 electoral process with the first gentleman of the land playing a key role in this regard. This is very unfortunate and must not be condoned at all.
These challenges if not expeditiously dealt with may have a dire consequence on the country.
We therefore call on all professionals who have a role to play, especially the electoral commission, the security agencies and politicians to exhibit highest professionalism to ensure a peaceful and credible elections.
PPG also calls on the international community to make conscious efforts to force all stake holders to succumb to best practices in the elections.
In this regard we do not
only support moves by the UK and USA to freeze vivas of politicians until the election has ended, we also call on them and all other countries to stop issuing new vivas to politicians, and all major stake holders until the election has ended peacefully. This would ensure that each and everyone of them works as an ambassador for peace in the elections.
As a professional body, our doors are open to the electoral commission, the security agencies, the political parties, the international community and all other stake holders in this election, for offering both technical and legal advice.
We wish Ghana a peaceful and credible election that would be accepted by all.
Long live Ghana, long live PPG.
Ibrahim Yussif Bangsua
(Public Affairs Director)
FOREIGN ADVERTS BEEN AIRED IN “MAHAMA BRANDED” BUSSES – Eye Witness Account
I joined one of the Mahama brandes buses from Kasoa to Kaneshie this morning and you won’t believe what I saw.
The bus had tv inside and instead of them to allow Ghanaian companies to place their advert which will one way generate revenue for the nation, they were rather airing an advert of the company who manufactured the buses in China.
We (Ghanaians) are hereby demanding answers from government on whether the adverts are paid for or not, if yes, what’s the cost but if no Ghanaians deserve to know why.
This is truly gross incompetent and mismanagement on the part of government we have ever had in Ghana.
Remember during John Agyakum kufour’s era, churches placed their adverts on the buses not for free, but to generate revenue for the nation. John Mahama and his people are truly sending the progress of our mother country backwards.
Because if you have a way of making money from your country for Development and you go back for loans for Development, I simply can’t think far.
NANA IS THE MAN FOR YOU – REBECCA AKUFO-ADDO
At La Dadekutopon, she met some youth groups, who pledged to vote for Nana Addo and the Parliamentary candidate, Vincent Odotei Sowah. Mrs Akufo- Addo assured the youth, many of whom are unemployed, that job creation is top on the NPP agenda for growth and policies like the one district one factory, one million dollars for each constituency and sound economic management would ensure jobs for the youth.
Mrs. Akufo-Addo also said a Nana Addo- led NPP government would make the free maternal healthcare, the school feeding programme and the NHIS work, to make life better for all Ghanaians. She promised to use her position as first lady, to empower the youth thorough skills development and other training, if Nana Addo becomes President of Ghana.
Mrs. Akufo –Addo later donated what she called her “widow’s mite” to fisher folks at Chorkor, who lost property as a result of damage caused by tidal waves and told them a Nana Addo- led government would support women in the fish smoking industry, with more environmentally friendly equipment and ensure they benefit from MASLOC loans. She also assured them that premix will be in constant supply, while coastal sanitation will seriously be tackled during Nana’s presidency.STORY BY OSIKANI.
NANA ADDO IS A MAN YOU CAN TRUST-REBECCA AKUFO-ADDO
Mrs Rebecca Naa Okaikor Akufo-Addo, has said the current difficulties faced by Ghanaians require competent men and women of the NPP, led by Nana Addo to fix them, as she campaigned in the Ablekuma Central and Ayawaso North constituencies in the Greater Accra Region with a message of change and hope.
Accompanied by the Parliamentary candidate of Ablekuma Central Constituency, Ebenezer Nii Narh Nartey, Mrs Akufo-Addo, called on the Chief of Samara line Chief Issu Something where she told them to disregard the propaganda that an NPP government would deport them from Ghana, adding “ my husband has always fought for individual rights and freedoms and would never infringe on the human rights of anyone. Again be assured that Nana Addo who is committed to improving the lives of all Ghanaians, regardless of tribe, religion, gender or class, would be a father for all”
At the Sukura and Zongo markets in Ablekuma central, Mrs Akufo-Addo, had lively discussions with the market women, on the tough economic and business environment and asked them to vote for Nana Addo and the NPP to fix the economy and make the business environment better for their businesses to thrive. “You know that as women we are the major beneficiaries of an improved NHIS, free maternal healthcare and free quality SHS, so on December 7, vote for these social interventions for you and your children; vote for Nana Akufo-Addo and the NPP”
Mrs Akufo-Addo also met drivers at the Kaneshie-Dansoman and Takoradi stations, and asked them to vote for Nana Addo and the NPP, who would ensure measures that woul drive down the cost of doing business for them.
At the Ayawaso North Constituency, Mrs Akufo-Addo who was accompanied by the NPP parliamentary candidate—Aminu M.Z called on the Moslem Council in Nima. She appealed to the community to vote for Nana Addo on his third try, adding that the promise of a Zongo development fund would be fulfilled. “My husband is a man of peace someone you can trust. Don’t believe those who say the Zongo Development fund is mere campaign talk. He means it, so give him the opportunity to prove to you, he is a man of his words”.
Mrs.Akufo-Addo, later visited the Mamobi market, where she commissioned a structure constructed for the market women by her and the parliamentary candidate Aminu M.Z and appealed to the market women to vote for Nana Addo and the NPP, to develop Ghana.
REBECCA AKUFO-ADDO CAMPAIGNS FOR HER HUSBAND
Mrs.Akufo-Addo has told electorates in the Weija Gbawe constituency to vote for her, husband Nana Akufo –Addo, to ensure prudent management of the resources of this country, and to improve the quality of life for all Ghanaians.
Mrs.Akufo- Addo who was accompanied by Tina Mensah, NPP Parliamentary candidate for Weija Gbawe and some executives of the party, paid a courtesy call on the Mantse of Mallam, where she had fruitful discussions, assuring the Mantse and people that Nana Addo means well for Ghana and would be mindful of protecting the interest of Ghanaians.
She visited other areas like the Mallam Mosque, Borla Road and SCC, where she assured them that Nana Addo is a fair man who would ensure equitable creation of jobs and distribution of social amenities for everyone.
She also told them that Nana Addo would fulfil all his promises, adding “give him the chance to serve you and if you are not satisfied after four years, you have the power to tell him your mind through your vote.”
OWUSU BEMPAH IS A FALSE PROPHET
Rev.Anthony Kobina Anderson (father 1),founder and leader of Trinity Ministry International says pastor and leader of Glorious Word Ministry International,Rev. Owusu Bempah prophecies are not from God.
He said God who is peaceful and merciful as we all know will not always give doom prophecy to his servant about the nation that can cause mayhem among the inhabitants by declaring a winner in the upcoming general elections as a supposed message from God.
Speaking to pink news at his office in Santa Maria at Accra,Rev. Anthony said the need has come for pastors to preach peaceful message to the congregation adand advice politicians to accept election results in good faith. Story by Kwabena Darkwah
PROPER DATABASE WILL HELP REBRAND THE TRANAPORT SYSTEM.
President and Chief Executive Officer of Vehicle Inspection and Technical Organization (VITO) Mr.Samuel Oppong,has urged the Ministry of Transport to develop a database to rebrand the transport system here in the country.
Speaking exclusively with our reporter,Mr Samuel Oppong said it is time overdue for government to appoint persons with the technical no how to occupy the the position as transport ministers by so doing the one in charge will have proper policy to monitor the system been put in place.
He concluded by saying government must work hand in hand with insurance companies which will help prevent 40-50% of road accident. Story by Kwabena Darkwah.