Some female Members of Ghana’s Parliament have urged the men in the country to stay away from the breast of their nursing wives during the recommended exclusive six months nursing period.
The men are being blamed for the dip in the country’s exclusive breastfeeding rate within the last decade.
According to the MPs, the breastmilk is an exclusive preserve of the newly born baby who needs it to build his or her immune system from diseases and for growth. Regrettably however, the men are always found to be in some sort of competition with the baby over the breast of the mother.
The female Legislators made the comment in a contribution to a statement made on the Floor of Parliament on Wednesday, June 9, 2021 by the MP for Keta, Kwame Dzudzorli Gakpey to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the International Code of Marketing of Breastmilk Substitutes.
The Breastfeeding Promotion Regulations, 2000
According to the maker of the statement, even though Ghana adopted the International Code and enacted the Breastfeeding Promotion Regulations 2000 (LI1667), lack of enforcement has allowed the commercial interest of breastmilk producing and distributing companies to overshadow and undermine breastfeeding, optimal infant and young child feeding, and health of children and women.
“The country’s exclusive breastfeeding (EBF) rate increased from 2% in 1988 to 63% in 2008, an achievement which has since been eroded with the EBF rate currently being 43%, after dropping from the 2014 rate of 52%,” he said in his statement.
Contributions on the Floor
In her contribution to the statement, the MP for Tanor North and Former Deputy Gender Minister, Freda Akosua Prempeh blamed the men for the decline in the exclusive breastfeeding rate in the country.
She said, “the men should give the women a break in order to allow their new born babies to enjoy their breast milk in peace when they start nursing.”
Okaikwe North MP, Thereza Lardi Awuni on her part, re-emphasized the point that the men are guilty since they continue to compete with their children for the breast of their mothers. She urged them to keep off the breast.
The MP for Ketu North, Dzifa Abla Gomashie, advocated for the leave period to be extended for nursing mothers to enable them honour the recommended exclusive six months breastfeeding period. She also recommended that men should be given paternity leave to help their nursing wives to take care of their children during the nursing period.
However, on her part, the MP for Ada and Deputy Minority Whip, Comfort Doyoe Cudjoe-Ghansah said some women are also to blame for refusing to breastfeed their babies for required period for fear that their breast would sag too early.
She used herself as an example to call on the women to stop protecting their breast from sagging and rather think about the health and growth of their children. “I have fed six children with my breast yet they are still standing. These young ladies should stop protecting their breast for fear of losing the firmness which attracts the men.”
She also urged the men to give the women a break when they start nursing their children because it is not easy for the women during the nursing period.
The Deputy Minority Leader, James Klutse Avedzi who was one of the few men who contributed to the statement on the Floor, came to the rescue of the men. He rather attributed the decline in the exclusive breastfeeding policy in the country to the quest of women to keep their breast in shape for their men.
He said, “Because most men like breast that are standing, the women are refusing to breastfeed their children in order to keep it in shape for the men. The men are not the cause for the decline in the breastfeeding rate.”
At the end of the statement, the Speaker referred it to the Parliamentary Select Committee on Health for consideration and report.
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The Speaker of the Eight Parliament of Ghana, Alban Sumana Bagbin has observed that the Greening Ghana Project, is a special opportunity for the people of Ghana to amend their ways in handling environmental issues in order to recover the loss of its vegetation cover overtime.
The national tree planting exercise currently ongoing across the length and breadth of the country, has received a lot of support from individuals, institutions, religious bodies and traditional authorities among others.
According to him, the people’s destructive practices over the years have not only degraded the natural environment, but have also virtually depleted the country’s rich forest cover and have exposed it to the threats of desertification, droughts, irregular patterns of rainfall and all its attendant challenges including food security.
The Staff Durbar
The Speaker made the observation at a staff durbar held at the forecourt of the Chamber of Parliament on Friday, June 11, 2021. The durbar was to herald Parliament’s participation in the tree planting exercise initiated by the Government through the Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources.
Tree Planting within Precincts of Parliament
The First Deputy Speaker, Joseph Osei Owusu; the Second Deputy Speaker, Andrew Amoako Asiamah; the Clerk to Parliament, Cyril Nsia as well as the Deputy Clerks joined the Rt. Hon. Speaker Alban Bagbin to symbolically begin the planting of the trees (Watch video https://fb.watch/64wnBPcAaM/). The Institution of Parliament has pledged to plant 100 trees within the precincts and extended precincts of Parliament including the official residence of the Speaker, the Clerk and the Leadership among others.
Greening Ghana Project
The Government set aside the day for all and sundry to actively participate in the Greening Ghana Project which was initiated for the planting of five million trees across the country to restore the lost vegetation of the country and to replenish the forest cover.
“I believe the Green Ghana Project initiative is a special opportunity for all of us to recover over time our loss in this area. Through our own distractive practices, not only have we degraded the natural environment God gave us, we have also virtually depleted our forest reserves,” said Rt. Hon. Speaker Alban Bagbin.
He emphasized that, as part of the initiative the Government seeks to work out a formula for the planting of economic trees such as Timber, Wawa, Nim, Rosewood and Shea trees which is a form of national investment into the future of the country.
“By this policy initiative, we will be making investment for our future. In committing to this exercise, we are not just going to plant the trees and walk away. Indeed, we are encouraged to nurse, nurture, and monitor them in a manner to ensure the progress of these trees,” he said.
The Biblical Allusions
The Speaker also alluded to some Biblical injunctions which establishes a symbiotic relationship between plants on the planet and the survival needs of humankind when he quoted the books of Genesis and Deuteronomy to buttress his point.
He said in Genesis chapter 1 verse 29 God said, “I have given you every herb that yields seed which is on the face of all the earth, and every tree whose fruit yields seed; to you it shall be for food.”
Adding that, “we are also reminded in Deuteronomy chapter 20 verse 19b that, we shall not destroy trees by wielding an axe against them, for the tree of the field is man’s food.”
Watch video here: https://fb.watch/64wnBPcAaM/
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President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has released a list of 19 Cabinet Ministers to assist him in the determination of the general policy of Government in accordance with Article 76 of the 1992 Constitution of the Republic of Ghana.
Conspicuously missing in the list are some Ministerial portfolios which are considered important for the state, including the National Security Minister, Albert Kan Dapaa in the mist of recent concerns of insecurity in the sub-region including the neighboring country, Burkinafaso.
It has even been suggested that, matters of youth unemployment, food security and housing are potential sources of insurrections which equally border on national security. The concern therefore is that, the failure of the National Security Minister to make the cut for Cabinet Ministers could be an expensive gamble for the Government.
Mention has also been made of other Ministerial portfolios such as Information; Communication; Environment, Science and Innovation; and Roads and Highways among others who failed to make the list.
Reading a communication from the President on the Floor of Parliament on Thursday, June 10, 2021, the Rt. Hon. Speaker of Parliament, Alban Sumana Bagbin, said the full list of the Cabinet as prescribed by the Constitution has been duly satisfied by the President.
According to Article 76 (1) of the Constitution, “There shall be a Cabinet which shall consist of the President, the Vice- President and not less than ten and not more than nineteen Ministers of State.”
Out of the 19 Ministers of State of the Cabinet, 12 of them are sitting Members of Parliament which satisfies the constitutional injunction which requires that not less than 50 percent of them should come from Parliament.
The list includes: Finance Minister, Ken Ofori Atta; Minister for Trade and Industry, Alan Kwadwo Kyerematen; Minister for Defence, Dominic Nitiwul; Minister for the Interior, Ambrose Dery; Minister for Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey; Attorney-General and Minister for Justice, Godfred Yeboah Dame; Minister for Food and Agriculture, Dr. Owusu Afriyie Akoto; Minister for Energy, Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh; Minister for Education, Dr. Yaw Osei Adutwum; and Minister for Health, Kwaku Agyeman Manu.
The rest of the names on the list are: Minister for Parliamentary Affairs, Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu; Minister for Local Government, Decentralization and Rural Development, Daniel Botwe; Minister for Lands and Natural Resources, Samuel Abdulai Jinapor; Minister for Sanitation and Water Resources, Cecilia Abena Dapaah; Minister for Railway Development, John Peter Amewu; Minister for Employment and Labour Relations, Ignatius Baffour Awuah; Minister for Fisheries and Aquaculture Development, Mavis Hawa Koomson; Minister for Tourism, Arts and Culture, Alhaji Ibrahim Awal Mohammed; and Minister for Works and Housing, Francis Asenso-Boakye.
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The Government of Ghana could generate for itself 594 million dollars within a year and also save a whopping amount of 5.8 million dollars for the economy, if only the country would commit to the enforcement of the Breastfeeding Promotion Regulations 2000 (LI1667) which ensures the creation of an enabling environment for optimal infant feeding.
The enforcement of this law would ensure that mothers receive accurate information about breastfeeding and limit the use of Breastmilk Substitutes (BMS) to only medically indicated situations by putting an end to promotional activities such as distribution of free Breastmilk Substitutes.
The provisions of the law which derives its source from the International Code of Marketing Breastmilk Substitutes (otherwise known as the CODE), also includes limiting interactions between health staff and company agents thereby creating a safer environment for breastfeeding.
The issue gained relevance on the Floor of Parliament on Wednesday, June 9, 2021 when the Member of Parliament for Keta constituency in the Volta region, Kwame Dzudzorli Gakpey, made a statement to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the International Code of Marketing of Breastmilk Substitutes which was adopted by the 34th World Health Assembly in May 1981 to address aggressive marketing tactics by the infant and young child feeding industry.
The MP who was a Public Health worker before becoming a Legislator, urged Health Authorities and law enforcement agencies in Ghana to help promote exclusive breastfeeding in the country in order to reap its invaluable health benefits and to generate some extra funds for the economy in these COVID-19 times where several countries around the world are going through economic hardship and difficulties.
“Recent studies show that optimal breastfeeding can save Ghana over US$ 5.8 million. This amount of money can be spent on healthcare costs and can generate more than US$ 594 million for the economy, which is nearly 1.5% of Ghana’s gross net income through having a healthier population.
In addition, optimal breastfeeding prevents 3,774 deaths of babies and 302 maternal deaths from cancers and type II diabetes each year (UN Ghana Report, 2020).”
According to him, apart from the fact that breastfeeding is vital to a child’s lifelong nutrition, health and wellbeing, it has some economic benefits to families and the country as a whole since it prevents illnesses and thereby reduces out of pocket expenditures to treat diarrhoea and pneumonia among others.
Speaking in an interview with parliamentnews360.com outside the chamber of Parliament, Hon. Gakpey appealed to the Ministry of Health and the Ghana Health Service, as well as the Food and Drugs Authority to ensure that Ghana’s Breastfeeding Promotion Regulations 2000 is enforced to the latter.
The CODE is generally aimed to contribute to the provision of safe and adequate nutrition for infants by protecting and promoting breastfeeding, and by ensuring the proper use of breastmilk substitutes by restricting promotions that target the general public, mothers and health workers.
The CODE also provides the policy framework designed to stop commercial interests from activities that decrease the practice of exclusive breastfeeding and threatening the health and nutrition of the young children.
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By Melvin Tejan Mansaray
Addressing the Floor of the Continental Parliament during the ongoing 4th Ordinary Session of the Fifth Pan-African Parliament (PAP) held on Wednesday 26th May 2021 in Midrand, South Africa, Honorable Solomon Sengehpoh Thomas, Leader of the Sierra Leone Delegation to PAP said that he was disturbed at how language is being used as a vehicle of division within the Parliament.
Hon. Thomas was contributing to the debate on the adoption of the Activity Report of PAP delivered by Hon. Chief Fortune Charumbira, Acting President of the PAP.
Hon. Thomas opened his submission by thanking the Government and People of South Africa for hosting them in their country at a very difficult period of the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic that has disrupted the smooth running of global operations.
On the Activity report, he said “ I wholeheartedly accept this report Mr. President and Honorable Members. I wish to state that there need to look into the reports of Committees,” adding that there are serious issues to be considered.
“I will urge the incoming Bureau after the election to ensure that we have the formula to look into some of the critical decisions by Committees,” Hon. Thomas said.
He noted that as for the decisions of the PAP Acting Bureau, “ I should say that we can wholly accept that because the Bureau is a smaller unit.”
On his second point of note, Hon. Thomas said: “Ever since we came here, I was particularly disturbed by the kind of division we have demonstrated as an African Parliament.”
He said: “Interestingly, we have allowed ourselves to be divided along with the languages of the former colonial masters. It is a shame on all of us. We are not divided along with African languages, we have allowed ourselves to be divided along with the languages of our former colonial masters. We should be ashamed of ourselves.”
Hon. Thomas is the Deputy Speaker of the Sierra Leone Parliament, representing the governing Sierra Leone Peoples Party (SLPP) for a second inning.
However, acting PAP President Hon. Chief Fortune Charumbira in response to the numerous concerns registered by the MPs said that it is important for Member States to ratify the Malabo Treaty, focus on youth, women, and girls, the need for proper analysis on the divergent arguments on the rotation policy, PAP’s deep budget cut, relationship with the PRC and explained that the PAP employs the African Union policy on regional balance and rotation for the recruitment of the PAP staff.
It is apparent that on Thursday 27 May 2021 at 2 pm, the PAP will conduct elections for the President and Vice Presidents of its Bureau, which is expected to usher in new leadership for the Continental Parliament.
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By Melvin Tejan Mansaray
Speaking during the plenary debate on the Pan-African Parliament (PAP) Activity Report presented by Acting PAP President, Hon. Chief Fortune Charumbira, Honorable Julius Malema, a Member of the South African Parliament’s Delegation to the PAP unrepentantly stressed the notion for equity and fairness as enshrined in the African Union (AU) principle of Rotation for the President and Vice President positions of the Continental Parliament.
Hon. Malema said that the Parliament must agree in the first place that the principle of rotation is not a principle of sharing power adding that certain people think that they must have power over others.
“The principle of rotation is to unite the continent and if we are concerned about the unity of the continent then we would not have a problem about the principle of rotation. We must first understand its purpose. If you have a problem with the type of candidature that Southern Africa is presenting, for instance, you will rather say, we agree with the rotation and therefore we suggest that the North will take. Let the debate be about which regions have not received and which regions will you support. Not that the regions who have not received must wait for some ratification to apply a principle that seeks to unite the Continent,” Hon. Malema said.
He continued that the forefather that came before them wanted to eliminate an unnecessary contestation amongst Africans by coming up with a democratic principle which will cover all the regions.
He said: “If you are concerned about the unity of this Continent and you are not serving the interest of the imperialists and colonialists you will never have a difficulty on the application of a principle that will unite Africans and that is what this vote is about.”
He noted that it is so embarrassing that former leaders of PAP can do everything in their power to divide the institution and undermine the legitimacy of it.
“You can use your majority and keep this power and this presidency in your regions, and if that is the unity of Africa that you are talking about, that power must only circulate in your regions go on with it but be aware that you are serving the interest of imperialism that seeks to keep us divided. The unity of this Continent will not wait for ratification of any form. The unity of this Continent needs us to apply it as in yesterday. We don’t require any ratification of anything for us to be united and anyone who says that we require ratification that person does not know what unity is about. Unity is about us coming together with a paper or no paper,” Hon. Malema said.
It could be recalled that the PAP on 18 May 2017 in Midrand, South Africa adopted the Resolution on the Rotation of the Presidency of the PAP. It noted that that the principle of rotating the office of the President of the PAP is not prescribed in the basic texts of the Parliament but recognized the fact that this principle is expressly mentioned in the amended Protocol of the PAP (article 12.1) adopted by the 23rd Ordinary Session of the Assembly of Heads of State and Government in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea on 27 June 2014 amongst other things.
Paragraphs five and six of the Resolution stated that: “ Recognizing that African Union respects the practice of rotating the presidency of its Organs;
Accordingly decides that the Rules of Procedure of the Pan-African Parliament be amended in accordance with the provisions of Rule 93 to include the Principle of Rotation of the Office of the President of the Pan-African Parliament.”
However, there are divergent views on the implementation of this principle for which the Hon. Malema is agitated against its opponents.
However, the election of the PAP President and Vice Presidents is slated for Thursday 27 May 2021 at 2 pm.
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Proceedings of the ongoing Fourth Ordinary Session of the Fifth Parliament of the Pan-African Parliament in Midrand, South Africa, has been truncated due to Covid-19 infections. The Session has therefore been adjourned till Monday, May 31, 2021.
The Clerk to the Continental Parliament, Vipya Harawa, announced to the House on Thursday, May 27, 2021, that a staff member had tested positive for the virus and therefore poses a threat to the continuous running of the business scheduled for the day.
The House was scheduled to undergo an election process on this day to compose a new Bureau to steer the affairs of the Pan-African Parliament since the term of this current Bureau headed by the Acting President, Hon, Chief Fortune Charumbura, expires by the end of the month of May 2021.
The announcement was met with some disagreements from some of the Members of Parliament who felt that business of the House should continue regardless of the COVID scare. They were of the view that the both interim leadership of the PAP and the Members of Parliament were fully aware of the risk they were taking before they set out to participate in this session.
To them, there should be no excuses in the performance of their duty. And besides, they argue that the person who has tested positive is not a Member of Parliament and therefore that should be too much of a concern for the plenary to want to truncate the election process.
This generated a heated argument in the House for a little over half an hour before the Acting President insisted on an adjournment until Monday, May 31, 2021 where the election would be held after some disinfection of the environment and stricter COVID protocols have been put in place.
The House seems to be divided over disagreements on the implementation of the principle of rotational Presidency of the Pan-African Parliament since the 3rd day on Wednesday, May 26, 2021.
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By Melvin Tejan Mansaray
A member of the Ghanaian Delegation to the Pan-African Parliament (PAP), Honorable Alhaji Mohammed Mubarak Muntaka has commended female members of the PAP for wearing African attire.
He made this statement during the debate of the PAP Activity Report at the ongoing 4th Ordinary Session of the Fifth Parliament held on Wednesday 26th May 2021 in Midrand, South Africa.
He said: “In the Activity Report, we talk about the history and oral tradition of Africa. When you talk about tradition it not just about your language, what you eat, and what you wear. Let me say, brothers and sisters in Africa if you look at this Chamber, I must commend the women. If you enter here and look at the women, you will see truly Africans.”
This comment was greeted with resounding applause from the Floor, but however, Hon. Muntaka said: “ Unfortunately, many of us the men, I know it is a habit, let us try to inculcate the habit of wearing African dress because that is what we will reflect, so when you come and see that PAP is sitting you will see the reflection of Africa in us.”
Hon. Muntaka concluded his point by underscoring that he knows that it is difficult for many of the participants not to be wearing suits cautioning that, “ but remember the more suits that you buy you are employing others outside the Continent. If you wear more African dress you are empowering the Africans.”
On the issue of ratification of the rotation of presidency resolution, he said the time for real action is now and suggested that “ the real action is that I am suggesting that yes we will welcome and swear you in, but to be able to be elected in any of the Bureau, whether Committee or Region or at the helm of affairs, your country must ratify. If we do that it is going to put pressure on all of us to ensure that our countries ratify the treaty. Because if you just come and your country has not ratified the Malabo Treaty and you are chairing Committee or a Vice-chair, what will motivate you to put pressure on your country to ratify .”
On the issue of African unity, Hon. Muntaka said the complaint of no unity by MPs can only be addressed with equity and fairness.
“We have been here, this is the seventeenth year of PAP and we sit and North Africa, South Africa Caucuses have not been able to lead. No Portuguese have been able to lead this Caucus, No Arab has been able to lead this Caucus and you talk about unity, you are just deceiving yourself. We don’t need ratification before we start implementing rotation. We must allow rotation to happen, that is when you empathize with me, you have my feeling, you know I also matter but if all of it is about you and you then turn around and say let us have unity, who are you deceiving.
You are just deceiving yourself because you only care about yourself. You are steeping on my toe and you are telling me just keep quiet, the quiet will bring peace, there can never be peace without justice and therefore I want to urge us, we have had a woman president, we have had a president from West Africa, Central Africa, and East, I think in fairness we need to give the opportunity to the North and South and another time a Portuguese to be able to lead, that is when we can have peace .”
He concluded his submission by saying that the opposite of love is not hatred but indifference, just sitting unconcerned.
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Ghana’s Parliament is yet to decide on the resignation of the Member of Parliament for North Tongu, Samuel Okudzato Ablakwa, from the Appointment Committee of Parliament, following the approval of the nomination of Ken Ofori-Atta as Minister of Finance.
The Member of Parliament officially wrote to the Speaker of Parliament just a few days before the last recess of Parliament to announce his resignation from the Committee on the grounds that the House’s approval of the President’s nominee was “against his personal principles and values.”
The Rt. Hon. Speaker Alban Sumana Bagbin told Parliament on Tuesday, May 25, 2021 during his opening remarks of the Second Meeting of the Eight Parliament that, he had forwarded the resignation letter to the Committee on Selection for consideration and report since it would have been prejudicial for him to have accepted the resignation of the Honourable Member without the consent of the Committee.
“By the rules of the House, my acceptance of his resignation would have been ultra-vires for my position and powers as a Speaker of Parliament. It was however, procedurally intra-vires for my position as the chairman of the Committee of Selection.
“Acting for and on behalf of the Committee, I accordingly received the letter on behalf of and for the consideration of the Committee which is duty bound to prepare, compose and present a report on the standing and select committees of the House for your approval,” he said.
According to the Speaker, the Committee which he summoned during the recess period to sit on the matter is yet to furnish the House with the report on its consideration of the letter.
“The Members of the Committee were also recalled from recess to consider the purported resignation … of the Honourable Member. The Committee would soon finalize and present its report to the House for consideration. I will not preempt the outcome of the committee.”
In a letter dated March 30, 2021, and addressed to the Speaker of Parliament, the Hon. Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa explained that his decision to quit as a member of the committee came “after days of reflection and thoughtful considerations”, and that the “reasons for this difficult decision is both personal and on principle.”
He also indicated that the resignation was with immediate effect and that he would not be available for the vetting of the President’s nominees for Deputy Ministerial appointments to execute his second term mandate.
According to unofficial sources, the MP was of the view that Mr. Ofori Atta had performed abysmally as the Minister for Finance in the First term of President Akufo-Addo and ought not to be given a second opportunity to aggravate the situation.
It was further alleged that, though the Minority Members on the Committee agreed with him on the performance of the Minister, they disagreed with him on the rejection of his approval. They rather insisted that, since he was the one who had allegedly messed up the economy, he should be made to fix it by himself.
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