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God hasn’t given up on Ghana yet’ – Mahama

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He urged voters to go to the polling places on Election Day, December 7, to cast their ballots. On New Year's Eve, the former president told the congregation of the Sanctuary of Wind and Fire Assemblies of God Church in Tamale that God is putting Ghanaians' faith to the test.

Former President John Dramani Mahama has expressed worry about the difficulties Ghanaians are now experiencing under the Akufo-Addo administration.

He urged them not to give up since God’s purpose for Ghana was incomplete.

He said that a segment of the Ghanaian population has pledged to boycott the 2024 elections owing to the problems they are facing.

He urged voters to go to the polling places on Election Day, December 7, to cast their ballots.

On New Year’s Eve, the former president told the congregation of the Sanctuary of Wind and Fire Assemblies of God Church in Tamale that God is putting Ghanaians’ faith to the test.

“I want to leave you with a message of hope. Our country Ghana is going through a crisis. And there are many of you, especially the youth, who believe that there’s no future. I meet a lot of our youth, and it is like there’s no future here for them. And so they won’t even bother to vote. Please, I beg you, cast your votes on December 7, 2024.”

“Never give up on your country,” he said emphatically. God is not finished with Ghana yet. We are in a crisis, yet he hasn’t given up on us. There are times when God utilises our circumstances not merely to test us but also to teach us. We all face difficulties from time to time, but that doesn’t mean we should quit and throw in the towel. Never, ever quit up. We must fight on and work hard until we reach the goals we set for ourselves. Let us keep hoping and believing God’s purpose for Ghana is not over.”

Mr Mahama stated that Ghana’s once-vibrant Black Star, which was on the international stage, had fallen and expressed optimism that it would rise again.

“And that in December 2024, we will have the opportunity to make a decision, and that God will prosper this country and it will rise again.” We were meant to be Africa’s dark star, but that black star has already plummeted to the earth. “However, I can assure you that that black star will rise again,” he said.

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NDC NEC approves Prof. Naana Opoku-Agyemang as Mahama’s running mate

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Several names were mentioned as potential running mates prior to her selection, including Julius Debrah, former Chief of Staff; Dr Kwabena Duffour, former Finance Minister and Governor of the Bank of Ghana; Mr Kwame Awuah Darko, former Chief Executive of Tema Oil Refinery and BOST; Kojo Bonsu, former Mayor of Kumasi; and Dr Zanetor Agyemang-Rawlings, the NDC Member of Parliament for Korle Klottey Constituency. The former President had already submitted his preferred running mate's name to the party's National Executive Committee and Council of Elders for review.

The National Democratic Congress (NDC)’s National Executive Committee (NEC) overwhelmingly approved Professor Naana Jane Opoku-Agyemang’s candidature as John Dramani Mahama’s running mate.

Mr Mahama tweeted immediately after the endorsement, “Naana Jane is God-fearing, a distinguished scholar, a conscientious public servant, and a role model.”

This is the second time the former Vice Chancellor of the University of Cape Coast and Minister of Education will join former President Mahama on the NDC ticket for a national election.

Several names were mentioned as potential running mates prior to her selection, including Julius Debrah, former Chief of Staff; Dr Kwabena Duffour, former Finance Minister and Governor of the Bank of Ghana; Mr Kwame Awuah Darko, former Chief Executive of Tema Oil Refinery and BOST; Kojo Bonsu, former Mayor of Kumasi; and Dr Zanetor Agyemang-Rawlings, the NDC Member of Parliament for Korle Klottey Constituency.

The former President had already submitted his preferred running mate’s name to the party’s National Executive Committee and Council of Elders for review.

In a statement, the party’s General Secretary, Fifi Fiavi Kwetey, suggested that the NEC and Council of Elders were prepared to decide on Mr Mahama’s running mate decision.

Meanwhile, former President Mahama is set to make a formal announcement about his running mate to the public on March 7, 2024.

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Egyapa Mercer and four others will be vetted today

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Vetting of President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo’s newly nominated ministers, by Parliament’s Appointments Committee, is expected to commence today, March 5, 2024.

The Appointments Committee of Parliament will begin vetting President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo’s newly nominated ministers today, March 5, 2024.

Andrew Egyapa Mercer, Minister-designate for the Ministry of Tourism, Arts, and Culture; Lydia Seyram Alhassan, Minister-designate for the Ministry of Sanitation and Water Resources; Martin Adjei-Mensah Korsah, Minister-designate for the Ministry of Local Government, Decentralisation, and Rural Development; Ophelia Mensah Hayford, Minister-designate for the Ministry of Environment, Science, Technology, and Innovation; and Darkoa Newman, Minis

The screening process will resume on March 5 and finish on March 12, 2024.

The timetable goes as follows:

Tuesday, March 5:

9 a.m.: Andrew Egyapa Mercer, Minister-designate for the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture.
10 a.m.: Lydia Seyram Alhassan, Minister-designate of the Ministry of Sanitation and Water Resources.

11 a.m.: Martin Adjei-Mensah Korsah, Minister-designate for the Ministry of Local Government, Decentralisation, and Rural Development.
Noon: Ophelia Mensah Hayford, Minister-designate for the Ministry of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation.
2 p.m.: Darkoa Newman, Minister-Designate for the Ministry of Gender, Children, and Social Protection.

Thursday, March 7:

9 a.m.: Dr. Bernard Okoe Boye, the Ministry of Health’s nominee minister
10 a.m.: Titus Glover, the Greater Accra Region’s Minister-designate
11 a.m.: Fatimatu Abubakar, the Ministry of Information’s minister-designate

Daniel Machator, the Oti Region’s minister-designate, at 2:00 pm

March 8th, Friday:
9 am: Dr Benjamin Sekyere Yeboah, Deputy Minister-designate for the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection
10 am: Sylvester Tetteh, Deputy Minister-designate for the Ministry of Information
11 am: Charles Acheampong, Deputy Minister-designate for the Ministry of Communication and Digitalisation
12 pm: Adelaide Ntim, Deputy Minister-designate for the Ministry of Health
2 pm: Alexander Akwasi Acquah, Deputy Minister-designate for the Health Ministry

Monday, March 11:

9 a.m.: Vincent Ekow Assafuah, Deputy Minister-designate for the Ministry of Local Government, Decentralisation and Rural Development.
10 a.m.: John Kobina Sanie, Deputy Minister-designate of the Energy Ministry.

10 a.m.: Collins Adomako Mensah, Deputy Minister-designate in the Energy Ministry
12 p.m.: Dr. Prince Hamidu Armah, Deputy Minister-designate of the Works and Housing Ministry.

Tuesday, March 12:

9 a.m.: Kingsley Nyarko, Deputy Minister-designate of the Education Ministry.
10 a.m.: Festus Awuah Kwofie, Deputy Minister-designate of the Employment and Labour Ministry
11 a.m.: Akwasi Konadu, Deputy Minister-designate of the Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources.

12 pm: Musah Abdul Aziz Ayaba, Deputy Minister-designate for the Ministry of Fisheries, Aquaculture, and Development.

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Akufo-Addo is a smart politician; he will consent to the anti-LGBTQ+ Bill – Foh Amoaning

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On February 29, he mentioned this during an interview with Johnnie Hughes on 3FM's Sunrise Morning Show. In response to criticism from people such as Audrey Gadzekpo and the evolution of opinions within Ghanaian society, notably Member of Parliament Sam George, Foh-Amoaning emphasised the value of education and awareness in developing viewpoints. He explained, "Sam has educated himself by interacting with us. He has realised how ridiculous the entire human rights argument is, and when I listen to Audrey, she is merely spouting normal LGBT template arguments. So, Sam was probably not educated at the time, and he tells me that is what drove him and made him see how important this is."

Moses Foh-Amoaning, Executive Secretary of the National Coalition for Proper Human Sexual Rights and Family Values, stated that they are awaiting the President’s signature on the anti-LGBTQ+ Bill.

According to him, the bill’s purpose is not to criminalise anyone, but to give care, therapy, and support to persons dealing with gender identity and sexual orientation issues.

He went on to say, “The focus of the Coalition is not to criminalise or dump people in prisons…those people who get caught in these challenges, we were very clear in our mind that what they needed was care treatment and support, and it’s in the bill.”

On February 29, he mentioned this during an interview with Johnnie Hughes on 3FM’s Sunrise Morning Show.

In response to criticism from people such as Audrey Gadzekpo and the evolution of opinions within Ghanaian society, notably Member of Parliament Sam George, Foh-Amoaning emphasised the value of education and awareness in developing viewpoints.

He explained, “Sam has educated himself by interacting with us. He has realised how ridiculous the entire human rights argument is, and when I listen to Audrey, she is merely spouting normal LGBT template arguments. So, Sam was probably not educated at the time, and he tells me that is what drove him and made him see how important this is.”

Mr. Foh-Amoaning addressed the political aspect of their campaigning, noting constitutional principles and the promotion of Ghanaian values as the cornerstone for their efforts.

He made a point of saying, “If you say we’re political you are right because that’s what we are engaged in, we want to ensure that the people of this country are protected and that’s what the Constitution says.”

Regarding President Nana Akufo-Addo’s likely response to the bill, Foh-Amoaning expressed trust in the President’s commitment to Ghanaian principles and emphasised the political ramifications of whatever decision he makes.

“Well, the President is a very brilliant politician, and what I’ve told everyone who has asked me this question is that, first and foremost, there has never been a President of Ghana who has used the word of God more than this one. So, with what I know about the President, I’m confident he’ll sign this law,” he stated.

He cautioned that if the President does not sign the law, the ruling party would suffer major consequences, including electoral ramifications and a loss of popularity.

“If he refuses to sign it would be very easy the NDC will just package the NPP as Trumu Trumu party”.

Mr Foh-Amoaning emphasised the Coalition’s commitment to promoting Ghanaian family values and preserving the nation’s interests.

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