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Young People Can’t Rule Ghana Yet – Alabi

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National Democratic Congress(NDC) Presidential Candidate hopeful, Prof. Joshua Alabi,  has said Ghana is not yet ready to be governed by young people.

Asked if he is not too old to govern the country, the former vice chancellor of the University of Professional studies (UPSA) now Opoku Ampomah University of Professional studies told Francis Abban on Morning Starr that the country has not gotten to the level where it can be left in the hands of younger ones.

“We still have not gotten to the level where we can leave the country in the hands of the younger ones. They have to be groomed. I don’t think I am too old to serve the country. In this country, we believe that 60 years is enough to serve a country but it is different in other parts of the world”.

Mr. Alabi’s statement disputes calls for the review or removal of constitutional age limits for Ghanaians who wish to contest the high office of the presidency.

Former President John Mahama is on record to have declared called for the review or removal of constitutional age limits for Ghanaians who wish to contest the presidency.

“In my country, young people are in Parliament and contesting other positions but not the presidency. Our constitution says you must be 40 to contest to be president. Some advocacy has started for age restriction to be removed or reduced and I support it,” Mahama said.

A former Chief of Staff who served in the Kufuor administration, Kwadwo Mpiani  has also said the country may be missing out on some competent persons by limiting the pool of potential leaders.

‘If in other places, people below 40 are able to offer themselves to be elected as Prime Ministers, Presidents and they do well, why can’t we do this in Ghana? Are we depriving ourselves? Maybe there are exceptional youth in the country who can become Presidents and maybe perform well. I really don’t fancy the idea of putting in this limit.”

Under the Fourth Republic, the average age of the presidents when they began their terms has been 59.

Jerry John Rawlings was 45 when he was elected President in 1992.

His successor, John Kufuor, was 61 when he became President in 2001 after the first civilian change of power.

He was followed by John Atta Mills, who was 64, John Mahama who was 54 and the current President, Nana Akufo-Addo, who was 72 years of age, the oldest of the lot.

 

Source: StarrFMonline.com

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Judge Me By My Works, Not My Wardrobe – Samira Bawumia

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Wife of Ghana’s Vice-President, Samira Bawumia says she is least perturbed about social media critics on her choice of clothing.

Rather, she says people should be more concerned about how she is using her position to impact the lives of others.

Mrs Bawumia since the inauguration of President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo on January 7, 2016, has been an attraction at many public events with her fashion.

She has been criticised by some people who feel her choice of clothing do not reflect her religious leanings as a Muslim and her position as wife of the Vice President.

But in an interview on Accra-based Citi FM Wednesday, Mrs Bawumia noted that instead of paying attention to her wardrobe; she wished that people would rather focus on her work.

“I wish it wouldn’t be the preoccupation…because I’m doing a lot of work that I will rather highlight. I mean if a woman is dressing well there shouldn’t be anything wrong with that. I think we should own our beauty and also make a difference,” she said.

She also noted that her choice of wardrobe is also promoting the business for those who make them and that is something that excites her.

“Sometimes I wear clothes and those who made it for me, their business booms and I’m happy for them because I’m also promoting their industry.”

Nonetheless, she says, such comments only become a bother when they tend to spite her.

“I worry slightly about how sometimes the discourse goes because this politics turns to be sometimes a little vicious. I don’t mind for my own personal saying because if someone I don’t know has an opinion about me [that’s] tough; but I worry about the people I know and how they feel about my interaction with them and for the most time I get a positive response,” she said.

source: peacefmonline

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Amissah-Arthur: ‘I Wasn’t Made Useless’ By John Mahama

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Former Vice President Kwesi Amissah-Arthur has denied a publication that former President John Mahama rendered him ‘useless’.

The story which was carried by Otec FM reported the former Vice President who was allegedly speaking on the phone to somebody else saying: “need I say more? We all know who was used to relegate me to the background. I don’t need to mention a name for you to decipher who it was, but you are quite aware whom I am referring to. As a matter of fact, I was made redundant”

However in response, Mr Amissah-Arthur said: “I have never had a telephone (or any) conversation remotely resembling what has been written…it’s a figment of people’s imagination and should be treated with the contempt it deserves”.

According to him, he got along very well with former President Mahama and that they ‘had a divine friendship’.

The former President and his Vice are working together as a team to project the interest of the National Democratic Congress towards election 2020.

source: peacefmonline

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NPP Youth Attack GHA Office; Chase Out Workers

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Workers of the Ghana Highways Authority in the Northern region on Tuesday had to flee for their lives after a youth group affiliated to the New Patriotic Party attacked the directorate over claims that road contracts have been awarded to NDC contractors.

A secretary to the director, Alberta Akorogo who spoke to Starr News stated that an unknown man entered the premises and asked to see the director but he was informed that the director was in Accra for a meeting.

According to Madam Akorogo, the man left only to return a few minutes later with a group of violent people with weapons who assaulted her and other workers of the Highways authority.

She stated that the group claimed that the Highways authority was only awarding contracts to NDC members while NPP members in the region hardly get any contract.

The group allegedly scattered office documents and some very important files after they forced their way into the main offices.

Madam Akorogo was rescued by her colleagues, but Starr News’ Northern regional correspondent Eliasu Tanko reports that the secretary was rushed to the hospital for treatment.

The workers, according to her, had to flee for their lives after the group became agitated and more aggressive.

The workers at the directorate claim that this is not the first time that such an attack has occurred but nobody has been arrested yet. The workers are demanding immediate protection from the security services or will not report for work on Wednesday.

The attack comes weeks after the former regional chairman of the NPP Bugri Naabu admitted sanctioning an attack on a contractor working on drainage in the region claiming that contractor was an NDC member.

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