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Asikuma Odoben Brakwa NDC Deputy Constituency Organizer Defect To NPP 

Mr. Eric Saah, NDC Deputy Constituency Organizer, Asikuma-Odoben-Brakwa

Deputy Constituency Organizer of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) in the Asikuma-Odoben-Brakwa Constituency, Mr Eric Saah has resigned from post and defected to join the NPP. 

Defection From NDC To NPP

On Monday, 2nd November, 2020 Mr. Eric Saah issued an official letter to the chairman of the New Patriotic Party in AOB stating his reasons of resigning from his position as Deputy Constituency Organizer of the NDC to join the NPP. 

According to Mr. Eric Saah, his mentor is Hon. Eric Kwesi Taylor, the former NDC Parliamentary Aspirant who defected to join the NPP last week and if his mentor has left the party then he is following him to the ruling New Patriotic Party. 

Mr Saah also indicated that, he is leaving the NDC together with his wife who also occupies a position as Branch Women’s organizer at Breman Benin. 

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The official resignation and defection letter by Mr. Eric Saah, AOB-NDC Deputy Organizer is attached below: 

RESIGNATION FROM POSITION AS DEPUTY CONSTITUENCY ORGANIZER/DEFECTION TO NPP

I write to inform you officially that I have lost interest in the NDC Party and therefore tender my letter of resignation from the party. 

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The reason is that, Hon. Eric Taylor fought and raised the NDC Party from total collapse in 2017 and brought it to present stage. Hon. Taylor encourages me and brought me from membership position to my present position as the Deputy Constituency Organizer.

Therefore, if this mentor is leaving the party following unnecessary insults and assaults then I am nowhere to be recognized in the party anymore. 

From my observation, since with Hon. Taylor, he possesses enviable qualities which is worth nothing and emulated. In order not for me to lose these qualities, I have decided to follow my Mentor to join the NPP accordingly. 

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Please note that I am leaving with my wife, Sarah Annan who is serving as a Branch Women’s Organizer at Benin. 

Yours faithfully 

Signed 

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ERIC SAAH 

cc: 

 NPP Constituency chairman, AOB 

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The Regional Chairman NPP Cape Coast. 

The Regional Chairman NDC Cape Coast

Source: Sintim Media 

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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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