Thursday, 13 April 2017


Chairman of the Progressive People’s Party, Nii Allotey Brew Hammond has indicated that the Party will haul President Akufo Addo to the International Criminal Court (ICC) for crimes against humanity, if he fails to halt illegal mining (galamsey) activities in the country in three months.
Nii Allotey Brew Hammond addressing the press
Speaking on the illegal mining menace at a press conference held on Monday, 10th April, 2017 at the party’s headquarters in Accra, he bewailed the extent to which foreigners especially, Chinese have devastated the country’s lands and water bodies, and the lack of political will on the part of government to prosecute and extradite all foreigners engaged in illegal mining. “We expect the NPP government to gather the political will to prosecute and extradite all foreign galamseyers from Ghana so that our farmers can cultivate more crops to improve their individual livelihoods and that of the nation collectively.”
“Can a Ghanaian travel to China or any other country to destroy their water bodies? Will they be spared? Or will leaders of such countries tolerate our leaders, calling on their citizens who complain to order as the Chinese are asking us to do?” He quizzed.

Nii Allotey Brew Hammond also condemned in no uncertain terms the act of lawlessness being perpetuated by NPP affiliated vigilante group, Delta force, and called on the IGP to disband all political party affiliated vigilante groups immediately. 
“As you are already aware, NPP’s Delta force in Kumasi, took the law into their own hands and forcibly removed the Ashanti Regional Security Coordinator from office under the full glare of Ghana Police officers. A week later, another group besieged the offices of the Eastern Regional National Health Insurance Scheme, and forcibly locked the office of the Regional Manager. We demand that the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mr. David Asante Apeatu, disbands all political vigilante groups in the country to put an end to the growing act of lawlessness being perpetuated by these groups.”

Below is the full statement:

Good morning, ladies and gentlemen, and welcome to this press conference.
We have called this press conference with a sense of urgency to first, address the crisis of devastation of our environment; particularly, poisoning of our water resources by illegal miners, also known as “Galamsey” operators and secondly, to deal with the acts of terrorism unleashed on public officers and institutions by political party sponsored vigilante groups.
The PPP condemns in strongest terms the current lawlessness going on in our country and the clear lack of leadership by the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) to deal with it, as well as the hypocrisy and complicity of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) as an all-time key contributor and actor in the crisis on our hands.
We demand that the President takes urgent steps to stop the lawlessness with immediate effect, to save our country from degenerating into an ungovernable society and a sure candidate for failure as a state, under his watch.

  1. The illegal Mining Menace
Ladies and gentlemen, we are all aware of illegal mining in Ghana and how that has already poisoned majority of the nation’s water bodies, degraded farm lands and is threatening to dry up sources of treatable water, to the extent that we would have to import safe drinking water in less than five years, if the galamsey menace is not stopped with immediate effect.
The devastation of our environment by galamsey did not start today. It has been round for decades under the watch of both NDC and NPP administrations that have, by their omissions and commissions benefitted from its proceeds while in government but turn around to blame the other when in opposition and vice versa.
It is recalled sadly, how in the heat of the 2016 election campaigns, some illegal miners in Obuasi demonstrated against a quit order from the Minerals Commission ordering them to stop gold mining within the concession of Anglogold Ashanti (AGA). The NDC, then seeking re-election looked on for the illegal miners to have their way, because it feared enforcing the quit orders would affect its electoral fortunes.
Reliable information in our possession from the  Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources indicates that 60% to 70% of excavators in Ghana are not used for road construction but rather, illegal mining activities.
The question is; how are the excavators able to move to the mining sites without the knowledge of the Police and the security agencies? Can the NDC and NPP who have ruled this country for 25 years, say they are not aware of the destruction such illegal activities have caused to our farm lands, water bodies, forest reserves and the general health of our people? Is it true that a former Minister for Lands and Natural Resources issued licenses to the Chinese for $40,000.00?
Cocoa farmers have been compelled to sell their farm lands for galamsey cash because the state has failed to guarantee the safety and security of their investments as farmers. No wonder, Ghana continues to experience a reduction of about 100,000 tons per annum in the production of cocoa, contributing to the global reduction trends expected to hit about one million tons.
We simply cannot allow illegal miners to destroy our cocoa growing regions like; the Brong Ahafo, Western, Ashanti and Eastern Regions, all because some people have decided to mine outside the law, and operate their mining activities in prohibited areas in gross violation of the Minerals and Mining Act, 2006 (703).
To that end, we want to commend the recently launched media coalition against illegal mining and encourage them to continue with the concerted effort to help put a stop to galamsey in Ghana. We want to assure the coalition that they have a reliable partner in the PPP as a party in opposition and PPP as a party soon to be in government. We want to send a warning shot to both private and public sector actors that the environment in Ghana is no longer their playground.
We wish to assure Ghanaians that such unwarranted provocation and disrespect for our sovereignty will never happen under the watch of a PPP government. It is our fervent hope that the devastation caused by galamsey will not continue to be lost on the NPP administration and that they will find it necessary to deal with it surgically without fear or favour. We are giving the Akufo Addo led-government a three month ultimatum to STOP GALAMSEY operation in Ghana. Failure to do so shall compel us to drag him to the International Criminal Court (ICC) for crimes against humanity.
  1. Political Party affiliated vigilante groups
Ladies and gentlemen, galamsey is not the only threat we live under as a nation. Since 1992, we have seen an uptick in the atrocities of political party-affiliated vigilante groups. These groups have been emboldened of late because they are said to be responsible for the NDC and NPP winning power in Ghana and government must necessarily find space for them in our constitutional democracy.
Ladies and gentlemen, this degrading assertion throws up the question; where is the power of the people? Did the people of Ghana vote for change or the vigilante groups did? Why should Azorka Boys, Bamba Boys, Invincible Forces, Kandaha Boys, Bolga Bulldogs and Delta Force determine our destiny as a democracy? Do we have leadership in Ghana? And is this the change Ghanaians voted for?
The Greek philosopher, Plato once said:
"Where the law is subject to some other authority and has none of its own, the collapse of the state, in my view, is not far off; but if law is the master of the government and the government is its slave, then the situation is full of promise and men enjoy all the blessings that the gods shower on a state.”
Ladies and gentlemen, just think about this and relate it to the impunity in Ghana today.
When the former President, John Mahama granted a pardon to the “Montie Three” who were serving a four-month jail term for scandalizing the court, we (including the NPP then in opposition) rightly condemned Mahama's poor judgment. His action of arbitrarily exercising the prerogative of mercy was a contributing factor to the defeat of the NDC in the 2016 elections. But did the NPP deserve to benefit from that change?
Last week, the thirteen suspects of the Delta force who were sent to the KMA Circuit court were freed by some members of the group. This is tantamount to jail break. What do you think could be fueling this impunity which has reared its ugly head in our country? For how long must we continue to live in the cuckoo’s nest knowing how difficult it is to escape? In this moral dilemma we are in, should we be ruled by law or by men? Where in the world can a vigilante group besiege a court premise and take custody of accused persons?
If the Chinese and other nationals resident in the country hear such stories, why would they not behave the same way? We understand that in our criminal justice system, the government retains broad discretion as to whom to prosecute. But this does not also mean that we should allow ourselves to be haunted by the stark images of desuetude, impunity and abuse of power.
Any country where political party sponsored groups are more powerful than legally sanctioned security officers, and agencies can be likened to the Anarchist Republic of Cospaia. The blunt truth is that we must end this jocular depiction of the survival of the fittest principle we want to create in Ghana. We need to be mindful of the type of country we are gradually building.
It is unacceptable for us to even think of our country becoming a leaderless republic. Let us refuse to tolerate the Invincible forces, Delta forces, Kandaha boys, Azorka boys, Bamba boys, Landguards and all other Militia whose activities are fully funded by political parties and their agents to foment trouble in our country.
Let us think about these groups and be reminded of Rebel groups in war-torn countries. We must realize that any attempt to bring in militia to deal with political opponents is bound to boomerang with dangerous consequences. We cannot allow these groups to flourish while we indirectly make the legitimate security services almost powerless.
We wish to remind Ghanaians that the President, his Vice, Ministers of State, Judges, Officers of Security agencies, Members of Parliament, and all government appointees pledge first and foremost to uphold the 1992 Constitution. These oaths affirm that the rule of law is superior to the rule of any human leader. We should be careful not to allow Political party militia and vigilante groups to be seen as "untouchables" in our country. This is shameful and our country urgently needs leadership to act decisively in this situation.
Ghanaians should not be deceived by this “by-force duopoly” as the accepted form of democracy and expect any different performance from the government they vote into power. During the 2016 campaign, we warned Ghanaians that real change would only happen if we voted for the PPP and that voting for either of the two would bring chaos. The truth is, we get what we vote for!
Hence, political party-affiliated vigilante groups are illegal entities that must not be allowed to operate.
We should recall that in January 2016, the then IGP, Mr. John Kudalor assured Ghanaians publicly of the police service commitment to disband all political party-affiliated vigilante groups. Yet the police service failed to dissolve a single vigilante group. What is happening now is a result of the failure of the Ghana Police Service to honour its promise to disband political party affiliated vigilante groups in the past.
We must take a cue from the Nigerian experience, where a small politically motivated vigilante group formed to frustrate opponents has become terrorist group (Boko Haram) wreaking havoc on innocent people because no effort was made to dissolve it.
The Progressive People’s Party will not condone any act of lawlessness from any vigilante group in Ghana. Enough is enough, many people have suffered at the hands of vigilante groups, and it is time to dissolve them. Ghana will not be a breeding ground for terrorist groups.
We therefore, demand that, the IGP immediately disband all political party affiliated vigilante groups, and arrest and prosecute members of the groups culpable for causing harm to innocent people and damaging state assets.
Political party vigilantism MUST STOP NOW!!! 

We as Ghanaians credit ourselves with stability in government transition, but we must not be so cocky as to ignore the real threats in front of us. There are fissures in our system, cracks that must be addressed, leaks that must be stopped and fully repaired, or we will be surprised by a sudden flood. Let us watch, pray, and act now. Let us Awake to enjoy Prosperity-In-Peace
God save our homeland Ghana!
Thank you

Tuesday, 4 April 2017

Galamsey must end - Dr. Ndoum

Galamsey must end - Dr. Ndoum

Dr. Ndoum

Dr. Papa Kwesi Ndoum has bemoaned the devastating effect of Galamsey on the environment. Galamsey has wreaked havoc on water bodies in the country killing living organisms and forcing Ghana Water Company to treat water at a high cost. Farm lands and vegetation are being destroyed leading to short fall in food production and Dr. Ndoum is very much aware of the situation, “our lands are the source of food so if they are being destroyed, the cost of food will rise. We should all help in driving galamseyers away. When our lands, rivers and water are destroyed, our future is also destroyed” he noted.
He further stated that Galamsey is against the constitution of Ghana and must therefore be abolished immediately. Dr. Ndoum made this statement as a host on ATV’s Ghana Great and Strong show.

His statement comes in the wake of Minister of Lands and Natural Resource’s three-week ultimatum to illegal miners to quit or face the full rigors of the law.

Tuesday, 28 March 2017


Participants at the lecture

The Progressive People’s Party held a lecture on the 2017 budget statement on Friday, 24th March, 2017 for members of the party aimed at helping them have full grasp of the budget.

Participants were educated on Government 2017 targets for key economic indicators, 2017 estimated revenue and the sources, 2017 areas of expenditure, how the targets will be achieved (the policy initiatives), assessment of the impact of the policy initiatives on key economic indicators, assessment of impact on standards of living and analysis of the predicted deficit and challenges to the achievement of the policy targets.

The lecture which was the first of its kind in the party was addressed by Dr. Mahama Bawah, a member of the PPP Economic Team and was attended by party communicators, National officers, parliamentary aspirants, as well as staff at the party’s Headquarters. 


Participants at the lecture

The Progressive People’s Party held a lecture on the 2017 budget statement on Friday, 24th March, 2017 for members of the party aimed at helping them have full grasp of the budget.

Participants were educated on Government 2017 targets for key economic indicators, 2017 estimated revenue and the sources, 2017 areas of expenditure, how the targets will be achieved (the policy initiatives), assessment of the impact of the policy initiatives on key economic indicators, assessment of impact on standards of living and analysis of the predicted deficit and challenges to the achievement of the policy targets.

The lecture which was the first of its kind in the party was addressed by Dr. Mahama Bawah, member of the PPP Economic Team and was attended by party communicators, National officers, parliamentary aspirants, as well as staff at the party’s Headquarters. 

Tuesday, 21 March 2017



Zawren Ndoum delegation

Zawren Ndoum Movement has paid a courtesy call on National Chief Imam Sheikh Dr. Usmanu Nuhu Sharubutu at his residence at Fadama in Accra to introduce the group to him.

Speaking at the occasion, the leader of the delegation Chief Baako told the National chief imam that Zawren Ndoum is a non-governmental organization that believes in the developmental philosophies of Dr. Ndoum, which they consider to be similar to that of the basic teachings of the Holy prophet Muhammed (S.A.W),especially his policy on free education for all Ghanaian child of school going age from kindergarten to senior High school, the separation of the Attorney General’s office from the ministry of Justice, election of MMDCES, Justice and accountability, respect for fundamental human rights, peace, security and national development.

His Holy Eminence Sheikh Dr. Sharubutu assured the group of his support and commended Dr. Papa Kwesi Nduom for his contribution to National development and for transforming the lives of many in society through job creation.

He charged the leadership of Zawren Ndoum Movement to work diligently and selflessly to bring socio-economic development to the Zongo community.

The Members of delegation include, Chief Yusif Idris (Patron), Chief Zakaria Tahiru Kuta III, (Executive council chairman), Chief Yusif Abdulai (vice Chairman, Exec.Council) Nana Okyere Anokurabuakwa II (Member, Council of Elders), Togbi Abdul Razak Mawuko (Member, Council of Elders), Alhaji Mudathr Bamba (Nat.Co-ordinator), Alhaji Hassan Baaba Keene (Member, Council of Elders) among others.

Monday, 13 March 2017


National Chairman, Nii Allotey Brew Hammond addressing the press

The Progressive People’s Party (PPP) has declared its willingness to form a viable alternative political movement in Ghana. This was announced at a press conference held by the party on Monday, March 13, 2017 at its National Headquarters in Asylum down, Accra. The decision was arrived at after the National Committee of the party approved a resolution to work to establish a strong, viable alternative political movement in Ghana.

The PPP believes that alternating power between the NDC and the NPP while implementing essentially the same policies and winner-takes-all attitude to governing the country will not strengthen our economy and improve the standard of living of the ordinary Ghanaian. 

Hence, there is the need to join forces together with other political parties and individuals to break the NDC and the NPP duopoly.

In view of this, the party is inviting like-minded progressive political parties and individuals to discuss and reach agreement to forge an alternative to the NPP and the NDC to contest election 2020 and beyond.

Addressing the press, National Chairman of PPP, Nii Allotey Brew Hammond said, “There are many reasons why this has become an urgent matter at this time.  The 2016 election campaign and results have proven the point that Ghanaians want an alternative to the political parties that have won elections since the beginning of the Fourth Republic but they want to see a united front that is formidable and one they can feel can win elections.  Indeed, the 2008 elections gave this same indication that the people wanted change but felt their choice of the change agent was limited.  Therefore, it is our considered view that in 2008 and 2016, the NDC and the NPP won the respective elections by default, not because they offered the best policies and people.”

This situation, the PPP want a united front of like-minded people to change by coming together to offer change the people can feel AFTER elections.

Friday, 10 February 2017

Zawren Ndoum Council of Elders

Zawren Ndoum movement is a registered non-governmental organization constituted in 2016 by independent-minded individuals from Zongo communities in Ghana who have been ardent followers of Dr. Papa Kwesi Ndoum for many years.

Zawren Nduom, which literary means “the Hall of Nduom”, in Hausa dialect was intended to promote the well-being of members of the various communities in terms of education and job creation opportunities, particularly for the youth, to enhance productivity.

According to the leaders of the group, Dr Nduom’s ideas are synonymous with some of the teachings of the Holy Prophet Muhammed, and are convinced he is the only resourceful person who can take the Zongos and Ghana to the level that majority of them are yearning for.

During 2016 Electioneering campaign, the group campaigned vigorously for Dr. Ndoum, and parliamentary candidates of the Party in Ofoase Ayiribi, KEEA, South Dayi and Kwesimintim.

Zawren Ndoum will continue to mobilise support from the zongos for Dr. Ndoum and help PPP capture power in 2020.