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John Mahama must be questioned on Saglemi Housing project – Kwame Jantuah

The chief executive officer of the African Energy Consortium, Kwame Jantuah, is impressing on the government to question the former president John Mahama

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John Mahama must be questioned on Saglemi Housing project – Kwame Jantuah

John Mahama must be questioned on Saglemi Housing: The chief executive officer of the African Energy Consortium, Kwame Jantuah, is impressing on the government to question the former president John Dramani Mahama over the Saglemi housing project.

Jantuah’s demand follows the renewed debate on the state of the Saglemi housing scheme on the outskirts of Tsopoli, in the Ningo-Prampram District of Greater Accra. Funding for it was approved and construction started under the Mahama government.

The planned project, which was initially expected to provide 5,000 homes, was scaled back to 1,500 housing units. The new Minister of Works and Housing, Francis Asenso-Boakye, says government nonetheless requires US$32 million to complete the project.

Speaking on The Forum, Asaase Radio’s Saturday-morning current affairs and news analysis program, the African Energy Consortium boss said the government must demand accountability for taxpayers’ money.

“With such a situation, I expect some kind of investigation on why it has been left because I understand the loan for this project has been paid, and it is still standing there and it has not been used.

“If you look at the video [a clip of the abandoned site circulated on social media last weekend, claiming waste by the Akufo-Addo government] and they open the door to some of the rooms, when you see the state of the walls, you cry for Ghana,” he told Agyeman-Budu, host of The Forum.

Jantuah added: “I expect the president to say something and … I want the first question to be asked of President Mahama: ‘Why wasn’t this project completed?’ Let’s start from that point. ‘What stopped the project? Is it because you were thrown out of office? When the new government came, what happened?’”

Jantuah urged the government to find a solution to the country’s housing deficit, which currently stands at 2.5 million units.

“For certain things like housing, energy, agric, roads, sometimes it helps for all of us to sit down and direct it. Look at the number of people sleeping rough in this country,” he said.

Handover to Ghana Home Loans
Meanwhile, a former consultant on the Saglemi housing project, Dr. Camynta Baezie, is calling on the government to hand over the project to Ghana Home Loans to be given out to the general public on a mortgage.

Speaking to Asaase News, Dr. Baezie said Ghanaians cannot afford to continue to watch corrupt officials waste public resources to pursue their personal agenda at the expense of the development of the ordinary Ghanaian.

“Well, it is good that investigations are going on but the investigation must not stop the functionality of the building, an agreement was signed with Ghana Home Loans.

Hand over the completed buildings to Ghana Home Loans and let them give them out to the general public on a mortgage, which is what they are specialized in doing, and which is what they signed the agreement to do, so hand them over, it is as simple as that,” Dr. Baezie said.

He added: “So, whatever we can retrieve out of it, we start retrieving it, we have about two million housing deficits, so people are in need of houses and let people get access and start using them.”

About Saglemi

The $200 million Saglemi housing project was initiated by the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) while it was in government.

The scheme was expected to deliver an initial 5,000 housing units.

Covering 300 acres of land with one- to three-bedroom flats and intended for low-income earners, the project was devised to make a significant dent in Ghana’s huge housing deficit.

It was launched by the then-president, John Mahama, in 2016.

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Ghana to receive more COVID-19 vaccines from Johnson & Johnson in August

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Ghana to receive more COVID-19 vaccines from Johnson & Johnson in August

The Health Minister Hon. Kwaku Agyeman-Manu, has announced that government will receive the first batch of Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines in August this year from the Africa Medicines Platform.

The Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) has already approved this vaccine for use in Ghana.

Addressing the media in Accra on Wednesday 16 June, Hon. Agyeman-Manu said the exact date for the arrival of the vaccines is not yet confirmed.

“We have indications that our first batch of vaccines to come from the AU supported procurement will begin to arrive in this country sometime in August. We are still waiting for the exact date,” he said.

Agyeman-Manu also revealed that government would in the middle of July receive more doses of the AstraZeneca vaccines from the UK and USA.

“The government is also making frantic efforts to procure more vaccines to complete the second jabs for those who have not received them, and to continue the mass vaccination of the 20 million people targeted. So, there is hope for those who have not received their jabs. Be assured,” the health minister said.

The President’s call for Ghana to produce its own vaccines

Meanwhile, the President, Nana Akufo-Addo, has said his administration is keen on supporting industry players to develop COVID-19 vaccines locally, as part of efforts to vaccinate the entire adult population in Ghana.

Ghana recorded its first COVID-19 infection in March 2020 after the novel coronavirus was first detected in the Chinese city of Wuhan in December 2019.

Launching Ghana’s financing road map for the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Accra, the first of such road map to be produced in Africa, Akufo-Addo said recent scramble for vaccines by African countries to fight the COVID-19 pandemic is a clear indication that the continent and for that matter Ghana, must take the bull by the horn and produce its own vaccines.

COVID-19 vaccine reality

Akufo-Addo said Ghana has “so far through the Covax facility”, received some “one million, two hundred doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine which has enabled us to vaccinate completely some 350,000 people and some 850,000 have received their first dose.”

“Unfortunately, we are the victims of this worldwide shortage of vaccines especially the poorer, less advantaged nations. It has provided us a very important lesson, among the many lessons that the COVID-19 has revealed to us, the need for self reliance in future in these areas” President Akufo-Addo stated.

“We cannot continue to be dependent on alms and on charity of foreigners and foreign tax payers for our basic sustainability. We need to be able to put in place the structures that will enable us in the future not to be caught with our pants down and that is we have to learn and find the avenue to produce our own vaccines and I am particularly keen on providing the assistance for the institutions of our country to do so,” Akufo-Addo added.

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Why Ghana needs a new presidential jet: a look at Presidential jets of neighboring African countries at Kotoka

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Why Ghana needs a new presidential jet : a look at Presidential jets of neighboring African countries

Why Ghana needs a new presidential jet: As the debate to procure a new and bigger presidential jet for the President of the Republic of Ghana continues, we are privileged to see the Presidential jets of our neighboring countries who are attending the ECOWAS 59th ordinary session in Accra.

A look from the Kotoka International Airport has revealed the various Presidential jets from other neighboring ECOWAS leaders who are attending the session.

The Presidential Jet of the Nigerian President

The luxurious aircraft used by President Muhammadu Buhari, the president of Nigeria, to travel to Ghana to attend the ECOWAS meeting is Boeing Business Jet (BBJ) 737.

This luxurious jet has a seating capacity of between 25 and 50 passengers with a master bedroom, a bathroom with showers, a conference/dining area and a living room, along with state-of-the-art security equipment for the safety of the president.

Nigeria presidential jet

Presidential Jet of Nigerian President

The aircraft is nicknamed “Eagle One” and is marked NAF-001. The BBJ 737 is believed to cost between US$90 million and US$150 million. There is no doubt that the Nigerian government could afford this luxurious jet looking at the countries GDP which is one of the highest in Africa.

Aside this jet, the government of Nigeria also have another jet Gulfstream V-SP in its fleet of aircrafts which is mostly used by the foreign affairs minister for international travels.

Nigeria Presidential jet 2 Gulfstream V-SP

Gulfstream V-SP used by Nigeria’s Foreign Affairs Minister

Presidential Jet of Cote D’Ivoire

President Alassane Ouattara of Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana’s neighboring state to the west, arrived in Ghana in the Ivorian presidential jet, an Airbus 319.

The Airbus 319 is a member of the Airbus A320 family of short-to-medium-range, narrow-body, commercial passenger twin-engine jet airliners manufactured by Airbus.

The Airbus 319 is capable of carrying between 124 and 146 passengers.

Cote d'Ivoire presidential jet Airbus-319

The government also have smaller jet Gulfstream-IV for travels within the sub-region.

 

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Ivorian Presidential Jet 2

Presidential Jet of the President of Niger

The Nigérien president, Mohamed Bazoum, travelled to Ghana in a Boeing 737-700. 

This luxurious jet is worth USD 40 million and according to the Boeing website, the airline provides its users with superior reliability, fuel efficiency and high-value returns. 

Although with a population of nearly 18 million, and about 60% of the populates living below the poverty line, the government of Niger saw the need to procure this expensive aircraft.

The jet can carry at least 126 and at most 149 passengers.

Presidential Jet of the President of Niger

Presidential Jet of the President of Niger at Kotoka International Airport

Looking at these countries who are not too far from Ghana and the kind of jets they own for presidential assignments, Ghana should indeed be at the critical point of decision making in procuring a new jet for the president.  Do you think Ghana should a new presidential jet?

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Mahama’s Joyce Bawah Mogtari gives birth to triplets

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Mahama’s Joyce Bawah Mogtari gives birth to triplets

Joyce Bawah Mogtari gives birth: The Special Aide to former President John Dramani Mahama, Joyce Bawa Mogtari has delivered triplets.

A picture of the former Deputy Minister of Transport is seen carrying one of the babies together with her husband, Hudu Mogtari who was the former CEO of Food and Drugs Authority (FDA), and John Dramani Mahamaand the former President John Mahama and his wife Lordina Mahama.

joyce bawah mogtari gives birth to triplets

Bawah who is also a lawyer served as Mahama’s special and was defending the former president on any platform during the 2016 and 2020 elections.

We believe this development will save John Mahama’s name from the numerous allegations of him having an affair with Madam Joyce as people didn’t know much about the fact that she was a married woman especially those in the other parties.

The now mother of four has received tons of congratulatory messages on social media.

A social media user shared this news in his Facebook post;

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