<![CDATA[Ghana Election 2016 - Latest Election News]]>Thu, 14 Dec 2017 22:09:12 -0100Weebly<![CDATA[Nana Addo won with 984k not 1.5m – EC results]]>Thu, 12 Jan 2017 13:17:07 GMThttp://ghanaelection2016.ghanaweb-news.com/2/post/2017/01/nana-addo-won-with-984k-not-15m-ec-results.html Source: starrfmonline. com - The margin between President Nana Akufo-Addo and former president John Mahama in the 2016 elections now stands at 984,570 votes.

The difference stood at 1.5 million when the Electoral Commission declared the presidential results based on results from 271 out of 275 constituencies.
According to latest statistics obtained by the Daily Dispatch newspaper, the margin has reduced to 984,570 after the Electoral Management body obtained results from all 275 constituencies.

Per the results available, the total valid votes stand at 10, 713,734 while rejected ballots were 167,349, making the total votes cast 10,881,083.

Below is the final results of the 2016 Presidential elections:

Nana Akufo-Addo (NPP) – 5,755,758 representing 53.72%
John Dramani Mahama (NDC) – 4,771,188 representing 44.53%
Papa Kwesi Nduom (PPP) – 106,092 representing 0.99%
Ivor Kobina Greenstreet (CPP) – 25,552 representing 0.24%
Edward Mahama (PNC) – 22,298 representing 0.21%
Nana Konadu Rawlings (NDP) – 16,935 representing 0.16%
Jacob Osei Yeboah (IND) – 15, 911 representing 0.15%


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<![CDATA[Akufo-Addo must call party hooligans to order – Dr Aggrey Darko]]>Tue, 10 Jan 2017 13:37:52 GMThttp://ghanaelection2016.ghanaweb-news.com/2/post/2017/01/akufo-addo-must-call-party-hooligans-to-order-dr-aggrey-darko.html Source: asempanews. com - Political Science lecturer, Dr Evans Aggrey Darko has urged President Akufo-Addo and the leadership of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) to call rioting youth of the party to order before the attacks escalate.
He said the incessant attacks on government installations across the country amounted to hooliganism, which he added, must be halted immediately.

“These attacks don’t send the right signal to the citizenry. We voted for government to hold our properties and assets in our trust and not to lord over them. The notion that once your party is in office you are above the law should be dispelled.

“I think the president and the leadership of the NPP should engage their supporters and call them to order right away. Political leaders must discourage their supporters from doing that moving forward,” the political scientist added.

Dr Aggrey-Darko made the call on GHone Television during the station’s State of Affairs programme on Monday.

Some youth believed to be sympathisers of the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP), went on rampage on Monday breaking into rooms of occupants at the Kwame Nkrumah Flats at Laterbiokoshie in Accra.

But for the timely intervention of the Police, they would have forcefully ejected occupants of the flat.

Others also stormed the Tema Habour in the early hours of Monday demanding to be given control of some key installations of there. There were several reports across the country on Monday.

The errant supporters are demanding that all national security operatives manning the Golden Jubilee terminal, Reefer and Atlas yards be withdrawn for them to take over.

The action, according to them, was in retaliation of what the now opposition, National Democratic Congress, did in 2009 when they took over power.

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<![CDATA[Nana Addo’s first 90 days are crucial]]>Tue, 10 Jan 2017 13:35:41 GMThttp://ghanaelection2016.ghanaweb-news.com/2/post/2017/01/nana-addos-first-90-days-are-crucial.html Source: B&FT Ghana - His Excellency President Nana Akufo-Addo has to make crucial decisions in the next 90 days to help put the economy back on the path of recovery. That recovery period must have no or minimum room for errors. The public’s expectation is high and the government is expected to provide immediate solutions to Ghana’s unfathomable economic challenges.
The economic oratory of President John Mahama’s government was that, the economy has grown but the poor never benefited enough. Economic opportunity became uneven for many, resulting from the failure of the austere policy measures, or from the mismanagement of the economy. The luxury of bad economic governance is no longer an option to the public.

On the macro level, looking for solutions to our grim economic indicators is much expected. Also, the figures of our Gross Domestic Product (GDP), which the new government always challenged whilst in opposition, can foretell the partial picture of the depth and enormity of our plummeted economy. Therefore, quick-fix recovery could prove to be an unexpectedly difficult challenge.

Adding to these concerns is the recent admission by the immediate past Finance Minister – Seth Tekper- that government was to miss fiscal deficit reduction target in 2016 by 2%. That should heighten fears since Terkper’s ‘obsession’ for taxes could still not yield the much needed targeted results.

Ghana is potentially faced with the prospect of large and persistent future deficits with public debt stock reaching 70% of GDP – based on assumptions. The mountainous debt piled up by the past government is another serious burden and fears of uncertainty over how the debt can be managed whilst seeking double digit growth rate maybe a herculean task.

The question we ask is whether paying of interest on matured debts, stabilizing a fluctuating Cedi, tackling of the untamable inflation with a well-balanced policy rate to avoid high interest on loans for businesses, the economy withstanding external commodity price shocks and maintaining fiscal discipline as well as sustaining power for industries, can all be solved with one equation?

The country’s economy is wounded; it is a reason Nana Addo’s government plans to empower the private sector to boost growth. Helping and creating more industries would bring back investors’ confidence in Ghana’s economy to stem the politics of poverty for us to channel our strength into wealth creation.

Nana Addo reposing confidence in the private sector with a plan to cut down taxes and reduce interest rates will be a strategy to improve businesses access to finance. This would bring a wave of optimism to Ghana’s business sector to help increase productivity to pull the country out of its economic downward spiral.

The spillover will have a trickle – down effect in resolving the everyday issues of the poor. A quite number of Ghanaians living under the poverty line were overburdened by the previous government’s austere measure – cut in subsidies and taxes - thus draining money from their pocket.

Low income Ghanaians are the main beneficiaries or consumers of many subsidized public services therefore, any contrary plans likely to affect them is massively objected with protest reaching its crescendo. Such scenarios would increase pressure on the new government to abandon massive reforms in favor of the minor ones but if care is not taken it would be at the detriment of revenue hence, affecting fiscal deficit target.

The poor and the middle class see Nana Addo as their savior. They hope the decisions of the president will help the youth on the street, provide works for parents in various homes and also run the country well. It means it is not always about macro – economy but making sure that the benefit of micro – economy is also enjoyed at the grassroots level.

Make no mistake; time is not on the side of the new government. In the next 90 days, employing the appropriate model tools to tackle the economic challenge ahead is crucial for President Nana Akuffo Addo to meet his political promises to Ghanaians.

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<![CDATA[Now International: GHANA’S NEW PRESIDENT CAUGHT UP IN PLAGIARISM ROW OVER INAUGURATION SPEECH – VIDEO ]]>Sun, 08 Jan 2017 21:06:51 GMThttp://ghanaelection2016.ghanaweb-news.com/2/post/2017/01/now-international-ghanas-new-president-caught-up-in-plagiarism-row-over-inauguration-speech-video.html See Video (Joynews) & Foto`s, below.
Source Nairobi News Kenya and Guardian Nigeria - Ghana’s new president Nana Akufo-Addo has started his reign under heavy attacks online of possible plagiarism of parts of his inauguration speech.

Hawk eyed netizens have identified stark comparisons in phrases used by the new president and those used in inauguration speeches of two former American presidents.

President Akufo-Addo was sworn in on Saturday at the Independence Square in the capital city Accra.

LIFTED STATEMENTS

But his inauguration speech, widely praised for outlining his agenda to fight corruption and cutting taxes, has been blighted by claims of plagiarisng speeches by Bill Clinton’s 1993 and George Bush’s 2001 inauguration speeches.

A video juxtaposing President Akufo-Addo’s identical remarks to those of President Bush’s has gone viral online.
In his speech, President Bush said: “I ask you to be citizens: citizens, not spectators; citizens, not subjects; responsible citizens building communities of service and a nation of character.”
President Akufo-Addo said: “I ask you to be citizens: citizens, not spectators; citizens, not subjects; responsible citizens building your communities and our nation.”
Akufo-Addo also reportedly took a portion from President Clinton’s 1993, speech. “Though our challenges are fearsome, so are our strengths. Americans have ever been a restless, questing, hopeful people. And we must bring to our task today the vision and will of those who came before us,” said Clinton in his speech at the time.
Nana Addo, In his speech, President Bush said: “I ask you to be citizens: citizens, not spectators; citizens, not subjects; responsible citizens building communities of service and a nation of character.”
Akufo-Addo also reportedly took a portion from President Clinton’s 1993, speech. “Though our challenges are fearsome, so are our strengths. Americans have ever been a restless, questing, hopeful people. And we must bring to our task today the vision and will of those who came before us,” said Clinton in his speech at the time.

Ghana’s president speech read: “Though our challenges are fearsome, so are our strengths. Ghanaians have ever been a restless, questing, hopeful people. And we must bring to our task today the vision and will of those who came before us.”

APOLOGISED

The Director Of Communications at the Presidency, Mr Eugene Arhin has apologised for what he called a complete oversight in the inaugural speech of President Akuffo-Addo.

This is not the first time West African presidents would be accused of plagiarising American presidents’ speeches.

In September 2016, President Muhammadu Buhari came under fire from critics after admitting part of his “Change Begins With Me” speech was copied from US President Barack Obama’s 2008 victory speech.


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<![CDATA[President Akufo-Addo plagiarizes George Bush’s 2001 Inaugural Speech]]>Sat, 07 Jan 2017 23:17:39 GMThttp://ghanaelection2016.ghanaweb-news.com/2/post/2017/01/president-akufo-addo-plagiarizes-george-bushs-2001-inaugural-speech.html Watch the video, below.
Source: awakeafrica. com - Ghana’s new President, H.E. Nana Akufo-Addo has plagiarized portion of former US President, George Bush’s January 201, 2001 inaugural speech.

Nana Akufo-Addo was sworn into office today as the 5th President of the 4th Republic of Ghana taking over from former President John Mahama who lost the elections last year while seeking re-election.
In Nana Addo’s speech, he said, "I ask you to be citizens: citizens, not spectators; citizens, not subjects; responsible citizens building your communities …..and a nation of character.” ….and this is the full text of President Nana Addo’s speech

Former President George Bush said this in his last 6 paragraphs:

“What you do is as important as anything Government does. I ask you to seek a common good beyond your comfort, to defend needed reforms against easy attacks, to serve your Nation, beginning with your neighbor. I ask you to be citizens: Citizens, not spectators; citizens, not subjects; responsible citizens building communities of service and a nation of character.“
Ghana’s president was giving his inaugural speech at the black star square today in Accra. His victory at the December 2016 polls has brought to an end the series of Johns at the presidency.

Jerry John Rawlings, John Agyekum Kofour, late John Evans Atta Mills and now John Dramani Mahama were the former presidents of the forth Republic of Ghana.

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<![CDATA[Inaugural address of new Speaker of Parliament]]>Sat, 07 Jan 2017 23:08:04 GMThttp://ghanaelection2016.ghanaweb-news.com/2/post/2017/01/inaugural-address-of-new-speaker-of-parliament.html Source: GNA - Professor Aaron Mike Oquaye, the newly elected Speaker of Parliament of the Seventh Parliament of the Fourth Republic delivers his maiden address.

Read the full text below
Professor Aaron Mike Oquaye, the newly elected Speaker of Parliament
Introduction

Your Ladyship the Chief Justice, My Lords Spiritual and temporal, Hon. Members of Parliament-Elect, Your Excellencies, Nananom, Niimei, Naamei, Political Parties Representatives, Press Corp, Distinguished Ladies and Gentlemen.

In the first place I thank the Almighty God for the great favour He has reposed in me. I thank the entire leadership of my Party including the President-elect, the Vice President-elect and the MPs for their support. I also have to thank the Clerk of Parliament for guiding the House up to this time. His priceless guidance will further be valued in future.

It is a great honour to be nominated and elected as Speaker of this Honourable House. I see my presence here as a home-coming albeit with a greater responsibility. I am grateful to all who reposed resounding trust in me to make this possible. I pray to the Almighty God that I shall successfully travel the path pursued by various Speakers and begun by the legal luminary Rt. Hon. C.E. Quist also from my hometown Osu, Accra.

I wish to congratulate all of you Hon. Members for winning your seats. It is a unique opportunity to serve our dear nation. I look forward to maximizing the opportunities for every member to contribute. I trust the experienced ones will mentor the up-coming. Those who sit in front should please learn to look behind them to allow others to contribute and remember that whereas they cannot normally see from the back of their heads I have been placed on this platform so that everyone can catch my eye. I intend to be fair to all and therefore seek your understanding in advance.

I encourage new entrants to prepare and present statements on any issue of interest. Apply the Question Time well. Your brilliant visibility will affect your re-election. I will meet with leadership on this and seek support of the leading Think Tanks in Ghana to help you deliver. A comprehensive mentoring process is vital for improved performance.

I need to remind the new MPs that the highly procedural nature of Parliament calls for an equally high level of commitment to the rules and procedures of the institution. Serious learning will therefore have to be undertaken to sharpen your competencies in order to function optimally.

To the majority, let me remind you that we have a two-party Parliament heavily dominated by you. There is however the need to be guided by high ethical consideration so that we do not relapse into ultra majoritarianism, a symptom of the tyranny of the majority. We will encourage healthy debates. To the minority, even though most parliamentary business is organized on majoritarian principle, the time-honored rights of minority to open, frank, fair and honest debate so as to make your case and offer constructive alternatives will be respected under my stewardship. Both the majority and the minority must be guided by the mandate given to the government to build a vibrant society anchored on the principles of fairness and equality of opportunities.

The promotion of good governance requires a parliament that can effectively perform the three cardinal functions of representation, oversight regarding the executive and law making. Our ability to control public expenditure will be good service to our people.

Ghanaians everywhere are looking up to Parliament and government for the solutions to the problems that confront them on daily basis. It cannot be business as usual. Our people expect us to help fix the economy, provide jobs for the unemployed, improve access and quality of education, health care and generally give them hope.

This Parliament is for the people of Ghana and they want us to be honest accountable and responsive to their needs. I ask for cooperation from all and sundry to make our stewardship a success.

Challenges

The Fourth Republic Parliament has been seeking to re-establish its role as a key public institution. The challenges have been myriad. During the dark days after independence anytime a coup occurred, Parliament was dissolved while the Executive continued, even if in a different shape. This instability has affected the development of Parliament.

When Parliament reconvened in 1993 after several years of military rule, for example, only one member had been an MP before. Hence institutional memory was negligible. Strides have since been made and we congratulate all those who have helped the process of restoration of the ideals, beliefs and values of Parliamentary democracy in the Fourth Republic. Nevertheless, a huge task still remains ahead of us and I trust we shall rise to the occasion.

Standing Orders

Parliament operates by Rules and Procedures called the ‘Standing Orders”. Incidentally, in Parliament itself, it is generally agreed that there is the need to revise the rules as a whole. Committees have been set up to revise these rules but for over a decade, the process has stalled. Sometimes proceedings become jerky in the House as leaders and members recall conflicting experiences from memory. I am committed to completing this lingering exercise and I will take this up with the leadership soon.

In this connection, there is another issue to tackle - rulings of Speakers in the past will be captured to serve as guidance and precedents for smooth operation of the House. The Indian example, is thorough, published together as “Rulings from the Chair”. I will make copies of the full series available so that we should have Ghanaian precedents well recorded for posterity. This is how institutions grow scientifically, systematically and with responsibility.

Private Members Bills

The controversy relating to private members bills should be resolved. It is tragic that currently, it appears to us that Members of Parliament cannot initiate legislation independent of the Executive. Article 108 of the Constitution provides that once a bill has financial implications, it can only be introduced by the Executive. The narrow view has been taken that every bill has financial implications including the paper on which it is printed and the Clerks who work on it who are paid by government. Hence only governments can initiate legislation. This should change. We learnt the practice from the UK Parliament. The principle was that the Commons would not give to the King/Queen, monies that the Crown had not asked for. But over the years the British Parliament has developed means of allowing private members to introduce legislation. Recent studies I have made show that there are a number of procedures whereby Private Members may initiate bills.

Certainly, the Executive cannot sit aside while Parliament alone passes laws which impose obligations which the Executive cannot meet.

We shall broaden our horizon in the lawmaking process to benefit our people.

If a Private Members Bill seeks to make a law that will tighten the strangle-hold on corruption, how can that per se be a charge on the public purse?

How will a law that protects our women, children and persons with disability better per se be a charge on public funds? I do not see how laws which protect our environment, improve upon our tax collection be inimical to the public purse?

Indeed if Parliament should introduce a law which will enhance the collection of revenue by the GRA, we shall be contributing to the public purse not a liability regarding same.

The introduction of Private Members Bills will release the best of the innermost capacities of Hon. Members, broaden the horizons of the Members and gain the respect of the populace.

Hon. Members, I challenge you to help improve our laws on elections. We have a lot to learn from others, including Kenya who learnt the hard way after brutal post-election civil war. To sanitize the system, they enacted “The Electoral Offences Act”. We should copy and improve upon it.

Let me give you few examples. Why should our law allow any two adults who are registered to vote, to stand in for a person whose age or nationality is in doubt? Why should just any two people be allowed to do this? If you do not stand in loco parentis, how do you tell the age of a person you hardly know? We shall define only a small category of persons who can give guarantee. They should swear to an affidavit verifying the truth and should be jailed for 5 years if caught in falsehood. Will this not be a deterrent? Those who steal ballot boxes, those found with ballot papers and who commit other electoral offences should be jailed for 5 years. This House can introduce such law to help save this Republic and that will not be a charge on the consolidated fund.

Committee System

The capacity and scope of the Committees of Parliament deserve attention. The Committee is the workshop of Parliament. When Committees are weak, Parliament is seriously dented. Bi-partisanship is the hallmark. Not only should Committees be sharp in their routine tasks, but also, they should exercise singular initiative in enquiring into all matters of public interest from Archaeology to Zoology. This inquisitorial power of Parliament will be applied to its logical conclusion. The Committees should be fully equipped to work.

The Committees are closely related to the powers of Parliament as a House of Inquisition. In England, in 2012, the Committee on Education in the House of Commons quickly sprang into action when poor Advanced level examination results rocked the nation. It was a pleasure to read the entire proceedings and the effect it had on the British System.

Parliament can act proactively, responsively and with appropriate capacity on issues relating to health, education, agriculture, oil etc. This development should take place to enhance the capacity of the institution and good governance as a whole. It will enable Parliament to help in the fight against corruption and thereby protect the public purse. I urge Honourable Members that no work of CHRAJ, a Presidential Commission or others should estop Parliament in the exercise of its inquisitorial powers. Deference may only be given to cases pending before Courts of competent jurisdiction.

We should look forward to the day when Parliament as a House of Inquisition will develop capacity akin to a Senatorial Enquiry in the USA where every topmost state official can be summoned and questioned in the interest of the state. We can enhance our system and serve our people better.

Boycotts and Walkouts

These have become too fashionable in our system. I trust this House will develop systems of accommodation, tolerance and openness that will minimize this practice to the barest minimum. We should commission a study to document all such boycotts and walkouts; how long each lasted; reasons for staging them; and make an assessment of their impact on the growth and development of democracy in Ghana. Some recommendations on how to forestall such boycotts and walkouts as well as their management when they do occur, I believe would be sponsored by our partners in due course.

Record Keeping

Our library, record keeping process and related activities need modernization. Parliament today does not keep any record whatsoever of how individuals vote. This is in sharp contrast with the US system and other jurisdictions which have detailed record of all Senate voting. President Obama’s Voting Record became an issue and an asset in his victory.

Both President-elect Nana Akufo-Addo and President Mahama, though very successful former MPs, had no such record to show in their presidential bid of 2012 and 2016. It would have been interesting and most useful to have such record. How did they vote on issues relating to gender, children, environment, rights of persons with disability etc? Such matters enhance the politics of issues and devalue the politics of vituperation.

The record-keeping system has several advantages:



  1. Sharpens the responsibilities of individual members as they build a record for their future political career;

  2. Makes legislators aware that they are being critically watched;

  3. It highlights issues and makes MPs respond to specific issues;

  4. It is an avenue towards promoting Private Members Bills in the Legislature;

  5. It helps the assessment of MPs generally through specific data collection;


This is the Parliament that Ghanaians want to see as we enhance the parameters of democracy in our dear nation.

Parliamentarians and Their Constituents

A question worth asking is: what do constituents expect from MPs? There is also growing evidence that, public opinion is divided as to the role of MPs in Ghana. A significant majority of Ghanaians are of the view that Parliamentarians should undertake development projects within their constituencies.

To others, MPs exist to pay school fees, give funeral donations, attend weddings and other social events. Debating, passing legislation and holding the Executive branch of government to account rank low in the public perception of the role of MPs. This also accounts for the high attrition rate of MPs. A programme dubbed – “Parliament/Citizen Encounter” is envisaged and will be pursued with the assistance of Think Tanks.

Women Representation

One of the main problems facing Ghana’s democratization process is the role of women in politics. Article 17(1) of the 1992 Constitution provides that ‘’ All persons shall be equal before the law’’. Furthermore under Article 17(2) ‘’ No person shall be discriminated against on grounds of gender, race, colour, ethnic origin, religion, creed or social or economic status’’. The Constitution provides an instructive meaning of discrimination - to give different treatments to different persons attributable only or mainly to their respective descriptions by race, place of origin, political opinions, colour, gender, occupation, religion or creed, whereby persons of one description are subjected to disabilities or restrictions to which persons of another description are not made subject to or are granted privileges or advantages which are not granted to persons of another description’’- Article 17(3).

A very disturbing aspect of Ghana’s Parliamentary democracy is the abysmal low representation of women in Parliament. There is a compelling need for a comprehensive study of the factors which militate against the effective representation of women in Parliament. An Affirmative Action law could be the only way of using the law as an instrument of social engineering and mischief correction to ensure equality.

Hon. Members, our democratic development is not impressive at all in this regard. The Inter-Parliamentary Union in their latest publication on 1st December 2016 classified nations in a descending order by the percentage of women representation in Parliament. Out of 193 nations Ghana was number 150. Very sad. Rwanda, was first, Bolivia, second, Cuba, third, Iceland, fourth, Nicaragua, fifth, Sweden, sixth. U.K, Germany, Switzerland were all listed.

Algeria, Tunisia, Zimbabwe, Sudan, Lesotho, Morocco, Zambia, Liberia all beat us to it. I have added the Report as an Appendix to my speech to show all Members how deeply I feel about this tragedy. The methodology to ensure equality is available. This Parliament must do it for Ghana.

In the previous Parliament we had 30 women MPs. Today we have 35 women MPs-elect. But there is really no cause for rejoicing. We are far behind the world. The women who are in Parliament should be assisted to become effective role models in qualitative governance. I have some ideas I will share with leadership on both sides very soon to promote a programme.

Conclusion

Hon. Members, we have a need for a New Chamber, good library, books, mimeographs, researchers which go beyond National Service Personnel. I believe I can help in seeking the needed assistance for Parliament to improve the salaries and condition of work for MPs. I want to use this opportunity to convey to our country men and women – we should seriously better the lot of our MPs. Why can’t MPs be given official vehicles for their work as pertain in other places? Then they can get loans for other vehicles for other uses.

The dignity of this House is crucial and with your cooperation that dignity shall not be compromised. We owe this to all Ghanaians. You have Parliamentary immunity and immerse privileges which cannot be toyed with by any person, body or authority. I shall help to maintain this without fail.

Hon. Members, to whom much is given, much is expected. This is the motto of Legon Hall, University of Ghana. Though I belong to Akuafo Hall, this dictum must guide us all. You will be issued with Diplomatic Passports for example. There are privileges and responsibilities. If you abuse the trust, you will be dealt with.

No charge of corruption or abuse of office should come nigh thee. If you fall foul of the law the Special Prosecutor will not be expected to spare you.

A law maker cannot be a lawbreaker.

Our attitudes in militate against our development. Hon Members, our attendance and punctuality in the House should change to set an example to all Ghanaian workers. A Google search will inform you that the Kenya Parliament has been digitized through a new biometric system to record attendance in Parliament with time and movement etc. a machine will in future register the attendance of MPs automatically. This will be arranged and I trust MPs will embrace it to set a good example to all Ghanaian workers. Ghanaians have said in a research that when parliament is in session half of the room should not be empty.

Hon. Members, let us resolve to do something different in the lifetime of this Parliament. I will conclude in the words of Lord Alfred Tennyson which I learnt in Presec:

“The Lights begin to twinkle from the rocks;

The long day wanes; the slow moon climbs;

The deep Moans round with many voices.

Come my friends,

‘Tis not too late to seek a newer world

Push off, and sitting well in order smite

The sounding furrows; for my purpose holds

To sail beyond the sunset, and the baths

Of all the western stars, until I die”.

I thank you once again for this high trust you have so dutifully reposed in me. I know with God on our side we will deliver.

Thank you.

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<![CDATA[Live TV of Swearing In Ceremony of the president and vice president of the republic of ghana]]>Sat, 07 Jan 2017 22:51:57 GMThttp://ghanaelection2016.ghanaweb-news.com/2/post/2017/01/live-tv-of-swearing-in-ceremony-of-the-president-and-vice-president-of-the-republic-of-ghana.html Sat, 08.00 am - Watch Below Live TV from JoyNews of the swearing in ceremony of H. E Nana Addo Danquah Akuffo Addo and H.E Alhaj Dr Mahamudu Bawumia. - Broadcast Start at 8 am (Ghana Time)
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<![CDATA[May the sun shine upon Ghana – Gambian president-elect]]>Sat, 07 Jan 2017 16:44:42 GMThttp://ghanaelection2016.ghanaweb-news.com/2/post/2017/01/may-the-sun-shine-upon-ghana-gambian-president-elect.html
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President-elect of Gambia, Adama Barrow
Source: ghonetv. com - The president-elect of Gambia, Adama Barrow has extoled Ghana’s democracy as he commends the smooth transfer of power from the NDC led government under John Mahama and the new NPP led government as the nation celebrates the investiture of president Nana Akufo-Addo.

Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo was led by the Chief Justice, Theodora Georgina Wood to take the oath of office before thousands, at the inaugural ceremony held at the Black Stars square on Saturday January 7, 2017.
“…We must do the work the season demands,” he charged in his inaugural speech.

He has become the 5th president of the 4th Republic.

In a statement, Adama Barrow said “I am hopeful that the presidency of H.E Akufo-Addo is going to carry on the great work of President John D. Mahama.”

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<![CDATA[Akufo-Addo: Ghana’s dev’t will be a disappointment to founding fathers]]>Sat, 07 Jan 2017 16:40:11 GMThttp://ghanaelection2016.ghanaweb-news.com/2/post/2017/01/akufo-addo-ghanas-devt-will-be-a-disappointment-to-founding-fathers.html Source: 3news. com - Newly sworn in President of Ghana, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, says the country’s forefathers will be “disappointed” at the level of development achieved within 60 years of independence. 

Addressing the nation at his investiture Saturday morning, President Akufo-Addo decried Ghana’s development achievements with two months to the country’s 60th birthday. “On March 6 in a few weeks time, Ghana will attain 60 years as an independent nation. 
I suspect that those early nationalists will be disappointed if they came today and saw the level of development we have achieved in 60 years of independence,” he observed. Nana Akufo-Addo who is promising to take the development of the nation into a higher gear in the next four years of his first government said the 60 years journey has been characterised by “some highs and unfortunately, many lows”. 

He told a gathering of thousands Ghanaians and foreign dignitaries at the Independence Square in Accra that the country’s started to see consistent development just 24 years ago when it entered into the fourth republic. “Since we accepted a consensus on how we should be governed from the onset of the fourth republic, we have performed more creditably. 

“It is within this period of 24 years that Ghana has witnessed a consistent period of development,” he observed. For the new the new president who is expected to begin forming his government from Monday, Ghanaians no longer have excuses whatsoever for being poor because there are exuberant growing young population that wants the best of the world. 
“I stand here today humbled beyond measure, for the opportunity to lead this country as this time and take us to a higher level of development,” he assured. 

He pledged his government would reduce taxes to recover the momentum the country’s economy, noting “the subjects are up again. There could not be a better opportunity to making Ghana and to make it in Ghana”. 

President Akufo-Addo added: “We will rekindle the spirit and make Ghana the leading light of the African continent.”

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<![CDATA[State resources not for governing party - President Akufo-Addo]]>Sat, 07 Jan 2017 16:35:54 GMThttp://ghanaelection2016.ghanaweb-news.com/2/post/2017/01/state-resources-not-for-governing-party-president-akufo-addo.html Source: classfmonline. com - Ghana’s resources will not be for the use or enrichment of government officials, neither will it be for the plunder of members of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), President Nana Akufo-Addo has assured.
Speaking during his investiture in Accra on Saturday January 7, President Akufo-Addo, who was sworn in as the fifth president of Ghana under the Fourth Republic, said: “We must restore integrity in public life. State coffers are not spoils for the party that wins an election but resources for the country’s essential and economic development.”

He reiterated his campaign promise of “protecting the public purse by insisting on value for money in all transactions”, expressing the view that “public service is just that and not an avenue for making money”.

Mr Akufo-Addo also assured that his government would not fail Ghanaians on the promises made to them ahead of last year’s presidential and parliamentary elections which have brought him into power.

According to him, his government was determined to accomplish the task Ghanaians overwhelmingly gave the New Patriotic Party (NPP) to ensure economic prosperity.

“I am in the new unique position of being able to draw on the wisdom and experience of three former presidents of the Republic; their excellencies Jerry John Rawlings, John Agyekum Kufuor, and John Dramani Mahama. They represent the continuity of the institutions of our republic for which we thank God,” he said.

“I am deeply humbled by the exceptional mandate and extraordinary show of confidence that the Ghanaian people have conferred on my party, the New Patriotic Party, and on my modest person.

"I am determined to do all in my power to accomplish the task of the mandate and justify their confidence. I will not let you, the people of Ghana, down.”

He further indicated that Ghana’s proud heritage must be cherished.

“We have a proud heritage, we have the John Mensah Sarbahs, Joseph Casely-Hayford George Paa Grant, RF Blay, Joseph Boakye Dankwa, Emmanuel Obetsebi Lamptey, Edward Akufo-Addo, William Ofori Atta, Kwabena Kese, Ernest Ako Adjei, Kwame Nkrumah, Kobina Gbedema, Kojo Botsio, SD Dombo, Kofi Abrefa Busia, Baffour Osei Akoto, and others who taught us what the principles of fidelity, courage, patience, resilience, and collective actions do yield.”

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