An aspiring Deputy National Organizer for the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Mr Kobby Barlon has stated that his priority would be to energise the grassroots of the party when the delegates give him the mandate.
Mr Elvis Darko, a member of the Interim Steering Committee of the Media Coalition on the Right to Information Bill (RTI), was arrested by the police on the premises of parliament on Thursday, 15 November 2018, for unlawful picketing.
As the National Democratic Congress (NDC) goes to yet another crucial national delegates congress on Saturday to elect its national executive officers to steer the affairs of the party towards Election 2020 and beyond, there is a lot of anxiety as to which candidates will emerge victorious.
The campaign team of Alhaji Huudu Yahaya, a National Democratic Congress (NDC) chairmanship hopeful, has strongly condemned the introduction of ethnocentric elements into the body politic of the party in the run-up to the party's congress next Saturday.
The Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, has praised the President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, for his leadership over the last twenty-two months, stating that “you are governing Ghana well.”
Togbe Afede XIV, Agbogbomefia of the Asogli State in the Volta Region and the President of the National House of Chiefs recently spoke extensively on the proposed creation of Oti Region in a radio interview with Accra based Citi FM.
The President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has said the establishment of strong bonds of co-operation between Members of Parliament and Metropolitan, Municipal and District Chief Executives would help generate dignified and productive lives for all Ghanaians.
The High Court in Accra has ordered that an action brought against the General Secretary of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Mr Johnson Asiedu-Nketia, be served on him via the media and on notice boards of the court for 14 days.
A campaign designed to whip up enthusiasm for massive voting in favour of the creation of a new region out of the Volta Region at a referendum to be held on December 27 this year has been launched at Kadjebi.
Dubbed the,“Oti Referendum Campaign,” the campaign seeks to foster stronger bonds among the people in the affected area as well as to mobilise material, financial and human resources to conduct an outreach programme to reach out to the people to enable them to vote positively during the referendum.
Launching the programme at Kadjebi last Friday, the Krachiwura, Nana Besemuna III, who is the chairman of the joint consultative committee of the chiefs and people of the proposed Oti Region, said the agenda to create new regions had reached a critical stage and that was for the conduct of the referendum.
He said the processes set down by the constitution for the creation of new regions had all been meticulously followed, leaving the final requirement of the conduct of referendum in the affected areas by the Electoral Commission and the need to scale up local effort to ensure that an overwhelming “YES VOTES” were returned on December 27.
He said that the sole object and purpose for the creation of Oti Region was to bring development to the people in the area, stressing that “the demand for creation of a new region for us is not motivated by any tribal or ethnic consideration so any suggestion or imputation of tribal or ethnic agenda to our demand for a new region is either born of plain ignorance or deliberate mischief, both of which cannot serve as excuse for the beating of war drums by our detractors.”
Nana Besemuna II recalled the history of the area saying that on December 8, 1952, the Buem-Krachi district, being part of the then British Togoland, was constituted with Jasikan as the administrative capital and stretched from Santrokofi, Likpe, Lolobi and Akpafu up north to Nkwanta and Krachi and that formed the land area proposed for the new region.
He said the proposed area was noted for contributing immensely to the economy of Ghana through the production of food crops, fish, cattle, cocoa, coffee andhigh quality timber, with a wide range of mineral deposits.
“All these notwithstanding , our area has suffered serious deprivation as a result of inequitable distribution of resources allocated to the entire Volta Region by the central government,” he said.
Nana Besemuna II, therefore, said it was due to the inequity that they petitioned the government for a separate region, adding that the present petition was the fifth one since independence that had been sent to previous successive governments.
An aspiring flag bearer of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Mr Goosie Tanoh, has stated that although Ghanaians are complaining about economic hardship, it is not an indication that the 2020 general election is going to be "a walk over" for the NDC.