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There was a ‘unforeseen state event’ at the venue – government on cancellation of The Convention 2024

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Some Ghanaians who flocked to the location on Sunday to partake in the event were reportedly turned away by security officers.

The Office of the President’s Diaspora Affairs Directorate has explained why it barred organisers of the pan-African event, The Convention 2024, from holding the ceremony today, Sunday, January 7, 2024, in the Black Star Square.

The event’s organisers, the New Africa Foundation, accused the government of forcing them to postpone the event at the last minute despite being granted a licence in November 2023.

Professor P. L. O. Lumumba, Julius Malema, Dr. Arikana Chihombori-Quao, and Peter Obi were among the event’s speakers.

Dr. Nadia Adongo Fynn, Deputy Director of the Diaspora Affairs Directorate at the President’s Office, stated that the decision was made due to an “unforeseen” state event set to take place at the location.

“We write to revoke immediately the permission granted per our letter No.OP/PH/02 dated 11th November 2023 which approved your request to use the Black Star Square for the above event.”

“This decision has been necessitated by an unforeseen State Event scheduled to take place at the venue. Under the circumstances, the amount of Ten Thousand Ghana cedis (GHc10,000.00) paid by your office for the use of the venue will be refunded. We regret any inconvenience this may cause,” Dr Nadia Fynn added in the statement.

Some Ghanaians who flocked to the location on Sunday to partake in the event were reportedly turned away by security officers.

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Akuf0-Addo appoints Ken Ofori-Atta as senior presidential advisor

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“I am pleased to inform you that the President of the Republic has appointed you as the Senior Presidential Advisor and Special Envoy for International Finance and Private Sector Investments. “I take this opportunity to congratulate you formally on your reassignment and wish you the very best in this new office,” she stated.

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has nominated Ken Ofori-Atta, a former Minister of Finance, as Senior Presidential Advisor and Special Envoy for International Finance and Private Sector Investment.

Mr Ofori-Atta was removed from his duties as Finance Minister on Wednesday, February 14, and replaced by Mohammed Amin Adam.

Akosua Frema Osei-Opare, Chief of Staff, congratulated the former Finance Minister on his position and wished him well in a February 15 statement.

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“I am pleased to inform you that the President of the Republic has appointed you as the Senior Presidential Advisor and Special Envoy for International Finance and Private Sector Investments.

“I take this opportunity to congratulate you formally on your reassignment and wish you the very best in this new office,” she stated.

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Bawumia appoints famous economist Kwame Pianim to advise economic sub-committee

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The former Chair of the Finance Committee in Parliament was among those chosen to play major roles in the development of the NPP's 2024 manifesto, which was unveiled on Wednesday, February 21. In addition, former General Secretary Ing. Kwabena Agyei Agyepong has been named chair of the housing and infrastructure sub-committee.

Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, the flagbearer of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), has chosen renowned economist Kwame Pianim as an advisor to the economy cub committee of the NPP’s 2024 manifesto writing committee.

Dennis Miracles Aboagye, the campaign team’s communications director, signed the entire list of the 2024 Manifesto committee.

Dr. Bawumia directed the committee to actively involve all stakeholders in the development of the Manifesto.

Dr Mark Assibey-Yeboah, a former Member of Parliament for New Juaben South, has been named chair of the manifesto sub-committee on the economy.

The former Chair of the Finance Committee in Parliament was among those chosen to play major roles in the development of the NPP’s 2024 manifesto, which was unveiled on Wednesday, February 21.

In addition, former General Secretary Ing. Kwabena Agyei Agyepong has been named chair of the housing and infrastructure sub-committee.

Mr. Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu has charged the whole manifesto committee.

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We’ll devise a strategy to keep us together – Osei-Owusu discusses leadership reshuffle

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He expressed his hope for the outgoing Majority Leader to have lasted till the finish, calling him as tremendously industrious.

The First Deputy Speaker of Parliament and Member of Parliament for Bekwai, Joseph Osei-Owusu, often known as ‘Joewise,’ has emphasized the necessity for the Majority caucus to address possible repercussions following the departure of the outgoing Majority Leader, Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu.

In an interview with media in Parliament on Thursday, February 22, the MP for Bekwai said, “The caucus will regroup and determine where to go. I am certain that the caucus will address all of these repercussions, including the impact of our leader’s resignation.

“The process of selecting or electing a new leader, we will discuss all that. And if there are any implications or negative impacts on our caucus, we may decide and plan a route that will keep us together.”

He expressed his hope for the outgoing Majority Leader to have lasted till the finish, calling him tremendously industrious.

“He can sit from morning till morning if there’s work to be done. I am personally disappointed that Kyei decided to stand down; he has been a fantastic leader, and he is an extremely hardworking person. And I would have wished that he stayed on to the end.”

Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu resigned voluntarily with immediate effect on Wednesday, February 21, following a critical meeting of the majority group.

President Nana Akufo-Addo convened the meeting, which took place in Accra’s Jubilee House banquet hall.

The session, attended by the majority of the group’s members, was organised in response to rising tensions within the New Patriotic Party (NPP) parliamentary group.

These conflicts erupted in response to reports of intentions to replace Kyei Mensah-Bonsu with Alexander Afenyo-Markin, which fueled internal strife.

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