As He Meets Friendly Press Today
President Nana Akufo-Addo, will today meet and respond to questions from a number of the country’s journalists in his second Media Encounter, since he assumed office at the Flagstaff House, a year ago.
The event, which will begin at 11:30 am, will give journalists the opportunity to quiz the President on controversial issues, which have cropped up in his first year in office.
He is also expected to answer questions on the progress of the government’s flagship programmes, as well as queries on the current state of the economy.
Although, The Herald hasn’t been invited, this paper has some key questions for President Akufo-Addo, they include:
- Against the backdrop of his 2016 Campaign promise and the pledges in the NPP Manifesto to create thousands of jobs for the unemployed youth, this paper wants to know the number jobs created so far and in which areas?
- Whether as the Commander-in-Chief of the Ghana Armed Forces, he is happy with the state of the security in the country in the amidst the activities of the Invincible Forces in Accra, Delta Forces In Kumasi, Rambo in Volta, Kandahar Boys in Tamale among other places?
- President, where does your Vice-President put-up with his wife and children? We understand that, No.3 Prestige Link in Cantonment – Accra, where President Mahama, was evicted from, is now being used by your Senior Minister, Yaw Osafo-Marfo, as his private guest house. Shall we also know the status of the yet-to-be-completed official residence of the Vice-President started by the Mahama Administration?
- President, it is on record that, your predecessor (Mahama) has still not been paid his entitlements one year after leaving office, will you be happy if same is done to you after exiting office in 2020?
- President, is the probe into the Electoral Commission (EC) brouhaha, a subtle attempt to satisfy the whims and caprices of your party supporters and campaign financiers like Kennedy Agyapong, who had been against the appointment of the EC Chairperson and hinted of plans to dismiss her when the NPP assumes power?
- You promised to have a sharp sense of smell and eagle eye to fish corruption, Mr. President, are you aware of the GH¢800,000 to be expended on a common website by your Minister for Special Development Initiatives, Mavis Hawa Koomson, although professionals are quoting a paltry GH¢1,500, for a similar job.
- President, can you confidently tell Ghanaians, whether your 110 ministers, have lived up to your expectations? We wish to know whether, Agric Minister, Dr. Akoto Afriyie, Ama Dokua of the Ministry of Information, Health Minister, Kweku Agyemang Manu, Finance Minister, Ken Ofori-Atta, Defense Minister, Dominic Nitiwul, Education Minister, Mathew Opoku Prempeh and Special Development Initiatives, Mavis Hawa Koomson, are not due for reshuffle, based on their visibly poor performance?
- President, are the findings of the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ) on your Finance Minister, Ken Ofori-Atta, and cousin, not enough ground to relieve him of his post?
- President, how does your touted “radically marked improvement” in the economy, reflect in the living conditions of the ordinary Ghanaian in the midst of the regular and unannounced fuel price increases?
- President, as a lawyer of repute and having sworn to respect the 1992 Constitution of Ghana and all other institutions of state, would your announcement of the cut in electricity tariff, a usurpation of the role of the Public Utilities Regulatory Commission (PURC) set under the Public Utilities Regulatory Act, 1997 (Act 538) as part of the utility sector reform process to regulate the provision of utility services in the electricity and water sectors?
- Having sworn to be truthful to Ghanaians, can you Mr. President, confidently say that your flagship policy – Free SHS, has been successful against the backdrop of counsels by ex-President John Mahama and renowned educationists like Pro Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cape Coast, Prof. George Kwaku Toku Oduro that, the programme need not be rushed.
- President, one of the major scandals to hit your government last year, was the contaminated fuel saga at the Ghana’s Bulk Oil Storage and Transportation Company (BOST), you promised a thorough investigation and the streamlining of the strategic national asset, may we know the status of that investigation and the steps taken so far to streamline activities at the aforementioned state institution?
Mr. President, it is our considered plea that, you will find time to respond to these pertinent, but nagging questions, which are bothering and agitating the minds of millions of Ghanaians.