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Kufuor sacked me from his house for supporting Akufo-Addo in 2008 – Kennedy Agyapong recounts



Kufuor sacked me from his house for supporting Akufo-Addo in 2008 – Kennedy Agyapong recounts

Kufuor sacked me from his house: Kennedy Ohene Agyapong, the Assin Central Member of Parliament, has recounted a bitter experience he had with former President John Agyekum Kufuor during which the latter sacked him from his house over an alleged lie told by a young man called Ato Eshun Kufuor.

According to him, President Kufuor was not patient to listen to his side of the story. Therefore, a very good relationship whilst the former president when he, the latter, was in office has turned sour.

Speaking to Paul Adom-Otchere on Good Evening Ghana on Tuesday, Mr. Agyapong said prior to the 2008 general elections where the then ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) had 17 aspirants who wanted to succeed him, “this Ato guy” had told Dr. Richard Winfred Anane that he [Kennedy Agyapong] was going to support Nana Akufo-Addo instead of President Kufuor’s preferred candidate, Alan John Kwadwo Kyerematen.

He explained that he had met Ato Eshun at Minister Kofi Ada’s office over money he was “chasing” and he entered into a conversation about the chances of the 17 presidential aspirants.

Kennedy Agyapong said he told Ato that when he was going to America, Alan Kyerematen was leading all the aspirants but upon his return, the support for Alan Kyerematen had shifted with frenzy excuses.

“Alan had raised about 13 billion [cedis] and some people didn’t understand why, and were using that against him. So, I said because of the fundraising, now Nana Addo is slightly ahead of Alan,” he recounted.

This observation, Mr. Agyapong believes, was reported differently to Dr. Anane and he also reported to President Kufuor.

“Until last year, I thought it was Alan who had called President Kufuor to tell him not knowing it was Dr. Anane who told him [Kufuor] that I don’t support Alan… the way the man loved me to death, he sacked me from his house without giving me any chance,” Agyapong recalled.

Agyapong said he was hinted by the former Central Regional Chairman of the NPP, Joseph Danquah Smith, popularly called Chairman Butey, that there was a problem so he should see President Kufuor and solve things with him.

He explained that when he got to President Kufuor’s house, he [Kufuor] went straight to his kitchen saying; “I’ll go and prepare my own tea.”

Agyapong added, “He didn’t give me a chance. He didn’t know but I think now he’s realized I never did anything of that sort. I never campaigned against Alan until he [Kufuor] sacked me from his house.

When asked the exact words of President Kufuor, the Assin Central MP recalled, “You small boy, anybody you asked me to give the position to I did but you one thing, you can’t do for me and you are opposing me.”

Agyapong explained that he did not know what the said Ato Eshun went and told Dr. Anane “and I don’t know today what Dr. Anane told President Kufuor that destroyed the relationship. I have never done anything like that, so I came out and said if he doesn’t want to give me a chance then hey, I’ll support Nana Akufo-Addo. I was quiet till the last minute when I asked the delegates to vote for Akufo-Addo,” Mr. Agyapong narrated.

2008 NPP Presidential Primaries

Several appointed officials of the Kufuor administration wanted to succeed him as NPP leader for the 2008 December polls.

The 17 presidential aspirants were: Yaw Osafo-Maafo; Kwabena Agyepong; Professor Mike Oquaye; Hackman Owusu-Agyeman; Dr Barfuor Adjei-Barwuah; Jake Otanka Obetsebi-Lamptey and Daniel Kweku Botwe.

Others were Alan John Kyerematen; Dr Kofi Konadu Apraku; Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo; Papa Owusu Ankomah; Boakye Kyeremanteng Agyarko; and Dr Kobina Arthur Kennedy.

The rest are Prof. Kwabena Frimpong-Boateng; Vice President Alhaji Aliu Mahama; Dr. Kwame Addo Kufuor; and Felix Kwesi Owusu-Adjapong.

Akufo-Addo and Alan Kyerematen were the two leading candidates according to the pundits. However, Akufo-Addo won with 1096 votes representing 47.9%, whilst Alan Kyerematen won 738 votes representing 32.5%. Alan Kyeremten conceded defeat to Akufo-Addo, thus eliminating the need for a second ballot, but he went on to lose the presidential election to Prof. John Evans Atta-MIlls, after a run-off election.



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Speaker Alban Bagbin travels again to Dubai for medical checks



Alban Bagbin

Speaker Alban Bagbin travels again to Dubai for medical checks

The Speaker of Parliament, Rt. Hon. Alban Bagbin is scheduled to travel to the United Arab Emirates (Dubai) again for his due medical review.

In a letter to President Akufo-Addo, the Speaker explained that his trip for another medical review was due on January 7, 2022.

“I am writing to inform you of my absence from Ghana from Friday, 7 January 2022 till Sunday 23, 2022 in order to honour an appointment for a medical review in the United Arab Emirates.”

“It is also important to bring to your attention that the House will resume its sittings for the First Meeting of the Second Session of the 8th Parliament on Tuesday 25 January 2022,” the letter from the Speaker’s Office noted.

Speaker Bagbin also informed the President that “prior to the resumption of the House, Parliament intends to undertake a Covid-19 (booster) vaccination exercise for Members of Parliament and Officers of the Parliamentary Service.”

Copy of the Speaker’s letter to Prez. Akufo-Addo;

alban bagbin's letter to Akufo-addo

Alban Bagbin was in UAE in November 2021, for similar medical check-ups.

Meanwhile, Parliament will be resuming the controversial debate on the 1.75% Electronic Transaction Levy (E-Levy) which has divided the House and caused massive uproar amongst Ghanaians.

The E-Levy approval is expected to rake in a little above ¢6 billion in tax revenue for the country.

This month [January 2022] we will go back to the floor of Parliament with the E-Levy and ensure that it gets passed by the end of the month,” Minister of State at the Finance Ministry, Charles Adu-Boahen said during the investiture of the newly elected president of the Association of Ghana Industries, Humphrey Anim-Dake.

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Data from SIM card re-registration is bogus; we advised them to stop – NIA Boss



Data from SIM card re-registration is bogus

Data from SIM card re-registration is bogus; we advised them to stop – NIA Boss

Photos of letters signed by the Executive Secretary of the National Identification Authority (NIA) in response to the National Communications Authority (NCA) regarding the commencement of the SIM Card re-registration reveal NIA’s initial rejection of the move since September 2021.

The Executive Secretary of NIA, Prof. Kenneth Attafuah has described the so-called biometric data being collected by the various telecommunication companies in the ongoing SIM card re-registration as useless.

In the letter, Professor Kenneth Attafuah, and his outfit cannot confirm that the data being collected by the telcos “will meet the standard to enable successful verification against the National Identification System (NIS) database.”

The letter was in response to a request for information to ascertain the synergy between the NIA data collection and the exercise being conducted by the telcos as being championed by the Communications Ministry through NCA.

“NIA is unable to confirm that the biometric data to be collected by the NCA for the purpose described above will meet the standard to enable successful verification against the National Identification System (NIS) database,” portion of the letter stated.

“The use of an App that is not developed or certified by NIA to rend the Ghana Card using a two-step data collection and verification process is outside NIA’s control. NIA is, therefore, unable to guarantee the results of such a process.”

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Scanned copies of the letters dated September 2021 were first shared by one Selorm Branttie, Vice President at Imani Center for Policy & Education who doubles as Global Strategy Director at mPedigree Network, on his Facebook timeline.

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Nigeria commits to pay off US$28.7 million capital arrears in Shelter Afrique



Nigeria Finance Minister Dr Zainab Shamsuna Ahmed and Shelter Afrique MD Andrew Chimphondah

Abuja – January 11, 2022: The Federal Republic of Nigeria has pledged to pay the full capital arrear of US$28.7m in Shelter Afrique, Nigeria’s Finance Minister Dr. Zainab Shamsuna Ahmed disclosed at a meeting with Shelter Afrique Group Managing Director and CEO Mr. Andrew Chimphondah in Abuja.

The Minister further disclosed that the payment will be made in four installments starting January 2022.

In September 2020, the pan African housing development financier received US$$9.4 million from Nigeria. The contribution moved Nigeria to become the second-largest shareholding in the organization with 13.27% of the shareholding, behind Kenya with 17.78%, and ahead of the AfDB at 12.83%.

Lauding the government of Nigeria for its show of confidence in the institution and a stamp of approval for the organisation’s financial turnaround, Mr. Andrew Chimphondah said, “This is a major milestone which is set to propel Nigeria to become the largest shareholder in Shelter-Afrique when the country meets its capital commitment. This is a strong testament of the strong shareholder commitment and support of the Shelter Afrique Board and Management.”

Housing Bond

Shelter Afrique is planning to raise 250 Billion Naira Bond (US$500million) in 2022 to support its affordable housing projects in Nigeria. The Company is set to commence the road shows with prospective investors in January 2022 and is expected to conclude fundraising by end of February.

Shelter Afrique has embarked on a defined strategy of developing and deepening local capital markets so that access to local currency which is competitively priced can be made available to Nigerian Developers from the Real Estate Developers Association of Nigeria (REDAN), Large Developers and Tier 1 and Tier 2 Banks and Primary Mortgage Lenders. The significance of this is that Shelter-Afrique will have been successful in dealing with the foreign exchange exposure risks that have crippled many African countries caused by the weakening of local African currencies against hard currencies such as the United States Dollar and the British Pound Sterling,” Mr. Chimphondah said.

Thanking the Finance Minister Dr. Zainab Shamsuna Ahmed for supporting the Bond Issue by the approvals received on critical waivers from the Ministry of Finance, Mr. Chimphondah noted that Nigeria was a critical and strategic market for Shelter Afrique, adding that the fund realized from the bond issue will go a long way in address the affordable housing shortage in the country, now estimated at 17 Million Units against the continent’s 56 million units.

“As a response to addressing this housing shortage, Shelter Afrique will implement a transformative strategy that will crowd in additional capital funding into the low cost large scale affordable housing market in a commercially viable manner,” Mr. Chimphondah concluded.

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