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31 interesting facts about the late Ex-President Jerry John Rawlings

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Facts about J.J Rawlings
Facts about J.J Rawlings

The unfortunate loss of the founder of the National Democratic Congress today November 12, 2020, at the Korle Bu Teaching hospital, has left many in shock.


Known to be a man of tranquillity, peace and justice, the Ex-president’s name and legacy as a leader will long be remembered as part of the history of Ghana.

Rumours are running around that he died from COVID-19 but none of these could be confirmed until his family comes out to speak.

The President of the Republic, Nana Addo Danuquah Akuffo Addo, has issued a statement to express his condolences to his family while eulogizing his memory.

Mahama and the NDC have also put a hold on their Ashanti Region campaign tour in honouring the memory of their founder.

Meanwhile, Ghpage has taken time out to enlist some quite interesting facts about the late Jerry John Rawlings:

31 Things You Should Know About The Late Former President Jerry John Rawlings

  1. Jerry John Rawlings was born Jeremiah John Rawlings on 22 June 1947.
  2. His parents were Victoria Agbotui, an Ewe from Dzelukope, Keta and James Ramsey John, a chemist from Castle Douglas in Kirkcudbrightshire, Scotland.
  3. Rawlings’ father James Ramsey John was married in England to someone else and his descendants now live in Newcastle and London.
  4. He began his secondary education at the Achimota College (Now Achimota School) in 1967 and later proceeded to the military academy at Teshie.
  5. He joined the Ghana Air Force shortly afterwards; on his application, the military switched his surname John and his middle name Rawlings.
  6. In March 1968, he was posted to Takoradi, in Ghana’s Western Region, to continue his studies. He graduated in January 1969 and was commissioned as a Pilot Officer, winning the coveted “Speed Bird Trophy” as the best cadet in flying the Su-7 ground attack supersonic jet aircraft as he was skilled in aerobatics.
  7. He earned the rank of Flight Lieutenant and in April 1978. During his service with the Ghana Air Force, Rawlings perceived deterioration in discipline and morale due to corruption in the Supreme Military Council (SMC).
  8. As promotion brought him into contact with the privileged classes and their social values, his view of the injustices in society hardened. He was thus regarded with some unease by the SMC. After the 1979 coup, he involved himself with the student community of the University of Ghana, where he developed a more leftist ideology through reading and discussion of social and political ideas.
  9. Rawlings grew discontent with Ignatius Kutu Acheampong’s government, which had come to power through a coup in January 1972.
  10. Rawlings was part of the Free Africa Movement, an underground movement of military officers who wanted to unify Africa through a series of coups.
  11. On 15 May 1979, five weeks prior to civilian elections, Rawlings and six other soldiers staged a coup against the government of General Fred Akuffo, but failed and were arrested by the Ghanaian Military.
  12. Rawlings was publicly sentenced to death in a General Court Martial and imprisoned, although his statements on the social injustices that motivated his actions won him civilian sympathy.
  13. While awaiting execution, Rawlings was sprung from custody on 4 June 1979 by a group of soldiers. Claiming that the government was corrupt beyond redemption and that new leadership was required for Ghana’s development, he led the group in a coup to oust the Akuffo Government and Supreme Military Council.
  14. Shortly afterwards, Rawlings established and became the Chairman of a 15-member Armed Forces Revolutionary Council (AFRC), primarily composed of junior officers.
  15. He and the AFRC ruled for 112 days and arranged the execution by firing squad of eight military officers, including Generals Kotei, Joy Amedume, Roger Felli, and Utuka, as well as the three former heads of state: Afrifa, Acheampong, and Akuffo.
  16. Rawlings later implemented a much wider “house-cleaning exercise” involving the killings and abduction of over 300 Ghanaians. Elections were held on time shortly after the coup.
  17. On 24 September 1979, power was peacefully handed over by Rawlings to President Hilla Limann, whose People’s National Party (PNP) had the support of Nkrumah’s followers.
  18. Two years later Rawlings ousted President Hilla Limann in a coup d’etat on 31 December 1981, claiming that civilian rule was weak and the country’s economy was deteriorating.
  19. The killings of the Supreme Court justices (Cecilia Koranteng-Addow, Frederick Sarkodie, and Kwadjo Agyei Agyepong), military officers Major Sam Acquah and Major Dasana Nantogmah also occurred during the second military rule of Rawlings. However, unlike the 1979 executions, these people were abducted and killed in secret and it is unclear who was behind their murders, though Joachim Amartey Kwei and four others were convicted for four of these murders, which involved all three Justices and Acquah, and were executed in 1982.
  20. In place of Limann’s People’s National Party, Rawlings established the Provisional National Defence Council (PNDC) military junta as the official government in 1981.
  21. The PNDC established Workers’ Defence Committees (WDCs) and People’s Defence Committees (PDCs) to mobilize the population to support radical changes to the economy. Price controls on the sale of food were beneficial to urban workers but placed an undue burden on 70% of the rural population whose income largely depended on the prices of agricultural products.
  22. Rawlings’ economic policies led to an economic crisis in 1983, forcing him to undertake structural adjustment and submit himself to the election to retain power. Elections were held in January 1992, leading Ghana back to multiparty democracy.
  23. Rawlings established the National Commission on Democracy (NCD) shortly after the 1982 coup and employed it to survey civilian opinion and make recommendations that would facilitate the process of democratic transition
  24. On 3 November 1992, election results compiled by the INEC from 200 constituencies showed that Rawlings’ NDC had won 60% of the votes, and had obtained the majority needed to prevent the second round of voting.
  25. In 1996, the Electoral Commission reported that Rawlings had won by 57%, with Kufuor obtaining 40% of the vote. Results by district were similar to those in 1992, with the opposition winning the Ashanti Region and some constituencies in Eastern and Greater Accra, and Rawlings winning in his ethnic home, the Volta, and faring well in every other region.
  26. In accordance with his constitutional mandate, Rawlings’ term in office ended in 2001. He retired in 2001 and was succeeded by John Agyekum Kufuor, his main rival and opponent in 1996.
  27. In November 2000, Rawlings was named the first International Year of Volunteers 2001 Eminent Person by UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, attending various events and conferences to promote volunteerism. He established the constitution of 1988.
  28. In October 2010, Rawlings was named African Union envoy to Somalia.
  29. He gave lectures at universities, including Oxford University. Rawlings continued his heavy support for NDC. In July 2019 he went on a three-day working trip to Burkina Faso in the capacity of Chairman of the Thomas Sankara Memorial Committee.
  30. In September 2019, he paid a tribute on behalf of the president and people of Ghana, when he led a delegation to the funeral of Robert Mugabe, the late former president of Zimbabwe.
  31. He was reported dead on 12 November 2020 at Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital. Mr Rawlings had been on admission at Korle-Bu for about a week for Undisclosed ailment.

Stories of the cause of the charismatic man’s demise threaten to flood the media space as many wait on the family to disclose what actually led to his loss.

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“The only thing that has not gone up this year is short people” – Singer Praiz

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Vance Lee Watt II, a popular Nigeria singer known professionally as Praiz, has compared the rising cost of commodities in the country to short people.


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The singer lamented on the cost of goods that has increased significantly due to a number of factors, both visible and unseen ones.

According to Praiz, the yet to be increased thing in the country at the moment is short people.

short people

He wrote; “The only thing that has not gone up this year is short people.”

Praiz’s supposed joke however slapped him in the face as social media users condemned the statement as an insult to short people.

See some reactions below …

The only thing that has not gone up this year is short people - praiz

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FG Commences Disbursement Of N20,000 Grant To Women In Rural Areas

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The Federal Government on Thursday began the disbursement of N20,000 grant to rural women in Bauchi State for them to start small businesses with a view to alleviating their sufferings.

While flagging off the disbursement in Azare, the headquarters of Katagum Local Government Area of the state, the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Hajiya Sadiya Farouq, informed that over 150,000 beneficiaries across the 36 states of the federation, including the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) would benefit from the programme.

The grant, which she said was meant for rural women in the country, according to the minister was introduced in 2020 by her ministry as part of President Muhammadu Buhari’s social inclusion and poverty reduction agenda.
Represented by the Deputy Director Humanitarian Affairs in the ministry, Dr. Abubakar Suleiman, Farouq explained that the programmes is meant as part of President Buhari’s efforts aimed at lifting 100 million Nigerians out of poverty in 10 years.

According to her, the cash disbursement is designed to provide a one-off grant to some of the poorest and most vulnerable women in rural Nigeria.

The minister added that it is also meant to boost beneficiaries’ income, enhance their food security as well as enable them contribute towards improving their standard of living.

“A grant of N20,000 will be disbursed to over 150,000 poor rural women across the 36 states of the federation and the Federal Capital Territory.

“The grant is expected to increase access to financial capital required for economic activities.

“It is our hope that the beneficiaries of this programme will make good use of the opportunity to increase their income, enhance their food security and generally contribute towards improving their living standard,” the minister said.

Farouq declared optimism that with the complementary effort of the Bauchi State governor, Senator Bala Mohammed, beneficiaries of the grant would be on their way out of poverty to prosperity.

According to her, “I am optimistic that with support and cooperation of Your Excellency and other stakeholders present here, we can lift 100 million out of poverty by 2030.”

The Humanitarian Affairs Minister informed no fewer than 54,738 poor and vulnerable households drawn from 16 local government areas of the state have benefitted so far from the Federal Government’s Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) programme.

She informed that since September 2016, the beneficiaries, who are receiving N5,000 monthly under the CCT programme, have so far received about N3 billion.

The conditional cash transfer, Farouq explained, was designed to deliver timely and accessible cash transfers to beneficiary households and support development objectives and priorities as well as improve household consumption.

She added further that the CCT programme is also aimed at improving school enrolment and attendance, encouraging household financial and asset acquisition and engaging beneficiaries in sustainable livelihood.

“The Conditional Cash Transfer Programme commenced in September 2016 with the aim of responding to deficiencies in capacity and lack of investment in human capital of poor and vulnerable households.

“The programme provides targeted monthly base cash transfer of N5,000 to poor and vulnerable households with the sole aim of graduating them out of poverty.”

She listed the benefitting local government areas in the state where beneficiaries come from as Gamawa; Tafawa Balewa; Alkaleri; Darazo; Bogoro; Zaki; Warji; Ningi; Katagum; Kirfi; Jamaare; Dambam; Dass; Itas Gadau Misau and Toro.

“The conditional cash transfer programme in Bauchi State was intended to improve the socio-economic and livelihood of over 54,738 poor and vulnerable households enrolled across 16 local government areas of Gamawa, Tafawa Balewa, Alkaleri, Darazo, Bogoro, Zaki, Warji, Ningi, Katagum, Kirfi, Jamaare, Dambam, Dass, Itas Gadau, Misau and Toro, with a total disbursement to date of N2,987,360,000,” the minister informed.

Farouq noted that since the inception of President Buhari’s administration in 2015, the Federal Government has been paying more attention to protecting and promoting the plight of the poor and vulnerable in the country.

This, she stated, informed the Federal Government’s decision to initiate the National Social Investment Programme (NSIP) as a strategy for enhancing social inclusion, declaring that the NSIP is one the largest social protection programmes in Africa.

She further submitted that the NSIP has positively impacted on the poor and vulnerable Nigeria since its introduction in 2016.

“Since its introduction in 2016, it has impacted positively on the lives of the poor and vulnerable in Nigeria. I have personally witnessed the life-changing experiences of people who lived below the poverty line and those that are vulnerable to shocks,” she said.

Source:- Daily Post

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COVID-19 Update For November 12 2020 In Nigeria

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212 new cases of #COVID19Nigeria;

Lagos-71
Imo-26
Plateau-26
FCT-19
Ondo-17
Kaduna-14
Rivers-9
Oyo-9
Katsina-6
Osun-4
Bauchi-2
Ekiti-2-
Nasarawa-2
Ogun-2
Kano-1
Kwara-1
Taraba-1

64,728 confirmed
60,790 discharged
1,162 deaths pic.twitter.com/1evegK9VhL

— NCDC (@NCDCgov) November 12, 2020

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