Mahama pledges peaceful 2016 election.
President John Dramani Mahama assured Ghanaians of his commitment to a peaceful, free and fair election this year.
- Addressing Catholic Bishops from West Africa at the 2nd Plenary Assembly Conference, Mahama said, “I will do my best as president of this country to maintain Ghana as an oasis of peace during and after our elections.”
- The President will be facing his strongest contender, opposition leader Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo, and other minority party flagbearers in the up-coming November 7 polls.
- With the controversy surrounding the integrity of the voters register not likely to be resolved before the election, it is feared the political violence that began last year will intensify heading into the election, particularly when supporters of whichever candidate realize their man has not won.
Turkish president Erdogan visits Ghana today.
President of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, will arrive in Accra today for a two-day state visit.
- President Erdogan is coming to Ghana with his wife and over 150 business and government officials.
- He is expected to hold talks with President John Dramani Mahama at the Flagstaff House.
- They will also hold a joint press conference, as well as a business forum, and cut sod for work to commence on a new terminal building at the Kotoka International Airport. Erdogan will also address Parliament and visit the Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park.
- First Lady Lordina Mahama will host a luncheon at the Banquet Hall in honour of the visiting president and his wife.
- Erdogan’s visit follows a 2011 visit by former Turkish president Abdulla Gul.
Teachers call off intended strike.
The three teacher unions that threatened to strike starting today, Monday, February 29, should Government fail to pay their allowances and arrears have backed down on their plan.
- They have decided to give Government the benefit of the doubt and postponed their industrial action until further notice.
- This was made known after the teacher unions met with Government Sunday.
- They say their decision is to allow the controller and accountant general’s department time to validate documents submitted for the payment of their over two years unpaid arrears and allowance.
- Government last week released GH¢5 million out of the nearly GH¢16 million owed to be paid toward the arrears.