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TRAIN CRASH: NDC DELIBERATELY ATTACK THE GOVERNMENT AGAIN

Not long ago there have been cases of unknown individuals sabotaging government projects where many believes it is being occasioned by the opposition NDC to cause disaffection for the Akufo-Addo/NPP government. This is aimed at scoring cheap political scores by making the government unpopular.

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Early this year, certain individuals vandalized ECG transformers and stole copper wires. This incident by some unidentified persons plunged some communities into total darkness to cause a “DUMSOR” scare.

On March 19, 2024, the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) witnessed a collapse of their distribution pylons (High Tension Distribution line). It was discovered that some unknown individuals had gone to steal the bolt and nuts attached to eight (8) ECGs pylons, which affected the following areas in Kumasi: Anwomaso BSP to Akyawkrom sub-station, Ejisu, Bekwai to Awiankwanta, Kumawu to Antoakrom, Maanso Nkwanta to Jacobu Samfo-Aduam, Ejisu to Onwe, Besease to Asotwe and Abankro to Baworo and surrounding.

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Yesterday, April 18, 2024, The Ministry of Railway and the Ghana Railway Authority experienced another sabotage from the National Democratic Congress, during the test run of the newly procured trains for the Tema-Mpakadam rail-line. The branch secretary of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Abel Dzidotor, intentionally parked a Kia Truck on the railway, succeeding in his attempt to see the train crash.

 Out of the 4 counts levelled against Mr. Dzidotor at the court, he pleaded guilty to 4 of it and has been sentenced to serve 6-month jail term.

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TRAIN CRASH: SABOTEURING EFFORTS BY THE NDC?

The owner of the abandoned truck which caused accident on one of the newly secured trains has been jailed 6 months. 41 year old Abel Dzidotor is said to have pleaded guilty in court today to three out of the four counts leveled against him.

MR ABEL DZIDOTOR BEING ARRESTED BY THE POLICE

News reaching Daily Insights today reveals, the owner of the abandoned truck, Abel Dzidotor, is a staunch NDC member and a branch secretary for the National Democratic Congress.

  Mr Abel Dzidotor, parked the abandoned truck directly across the Tema-Mpakadan railway in a sharp rail curve. Despite emergency braking by the train driver, the train couldn’t be stopped in time thereby hitting the unattended vehicle causing the train crash. The train is part of the newly procured trains from Poland and was undergoing a test run.

NEWLY PROCURED TRAINS BY THE GOVERNMENT

Early this year, it was also reported that some unidentified people have vandalized transformers and stolen copper wires plunging the some communities into darkness. This could be attributed to a calculated attempt to sabotage the government’s developmental efforts to fuel the dissemination of  propaganda in order to score cheap political points.

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DR BAWUMIA PAYS COMMISERATING VISIT TO VICTIMS OF MADINA MARKET FIRE OUTBREAK

The Vice President of the republic of Ghana, Dr Mahamud Bawumia visited the Madina Market to commiserate with victims of the fire outbreak that gutted parts of the market today.

Dr Bawumia with a trader and her daughter

The fire outbreak which began around 9pm on Wednesday April 10, gutted a section of Madina Market leaving about 50 shops and properties worth thousands of cedis destroyed. The Vice President of the republic of Ghana, Dr. Mahamud Bawumia sympathized with victims of the fire outbreak and assured them of government’s financial support  to ameliorate their plight.

Madina market after the fire outbreak

Dr. Bawumia conveyed government’s concern and assured them of government’s steps to replace the burnt shops. The presidential candidate of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) promised the traders with a new 120 store facility which will be  a three-story edifice with 70 underground shops.

Artistic impression of the 120 shore facility promised.

In addition, Dr Bawumia promised financial support through the Ghana Enterprise Agency’s Women Empowerment Fund for the traders after verification process and consultation with the municipal assembly.

He further urged them to take precautionary measures to avoid future occurrence by making sure qualified electricians wire their shops. And also, he implored they sign up to fire insurance policy to help protect their investment.

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Director of Communications for Dr Bawumia Campaign Accuses NDC of Envy and Hatred Towards Free SHS Graduates

The media at the press conference

In a recent statement, Dennis Miracles Aboagye, the Director of Communications for the Dr Bawumia Campaign, has accused the National Democratic Congress (NDC) of harboring envy, bitterness, and hatred towards the beneficiaries of the Free Senior High School (SHS) policy, commonly referred to as the “Akufo-Addo graduates”. The Free SHS policy, a flagship program of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) government led by President Nana Akufo-Addo, aims to provide free secondary education to all eligible Ghanaian students. Since its inception, the policy has been both lauded and criticized.

Some personalities present during the press conference

According to Dennis Miracles Aboagye, the recent attacks on the Free SHS policy and its beneficiaries by the NDC’s flagbearer is indication of sheer envy, bitterness, and hatred towards these promising young Ghanaians. He said that instead of celebrating the opportunities afforded to these students through the policy, the NDC has resorted to negative rhetoric and criticism.”The NDC’s constant attacks on the Free SHS policy and its beneficiaries reveal a deeper animosity towards the progress and success of young Ghanaians,” he stated. “Rather than offering constructive criticism or proposing alternative solutions, the NDC chooses to undermine the achievements of these students and the government’s efforts to improve access to education.” he further remarked.

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Government Unveils Ambitious Modernization Drive for Technical and STEM Education.

During a press conference today, Dennis Miracles Aboagye, the Director of Communications for Dr Bawumia’s 2024 Campaign, announced a comprehensive modernization and expansion drive for Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) and Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education in Ghana. He further highlighted significant achievements in the modernization of TVET, with new state-of-the-art facilities under construction and already existing ones undergoing renovation. He emphasized the government’s vision of adopting Dual TVET Method, which combines classroom learning with practical and on-the-job training which will ensure students are well-prepared for their chosen fields.

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In a bid to bolster STEM education,Dennis Miracles Aboagye revealed that the government has completed the construction of ten regional STEM centers across the country. These centers aim to train a complete STEM pipeline from primary through Junior High School (JHS) to Senior High School (SHS). The Accra High School STEM Centre, operational already, receives around two hundred and fifty students daily, offering training in robotics, 3D printing, coding, physics, chemistry, and biology for JHS and SHS students in the Greater Accra Region.Additionally, he disclosed that six other STEM centers, nearing ninety percent completion, are located at prominent educational institutions such as Mfantsipim School, Fijai SHS, Koforidua SHS, Jinijini SHS, Ahafoman SHS, and Abuakwa SHS. Meanwhile, centers at Mawuko SHS, Sefwi Wiawso SHS, and Atebubu SHS are between thirty to fifty percent complete, showcasing the government’s commitment to expanding STEM education nationwide.

STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics)

Furthermore, he remarked government has embarked on improving science laboratories (Physics, Chemistry, and Biology) in one hundred and eighty (180) selected Senior High Schools, aiming to enhance practical learning experiences and improve the quality of science education across the country. 

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Dr. Bawumia’s Bold Vision: Training 1 Million Youth in IT Skills to Transform Ghana’s Future

Vice President Dr. Bawumia has revealed a bold and ambitious plan to expand Ghana’s youth capacity and create access to international employment markets. At least one million young Ghanaians will receive IT skills training, including software creation, as part of government-private sector collaboration under the presidency of Dr.Bawumia.

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This innovative project is being presented at a critical juncture, as technological proficiency and digital literacy are becoming more and more important in the global job market. Dr. Bawumia’s policy aims to solve unemployment and establish Ghana as a hub for qualified professionals in the world of technology by providing young Ghanaians with contemporary IT capabilities.

The significance of this initiative cannot be overstated. Technology is advancing so quickly that there is a continuing demand for skilled IT professionals across all businesses. The government is empowering people and enhancing Ghana’s competitiveness in the global marketplace by funding the education and training of one million young Ghanaians.

Moreover, the collaboration with the private sector ensures that the training programs are aligned with industry needs and standards, maximizing the employability of the participants. This strategic partnership fosters a symbiotic relationship between the government, private enterprises, and the youth, driving economic growth and prosperity for all stakeholders.

Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, Flagbearer of the NPP

Dr. Bawumia’s vision goes beyond job creation; it is about unleashing the untapped potential of Ghana’s youth and positioning them as drivers of innovation and progress in the digital age. By nurturing a skilled workforce capable of competing on a global scale, Ghana can attract investment, foster entrepreneurship, and chart a path towards sustainable development.

Vice President and the Presidential Candidate of the NPP speaks

Dr. Bawumia’s commitment to training 1 million youth in IT skills is a transformative step towards harnessing Ghana’s demographic dividend and securing a brighter future for generations to come. It is a bold vision that holds the promise of unlocking Ghana’s full potential in the digital era.

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Dr. Bawumia Dazzle Patrons On His Selfless Leadership & Bold Solutions Vision

In a stirring event held at the Kofi Ohene Konadu Auditorium, the University of Professional Studies, Accra (UPSA), the stage was set for a momentous occasion as Ghana geared up for its next phase of leadership. The air buzzed with anticipation as distinguished guests, political stalwarts and members of the New Patriotic Party gathered to witness history unfold on the 7th of February 2024.

Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia

The atmosphere heated with positive energy as the Vice President of Ghana, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia made his grand entry into the Kofi Ohene Konadu Auditorium, UPSA. Before delving into his vision as the spotlight fully shifted to him, the event began with a spirit-filled prayer offered by Apostle Dr. Stephen Kwame Ntow Amoani, a poignant reminder of the spiritual foundation underpinning of the nation’s regard for the Almighty God.

As the event progressed, Hon. Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, Minister of Information and Dr. Tibu Darko, Deputy General Secretary of the NPP took to the centere stage to extend a warm welcome to audience, setting the tone for what was to come and Mr. Stephen Ntim, Party Chairman, followed suit, emphasizing the party’s commitment to democracy, diversity, unity and how poised they are to attain victory in the upcoming Election 2024. Their words echoed a resounding call for solidarity, urging all to rally behind the chosen candidate and all parliamentary candidates for a brighter future.

Audience cheer Bawumia on

However, it was the presence of a towering figure from Ghana’s political landscape that added a midas touch of nostalgic and reverence to the event. Former President Kuffuor, affectionately known as Ghana’s gentle giant, graced the event with his wisdom and experience. Recalling his encounter with Dr. Bawumia over two decades ago, President Kuffuor painted a vivid picture of a man destined for greatness, a sentiment echoed by his subsequent rise in politics.

Reflecting on the challenges of modern leadership, President J. A. Kufuor emphasized the need for visionary leadership, grounded in both humility and technological prowess. His impassioned plea for competence and unity resonated deeply, transcending party lines and echoing the collective aspirations of the nation.

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In his closing remarks, President J. A. Kufuor left no doubt about his belief in Dr. Bawumia’s ability to steer Ghana towards a brighter future. With unwavering conviction, he called upon all Ghanaians to embrace this moment of destiny, urging them to unite behind their chosen leader with renewed hope and determination. This huge endorsement was graceful and glorifying to the DMB brand and to a larger extent, the elephant family.

As the event proceeded, there was a palpable sense of optimism in the air, a shared belief that Ghana’s next chapter would be defined by selfless leadership, bold solutions, and a collective commitment to progress. In the words of President J. A. Kufuor; “Cometh the Hour, Cometh the Man is now!” and with Dr. Bawumia at the helm of affairs, Ghana is poised to write a new and inspiring chapter in its storied history.

Finally, the Man of the Moment mounted the podium and all set to deliver his masterpiece. Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia started as he unveiled his ambitious plans to propel Ghana into a new era of prosperities and opportunities. With the upcoming presidential elections looming, Dr. Bawumia’s speech captured the attention of Ghanaians nationwide, offering a glimpse into his vision for the country’s future.

Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia and wife, Hajia Samira Bawumia

The flagbearer of the New Patriotic Party began by acknowledging the pressing economic challenges facing Ghanaians, particularly in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic and other global economic challenges. He emphasized the need to tackle rising costs of living head-on, outlining comprehensive strategies to address key areas such as agriculture, energy, housing, and transport.

Highlighting the importance of food security, Bawumia pledged to leverage technology and irrigation to boost commercial farming and enhance improved agricultural activities. He also unveiled plans to invest in renewable energy, aiming to reduce dependence on oil and gas while significantly lowering energy costs through the introduction of solar and wind power.

Underscoring Ghana’s vast natural resources, including gold, lithium, and bauxite, Bawumia emphasized the importance of value addition and Ghanaian ownership. He outlined policies to support responsible mining practices, formalize small-scale mining, and increase Ghana’s gold reserves to stabilize the national currency.

Dr. Bawumia reiterated his commitment to industrialization, particularly in sectors such as agro-processing, gold refinery, and automobile production. He emphasized the importance of empowering local businesses, reducing smuggling, and establishing special economic zones to spur economic growth and job creation.

Addressing concerns about corruption, Bawumia stressed the need for transparency and accountability in governance. He outlined plans to promote a cashless society, introduce digital currencies, and publish public contracts online to enhance transparency and reduce opportunities for corruption.

Bawumia reaffirmed his commitment to investing in education and healthcare, including expanding infrastructure at medical schools and supporting special needs students. He also emphasized the importance of caring for vulnerable groups, partnering with faith-based organizations to promote ethical values and community support.

Bringing his remarks to a conclusion, Dr. Bawumia appealed to Ghanaians to embrace his vision for the future, emphasizing his track record of integrity, hard work, and dedication to public service. He also urged Ghanaians to break free from the shackles of impossibilities and embrace the mindset of Possibilities.

With regards of the upcoming elections, Bawumia urged voters to consider the choice between progress and stagnation, pledging to lead Ghana into a new era of prosperities and opportunities.

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Ghana’s Next Chapter: Dr. Bawumia’s Vision of Selfless Leadership and Bold Solutions for the Future

In a momentous event scheduled for the 7th of February 2024 at 4:00 pm, Ghana’s Vice President, Dr. Bawumia, takes center stage as the presidential candidate for the New Patriotic Party. With the much-anticipated address titled “Ghana’s Next Chapter: Selfless Leadership and Bold Solutions for the Future,” Dr. Bawumia is set to unveil his vision for a prosperous and harmonious Ghana.

Dr. Bawumia is set to speak on the 7th

The chosen venue for this significant discourse is the Kofi Ohene Konadu Auditorium at the University of Professional Studies, Accra (UPSA).

Dr. Bawumia’s focus on “Selfless Leadership” implies a departure from conventional political narratives, emphasizing a dedication to the collective welfare of the Ghanaian people. This theme echoes a commitment to servant leadership, where the needs and aspirations of the citizens take precedence over personal or political gain.

The concept of “Bold Solutions for the Future” hints at a forward-looking agenda that acknowledges the challenges faced by Ghana and proposes innovative, courageous approaches to address them. Dr. Bawumia seems poised to steer the nation’s economy and overall development through a transformative era, tackling issues head-on with strategic and daring initiatives.

As the event unfolds, it is anticipated that Dr. Bawumia will not only articulate his vision but also connect with the audience on a personal level. Humanizing the political discourse is crucial in fostering a sense of relatability and trust between leaders and the people they aim to serve.

Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, Presidential Candidate of the NPP

This address serves as a pivotal moment in the political landscape, offering Ghanaians a glimpse into the leadership style and values that Dr. Bawumia envisions for the country. The choice of UPSA as the venue reinforces the importance of education in nation-building, signaling an understanding that a well-informed and empowered citizenry is vital for sustainable progress.

As Ghana eagerly awaits this event, there is a palpable sense of anticipation and hope for a new chapter guided by selfless leadership and bold solutions. Dr. Bawumia’s address has the potential to shape the narrative of the upcoming elections and, more importantly, the trajectory of Ghana’s future.

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Govt provides GHC100million funding to young entrepreneurs — Bawumia

H.E Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia

The government has disbursed over GHC100 million as grant funding and training to youth-led start-ups and Micro, Small and Medium-Scale Enterprises (MSMEs) to generate youth entrepreneurs and leverage Ghana’s youthful population to stimulate economic empowerment and development.

Through the Ghana Jobs and Skills Project (GJSP) and the Ghana Economic Transformation Project (GETP) implemented by the Ghana Enterprises Agency, the government has provided capacity building on business management, technical assistance and grant funding to over 30,000 persons, selected start-ups and MSMEs, with many more expected to receive same in the coming year.

Addressing thousands of youth drawn from across the country at the end of a YouStartGrant Expo dubbed “Empowering Youth Entrepreneurs for a Resilient Economy” in Accra, the Vice President, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia reiterated the government’s determination to provide the youth with the necessary training and funds to make it on their own and contribute their quota to national development.

“It is exciting to note that these initiatives are ongoing efforts by the government to create an entrepreneurial economy. In September 2023, the government, through the Ghana Enterprises Agency, approved over GHC35 Million to 272 MSMEs under various components of the Ghana Economic Transformation Project (GETP).

“Also, between September 2021 and August 2022, the government supported over 780 firms with grant funding of over GHS65 Million under the GETP.

YouStart cash donations for Startups

“I am happy to announce that the Government of Ghana, through the Ghana Jobs and Skills Project (GJSP) and the Ghana Economic Transformation Project (GETP), will award grant support of almost GHS 65 million to 3,000 start-ups and MSMEs gathered here, with the total support to beneficiaries in 2023, totalling GHS 100 million. It is also important to note that a special grant package has been designed to support and empower Persons With Disabilities (PWD),” he announced.

Over 30,000 young persons and MSMEs have already received between four and five days of Business Management Training, with more entrepreneurs and start-ups and established enterprises expected to receive grant funding in 2024 under the YouStartGrant initiative.

YouStart Event in Accra

“By the end of these two Projects, the government will have supported more than 50,000 start-ups and MSMEs with technical and financial support through the Ghana Enterprises Agency.”

The overall impact of these two initiatives extends beyond financial figures and statistical metrics, the Vice President noted.

“This grant funding is not just a monetary transaction; it is an investment in the dreams, aspirations and potential of the youth. It is a signal that shows the youth of this great nation that ‘it is possible’. Through strategic partnerships and targeted interventions, we are creating an environment of possibilities where ideas flourish, businesses thrive and individuals find the means to unleash their potential. And it is surely the complementary pathway to nurture and reap the demographic dividend of having a youthful population.

“By providing financial resources alongside targeted training programs, we are empowering the youth for the paradigm shift of job creation as opposed to job seekers. I strongly believe that such Technical Assistance and catalytic grants will drive the objective of promoting private investments and business growth. This is a strategic move towards industrialisation, export expansion, and job creation.

“Let us recognise the significance of today’s grant signing ceremony in shaping the destiny of our nation. Let it re-echo in our minds and hearts that investing in the strengthening of the nation’s youth and businesses through these interventions stimulates and lays the foundations for economic growth and prosperity for all.

“By empowering the youth, we are contributing to a secure future where no one is left behind, and our nation stands as an icon of success on the international stage.”

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Bawumia warns GRA: Use the Ghana Card to expand your tax base

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Dr. Mahamudu Buwumia, the vice president, has pleaded with the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) to use the Ghana Card as the foundation for data and information in order to expand the nation’s tax base.

The Life changing Ghana Card

He claimed that the government has been able to raise the percentage of individuals with Tax Identification Numbers (TINs) from the 4% it inherited in 2017 to the current 85% since the TIN and Ghana Card systems were merged.

I’m warning GRA about this. Now that we’ve put this together, I’m stating that the data is available,” the vice president stated.

Dr. Bawumia with the Asante Hene

He bemoaned, “It is a very lazy approach to go and keep looking for taxes from people who are already paying their taxes when you can look at the vast majority who are not paying their taxes,” emphasizing that greater revenue would be generated and the tax net would widen before further tax increases were necessary.

Dr Bawumia made the appeal in a keynote address at the 57th Congregation of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) in Kumasi last Friday.

The Ashanti Regional Minister, Simon Osei Mensah, the Vice-Chancellor of KNUST, Professor Rita Akosua Dickson, and the Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, who also serves as the institution’s Chancellor, honored the occasion.

Other guests in the jam-packed KNUST Great Hall included scholars, legislators, and traditional leaders. At the 57th Congregation of the KNUST in Kumasi, Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II (3rd from left), and Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia (3rd from right) are shown beside other of the dignitaries who were awarded honorary doctorates.

Early in the next year, the Vice-President also alluded to the introduction of a personal credit score system by the government.
He claimed that “everyone would have a credit score” and that “interest rates were higher” since there was no credit score system and everyone was viewed as dangerous.

Vice President Bawumia bows to greet Otumfo


Nevertheless, Dr. Bawumia pointed out that the government had pledged its unwavering support to improve infrastructure and facilities, including the completion of the KNUST Teaching Hospital, in order to lessen the burden of student formation and training. This was in recognition of the demands made by the Free SHS on upper education institutions.

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