President of the republic, Nana Addo Danquah Akufo Addo, will be meeting the media to answer questions of national concern and also address the nation on progress made so far to transform the economy.
The first ever media encounter in the year 2018 follows a similar one in 2017. Nana Addo's meet the press series follows some development in the country which the president is yet to officially comment on.This article explores some of such issues:
1. Stand-off at electoral commission
Ever since a petition was filed against the EC chair, Charlotte Osei over claims of corruption and abuse of power, there have been intense investigations into the matter.
These investigations by the Economic and Organised Crime Office (EOCO) recently saw armed police officials storm the office of a deputy commissioner at the EC demanding for her to vacate her position and proceed on leave.
This development resulted in a major stand-off as Georgina Opoku Amankwa insisted she will not exit her position. President Akufo-Addo is expected to officially make a statement on this development.
2. "Shithole" comments by Donald Trump
President of the republic, Nana Addo Danquah Akufo-Addo sent a fierce message to the American president - Donald J Trump after he described all African countries including Ghana as "shithole" countries.
Journalists at the meet the press encounter will be expecting the president state Ghana's foreign relations with the US and how statements by the US president could be affected.
3. State of Ghana's internal security against terrorism
Police officials at Odorkor in Accra arrested three men for wielding 7 pieces of grenades. The arrest of these men sparked severe concern over the security of Ghana. So far, the police are refusing to speak on the links of these men as security analysts also raise the alarm that they could be linked to ISIS in Libya. We are expecting the president to further give details on this troubling matter
4. The gay debate
One issue the president can never escape is the gay debate he sparked after an interview with Aljazeera News Network. The president was heard stating that the Ghanaian culture is yet to embrace homosexuality and that intense advocacy and lobbying by gay groups could relax laws against homosexuals. Ghanaians met this comment by the president with rage and fury. We will expect him to clarify issues related to this development.
5. Cash for seat scandal
One of the main scandals or controversy that sparked debate in the Akufo-Addo administration has been the cash for seat scandal where business expatriates were made to pay as high as $150,000. So far, the scandal is being investigated by parliament but in the meantime, President Akufo-Addo is expected to answer questions on this embarrassing issue.
6. BOST and SSNIT scandal
Other major scandals that hit the Akufo-Addo administration in the past six months have been the BOST and SSNIT scandals. The SSNIT scandal which saw officials of SSNIT overcharge for a software system. Nana Addo is expected to clarify issues related to this overly corrupt act and spell out his next line of action.
7. Ministerial reshuffle
Having the largest cabinet ever in the 4th Republic numbering 110, the president has been asked time and time again whether he will consider reducing the numbers as time goes by. At the start of the year, there have been wild suspicions that the president might be considering a ministerial reshuffle of his government. Are we to see such a reshuffle, who could be affected and what will be the motive behind it? These questions, we believe, could be posed the president.