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Akufo-Addo commissions Ghana’s first micro-hydro power station in Hohoe

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President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has drawn the attention of the electorate in the Volta Region to the fact that despite voting for the National Democratic Congress over the years, the region has seen very little in terms of development initiated and implemented by NDC governments.

“I am sure that all of you have seen that, today, the umbrella has got nothing but holes in it. It can no longer act like an umbrella; it’s got holes in it. When it rains and you put it up, the water will be upon you because it’s no longer working as an umbrella,” the President remarked.

“The umbrella has dominated the politics of the Volta Region in the Fourth Republic, but what are the results? What is the progress that the Volta Region has seen under the umbrella? Zero! Zero! Zero! Absolutely zero!” he said.

President Akufo-Addo therefore urged the electorate in the region to change their voting pattern in favour of the governing NPP when they go to the polls on December 7.

He made the appeal on Saturday at the launch of the 2020 campaign of the New Patriotic Party’s parliamentary candidate for Hohoe, John-Peter Amewu, at the RC Park in Hohoe.

 

Volta under NPP

President Akufo-Addo indicated that in the three and a half to four years of the ‘elephant’ in the Volta Region, a lot of changes, in terms of development, are taking place in the region.

“The time has come, with Hohoe in the lead, for the Volta Region to come and sit on the elephant, and the promise I am making to you is that, when you get on the elephant, you will never get off the elephant. You will stay there and stay there for years and years and years to come,” he said.

The President stressed that “the elephant has come to bring progress and development to our country,” adding: “The New Patriotic Party has the blueprint for the development of Ghana. I am inviting you to join the New Patriotic Party for the development of our country.”

In John-Peter Amewu, President Akufo-Addo is confident that Hohoe has got an excellent candidate, describing him as one of the outstanding Ministers of his government.

“He was very good as the Minister of Lands and Natural Resources and a brilliant Minister of Energy. The man who has kept the lights on in our country, the man who is saving us a lot of money, renegotiating with the IPPs of our country. Even without being an MP, you have seen the work that he has been doing in Hohoe. Add MP to the Minister, and you will see the rapid transformation of Hohoe,” the President told the people.

President Akufo-Addo indicated that, as opposed to 2016 when he had no record of holding the high office of the President, this time, “I have to come to you on my record, what I have done in these four years as President of the Republic.”

He added: “The question that you have to ask yourself: have I remained faithful to you? Have I stood by my commitments to you? And if I have stood by my commitments, if I have remained faithful to you, then you can look upon me as a man of integrity, a man who keeps his words, a man who fulfils his promises to the people.”

The President appealed to the people to continue to trust him, assuring that “the next four years is going to be even better than the four years that we’ve gone through.”

“I will not make any commitments to you that I cannot fulfil. I will never do that to the people of Ghana,” he stressed.

Micro-hydro power station

Earlier, President Akufo-Addo commissioned Ghana’s first micro-hydro power generating station, located at Tsatsadu, Alavanyo, in the Hohoe constituency.

Describing the ceremony as a happy day for the people of Alavanyo and himself, President Akufo-Addo noted that the 45kw Tsatsadu hydro power generating station will “provide power for rapid economic development in Alavanyo.”

The origins of the project date back to 2005, when the Ministry of Energy, under the government of President John Agyekum Kufuor, entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) and International Network on Small Hydro Power of China (IN-SHP) to undertake studies geared towards the development of small hydro power potentials in the country.

Abandoned

According to the President, before the project could be operationalized in the twenty-two sites identified, the NPP lost the 2008 elections, and, “like many other important initiatives of the Kufuor government, this project was also abandoned”.

Upon his assumption of office in 2017, President Akufo-Addo directed the Ministry of Energy, together with the Bui Power Authority, to re-develop the hydro power generating stations, including the one at Tsatsasu.

The Tsatsadu project was initially designed as a 30kW stand-alone system, but was redesigned and upgraded to a 45kW grid-connection system based on the outcome of the additional studies.

The President assured the Togbega of Alavanyo that the road leading up to the Tsatsadu Generating Station is “under active development, and will be done,” stressing: “Indeed, Alavanyo, it shall be well”.

 

Bawumia condemns NDC’s hypocrisy over Rawlings’ death  

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Dr Bawumia

Vice-President Mahamudu Bawumia has dared the leadership of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) to march against the Airbus scandal and all the scandals which engulfed the erstwhile administration of former President Mahama if they truly believe in probity and accountability.

 

Dr Bawumia’s riposte is in response to the NDC’s decision to embark on a march for probity and accountability in honour of the late former President Jerry John Rawlings.

 

Speaking in Yendi, on Saturday, following the resumption of his campaign after a seven-day break in honour of the late former President, Vice-President  Bawumia slammed the leadership of the NDC for exhibiting “hypocrisy and dishonesty.”

 

Disrespect to Rawlings

Dr Bawumia said, considering the well-known disrespect the NDC leadership showed to the late former President when he was alive, as well the several corruption cases recorded under the Mahama administration, he is astonished about how the NDC leadership is pretending to love the ex President after his death, and exhibiting hypocritical guts to march for probity and accountability in his honour.

 

“Today, after the death of the former President, may his soul rest in peace, Jerry John Rawlings, they (NDC) are now there saying that they are marching in his honour for probity and accountability. Where was the probity and accountability when they were chopping the SADA money?” Dr Bawumia queried.

 

He added: “They should be marching for the SADA guinea fowls not for probity and accountability – that’s the march they should be doing and we will see what accountability they have given.

 

“They should be marching for the bus branding scandal. They should be marching for the Airbus scandal. That is the probity and accountability Ghanaians want to see.”

 

Barking dog

 

Vice-President Bawumia also recounted instances of disrespect and name calling the NDC leadership showed the late Jerry Rawlings to buttress his point of labelling their actions as hypocritical and dishonest.

 

“When John Rawlings was alive, they were not marching for probity and accountability. They were rather disrespecting him. They were calling him the barking dog, the Volta dog. Isn’t that the case? They were disrespecting him and they got babies with sharp teeth to attack him.

 

“Today, now that he is dead, they are saying they are marching for probity and accountability. Their march should be named the march for hypocrisy and dishonesty,” he said.

 

 

NDC Bole ‘boys’ abandon Mahama

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NPP National Youth Organiser, Nana B (left), in a group picture with the youth

About 200 NDC youth in the Bole constituency, the hometown of the NDC flagbearer, John Mahama, have defected to the governing NPP.

They were welcomed into the NPP by the party’s National Youth Organiser, Henry Nana Boakye, who urged them to vote massively for President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo and the party’s parliamentary candidate for the area, David Deima, in the December 7 general election.

“Don’t vote for a party because of where the presidential candidate or the parliamentary candidate is coming from. Vote for a party that has real appetite for development,” Nana B said.

The Savannah Regional Youth Organiser of the NPP, Raphael Akati Mahama, who accompanied Nana B to welcome the defectors, expressed appreciation to the youth for their resolve to ensure that the Akufo-Addo administration gets ‘four more years to do more’ for Ghanaians.

Mr Akati urged them to live an exemplary life with good traces that will be capable of bringing more supporters of the NDC into the NPP.

Development

The leader and spokesperson of the defectors, Alhassan Anas, speaking on behalf of his colleagues, cited the massive infrastructural development in the constituency and the implementation of numerous social intervention programmes by the government as reasons for the defection.

The group, who in 2016 carried NPP branded casket to signify ‘the end of President Akufo-Addo’ said they had been neglected by the NDC after deceiving them to embark on the ‘shameful’ act.

“John Mahama is our brother who has neglected us over the years,” the leader of the group said.

They have pledged to step up the campaign in every corner of the constituency to make sure the NPP wins the Bole seat for the first time.

Gov’t Free Wi-fi service for students begins

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Dr Bawumia (second right) commissions the project

Vice-President Mahamudu Bawumia Friday commissioned the government’s flagship Free Wi-fi service for schools in the country.

The project, currently anchored on 650 kilometres of the fibre optic network of the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG), is part of the government’s ongoing programme to provide Free Wi-fi to all 722 public Senior High Schools, 46 Colleges of Education, and at least 15 traditional public tertiary institutions across the country, 13 of which are in the operational zone of ECG.

Dr Bawumia

Beneficiaries

The two other public tertiary institutions, University of Development Studies (UDS), Tamale, and the University of Energy and Natural Resources (UENR), Sunyani, as well as the campuses of the newly created University Colleges in northern Ghana, fall outside the operational area of ECG, and will be served by the Northern Electricity Company (NEDCO) in collaboration with GRIDCO and NITA.

The 13 beneficiary institutions are University of Ghana, Legon; Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi; University of Cape Coast, Cape Coast; University of Education, Winneba; Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA), Accra; University of Health and Allied Sciences (UHAS), Ho; University of Mines and Technology (UMaT), Tarkwa; and University of Professional Studies, Accra (UPSA).

The rest are Regional Maritime University, Accra; Ghana Technology University College (GTUC), Accra; Ghana Institute of Journalism, Accra; Ghana Institute of Languages, Accra and National Film and Television Institute (NAFTI), Accra.

Fourth Industrial Revolution

Speaking at the commissioning of the project at the new campus of the Ghana Institute of Journalism, Dr Bawumia noted that when the Akufo-Addo government conceived of the Free Wi-Fi to schools’ project, nobody could have predicted that COVID-19 would make distance learning a central part of academic work at all levels of education. He said this visionary move had enabled Ghana’s educational institutions to prepare students for the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

“As disruptive and devastating as COVID is, it has supercharged the need to accelerate high speed internet connectivity to ensure that academic work, commercial transactions, social interactions and other human activities can go on uninterrupted without physical contact.

“The benefits of this Free Wi-Fi project cannot be over emphasised enough. Lecturers, teachers and students will have access to the necessary educational information to enhance teaching, learning and research in our Universities, Colleges, Senior High and Basic Schools across the country.

“Government is therefore determined to pursue the digitization agenda at all facets of the Ghanaian economy. Government is committed to leveraging ICT technology as a cross-cutting enabler of economic growth, innovation of service delivery and powerful tool of accelerated learning. This commitment is reflected in the sheer number of related digital applications and policy plans that government has adopted in the past 4 years,” he said.

Equal opportunities

Describing the Free Wi-Fi project as “a leveller of academic opportunities” and “an equal opportunity window to the world of ‘Internet of Things”, Vice-President Bawumia pointed out that a student in a less endowed school will have access to the same academic material available to his or her counterpart in a more endowed school.

“The difference now will be the student’s own ability and discipline to apply him or herself diligently to studies,” he said.

Given the success of this pilot project, Dr Bawumia disclosed, the government is determined to roll out the Free Wi-Fi to cover all tertiary and secondary institutions from next year.

The beneficiary institutions include but is not limited to all Technical Universities, all Colleges of Education, all Nursing Training Colleges and all Senior High Schools.

The ongoing Wi-Fi project in the Senior High Schools, which is being led by the Ministries of Communications and Education, will be accelerated and enhanced through high speed internet connectivity leveraging on the combined fibre optic infrastructure of ECG, GRIDCo, NEDCo and NITA.

Other projects

Further activities to be undertaken under the project include the provision of 4,800 additional Wi-Fi Access Points (APs), made up of 4,186 outdoor and 614 indoor, to the already existing ones in the 13 institutions. Given the average radius covered by each AP, it is estimated that the total radius to be covered by the 4,800 additional APs will be approximately 840km.  With this extended coverage area, students, lecturers and the academic community will have access to high speed internet in every strategic facility on the various campuses.

“The Akufo-Addo government is committed to deepening our digital infrastructure, our digital skills and digital entrepreneurship in our effort to build Ghana as a central hub in the sub-region. Government will continue to count on the private sector as we seek to offer more innovative services as well as create more jobs for our youthful population,” he pledged.

Osafo-Maafo urges Ghanaians to continue supporting NPP

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Senior Minister, Yaw Osafo-Maafo,

The Senior Minister, Yaw Osafo-Maafo, has urged Ghanaians to continue supporting President Akufo-Addo and the governing NPP to implement laudable policies for the benefit of present and future generations.

 

He says NPP is the best thing that ever happened to Ghana and that Ghanaians stand to lose should the party exit power after the December 7 general elections.

 

It is as a result of this that he has also urged the people to disregard the vile propaganda against the ruling party by NDC and massively vote for President Akufo-Addo and all NPP parliamentary candidates  during the December 7 presidential and parliamentary elections.

 

Track records        

 

Addressing the chiefs and people of Takoradi during his recent visit to the oil city to cut the sod for the commencement of rehabilitation and expansion works on   Sekondi-Takoradi water supply system, Mr Osafo-Maafo reiterated that the December 7 election is about the track records of the two major political parties in Ghana.

 

He said the NDC flagbearer, John Dramani Mahama, and the incumbent President Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo have both had the opportunity of ruling Ghana. The Senior Minister therefore urged the citizenry to compare and use their works as a yardstick for assessing them.

 

Fortunately, the Senior Minister said, NPP’s works such as Free SHS, 1D1F, One Ambulance, One Constituency, NABCO,  Planting for Food and Jobs, One Village, One Dam  are there for everybody to see and not in a ‘green book’.

 

Violence-free elections

He said NPP believes in peaceful elections and would leave no stone unturned in making the December 7 elections violence-free.

According to the Senior Minister, all security personnel and agencies in the country have been charged by the government to ensure that nobody indulges in acts of violence or confusion on the election day.

He said it would also not be out of place if the traditional authorities caution those who intend causing mayhem on the election day to rescind their decision in order not to clash with security personnel.

 

Mr Osafo-Maafo reminded the people of full preparedness on the part of government to protect the security, peace and tranquility of the country.

 

He also reminded Ghanaians on the need to continue to adhere to the Covid-19 safety protocols since the pandemic is yet not over.

Akufo-Addo, Bawumia applauded for Dagbon peace

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Naabakpema Mahama Ahmed Mahama, Chief of Kworli Traditional Area, flanked by Dr Bawumia (left) and the NPP candidate for the area

The Paramount Chief of Kworli Traditional Area in the Zabzugu constituency of the Northern Region, Naabakpema Mahama Ahmed Mahama, has said that the people of Dagbon will forever remain grateful to the government of President Akufo-Addo for the immense contribution to the restoration of peace in Dagbon.

 

Speaking during a durbar of the chiefs and people of the Kworle Traditional Area in Nakpali on Saturday, in honour of the Vice-President, the Paramount Chief said posterity would never forget the role President Akufo-Addo and Dr Bawumia played to resolve the Dagbon chieftaincy crisis.

 

“On behalf of the people of Kworli Traditional Area, I wish to thank His Excellency Nana Akufo-Addo ‘elephantly’ for the fatherly role he played in resolving the age long Dagbon chieftaincy crisis,” Naabakpema Mahama said.

 

“The Nana-Bawumia led government has been written in the history books of Dagbon in particular and the world in general. We will forever remain grateful to you and your government,” the chief said.

Naabakpema Mahama Ahmed Mahama, Chief of Kworli Traditional Area,

“President Akufo-Addo could not have done what that without your support. Your Excellency, Dagbon history will never forget Nana and Bawumia,” he added.

 

The Paramount Chief also congratulated Dr Bawumia  on his fourth successive partnership with President Akufo-Addo as the running mate for the NPP’s ticket in next month’s election.

 

Vice-President Bawumia thanked the chiefs and people of the area for their warm  words, and urged them to continue to support President Akufo-Addo to enable him continue with his all-inclusive development policies.

 

Dr Bawumia stressed that President Akufo-Addo has proven that he is committed to the development of the country, especially providing equal opportunities for all through his government’s pro-poor policies such as Planting for Food and Jobs, One Village One Dam, One Constituency One Ambulance, as well as Free SHS.

 

Freddie Blay urges NPP to protect its ballot

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NPP National Chairman, Freddie Blay

The National Chairman of the governing NPP, Freddie Blay, has urged members of the party to work hard and ensure that massive victory is attained in the December 7 general election.

He stated that until victory is attained, members of the party should continue to work hard, saying “if we sleep, it will slip”.

Mr Blay was speaking in a meeting with Greater Accra regional executives, constituency executives, MMDCEs, government appointees, volunteer groups, regional campaign team, patrons and some leading members of the party as part of his ongoing nationwide tour.

Greater Accra critical

Mr Blay noted that Greater Accra is going to be the determining region in this year’s election, and urged members of the party to continue working hard.

“We need a resounding victory to send a strong signal to the entire country that we are not ready to go back to John Mahama’s wilderness, that we are poised for Akufo-Addo’s Promised Land,” he said.

He indicated that the people of Ghana have tasted both Akufo-Addo and John Mahama’s governments and can make informed decision to retain the NPP, but the party cannot be complacent.

Records

“We came from Mahama’s wilderness where there was dumsor, where agricultural growth was in the negative, where industrial growth was nothing to write home about, where nursing and teacher training allowances were cancelled, where the unemployment situation was so unbearable that it led to the formation of the unemployed graduates association, where the cost of electricity was more than the cost of rent, where  institutional corruption was the order of the day, the likes of SADA, GYEEDA, WOYOME illegal payments and so on and so forth,” he said.

The NPP Chairman noted the Akufo-Addo government was therefore given to Ghanaians by God to save the country.

He spoke about successes of the government such as the restoration of teacher and nursing training allowances, free secondary education, Planting for Food and Jobs, through which Ghana is currently exporting 19 food crops.

“Our cocoa farmers, for the first time in history, have over 28 per cent increment in the producer price of cocoa. Stable electricity, reduction in import duty, reduction in the cost of electricity, free electricity to over 1. 2 million lifeline consumers, free water to all Ghanaians, making teachers the cardinal centre of our education with the restoration of book and research allowances, the introduction of professional development allowance, the introduction of free postgraduate education for all medical doctors and so on,” he said.

 

“We have major automobile giants like Sino truck, Toyota, VW and Nissan, all setting up assembly plants in the country. Beyond that, local assembly companies have equally received help from tax incentives to serve as financial assistance,” he added.

 

Hard work

The NPP Chairman noted that notwithstanding the massive achievements, the party machinery needs not to sleep until the last ballot is counted and a resounding victory declared. He commended the party’s leadership in the region and appealed to all executive members to bury their differences in order to prosecute the agenda with a united front.

The Regional Chairman, Mr Divine Agorhom, assured the National Chairman that the regional machinery is poised for a resounding victory, come December 7, adding that they would do all within their means to win Greater Accra Region with a massive margin.

Cocoa farmers hail Akufo-Addo

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Some staff members of the West Akyem Cooperative Cocoa Farmers Mutual Support and Social Services Society Limited

Some cocoa farmers in the West Akyem Municipality of the Eastern Region have eulogised President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo for increasing the producer price of cocoa, even in the era of the novel coronavirus pandemic.

A new cocoa producer price of GH¢10,560 per metric ton, equivalent to GH¢660 per bag, was announced by President Akufo-Addo for the 2020/21 crop year.

This represents a hike of more than 28 per cent over the price obtained in the outgoing crop year of 2019/2020.

The president of the West Akyem Cooperative Cocoa Farmers Association, Adu Essel Sarpong, said the decision by the government to increase the price shows how courageous President Akufo-Addo is when it comes to governance.

He noted that this has also proven that the government is committed to making farming more attractive for cocoa farmers.

Mr Essel Sarpong was speaking at a short ceremony in Asamankese, over the weekend, to inaugurate the West Akyem Cooperative Cocoa Farmers Mutual Support and Social Services Society Limited.

Savings habit

He used the occasion to advise the farmers to cultivate the habit of saving money for the future, especially during the peak season. He noted that the situation where farmers fall into financial difficulties soon after the cocoa season should be a thing of the past.

Some of the farmers who attended the event also expressed appreciation to the government for the cocoa price increment.

Kate Gyamfua replaces Techimantia Polyclinic items seized by Hannah Bissiw

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The National Women Organiser of the governing New Patriotic Party, Kate Gyamfua, has donated some items to the Techimantia Polyclinic in the Tano South constituency of Ahafo Region.

The items, first in a list of other consignments to follow, were donated to replace some items that were seized by the National Women Organiser of NDC, Dr Louisa Hannah Bissiw, after the 2016 general elections.

It would be recalled that the NDC National Women Organiser, after losing the Tano South parliamentary seat, sent her party boys to seize hospital equipment donated by her to the polyclinic.

No turning back

Presenting the new items, the NPP National Women Organiser assured staff of the polyclinic that the party shall not, under any circumstance, go back to seize the items.

“We are promising that, as MP is saying, we shall be bringing more of the items by next week. But while we leave, nothing will bring us back to come and pack them away. It is a taboo. So, what we are saying is that we will come and help you.

“These are not the only items that need to be brought here. We also need to expand the hospital facilities so that patients can have comfort when they come here. So that too, we are working on that and will come back to support you,” Ms Gyamfua said.

Ms Gyamfua was supported in the donation by the NPP Member of Parliament for the area, who doubles as the Ahafo Regional Deputy Minister, Benjamin Sekyere.

The donated items include brand new wheel chairs, walking stands, pairs of clutches and 30 boxes of adult diapers.

Other items are surgery equipment, 50 packs of bottle waters, 30 packs of toilet roll, 15 gallons of liquid soap and 10 gallons of disinfectants.

Receiving the items, Dr Samuel K Togbe, Medical Director of the polyclinic, expressed his appreciation to the NPP Women Organiser for the support.

He assured Ms Gyamfua that the items would be put to good use.

EC IS SUCCESSFULLY STEERING THE ELECTION 2020 BOAT

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So far, so good, the Electoral Commissioner, Jean Adukwei Mensa, has lived up to her bidding as a competent and credible leader for that demanding position and critical institution.

She does not need to be our relative or party member to appreciate the great transformation we are seeing under her administration.

Of all EC Commissioners in Ghana’s history, her appointment, position, office and tenure has attracted flak and conversation unseen under the rest, including acquiescing Dr Kwadwo Afari-Gyan and angry Justice Kingsley Nyinah.

Additionally, her entry coincided with the implementation of historic and far-reaching directives by the Supreme Court for reforms in the state elections management institution.

So, it was no cozy seat she occupied, particularly with the opposition National Democratic Congress barking dogs breathing down on her neck and attacking her in the media.

Sailing home again

Together with her able commissioners, and working under strenuous political environment and the threat of COVID-19 pandemic bottlenecks, the EC has, bit by bit, braved every storm related to its mandate and mission. It has positioned Ghana again on the pedestal of leading Africa and sub-region in rolling out what may be among the most credible elections ever fought, not only here in Ghana, but on the continent.

Late last week, we were told that almost all logistics had been assembled and dispatched to the regions and constituencies for prompt and timely distribution to polling stations on the voting day.

While issues of monitoring the printing of the ballots elicited, as usual, the routine, bilious suspicions, it really turned out that there was no wolf anywhere in sight that needed some cudgeling from General Mosquito’s tin soldiers. It had been all clean and tidy; and sealed and delivered for the crucial 2020 presidential and parliamentary elections.

Training

We have also seen extensive and periodic training programmes that had been carried out to facilitate the processes and to enable the EC deliver the verdict on time; and also for the security agencies to execute their mandate in protecting the processes.

The leadership of the Ghana Armed Forces and the Ghana Police Service has given assurances of commitment to put Ghana first, in executing that mandate. And both institutions of state security, together with their colleagues in the Ghana Immigration Service and Prisons Service, have all sounded notice that stupidity on the voting day will not be a palatable option for vigilantes and loony apparatchiks as well as demented youth.

Already armed with data on existing flashpoints, we trust the security agencies to deliver as usual as worthy, reliable partners. At this point, what is outstanding is how we, as law-abiding citizens, conduct ourselves and act out our collective responsibilities in carrying out our mandate of choosing our leaders and our destiny.

Public education

As civil society, including the National Centre for Civic Education (NCCE), and their partners, including the media, support the processes, our hope is that all guidelines, including the World Health Organisation (WHO) and Ministry of Health (MOH) protocols, will apply to enable us effectively roll out the processes.

While we commend the EC and its partners in the respective security agencies, we would also commend the media, which, with eagle eyes, have monitored the situation to the hilt and has got all stakeholders and political parties in check.

As we would admit, the road to Election 2020 and beyond is a collective responsibility that should not be ceded to the whims of any political party or cabal, or goons waiting to benefit from any chaotic situation that may arise out of our collective negligence.

We must not sleep and jeopardise our destiny like the irresponsible mother in King Solomon’s days. We must sacrifice and protect our destiny like the real mother who petitioned Solomon not to kill the baby and its future.

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