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Finance Minister reveals roads in various states of development in mid-year budget review

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Finance Minister reveals roads in various states of development in mid-year budget review

Ken Ofori-Atta, Finance Minister, reported substantial progress in improving mobility, accessibility, and safety along important trunk highways through numerous infrastructure projects.

The minister mentioned some of the projects at various phases of completion during the 2023 Mid-Year Budget Review, which was presented in Parliament on July 31.

Examine them:

  1. The 31.2km Assin Fosu-Assin Praso portion of the National Trunk Road N8 (Phase 2) was completed and commissioned in June 2023.
  2. The Accra-Tema Beach Road (Lot 1 and Lot 2) is 79 per cent and 89 per cent complete, respectively.
  3. Construction of a 3-tier interchange at Nungua Barrier is ongoing.
  4. Development works on the Kumasi Lake Road and Drainage Extension project are 98 per cent complete.
  5. Selected Roads in Sekondi and Takoradi Phase 1 are 21 per cent complete.
  6. The Tema-Aflao road is 30 per cent complete.
  7. The Nsawam-Ofankor road is 26 per cent complete.
  8. The reconstruction of the Bechem-Techimantia-Akomadan road is 64 per cent complete.
  9. Reconstruction of Agona Nkwanta-Tarkwa road is 34 per cent complete.
  10. Phase 2 of the Obetsebi Lamptey Circle Interchange and other ancillary works are 86 per cent complete as of June 2023.
  11. Construction of a 4-tier interchange at Suame in the Ashanti Region has commenced.
  12. Construction of 50 prefabricated bridges in all sixteen regions is 86 per cent complete as of the end of June.
  13. Design, fabrication, and delivery of 87 No. steel panel bridges are ongoing, with 45 bridges delivered.
  14. A new bridge under construction at Twifo Praso to separate vehicular traffic from the railway line is 93 per cent complete.

He also stated that the government intends to launch a community road construction programme in order to boost production and expedite the transportation of food crops.

“District Assemblies will be provided with complementary equipment to ensure that local roads are motorable throughout the year. Despite these infrastructure developments, the government remains committed to improving road infrastructure in line with the fiscal consolidation plan in the IMF-backed PCPEG and in partnership with the private sector” he said.

There are two projects in various phases of preparation for public-private partnerships (PPPs) for road infrastructure finance, construction, and management:

  1. Phase 1 of the Accra-Tema Motorway Extension Project (31.7km) involves the reconstruction of the Motorway. The Concession Agreement and draft Engineering Procurement and Construction (EPC) agreement have been finalized and will be presented to Parliament.
  2. The Development of Tema Arterial Roads will be structured on a PPP basis using the Build Operate and Transfer (BOT) model. The appraisal of the project is ongoing.

He stated that these projects aim to strengthen Ghana’s transport networks, communications, and general infrastructure.

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None of my appointees will indulge in mining – Mahama

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Mr. Mahama pledged that if elected president, he will establish a sustainable mining scheme in all mining communities that differs from the current community mining scheme and will heavily involve traditional leadership in the granting of licences to help regulate mining activities. "It will vary in every way from the current community mining plan, which has indisputably become a conduit for enriching party chairmen, DCEs, and other politically connected persons. "Indeed, under my administration, if you are a minister, a DCE, or an official and engage in mining activities, I will request that you quit and go mining. You can either be a governmental official or a businessman running a mine.

John Dramani Mahama, the flagbearer of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), has stated that if elected president in December, he will not hesitate to order any of his officials involved in mining activities to quit.

According to the former President, his appointees would be obliged to focus on their primary mission of improving the country.

Speaking at the 3rd Annual Transformational Dialogue on Small-scale Mining at the University of Energy and Natural Resources (UENR) in Sunyani, John Mahama stated that none of his appointees will participate in galamsey.

Mr Mahama pledged that if elected president, he would establish a sustainable mining scheme in all mining communities that differs from the current community mining scheme and will heavily involve traditional leadership in the granting of licences to help regulate mining activities.

“It will vary in every way from the current community mining plan, which has indisputably become a conduit for enriching party chairmen, DCEs, and other politically connected persons.

“Indeed, under my administration, if you are a minister, a DCE, or an official and engage in mining activities, I will request that you quit and go mining. You can either be a governmental official or a businessman running a mine.

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Sammy Gyamfi voices concern about the arrest of pro-NPP hoodlums in Okaikwei North

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According to Gyamfi, the suspects were caught while publicly smoking marijuana behind the District Court, near the voter registration centre. He further claimed that the same mob had earlier stormed the office of NDC MP Theresa Lardi Awuni, wounding numerous individuals. Mr. Gyamfi further alleged that the NDC had acquired intelligence indicating that senior New Patriotic Party (NPP) officials were seeking to secure the release of the accused. He stated that the NDC will closely follow the issue. "Sources from the Police Regional Command have hinted to us that some senior NPP officials are at the police station trying to secure bail for these hoodlums," said Mr. Gyamfi. As of now, the Police Service has not issued a comment about the event.

The National Democratic Congress (NDC)’s National Communication Officer, Sammy Gyamfi, alleges that roughly 20 pro-government operatives who interrupted the ongoing restricted voter registration process have been detained.

In a May 16, 2024 post on X (previously Twitter), he stated that the Ghana Police Service’s Anti-armed Robbery Unit arrested the Okaikwei North constituency in the Greater Accra area.

He described the detained as “armed bandits” and stated that they had “live ammunition, cutlasses, and other weapons.”

According to Gyamfi, the suspects were caught while publicly smoking marijuana behind the District Court, near the voter registration centre.

He further claimed that the same mob had earlier stormed the office of NDC MP Theresa Lardi Awuni, wounding numerous individuals.

Mr Gyamfi further alleged that the NDC had acquired intelligence indicating that senior New Patriotic Party (NPP) officials were seeking to secure the release of the accused.

He stated that the NDC will closely follow the issue.

“Sources from the Police Regional Command have hinted to us that some senior NPP officials are at the police station trying to secure bail for these hoodlums,” said Mr Gyamfi. As of now, the Police Service has not issued a comment about the event.

Earlier this morning, about twenty (20) armed bandits belonging to the ruling NPP were arrested at the registration centre in the Okaikoi North Constituency by the anti-robbery unit of the Ghana Police Service.

Some of the items retrieved from these bandits included live… pic.twitter.com/VExEJhKlNX

— Sammy Gyamfi (@SammyGyamfi_) May 16, 2024

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Akufo-Addo submits petition to dismiss Special Prosecutor to CJ

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The impeachment procedure appears to be tied to Mr. Agyebeng's dramatic news appearance, in which he alleged that judges colluded against him. Mr. Amidu claims that these statements are abuse of judges and bring the judiciary into shame. This comes after allegations that Mr. Agyebeng rebuffed requests to quit, instead holding a news conference to convey his dissatisfaction with his position. Mr. Amidu further claims that the Special Prosecutor violated the rights of persons such as Cecilia Dapaah and Prof. Frimpong Boateng by arresting them.

President Akufo-Addo has filed a petition to Chief Justice Gertrude Torkornoo demanding the removal of the Special Prosecutor, Kissi Agyebeng.

Former Special Prosecutor Martin Amidu petitioned President Akufo-Addo to remove Mr. Agyebeng from his office.

The petition, dated April 30, 2024, claims procurement violations in the purchase of cars for the Office of the Special Prosecutor (OSP) and charges Mr Agyebeng with wrongdoing concerning judges and the administration of justice.

Mr Amidu’s petition alleges infringement of people’s rights through arrests and detentions, violations of the right to information, and unlawful nominations to the OSP.

The impeachment procedure appears to be tied to Mr. Agyebeng’s dramatic news appearance, in which he alleged that judges conspired against him.

Mr Amidu claims that these statements are an abuse of judges and bring the judiciary to shame.

This comes after allegations that Mr Agyebeng rebuffed requests to quit, instead holding a news conference to convey his dissatisfaction with his position.

Mr. Amidu further claims that the Special Prosecutor violated the rights of persons such as Cecilia Dapaah and Prof. Frimpong Boateng by arresting them.

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