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AOB NPP Chairman Advises His Six Aspirants Ahead Of Today’s Parliamentary Primaries

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Asikuma Odoben Brakwa NPP Constituency Chairman Calls For Peace & Unity Among Six Aspirants Ahead Of Today’s  Parliamentary Primaries 

Oheneba Bruce Dompson – AOB NPP Constituency Chairman

The Constituency Chairman for the New Patriotic Party in Asikuma Odoben Brakwa District, Oheneba Bruce Dompson has issued an official communique about the constituency’s preparation towards tomorrow’s Parliamentary Primaries and calls for peace and unity among the six parliamentary aspirants before, during and after.

The Chairman and his constituency Parliamentary Election Committee who have been working tirelessly for months now, filing nomination forms for Aspirants who had intentions to contest the Constituency Parliamentary Seat experienced peaceful filings and submission of forms by Six (6) Aspirants.

By Thursday evening, 20th February, 2020, closing date for the submission of nomination forms, Six (6) Aspirants have filed and submitted their forms at the constituency’s party office in Breman Asikuma.

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The big Six aspirants having filed and submitted their nomination forms moved to the vetting process, where they all passed successfully and all qualify to contest the parliamentary primaries and to be voted for by delegates come Saturday, 20th June, 2020.

As part of the Covid-19 restrictions, the elections will be held in the various electoral areas within the constituency where delegates will vote in their respective polling stations to elect a candidate.

The Aspirants for the 2020 NPP Parliamentary Primaries in Asikuma Odoben Brakwa Constituency are: 

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Honourable Anthony Effah

Honourable Anthony Effah is the incumbent Member of Parliament for the Asikuma Odoben Brakwa constituency who is seeking to be maintained by delegates for a second term and retain power come December 7th General Elections.

Honourable  Emmanuel Adjei Domson

Honourable Emmanuel Adjei Domson is a former District Chief Executive (DCE) for Asikuma Odoben Brakwa who served from 2005 under Honourable P.C Appiah Ofori, Former Member of Parliament for the constituency.

Mr. Bright Essilfie Kumi 

Mr Essilfie-Kumi is a member of the national communication team of the ruling government who also contested the party’s national youth organiser’s position at the last congress of the party but later stepped down.

Mr Bannasco Francis AmpongAnsah 

Mr. Bannasco Francis Ampong-Ansah is a Member of the National communication team of the ruling government, grassroots man and a very influential member of the party.

Mr. Samuel Ofori Ampomah 

Mr. Samuel Ofori Ampomah is a former NPP Chairman for Weija Constituency and an active Member of the great NPP Party. A philanthropist who also believes in rural community development.

Mr. Ernest Kojo Smith 

Mr. Ernest Kojo Smith is a humble and an innovative leader, philanthropist and an active member of the party.

Chairman Bruce Dompson, AOB constituency Chairman has issued an advisory message and has called for peace and unity among the Six (6) Aspirants ahead of the tomorrow’s Parliamentary Primaries, during and after. 

In the press release, this is what Constituency Chairman, Oheneba  Bruce Dompson wrote:

ASIKUMA ODOBEN BRAKWA CONSTITUENCY. 

PRESS RELEASE…

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PARLIAMENTARY  PRIMARIES  JUNE 2020.

ADVISE  FROM OHENEBA BRUCE DOMPSON. ( CONSTITUENCY  CHAIRMAN). TO ALL THE SIX (6)  PARLIAMENTARY  ASPIRANTS. 

LET THE GOOD  NAME OF NPP MATTER TO YOU.

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Dear Parliamentary Aspirants and  collegues of the Kukrudites family, once again time has come to elect  parliamentary aspirant who will steer the affairs of our great party in Our Constituency  for the next four (4) years.

Our party  ( NPP) has demonstrated the capacity  to transform  our dear country’s democratic, socio- economic,  culture and industrial  structures  to bring about genuine  National  development. 

The overwhelming  endorsement of  our great party  in 2016 elections  to take the reign  and govern , doesn’t  only underscore how popular  our party is but rather the confidence  the trust that the good people of  Ghana  have in our great party to lead  them into genuine  development  so let the good name of the  NPP matter to you.

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ASIKUMA  ODOBEN BRAKWA CONSTITUENCY  TOWARDS PEACEFUL  COEXISTENCE.  BEFORE,  DURING  AND AFTER JUNE  2020 PARLIAMENTARY PRIMARIES. . 

On behalf of the  Constituency executives,  we are ready to defend  and protect the unity of the forthcoming Parliamentary  Primaries. A house or family divided against  itself cannot  stand. That house cannot   stand to fight a common enemy or opponent.  That house cannot stand to  protect its ideas. That house cannot stand to  potray its beauty  and essence.  The need for  unity at the time our party is in power  cannot be  overemphasized.  It behoves all Parliamentary aspirants, party members  to unite behind our party.

Unity within our  party is enhanced by the way we  relate with one another . Every party member has a special  and significant  role to perform  in the pursuit of the corporate  and organizational  goals of the party. There is therefore the need to respect every  individual  and appreciate  our respective  contributions to the  stability  and  growth of our  party.

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Within  our party’s  constitution  are provisions for free speech,  participation and  access.  Those provisions are  to ensure  fairness  within  an institutional  framework of rule of law.  That constitutional  arrangement  doesn’t  give  the parliamentary  aspirant  and his supporters  ammunition to  combat  each other nor creates grounds for disrespect  and arrogance.  We should therefore  eschew negative  tendencies  including the  use of  abusive  language,  insinuation,  gossiping and foulmouth. These negative  behaviours  cannot  enhance  PEACEFUL  COEXISTENCE. 

I am grateful to the Constituency Parliamentary  Elections  Committee  chaired by  Mr Eduful Annan,  Mr Frederick  Asamoah Boateng ,   the Constituency secretary,. Mr Lawrence Arthur  Research  and elections  officer  and Madam  Sylvia  who were in charge  of selling  and receiving  of Nomination forms. 

At the close of the Nomination forms   Thursday   20/ 02 / 2020   the following  aspirants   have  filed their   nominations to  contest for the forthcoming  Parliamentary Primaries in ASIKUMA  ODOBEN BRAKWA  CONSTITUENCY. 

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1. HON. ANTHONY EFFAH 

2. HON EMMANUEL ADJEI DOMSON

3. MR BRIGHT ESSILFIE KUMI 

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4.MR ERNEST  KOJO SMITH 

5. MR OFORI AMOPOMAH

6. MR BANNASCO  AMPONG ANSAH.

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God Bless AOB. NPP

God Bless Central Regional  Executives. 

God Bless Ghana.

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God Bless You All .

…….. Signed……..

OHENEBA BRUCE DOMPSON. 

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Constituency Chairman.

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Government spent GH¢40.4 billion on education between 2017 and 2020 – President Akufo-Addo

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“EXPENDITURE ON EDUCATION INCREASED BY 95% IN MY TIME” – PRESIDENT AKUFO-ADDO

President of Ghana. Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo

“So great has this government’s commitment to education been that public expenditure on education has almost doubled from twenty billion, seven hundred million cedis (GH¢20.7 billion) between 2013 and 2016, that is in the Mahama era, to forty billion, four hundred million cedis (GH¢40.4 billion) between 2017 and 2020, that is in the Akufo-Addo era, representing an increase of some ninety five percent (95%).”

These were the words of the President of the Republic of Ghana, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, on Tuesday, 4th January 2022, when he delivered a speech at the 6th Quadrennial National Delegates Conference of the Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT), at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, in Kumasi.

Addressing the gathering at the event, President Akufo-Addo noted that GNAT is what it is today because of the work of its past and current membership and leadership, and he assured that, under his administration, the work undertaken by the membership and leadership of the Association will not be in vain.

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The President, thus, used the opportunity to thank all teachers in the country for the work they did, and continue to do, in ensuring that the education of Ghanaian children, throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, has not been truncated.

“Continuous assessment, the Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) and the West Africa Senior Secondary Certificate Examination (WASSCE) have all been written by thousands and thousands of students, under your care and guidance, in conditions of safety and orderliness, and without incident. The nation is extremely appreciative of these acts of selflessness and patriotism,” he said

According to President Akufo-Addo, his vision of a modern, competitive, Ghanaian economy, spearheaded by indigenous entrepreneurs, with productive employment for the great majority of its citizens, requires skilled economic actors, and to get there, the nation needs an educated workforce.

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“Through the implementation of the Free Senior High School policy, we are ensuring that value is being added to the intellect of every Ghanaian child. This is our surest way of succeeding in adding value to the Ghanaian economy, thereby helping to create acceptable, well-paying jobs for the young people of our country,” he said.

The President continued, “For us, in Ghana, also to make a success of our nation, we must pay attention to teachers. It is only a group of well trained and motivated teachers that can help deliver the educated and skilled workforce we require to transform our economy and nation”.

Outlining the many initiatives implemented by Government since 2017, he stated that his government has restored, since coming into office five years ago, and continues to pay, teacher trainee allowances, which were abolished by the previous administration.

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“In addition to the yearly average increase in salaries over the last five (5) years, my government is, for the first time in our nation’s history, paying a professional allowance to teachers. We have abolished the three (3) months’ pay policy for teachers, we have cleared the arrears, and promotions due teachers have also been effected,” he said.

He stressed that to prevent undue delays in promotion of qualified teachers, Government will, in 2022, improve on the conduct of the aptitude test instituted by the Ghana Education Service, leveraging on lessons learnt from the one conducted in 2021.

Affordable Housing for Teachers

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“Government is also committed to the development of affordable housing for teachers all across the nation. The current initiative will involve the provision of housing for both mortgage and rental. I am fully aware that one challenge facing teacher ownership of homes beyond finance is their inability to purchase homes where they intend to retire,” he said.

Through a subsidised loan programme, President Akufo-Addo indicated that teachers will be provided an opportunity to own houses in desired locations in various parts of the country, stating that the Ministry of Education is working with the National Service Scheme on this.

In addition, the Ministry of Works and Housing is in discussion with teacher unions to provide more housing opportunities for teachers.

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“Within the next two years, it is proposed that ten thousand (10,000) housing units on affordable terms will be developed for teachers across the country. This, as we all know, is the tip of the iceberg, but it is a good beginning,” he added.

Touching on the vexed issue of laptops for teachers, President Akufo-Addo was glad the supply of laptops was appreciated by teachers, and promised that the other related matters of concern will be addressed.

“Good relations between GNAT and my government are matters of importance to me, and I will do my best to promote such relations,” he added.

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Source: The Presidency

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