. I have forgotten about 2014 white paper on Brazil world cup
. $7billion worth of gold smuggle was unknown to me
. Don’t have immediate solution on GITMO 2 issue
. Don’t have statistics on job creation
President Akufo-Addo’s festering reputation as a clueless leader was on open display at his second press encounter at the Flagstaff House yesterday, where he demonstrated ignorance on very important national issues that should be at his fingertips.
Before live national television cameras, the President showed a shocking lack of knowledge on important issues that range from national security, the economy, and even pending work at the Presidency; confessing to his ignorance on some of the issues.
Among others, President Akufo-Addo shocked the nation by revealing that he had actually forgotten about a government white paper that had been issued on the 2014 FIFA World Cup fiasco in Brazil.
Akufo-Addo also revealed to Ghanaians that in the first year of his administration, a whopping $7million dollars worth of gold had been smuggled from under his nose to Dubai alone without he knowing jack about it.
Shockingly, also, the President of the Republic of Ghana revealed that almost two weeks after an arrangement to temporally host two suspected terrorists that the US government had sent to Ghana as part of a close down of the Guantanamo Bay detention facility, he the President does not have a clear idea about what to do next with the two.
President Akufo-Addo, who had also claimed at the press encounter that his administration had created jobs in its first year could not provide statistics for the jobs that he claimed to have created when he was asked to provide the statistics.
The shocking display of ignorance on these issues has since dovetailed the President’s already notorious reputation as a man who is unaware of most things happening around him in government.
Forgotten whit paper
The confession to his having forgotten the government’s white paper on the 2014 Brazil World Cup had been made in answer to a question by popular host of a sports analysis program on television, Countryman Songo.
Mr. Songo, had characteristically moved the crowd at the Flagstaff House participating in the press encounter with the President, when he had re-harped on a question that he is known to have asked for a very long time on his sports show. The man’s simple question to the President was whether he had any interest in the white paper that had been released on the 2014 Brazil World Cup by his predecessor.
The question was a pregnant one because in that white paper recommendations had been made for people whose actions and inactions had led to embarrassment to the state to be penalized.
Following the World Cup in which the Mahama government was constrained to air lift 3million dollars to the playing body because the players had decided they would not play matches without prior payment of bonuses, the Mahama government had set up a commission of enquiry.
The Dzamefe Commission, which had looked into the issues, including disgraceful fisticuff that had ensued between one of the players, Sule Ali Muntari, and one of the members of management team, then issued a report.
Following from this, President Mahama had studied the report and issued a white paper in which the government had agreed with the commission that all persons who had been found to engage in malpractices should be surcharged.
Then Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Mrs. Marietta Brew Appiah-Oppong, who had announced government’s position on the white paper, had said the government had accepted the recommendation of the Commission to assign implementation responsibilities, in relations to payment of penalties, and the return of state property.
The government had also accepted the recommendation for the establishment of three teams on Technical and Management, Funding and Financial Administration and Management, Marketing and Sponsorship to ensure the implementation of the recommendations.
Mrs. Appiah-Oppong had also said the Mahama government had also accepted the recommendations of the Commission that supporters should seek their own sponsorship to participate in tournaments and that the state should not directly employ public or state funds to airlift accommodate and feed supporters.
Government, had however, not accepted recommendations that a special investigative team be set up to enquire into matters that require further investigations, a thing she added, would be solely done by the Bureau of National Investigations.
The Justice Minister had said the government would take steps to initiate the Commission Stakeholders Review Colloquium as recommended in two years after the publication of the white paper in 2014, instead of the recommended one year.
The Mahama government lost power to the NPP and President Akufo-Addo in December 2016, transferring the responsibility to implement the white paper to the Akufo-Addo government.
But after a whole year without action, President Akufo-Addo was asked if he was interested in the white paper and his answer was that he had totally forgotten about the whole white paper!
The shock of the admission has left many totally appalled.
Smuggled gold to Dubai
At the same press encounter, the President who has developed a reputation for being unaware about everything in his government, also made a shocking revelation about gold smuggling under his watch as President. According to the President, Senior Minister, Yaw Osafo Maafo, recently went on an official trip to Dubai and was shocked when somebody approached him and observed that Ghana is doing well nowadays because just last year alone, some $7billion worth of gold had been exported from the country to Dubai alone.
The President reported that the Senior Minister was shocked just as he the President himself has been shocked because official records in the country show that only $2billion worth of gold has been exported to Dubai.
Effectively, right before television cameras, President Akufo-Addo admitted that he was presiding over wholesale smuggle of Ghana’s gold to Dubai and he did not even have a clue about what was going on.
After the floor had been opened for questions during the press encounter, senior journalist, Kwesi Pratt Jr. had asked the President about the status on two former Guantanamo Bay detainees that Ghana had accepted to host two years ago.
Mahmud Umar Muhammad Bin Atef and Khalid Muhammad Salih Al-Dhuby, had been accepted by the previous Mahama government from the US under a temporal hosting arrangements that ended on January 6, 2018. Per the arrangement, the two are either to be returned to the US or, alternatively, Ghana has to make arrangements to integrate them into her society.
In spite of the fact that there is a lot of public anxiety over the issue and the temporal accommodation with the US over the two elapsed almost two weeks ago, President Akufo-Addo told Ghanaian journalists at the press encounter that his government is now in the process of deciding the next line of action to take in respect of the two ex detainees.
The shocking revelation means the NPP government and President Akufo-Addo had really not been paying attention to the issue and updating themselves on the situation. Almost two weeks after the agreement elapsed, it is now that President Akufo Addo and his government have began fishing for answers on the way forward.
I’ve created jobs, I have no statistics
The cluelessness that punctuated the press encounter also bordered on the economy and job creation. President Akufo-Addo had opened the encounter with a welcome address that boasted that his administration had created jobs for the youth of Ghana, especially through the planting for Food and Jobs program.
Among others the President had boasted that at least some 10,000 youth had been set up to go into commercial farming last year alone.
However, after he had finished making the claims, Kemini Amanor of GH One TV demanded quotable statistics from the President on the claim of job creation, to which the President announced that he did not have any statistics to give out on the claim.
According to him, statistics on the number of jobs that he has created will be out in two to three months time. In effect therefore, three months ahead of really proving that he has created jobs, the President is broadcasting proudly that he has created jobs. Akufo-Addo counted his chicken before the eggs hatch.
President I’m not aware
The shocking ignorance of the President about pertinent issues that he was asked to address before journalists, dovetails his already festering reputation as a man who is clueless about things happening around him.
In his first year in office, Mr. Akufo-Addo has professed that he is not aware of so many things, especially episodic corruption that his appointees engage in. This has earned him the notorious nickname, ‘President I am not Aware.’
Source: therepublicnewsonline.com/Richmond Baidoo