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I didn’t approve Agyepong and Afoko’s suspension – Ex-President Kufuor

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[dropcap]F[/dropcap]ormer President John Kufuor has revealed that he was against the suspension of Paul Afoko and Kwabena Agyepong from their executive positions of the New Patriotic Party (NPP).

He said he had hoped that the party leadership would have resolved their differences with the national chairman and general secretary instead of asking them to step aside.

The two leading executives were suspended by the elephant family few months to the 2016 elections over acts the party described as inimical to their political fortunes.

In recent times, there have been mounting calls for the reinstatement of Mr. Agyepong, who has been present at public events organized by the party despite his suspension. He told the media in Kumasi during the party’s recently held special delegates congress that his recall by the party is long overdue.

Of course, I think being on suspension for over two years is too long. I think our constitution doesn’t provide for that, it didn’t envisage the General Secretary of the party to be absent from his job for two years, it’s not there but I hope that good sense will prevail, I mean I’m happy with myself, I thank God for the heart that I have, I’m very content,” he said.

Speaking to Bola Ray on Starr Chat, Mr. Kufuor said he prays the NPP will resolve whatever challenge they have with the suspended officers and bring them back into its fold.

I wasn’t for the suspension of Kwabena Agyepong and Afoko in the first place, I was not for it. I was hoping what happened could have been resolved but things got out of hands and it’s my prayer that things are resolved”.

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Mfantsipim SHS turns away first year students

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Some first year students and their parents who turned up at the Mfantsipim Senior High School (SHS) in the Central Region with their trunks and chop boxes on Sunday have been left stranded after they were turned away by authorities of the school.

The school’s authorities claim the students who were placed in the school under the self-placement module of the Computerised School Selection Placement System (CSSPS) were wrongly placed; thus they should go back home.

One parent who spoke to Graphic Online said upon arrival at the school, authorities asked them to go back home because her son’s name was not on the list of students who have been placed at the school.

According to her, following her son’s placement, she picked up the prospectus last Wednesday and was asked to report to the school on Sunday.

“My ward was given Visual Arts. We came here on Wednesday after my ward was placed at Mfantsipim and they gave us a prospectus. We’ve sewn uniforms, bought all the items and now they are asking us to go back home. We won’t go,” she told Graphic Online.

“When we came on Wednesday, they took our phone numbers and so if anything at all, they should have called us or sent us messages to that effect. The number of students doing visual arts on the notice board is just 22 so parents suspect there is more to it than meets the eye. They say they are not admitting but we have been given prospectus since last week to report today only to be given this news,” she added.

Meanwhile, the Ghana Education Service (GES) says no student was wrongly placed by the CSSPS.

According to the Deputy Director General in charge of Quality and Access, Kwabena Tandoh, students were placed according to their choice of schools.

In an interview, Mr Tandoh explained that students were placed by merit and thus it was impossible for anyone to complain that he or she was not placed in schools or programmes of their choice.

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568 Vehicles Provided To The Police; 320 Housing Units Being Built – President Akufo-Addo

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The President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, says Government, in recognition of the difficulties and dangers confronting police personnel in the discharge of their duties, is committed to resourcing the Police Service, in terms of provision of adequate personnel and logistics, to enable them to deliver on their core mandate.

According to President Akufo-Addo, “despite budgetary constraints, the Akufo-Addo government has, in two and half years in office, provided 568 vehicles, including 15 operational buses to the Service, a feat unprecedented in the history of the Service.”

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With many more vehicles expected to arrive in the country in the next few months, the President noted that when he took office in January 2017, the Service had a total of 492 serviceable cars.

President Akufo-Addo made this known on Friday, 13th September 2019, when he addressed the graduation ceremony of the 49th Cadet Officers Course of the Ghana Police Service.

Additionally, the President noted that 320 housing units are being constructed at National Police Training School to reduce the accommodation deficits of the Service.

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“Modern communication equipment677 and 4,500 fragmentation jackets have been procured and delivered to the Service to protect officers, and ensure effective policing,” he said.

President Akufo-Addo continued, “Government has also secured three (3) helicopters for the Service, with the construction of hangars at the National Police Training School almost nearing completion. I am happy to inform you that six (6) officers are currently undergoing training in South Africa to become pilots for the helicopters, and serve as the Air Wing of the Police Service.”

Twenty (20) horses, the President said, have also been procured to assist the Police in riot and crowd control, with a Canine (K9) Unit, made up of thirty (30) dogs, also in the offing.

The recent establishment of the Police Intelligence Directorate, he said, is ensuring that police operations and investigations are increasingly being carried out on the basis of intelligence.

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“The Criminal Investigations Department will, by the end of the year, be equipped with a digital forensics’ laboratory, and, for the first time in the history of the Department, crime officers are given a monthly allowance to support their investigations. We are retooling the CID Forensic Science lab; the CID building has also now become disability-friendly, and there is continuous training of CID officers,” the President said.

Touching on recruitment of new police personnel, President Akufo-Addo noted that Government has given approval for the recruitment of four thousand (4,000) personnel to augment the strength of the Police Service.

He revealed that 961 of these recruits passed out between 22nd and 31st July this year, in various Police Training Schools throughout the country.

“The second batch of one thousand (1,000) recruits are also due to graduate by the end of this month. Another batch, made up of two thousand (2,000) men and women, is scheduled to report for training by the end of this month,” he added.

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These measures, according to the President, have been put in place by the Government to reform the Police Service and make it fit for purpose.

Condemnation of Attacks
The recent attacks on some police officers, which have resulted in their deaths, he said, must no longer be allowed to continue.

“I condemn these attacks in no uncertain terms, and I assure the Police Service and the general public that, in so far as we are a nation governed under the rule of law, such criminal acts will not go unpunished. No one deserves to be killed under any criminal or extra-judicial circumstance,” President Akufo-Addo explained.

He continued, “Personnel of the Police Service should not be seen as enemies, but rather partners in the fight against crime. I am happy to note that the Police Administration has, in all these cases, acted promptly, and arrested the perpetrators, who are now facing trial. The Ghanaian people are expectant that such rapid arrests will also be carried out when the victims are ordinary citizens.”

In the same vein, the President was expectant that, any police officer who breaks the law, and abuses the freedoms and human rights of any member of society must not be spared, and should be brought to face the full rigours of the law.

On the missing Takoradi girls, President Akufo-Addo indicated that “the families of the three missing Takoradi girls and the recently discovered fourth person, are waiting anxiously for news of their whereabouts from the Police Service, and I fervently hope the Police Service will respond soon.”

Government, the President reiterated, is determined to help create a security service, including the Police Service, that is professional and efficient in the discharge of its duties.

“Promotions within the service have to be based on merit, and not on political affiliation. The political affiliations of serving officers should manifest themselves only in the polling booth on election day. Once they don the uniform, the population and I expect them to carry out their duties impartially, without any political coloration. That is the basis on which I have proceeded since I assumed office on 7th January, 2017,” he added.

President Akufo-Addo told the gathering that the political leanings of any of the commanding officers of the various security agencies, including the Police Service, are not his concern.

“My concern is their ability to deliver. That is the best way we can build a credible security and police system,” the President stressed.

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3 helicopters coming to aid your work – Akufo-Addo to Police

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President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo says his government has secured three helicopters for the Ghana Police Service as the construction of hangers at the National Police Training School in Accra almost near completion.

Nana Akufo-Addo also expressed joy that six Police officers are currently undergoing training in South Africa to become pilots for the helicopters and serve as the air wing of the Police Service.

The President said these when he addressed graduates and attendees of the 49th cadet officers graduation parade at the Police Academy, Police Depot, Tesano, Accra, on Friday, 13 September 2019.

To further resource the Police, Nana Akufo-Addo noted that 20 horses have also been procured to assist the police in riot and crowd control, with a canine (K9) unit, made up of 30 dogs, also in the offing.

“Despite budgetary constraints government has in two and a half years in office provided 568 vehicles including 15 operational buses to the service,” he said adding that “320 housing units are being constructed at the National Police Training School to reduce accommodation deficits of the service.”

The President further said modern communication equipment and 4,500 fragmentation jackets have been procured and delivered to the Service to protect officers and ensure effective policing.

He stressed that his government is determined to help create a security service, including the Police Service, that is professional and efficient in the discharge of its duties adding that “Promotions within the service have to be based on merit and not on political affiliation.”

In all, the 49th cadet officers graduation parade saw 143 cadet officers graduating.

For the first time, a female cadet officer, Theodora Ntirwaa, graduated as the overall best cadet officer.wikimedia

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