Mahama meet the press 2016 holidays

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mahama meet the press 2016 holidays

12/16/16 The U.S. Department of State Ranks in Top Five of Best Diplomacy at Home for the Holidays Reception; Office of the Spokesperson; Washington, DC 12/07/16 Secretary Kerry Meets With Central Asian Foreign Ministers; Office of . 11/29/16 Secretary Kerry Calls With President Mahama and Nana Akufo. Nana Addo's meeting with press underway [Photos] The last of such interactions then President John Mahama held was in January –. The John Mahama Campaign wishes to congratulate its teeming the verified results to the media via its Coalition & Media Centres.

But before I get to the subject of the day, please, let us all rise to observe one minute of silence for the former Cuban Leader, Fidel Castro who passed on to glory a few days ago.

Fidel was a true friend of the poor and downtrodden and the world as a whole. Today, the Ministry of Communications takes its turn to address you. Our address will go beyond just the happenings under our Ministry and within the Communications sector.

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We will provide a snapshot of what the Government of President John Dramani Mahama has been doing in order to improve the lives of Ghanaians and bring rapid socio-economic growth to our country. In doing so, we also acknowledge that notwithstanding the significant and palpable achievements, we all still have work to do and we are committed to working with you transform our dear nation. Our approach to this Meet the Press session will touch briefly on where we are coming from, where we are and finally where we are going to.

mahama meet the press 2016 holidays

This will hinge on the four thematic areas based upon which President Mahama has been delivering on his mandate; namely, Putting People First, Building a Strong Economy for Jobs, Infrastructure and last but not least Transparent and Accountable Governance which will also focus on anticorruption. We will then proceed to debunk some of the outright lies, fabrications and falsehoods being peddled against Government.

Since the electoral victory ofwe have put considerable effort and resources into meeting the commitments that we made to you in our manifesto essentially because we believe campaign promises are blueprints that must be implemented, and even if one is unable to achieve all, it should not be for lack of effort.

Today, it is undeniable that our dear nation Ghana is rising and the evidence can be gleaned by all. Here are a few: Life expectancy has increased;? Infant, Under fiveChild and maternal mortalities have reduced;?

mahama meet the press 2016 holidays

The National Health Insurance Scheme continues to witness exponential growth with key performance indicators like outpatient utilization, claims payments and active membership all showing very positive growth;?

Youth literacy has improved and mean years in school is also increasing;? The raw scores at the BECE level have hit an unprecedented high of above with over 3, students attaining this feat which prior to had never happened;?

Access to electricity is now Mobile telephony subscription has risen from a little over 11 million to 35 million and still counting;? Data subscription is above 18 million;? In the second quarter of the total number of short message services across networks hit the , mark;? Inflation is on a downward trend;? More jobs are being created;? We can easily recollect the market fires, the fire at the Central Medical Stores which consumed strategic medical stocks including medications for children and pregnant women, unprecedented labour agitations, volatilities on the global economic front, dumsor among others.

Through these turbulent periods President Mahama has shown great leadership, remained resolute and kept the ship, Ghana, afloat. His calm demeanour, steady hands, ability to listen to different shades of opinions, unifying attributes, his spirit of forgiveness and his undying belief in God Almighty ensured our rapid recovery.

The invaluable contributions of Ghanaians cannot be overemphasised. Beyond this President Mahama also led all his appointees to show sensitivity by taking pay cuts and using the funds to support efforts to reduce maternal and child mortality. Ministers and political appointees are presently on the prepaid metering system for electricity supply and billing.

And the producer price of cocoa has seen an unprecedented increase. We have made significant progress and we are committed to achieving more and even better. Previously in many places where dilapidated structures and trees served as classrooms for our school children, today modern classroom blocks have been constructed to replace them and hundreds of thousands of school children are receiving instruction in these buildings.

Teaching aides such as exercise books, textbooks, uniforms and other logistics have been distributed in millions and have gone a long way to make the learning environment more conducive. Community Day Senior High Schools have sprung up in many communities in keeping with our promise to build them.

Forty-two have already received students under the computer placement system and by the close of this year a total of 70 will be completed. We are implementing the progressively free Senior High School education and there is every indication that this scheme will be expanded both in scope and coverage to ensure that fees do not become a basis upon which any child is denied access to secondary education. At the Tertiary level, we have established two new public universities and secured funding for a third to be situated at Somanya and Donkorkrom in the Eastern Region.

We have invested heavily in Technical and Vocational Education and championed the conversion of Polytechnics into Technical Universities with a view to giving our young people practical skills that will set them permanently on their way to securing new and emerging jobs for themselves. We have, so far, converted eight 8 Polytechnics into technical universities and work is on-going to covert the remaining two, namely Bolgatanga and Wa Polytechnics.

Accompanying these interventions in universities, polytechnics, technical and vocational training schools, are the massive investments in infrastructure and supporting facilities such as laboratory equipment and demonstration materials; including the ultra-modern petroleum engineering laboratories equipped with oil drill simulators and other state of the art equipment.

Teachers in service have also benefited from in-service training among others. Investments the Government of President John Mahama has made in education have not only improved access and quality of education but has also enhanced the prospects of employing more teachers and others in the educational sector and the same can be said for the health sector. We have done far more in the provision of modern health facilities than previous Governments before us in spite of our acknowledgement of their contributions.

Today our people have more options for healthcare than at any other time in our history. From constructing Teaching hospitals, Regional hospitals, District hospitals, Polyclinics, Health Centres and the CHPS compounds, we have, improved access to health care tremendously and created job opportunities for nurses 23, since and still countingdoctors, skilled, semi-skilled and unskilled persons in the health sector for them to cater for the needs of citizens.

mahama meet the press 2016 holidays

As I said earlier, the National Health Insurance Scheme continues to witness exponential growth with key performance indicators like outpatient utilization, claims payments and active membership all showing very positive growth. The National Health Insurance Scheme is working and will be even better going forward as we continue to improve efficiency and inject additional funds from the proposed Annual Budget Funding Amount ABFA from the petroleum revenue.

We will hasten the implementation of the Chris Atim led Committee Report which was set up by President Mahama to review the operations of the health insurance scheme with the view to making appropriate diagnosis and having credible recommendations to be addressed.

Yes, the scheme has some challenges, which we are confronting head-on in order to serve the needs of the citizenry better; but it is oceans away from the collapsed mantra the NPP has rehearsed and has been rehashing albeit without success because the facts do not support their exaggerated conclusions. What are the facts? We have paid the highest amounts to service providers. In we paid over GHC 1billion which has increased remarkably from the very modest payments of the earlier years e.

Outpatient utilisation alone stood at over 29 million in having increased tremendously from only 9 million as at Ladies and Gentlemen, Is it not ironic that the Health Insurance Scheme which political opponents tout as having collapsed has today become a major campaign tool for some Members of Parliament MPs?

Listen to them carefully and you hear them boast of the number of constituents they have enrolled on the scheme. Has the scheme collapsed or not? Indeed, media content is replete with stories of the campaign activities of the various aspirants from all over the country.

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All aspirants have had unimpeded access to delegates across the length and breadth of the country and it is fair to say there is a level playing field. As regards the concern that the Christmas festivities may interfere in campaign activities, we wish to note that in both andGhana held presidential run off elections in the Yuletide season.

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It is our humble view that the party has been so pre-occupied with internal elections that it has had very little time to focus on the full extent of the misgovernance of the Akufo-Addo administration. Therefore, the completion of the internal electoral processes would provide party leadership space and time to begin the process of formulating comprehensive strategies towards our collective victory in We believe that we have the most marketed candidate in John Dramani Mahama.

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But in the most unlikely event of a different flagbearer emerging, a longer campaign period would inure to the benefit of that person. We have to be mindful of the timetable announced by the Electoral Commission and the need to ensure that the party provides ample space to participate in those activities.

In this regard, the John Mahama campaign acknowledges the changes in the guidelines, including the review of the date and reduction of filing fees announced by the Functional Executive Committee FECfollowing consultation with the Council of Elders. We understand that the important consideration by National Executive Committee NEC that should there be a need for a run off after the 26th January elections, there should be ample time for it to take place before the expiration of the 7th March constitutional deadline.

The John Mahama campaign shares the view that the party needs to embark on new initiatives to raise funds for party activities in the medium to long-term.