The New Statesman – Use trotro if fuel price is too high


The_New_Statesman_13_01_2016…Mahama tells Ghanaians

President John Dramani Mahama yesterday asked Ghanaians who find the recent increases in fuel prices unbearable to discard their private vehicles and rely on the services of commercial vehicles, ‘trotro’, for their movements to and fro work and for other journeys.

President Mahama explained that by using ‘trotro’, whose who are complaining about the increase would pay less tax on petroleum products.

“If you have a V8, when you buy petrol it means you are paying more tax.  If you sit in a ‘trotro’, it means you are paying less tax.  This is because 15 of you will be sitting in the ‘trotro’, “ he added while addressing journalists at the Flagstaff House.

That was the president’s reaction to questions by journalists on the increased economic hardship he and his National Democratic Congress government had foisted on the already suffering Ghanaians following the introduction of more taxes, especially those on petroleum products.

GHC3.6 million Buses re-branding thievery

Why Gov’t won’t retrieve any GHC1.9M form Smarttys

Ghanaians have every cause to doubt the sincerity of the assurance by President John Dramani Mahama that his government will retrieve some GHC1.9 million from Smarttys Management Limited, the company that was paid the outrageous GHC3.6 million for rebranding of Metro Mass Transit buses.

The Mahama government has failed to retrieve various sums of money that were dubiously and illegally doled out to some organizations and individuals, including the GH52 million paid out to Alfred Woyome, a self-styled financier of the National Democratic Congress.

Yesterday, President Mahama told the press at the Flagstaff house that lawyers if Smarttys Management Limited, a company owned by NDC member and his friend.  Selassie Ibrahim, had met with the Attorney General to discuss a refund plan for the excess amount that was doled out to the company for rebranding of the buses.

He claimed that his government was bent on retrieving the GHC1.9 million excess payment as advised by the Attorney General, even though similar advice even by the courts had not been carried through.

He claimed that his government was bent on retrieving the GH¢1.9 million excess payment as advised by the Attorney General, even though similar advice even by the courts had not been carried through.

The GH¢3.6 million that was given to Smarttys for re-branding 116 government buses became a matter of public concern as many Ghanaians were incensed by the company owned by actress Selassie Ibrahim.

Opuni deepens woes of LBCs, as Cocoa Trucks pile up at Kumasi Port

A scene of about 130 waiting vehicles piled up at Kaase Cocoa take over center on the Ashanti Region, to off load cocoa beans, has started collecting hot coals in the hat of License Buying Companies in Ghana.

Currently, Ghana has three Cocoa take over centers: one in Tema, Takoradi and Kaase in the Ashanti Region.  Compared to that of Takoradi and Tema, the off taking center in Kaase is smaller in size and takes only a small quantity of beans.

The disturbing scene is not so different from the Abuakwa Formulation Centre and the Asokwa midland ports which are supposed to be supporting Kaase with storage of the beans, a situation which has created lots of inconvenience for the truck drivers and the LBCs.

For weeks now, trucks carrying cocoa beans have lined up at the Ashanti Regional Port, waiting for their turn in the harsh harmattan weather condition and improper place of stay.

Youth Employment Agency to implement vote-buying schemes for Mahama

On the eve of the 2012 general elections, President John Dramani Mahama and his government engaged in reckless spending of the nation’s resources, partly, through various dubious youth schemes to ‘buy’ votes.  The schemes were carried out under the aupices of the erstwhile GYEEDA.

Now authorities of the Youth Employment Agency have indicated that the Mahama government intends to repeat what it did in 2012 by introducing schemes to ostensibly ‘buy’ votes, but under the guise of youth employment creation.

The Agency is expected to recruit over 20,000 young people under its Youth Health Module to train and equip them as Community Health Workers.

This will be followed with subsequent recruitments in the Youth in Security, Youth in Coastal Sanitation, Youth in Agriculture and Youth in Afforestation amongst others.  It was almost the same case under GYEEDA.

NPP:  Ghanaian hospitality should not be put at risk

The New Patriotic Party has stressed the need for the Ghanaian hospitality not to be put at risk for any consideration.

The call comes in the wake of the continued fears being expressed by Ghanaians over the presence of two former Guantanamo terrorist detainees in the country.

The call was contained in a statement signed by the party’s Acting General Secretary, John Boadu, to associate the party with the fears and anxieties being expressed by many groups and individuals over the resettlement of the duo in the country.  Read the full statement below:

The New Patriotic Party (NPP) shares the deep anxiety and fears of the Ghanaian people over the resettlement of the two former Guantanamo terrorist detainees – Mahmud Umar Muhammed bun Atef and Khalid Muhammed Salih Al-Dhuby-in Ghana.

We are concerned that the decision was made without any consultation whatsoever with Parliament, political parties and other stakeholders.

The conduct of the Government raises a number of important questions and we join the Ghanaian people in demanding answers to the following pertinent questions on the spirit of full disclosure.






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