Hon. Manaf Ibrahim, an aggrieved parliamentary aspirant in the governing New Patriotic Party’s primaries in the Asawase Constituency has secured an interim injunction from a Kumasi High Court to restrain the party from conducting the election in the constituency.
The aspirant went to court following a decision by the party to allow one of the aspirants in the constituency to contest unopposed in the person of Hon. Alhaji Alidu Seidu.
The NPP’s National Executive Committee, in a recent statement, listed names of aspirants to represent the party in the 2020 parliamentary polls.
The Asokore Mampong Municipal Chief Executive, Alhaji Alidu Seidu was listed as the solitary candidate for the party in the Asawase Constituency.
This was after the claimant, Manaf Ibrahim filed his nominations and was later said to be disqualified by the party’s NEC.
Hon. Manaf Ibrahim through his lawyer Nana Freduah Agyemang Esq. filed an injunction and it was granted by the Kumasi High Court. Read the details of the injunction in the picture below.
A little background into the Manaf, Asawase and the NPP story reveals earlier on the REC of the NPP in Ashanti Region had given a directive that 3 orphan constituencies (Ejura Sekyeredumasi, Asawase and Afram plains) will have only one person contesting unopposed.
Manaf Ibrahim and Gifty Ndoma from Asawase and Ejura Sekyeredumasi respectively defiled the resolution and picked forms. They submitted the forms and went for vetting. Prior to that, the REC of the Ashanti Region had suspended indefinitely for defiling the resolution. The vetting committee thus disqualified them based on the suspension.
Following that incident, both Manaf and Gifty appealed to the National Appeals Committee. NEC later came out with a release.
Except from the NPP’s National Executive Committee dated 13th September 2019 signed by the General Secretary, John Boadu indicated that “However, in respect of the aspiring parliamentary candidates from Asawase Constituency and Ejura/Sekyeredumase Constituency, Manaf Ibrahim and Gifty Ndoma respectively, NEC took the position that the aspirants, both of whom were suspended by the Ashanti Regional Executive Committee (REC) for misconduct, should publicly apologize to the Ashanti Regional Executives and to the party for their suspension to be considered.”
Close sources reveal that Manaf and Gifty had a case after their appeal was heard per the constitution of the party and thus they could contest. Somehow, the resolution per the constitution stood on the grounds of being “unconstitutional directive”.
Manaf Ibrahim after the release signed by the General Secretary, John Boadu about his suspension from the party and thus his eligibility can only be considered after a public apology for insulting the party’s hierarchy responded with an apology which was published by Starrfm on the 13th of September 2019.
The apology thus read in the words of Manaf Ibrahim “The happenings within that period I reckon were in my low moments. If in words, deeds, attitude, mannerism, taste or tone, I have caused anyone discomfort or created pain, that is not my truest self. Please, forgive me. Charge it on my head, not my heart. I hope this apology meets your kindest consideration.” This he wrote to the REC in Ashanti Region.
Gifty Ndoma also apologised as directed from NEC.
However per the directive from the NEC, there is supposed to be a reply from NEC upon receiving the apology both privately and publicly on whether they will be considered to contest but there hasn’t been any. Close sources indicate Gifty Ndoma has decided not to contest anymore.
Reading between the lines, it can be seen the silence from NEC is a tactical move to uphold the suspension decision from NEC by delaying time.
Basically that should be the reason behind the injunction since the elections is on 28th of September.
Is Manaf Ibrahim being treated unfairly?Why is NEC quite about the apology? The court granted the injunction, we wait as it unfolds.
UDS NAVRONGO CAMPUS PUTTING ON A NEW FACE- INFRASTRUCTURE DEVELOPMENTS MANIFESTING
On Tuesday 14th of January, 2020, the SRC president took upon his WhatsApp status expressing his joy on the ongoing renovation and the “massive infrastructure development”.
His excellency the SRC president Raymond Oviti is nationwide known for his fight for the school fees reduction. This was mainly because, the intended purpose of some slashes in the school fees were not realized.
Through series of dialogue and displeasure of students through demonstration, the administration came into terms with the leadership of the SRC.
The SRC Public relations officer, Mr Ishmael told the student populace through a circular stating that, the administration asked for a little time to improve upon the infrastructures and other pressing issues of concern.
KING WORDI BUSINESS CENTRE has opened a new shop just beside kokotu. They have in stock various soft drinks and bottled water.
True to their words, the administration has started with and ongoing developments as they have promised. Among the ongoing renovation include the NH1 lecture halls and completion of the school library.
The SRC president is hopeful that, the developments as they have promised, will be completed before the end of the second trimester as the auditorium, FAS block and others are in line.
5.9m Ghananian Registered For Ghana Card so far-NIA
The National Identification Authority (NIA) has so far registered 5.9 million (5,907,536) people as at the end of 2019 in the ongoing nationwide mass registration exercise.
Of this number, the authority has printed 5.1 million (5,167,994) cards.
Data from the NIA reveals that 3.3 million (3,323,839) of the printed cards have been issued to registrants while persons who did not receive their cards can pick them up at designated places.
The exercise which currently ongoing in the Ashanti Region has so far registered one million (1,015,259) people in the region as at the end of 2019.
In the Ashanti Region, 761,263 cards have been printed while 552,796 cards have been issued to registrants.
Meanwhile, the NIA has extended the mass registration exercise throughout the Ashanti Region from January 10 to 16.
The extension is intended to restore the two registration days lost in December last year (27 and 28) because of the Christmas holidays.
A statement issued by Assistant Commissioner of Immigration (ACI) Mr Francis Palmdeti, the Head of Public Affairs of the NIA, said the extension also took into account the challenges it encountered in the first two days of the exercise in the region.
It said the move would also enable many prospective applicants in communities across the region who could not register because of the late arrival of some registration equipment to do so.
“NIA is concerned about the disturbing phenomenon of unusually large numbers of persons whose applications are ‘Awaiting Decision’ or have gone into ‘Adjudication’ and, therefore, have not had their cards printed and issued to them in the Ashanti Region.
“This situation frequently arises from discrepancies in the current versus previous biographic data of an applicant, particularly conflicts in date of birth, the spelling of names, change of names and addition of names without the requisite legal documentation backing them.
For instance, where an applicant presented July 1, 1987 in a previous NIA registration but indicates July 1, 1985, in the current registration as his/her date of birth, noting that conflicts such as change of date of birth are particularly manifest in data submitted to NIA currently, compared to data submitted to NIA previously.
The net effect of this situation is that tens of thousands of applicants are unable to get their cards and vouch for their relatives.
The statement indicated that the NIA’s technical system was sensitive and robust enough to detect slight variations in biographic data, as well as acute similarities in biometric data between two or more individuals.
“The system is designed to ‘arrest”’ all suspicious registrations in order to ensure that our National Identity Register is credible and dependable,” it said.
The NIA said adjudication and release of the cards of applicants with relatively “minor issues” are currently underway, and thousands of such cards have been printed and are ready for issuance.
Central, Western and Western North regions
The mass registration exercise is expected to commence in the Central, Western and Western North regions immediately after the Ashanti Region mass registration ends.
In addition, it is the expectation of the NIA that registration on the 16th and final region in the Eastern Region starts by late February to mid-March this year.
Meanwhile, it said the leapfrogging technique, which has been in use since the start of the mass registration exercise in the Greater Accra Region on April 29, last year, should help ensure that every nook and cranny of the Ashanti Region is covered.
That system has been applied in the Volta, Oti, Northern, Savannah, North East, Upper West, Upper East, Bono, Bono East and Ahafo regions.
It said that although not every eligible Ghanaian can be registered during the mass registration phase, the NIA seeks to register 80% of the population aged 15 and above.
Therefore, the remaining registrable population of Ghanaians under 15, would be registered after the mass registration exercise.
More so, NIA would establish permanent NIA offices in each region, municipality and district by the middle of March, to ensure continuous registration.
It said prospective applicants will, at their leisure, visit NIA offices and get registered at no cost.
NIA staff will also visit schools, hospitals, maternity wards, CHPS-compounds and other birthing centres to register all Ghanaian children.
This way, all Ghanaians aged zero to infinity will be registered.
Starting later this month, NIA will also operate offices jointly with a number of cognate institutions such as National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA), Social Security and National Insurance Trust (SSNIT), Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authority (DVLA), Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA), Births and Deaths Registry, and the Ghana Statistical Service.
It noted that the co-location arrangement should enable applicants doing business at any of those offices to also register for the Ghana Card with ease and at no cost.
The authority entreated Ghanaians to provide evidence of bribery and corruption allegedly being perpetrated by some NIA registration staff to the appropriate quarters for investigation and the necessary action.
GHS194,000 Worth Of Fuel lost In Tanker Fire Near Buipe Depot – BOST
The Bulk Oil Storage and Transportation Company Limited (BOST) has estimated the value of product lost in a fire incident that occurred near its Buipe Depot at GHS194,760.00.
Initial reports suggested that three fuel tankers were consumed by fire at the truck park of BOST’s Buipe Depot in the Northern region on Friday evening, January 3, 2020, but a statement from the company said four Bulk Road Vehicles [fuel trucks] were instead affected.
The statement said three of the affected trucks belonged to the Ghana Oil Company Limited, GOIL, while one was for BF Energy.
The statement signed by Marlick Adjei, the Head of Corporate Communications and External Affairs at BOST noted that two out of the four BRVs “contained 36,000 liters of diesel (AGO) and 36,000 liters of petrol
“At the current price of GHS5.41/liter, the value of the product lost is estimated at GHS194,760.00,” the statement noted.
“The fire occurred at the truck park of the depot and not within the depot. It started late in the evening and took a combined force of the depot technical staff and fire officers from the Damongo and Tamale Fire Stations to bring it under control around 10 p.m,” BOST added in the statement.
Cause of fire unknown
BOST in the statement noted that “the exact cause of the fire has not been ascertained as at now and investigations are underway. We shall furnish the public with the details once the technical team completes the investigations.”
The Buipe depot is the central fuel holding point of BOST serving the Savannah, Northern, North-East, Upper East and Upper West Regions of Ghana.
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It receives products through river barges (via the Volta Lake) and through Bulk Road Vehicles (BRVs) loaded from the Accra Plains depot of BOST.
The statement assured that “though a sizable volume of products loaded for OMCs, were destroyed in the incident, product supply in the northern regions and the general operations of BOST as a company will not be negatively affected.”