Fulani community to petition Mahama, UN, AU.
The community of Fulani herdsmen in Ghana are preparing a petition to the president over what they describe as injustices meted out on them in their various communities of settlement.
- The nomads and their cattle have become the target of anger by communities in the Ashanti and Eastern Regions.
- They are accused of terrorizing natives, and now indigenes in their communities want a 2012 high court eviction ruling against them effected.
- But the Fulani community say they have been misunderstood. They claim authorities in their areas of settlement have been unkind to them and their cattle.
- Speaking at a news conference Thursday, President of the Fulani Community Osmanu Barr said plans to evict them are in contravention to UN conventions.
- He said documents have been finalised to petition President Mahama, the United Nations and the African Union over the wanton abuse of their rights in Ghana.
Mahama boasts of resolving dumsor.
President John Dramani Mahama said his actions have proven enough to resolve the power crisis that engulfed the nation and hobbled productivity the last four years.
- Speaking at the 2016 State of the Nation Address Thursday, the president said by fixing the power challenge, he has fulfilled a promise he made to Ghanaians when he appeared before Parliament for his 2015 address.
- “A year ago, I stood before this very august house and promised to fix the power sector deficit. Hard work has made us achieve the fastest mobilization of emergency power in the history of Ghana,” the President stated.
- He noted that over 800 megawatts of power have been added to the national grid, though he admitted that much remains to be done to ensure sufficient and stable power going forward.
Opposition parties slam Mahama over SONA 2016.
Opposition parties are predictably disappointed with President Mahama’s Thursday delivery of the State Of the Nation Address (SONA).
- In an expected but uncomplimentary reaction, the NPP, CPP and PPP reduced the President’s buoyant description of the economy to nothing.
- Mahama boasted of fixing the power crisis and building infrastructure, but the opposition sees what he chronicled as evidence of the dire state of the nation and more examples of unfulfilled promises and half-truths.
- NPP national chairman Freddie Blay said the address was as mediocre as it was disappointing. The party’s communications director Anthony Karbo accused the president of being overly fixated on infrastructure development.
- Murtala Muhammed of the PPP said President Mahama was dramatizing his minimal achievements. “You cannot pick one or two people and say Ghana is okay,” he said. “I think this is drama.”
- Atik Mohammed of the CPP also berated the president’s State of the Nation Address, his last for his first term. He questioned how the Tumu Road was featured in the president’s list of achievements, whereas he used it himself in the last two weeks and found it in a terrible state.
- While applauding the president for completing the Gushegu-Yendi Road, he said Mahama failed to provide credible information on the true state of the economy.