Haruna IddriStar continues to Shine

The National Democratic Congress (NDC) is celebrating 25 years of existence and contribution to the development of the country and this also include contribution to the advancement of constitutional democracy.

By far the party is the most successful political entity in Ghana for winning four electoral contests since 1992. The electoral successes of the NDC have been made possible due to the presence of hardworking and noble men and women.

The caliber of young and dedicated men and women, who have assumed leadership roles on the side of the NDC in Parliament, gives clear indication that the party would have another successful 25 years ahead.

One person who has palpably shown that he can steer the affairs of the party in Parliament is Hon. Haruna Iddrisu, and it comes as no surprise that he was elected by his peers to serve as the leader of the minority.

Many who have known Hon. Iddrisu, 47, from his days as a vibrant student leader, would bear testimony to the fact that the Tamale South legislator is cut for his role and would be the one to make the NDC a formidable parliamentary minority in the interest of Ghana.

Indeed since January 7th of this year when he assumed his new role, the former minister of communication, trade and industry, and employment and labour relations has not disappointed his party folks and independent observers, who all laud his leadership capabilities.

It therefore came as no surprise when President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo in his State of the Nation Address in late February duly acknowledged the qualities inherent in the minority leader.

Since the 4th Parliament in 2005 of the 4th republic, Hon. Iddrisu’s contribution to debates on the floor of the House has been commendable and despite being a young legislator then, he was never intimidated by the presence of some heavyweights, who include the current President.

Haruna’s success as a politician can to a large extent be attributed to his broad and open mindedness. Albeit a lawyer by training and practice, he is always eager to seek for knowledge outside his scope of training.

No wonder his grasp of matters of information, communication and technology (ICT) earned him the admiration and respect of late President John Evans Mills, who subsequently appointed Hon. Iddrisu as Minister of Communications from 2009 to 2012.

His period as Minister of Employment and Labour Relations saw unprecedented industrial actions by almost all the labour unions in the country. However, with a profound appreciation of the social and political dynamics at play in Ghana he was able to handle all these labour agitations.

He remains about the only high ranking member of the NDC who has little to no bad media image and widely respected by his political opponents for his intelligence and oratory skills.

Many political commentators have long predicted an Haruna Iddrisu presidency in the near future. Reading the political tea leaves, one is but tempted to reason with these political commentators.

In the past rumours filled the media space that Hon. Iddrisu had fallen out with former President JJ Rawlings and in the early days of the John Mahama administration newspaper pages were filled with rumours that he is not in the good books of the third John of the NDC gospel.

In all these thick rumours he moved on, and if recent happenings are anything to go by one can say without fear of contradiction that the minority leader occupies a place of pride in the books of former Presidents Rawlings and Mahama.

One thing that would not be a rumour is the fact that government and the majority side in Parliament would never have it easy as the minority front in the House led by Hon Iddrisu will give them a good run for their money and make sure that Ghana triumphs

Source;Ghana Eye

Dr Wilfred K. Anim-Odame, Chief Executive Officer of the Lands Commission

Nii Osah Mensah II Calls For Rectification Of Ga Land Documents

The Asafoatse of the Ga Mantse, Nii Osah Mensah II, has called for the immediate renewal of all land leases under the jurisdiction of the Ga State.

Speaking in an interview, he showed documentary evidences dating back to 1905 which indicate the time the government acquired most lands in the capital city. “We are Gas and we deserve the benefits of our land” he said.

According to Nii Mensah II, who is also the traditional minister of defense of the Ga State, their lands are not endowed with natural resources such as gold, oil or diamond. “What we have is our land and therefore we should retain and benefit from the royalties of our gifted land” he added.

The well-traveled chief advocated for the rectification of all land documents under the jurisdiction of the Ga Mantse. He said a similar process is underway in the Ashanti Region under the command of the Asantehene.

“The continuous denial of our rights to benefit from our gifted lands breeds poverty in Ga areas and low level of education, diseases, and teenage pregnancy, which perpetuate the cycle of poverty” said he.

“Who is the owner of the Ga lands? Is it the Lands Commission or the Accra Metropolitan Assembly? Or just who?” he fumed.

Nii Mensah II said that the chiefs and people of the Ga State deserve respect from government institutions and he called for a united front among the Gas in pursuit of their natural inheritance.

According to him the agreements covering most lands upon which public and private buildings are cited upon in the capital city have expired.

“We are ready to pursue this at both the local and the international court of justice if our demand for renewal of all land agreements are not met” he warned and he also warned encroachers and developers who used foul means to get lands to be careful since such lands will eventually be returned to their rightful owners.

Speaking in an interview, he showed documentary evidences dating back to 1905 which indicate the time the government acquired most lands in the capital city. “We are Gas and we deserve the benefits of our land” he said.

Source;Ghana Eye

‘Spent force’ Amidu an appendage of NPP – A.B.A Fuseini

Hon.Martin Amidu

Former Minister of Justice and Attorney General Martin Amidu should not be taken seriously on his comments relating to the discharge of the eight members of the Delta Force, a private security arm within the New Patriotic Party (NPP), because he is doing the bidding of the governing party, Member of Parliament for Sagnarigu, Alhaji A.B.A Fuseini, has said.

According to him, Mr Amidu does not deserve attention from well-meaning persons in Ghanaian society for serving as the conduit for the NPP’s mischievous acts.

The eight members of the pro-NPP vigilante group Delta Force were arrested and arraigned for storming a live court session in Kumasi and freeing 13 of their members who were standing trial for yanking out the President’s appointed security liaison in the Ashanti Region.

However, the State Attorney in Kumasi advised the police who were prosecuting the matter to drop the case since they could not adduce evidence against the eight accused persons.

The Minority in Parliament has condemned the released of the eight and urged that they be immediately re-arrested and prosecuted.

Mr Amidu waded into the controversy via a statement saying the State Attorney did an “excellent job” and did not need to have consulted the Attorney General before giving that advice. “The Ashanti Regional Office was, therefore, perfectly within the exercise of its prosecutorial discretion to deal with the case without further reference to the Attorney General in Accra,” he noted.

But speaking on the 505 programme on Class91.3FM hosted by Emefa Apawu on Friday May 19, Mr Fuseini said: “He is a politically spent force, and I am not sure we should be giving him the line that he doesn’t deserve. He clearly should be treated with the contempt that he deserves and I honestly don’t think that he is a serious political force that anybody must waste a lot of time on, because everybody knows that he is nothing more than an appendage of the NPP, the NPP used him as a conduit for their mischief and I’m sure we should dismiss him with all the contempt that he deserves.

“Looking at this particular issue, it is shocking that somebody who claims he is a dedicated citizen of this country, that in the face of this flagrant abuse of the intelligence of Ghanaians this is a person who can stand up and say that what the Attorney General has done, which is to demean and impugn the integrity of our judicial system, is what should be praised.

“Martin Amidu says that we should heap praise on the Attorney General for this glaring and crass incompetence that has been exhibited. The Attorney General’s office which is tasked to gather the requisite evidence and successfully prosecute the matter, what is the Attorney General therefore?

“If the Attorney General cannot gather evidence and garner the requisite level of prosecution that will give us convictions, what is the use of spending the tax payer’s money on the Attorney General, two deputies and Director of Public Prosecutions and an array of attorneys? It is a shame that the likes of Amidu are talking in the manner that they are talking.”

Source; classfmonline.com