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President Akufo Addo holds second media encounter at Flagstaff House today

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo will respond to questions from a number of the country’s top journalists in his second Media Encounter since he assumed office, at the Flagstaff House today [Wednesday].

The event, which will begin at 11:30 am, will give journalists the opportunity to quiz the President on controversial issues which have cropped up in his first year in office.

He is also expected to answer questions on the progress of the government’s flagship programmes as well as queries on the current state of the economy.

A similar exercise was conducted in July 2017, where Nana Akufo-Addo promised to meet the journalists in the country every six months in the entire duration of his tenure as President.

Nana faced the Press in July 2017, six months after assuming office

Scandals that rocked NPP government

The first year of the New Patriotic Party’s administration has been rocked by a number of corruption allegations including the BOST contaminated fuel scandal, allegations of corruption by A-Plus against the two deputy chiefs of staff and allegations of conflict of interest against the Finance Minister over the issuance of a Bond.The GHc800,000 budgetary allocation for the creation of a website for the Special Development Ministry, and the recent “cash-for-seat” scandal in which the Trade Ministry has been accused of extorting amounts of up to $100,000 from expatriates to enable them sit close to President Akufo-Addo at an awards ceremony, have also courted public attention.

Jobs

Unemployment continues to be a major headache for many especially the youth in the country despite government’s assurance of creating thousands of employment.

The President has said that his administration laid the foundation for jobs in his first year in office but with Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia recently acknowledging unemployment as a national security threat, the President is expected to be queried on the government’s attempts to address the situation.

Corruption 

One year after the New Patriotic Party took over the administration of the country, not even one former appointee of the previous government have been jailed despite constant accusations of corruption against them when they were in opposition.

The recent nomination of Martin Amidu as the country’s first Special Prosecutor and charging of some former officials of the NCA might have raised the hopes of Ghanaians in the government’s commitment to the fight against corruption but the relative lack of prosecutions might be on the agenda.

The government’s own handling of allegations against its officials and agencies have also come under the spotlight and might be probed by journalists at tomorrow’s encounter.

Economy

Nana Addo announced that industry grew at 17.7 percent in what he described as “a radically marked improvement on its abysmal 2016 performance in the last year of the Mahama administration.”

However, recent fuel price increases have raised concerns that the economy might still not be out of the woods.

Journalists are expected to quiz the president on these and many other issues including government’s handling of the economy in the last one year.

 

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