Sunday, July 25, 2021

Minority Walks Out of Parliament’s Approval of Martin Adjei Korsah and Three Others

The Minority Group in Ghana’s Parliament has boycotted the approval of the last batch of the President’s nomination for Deputy Ministerial appointments. The last four...
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The Minority Group in Ghana’s Parliament has rejected a directive by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo for a Ministerial probe to be instituted into the shooting incident at Ejura-Sekyedumase in the Ashanti region which led to the untimely death of two people.

The Minority group led by its leader, Haruna Iddrisu, is of the view that an Interior Ministry led Committee of Inquiry would amount to the Ministry investigating itself since the police falls under that Ministry.

He is rather demanding a Commission of Inquiry into the matter for a welcomed recommendation by the commission in this incident where three people have so far lost their lives and several other people injured.

“The President’s instruction is for a Ministerial Commission of enquiry. We reject it. That is not good enough. We want a Commission of Inquiry within the meaning of Article 278 of the 1992 Constitution. The President must appoint a sole commissioner or two or more persons to support a commissioner just like the Emil Short Commission on Ayawaso West Wuogon,” he demanded.

A Military contingent deployed into the town on Tuesday, June 30, 2021 to control a crowd of youth protestors demanding justice for their murdered colleague, allegedly shot live bullets into them, killing two people instantly and injuring many others who have since been hospitalized.

The youth of the town reportedly went on rampage after laying to rest the remains of their murdered colleague, Mohammed Ibrahim (alias KAKA) who was allegedly killed by some persons believed to be among the entourage of the District Chief Executive of the town.

According to the Minority Leader, personnel being recruited into the security services under the Akufo Addo led Government, are party apparatchiks and political vigilantes who have been poorly trained and without any capacity to control a crowd, let alone handle weapons.

He therefore laid the blame at the door step of the President for reducing the country to a police state with very little room for dissenting views with respect to the fundamental human rights and freedom of the people. Watch video of Minority press conference here. (https://fb.watch/6uU99QmYsE/)

Source: Clement Akoloh||parliamentnews360.com

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The Minister for Lands and Natural Resources, Samuel Abdulai Jinapor, has provided legal and policy justification for Government’s policy to burn excavators used on illegal mining sites in the country despite public uproar.

The Military taskforce code named “Operation Halt” commissioned by the Lands and Natural Resources Minister against the activities of illegal miners, have openly engaged in the confiscation of mining equipment found including the burning of excavators on these sites.

The Minister gave the justification on the Floor of Parliament on Wednesday, June 30, 2021, in an answer to a Parliamentary question filed by the Member of Parliament for North Tongu, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa.

Mr. Ablakwa wanted to know from the Minister, the legal and policy justification for the burning of excavators in the ongoing fight against illegal small-scale mining (galamsey).

According to the Minister, there is ample legal and policy justification for the act for Government’s action. He cited Article 36 (9) and Article 41 (k) of the 1992 constitution as legal basis, which basically imposes a duty on Government to take appropriate measures to protect and safeguard the environment.

On the policy justification, the Minister indicated that the Government had a duty to ensure a total protection of the people in the country without compromising on the availability of essential natural resources necessary for human survival such as water and a healthy environment.

“Mr. Speaker, our nation is under serious threat. Our waterbodies are being destroyed at an alarming rate. Our nation risks becoming a net importer of water if we do not take action to stop illegal mining on our waterbodies. Our forest cover is depleting unsustainably. Our environment and ecosystem are being devastated,” he said.

When a question was raised about Government’s liability for a possible judgement debt for burning the excavators, the Minister argued that the presence of the excavators in waterbodies and forest reserves connotes the perpetration of an illegal activity which provides an “ample justification for the decommissioning or demobilization of excavators illegally used to destroy our environment.”

He said, “the totality of the legal and policy considerations supports the work being undertaken by the security services, and we are convinced that no cause of action can be founded on such illegal acts.”
The Minister further justified that the Government’s policy decision has brought a remarkable improvement in the fight against illegal mining in the country.

“Within the few months that we have implemented these measures, we have seen significant improvements, which we have never achieved in the history of our country’s fight against galamsey, since the 1980s,” he said. Watch video of press conference here. (https://fb.watch/6uUA0jXKiW/)

Source: Clement Akoloh||parliamentnews360.com

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The Speaker of Ghana’s Parliament, Rt. Hon. Alban Sumana Bagbin, has assured that Parliament will swiftly pass the private Members Bill seeking to criminalize the activities of homosexuals in the country as soon as it is presented to the House.

The Speaker gave the assurance when the Coalition of MPs against Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and Intersex Plus (LGBTQI+) in Ghana’s Parliament presented the draft Bill to him on Tuesday, June 29, 2021 at the Speaker’s Prayer Breakfast Meeting, held at the Speaker’s Lounge in the Job 600 building in Parliament.

The Bill which is yet to be formerly presented to Parliament, is a Private Members Bill being promoted by the members of the coalition to criminalize all activities in relation to all forms of homosexuality in the country.

The Member of Parliament for Ningo Prampram, Samuel Nartey George, who made the presentation on behalf of the group said, because of the support the group received from faith based institutions and several opinion leaders including the Speaker’s Office ”I can assure you that this Bill will be a reference for countries and Parliaments across the world. That is the work we have done.”

He affirmed that, “this Bill seeks to criminalize not just the activity but the promotion, advocacy, funding of homosexuality in all of its forms. And so, it will become criminal upon the successful passage of this Bill into law. For anybody to produce any promotional material; any TV station to show any content that supports it; anybody who wants to provide funding for LGBTQI activities and those engaged in their activities.”

The Rt. Hon. Speaker, Alban Sumana Bagbin, in congratulating the group for doing such a great job within a very short period, promised to ensure that the Bill is presented to the House within a short period and passed into law swiftly.

“I am very clear in my mind that this House, the Parliament of Ghana will pass this Bill as soon as possible… I want to assure all of you that, we will create room this week for the Bill to be presented to Parliament officially.

“We will refer it to the appropriate committee and it will go through the process and invite anybody who has anything to add or take away, to appear before the committee. The Committee will present a report, will take it through all the stages of processing a Bill, and Insha Allah, it will be passed this year,” he said.

The membership of the Coalition MPs against LGBTQI+ who were present at the prayer breakfast included: Samuel Nartey George, Ningo-Prampram MP; Emmanuel Bedzrah, Ho West MP; Della Adjoa Sowah, Kpando MP; and John Ntim Fordjour, Assin South MP.

The rest are: Helen Adjoa Ntoso, Krachi West; Rita Naa Odoley Sowah, La Dadekotopon MP; Rockson Nelson Dafeamekpor, South Dayi MP; and Alhassan Sayibu Suhuyini, Tamale North MP.

Source: Clement Akoloh||parliamentnews360.com

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The Minority spokesperson on Foreign Affairs and Member of Parliament for North Tongu, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa is still on the heels of the Finance Minister, Ken Ofori Atta to furnish Parliament with the cost involved in President Akufo Addo’s recent travel to some parts of Europe and South Africa on a charted private jet.

The Member of Parliament filed an urgent question requesting the Finance Minister to provide, “how much the President’s recent official travels to France, Belgium, and South Africa in May this year cost the Ghanaian Taxpayer.”
Though the urgent question was admitted by the Speaker and advertised on the Order Paper to be taken on the Floor of the House on Thursday, June 17, 2021, the question was conspicuously missing on the Order Paper on the said day.

When the MP inquired from the Leadership about what occasioned the removal of his question from the day’s activities, he was told that the Finance Minister had asked to be given some more time to provide the answers required, and that the question would be rescheduled for another day.

Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa once again raised the issue on the Floor of Parliament on Thursday, June 24, 2021, when his urgent question was not captured in the scheduled questions for Parliamentary sittings in the week ahead.

The Minority Spokesperson pulled a protest on the Floor of the House shortly after the Business statement was presented by the Deputy Majority Leader, Alexander Afenyo Markin. He said he did not understand why he filed two urgent questions at the same time to be responded to by the Defence Minister and the Finance Minister, yet only the Defence Minister has appeared on the Floor to provide answers.

“The Business Statement for the whole of next week has been provided and the Minister for Finance still does not feature. Our Standing Orders are very clear. Urgent questions cannot go beyond ten working days,” he observed.
He accused the Business Committee of pampering and shielding the Finance Minister from answering the question and thereby encouraging him to evade accountability.

“We shouldn’t create the impression in this country that there are probably super Ministers who can decide on what terms they work with Parliament when our Standing Orders are very clear. So, Mr. Speaker, your intervention in this matter is key.

“The Business Committee cannot appear to be assisting the Finance Minister to evade accountability, and this House will not countenance that. Mr. Speaker, in the spirit of transparency and accountability, the Minister for Finance must be subject to out Standing Orders. He is not above the Standing Orders of Parliament,” he said.

However, in a response the Deputy Minority Leader, Alexander Afenyo Markin said, “I believe that it was at the instant of Mr. Speaker. But be assured that I would contact Mr. Speaker so that same is rescheduled. It is not about the Minister avoiding your question, no. It was stood down at the instance of Mr. Speaker so it would be addressed.”

Source: Clement Akoloh||parliamentnews360.com

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The Greater Accra chapter of the Ghana Moslem Mission has made some material donations to the victims of sea erosion in the Ketu South Municipality in the Volta Region who have been rendered homeless as the result of the washing away of their homes and property and tidal waves.

The people living along the coastal communities of Salakope, Agavedzi, Amutinu and Adina in the Ketu South Municipality have been calling for help to cope with the calamity of the tidal waves and coastal erosion which has befallen them in recent times.

It is in this spirit of extending a helping hand that, the Moslem Mission in the Greater Accra region, presented two truck loads of used clothing and used footwear to the Member of Parliament for Ketu South, Dzifa Abla Gomashie, on Thursday, June 24, 2021 for onward presentation to the people of these communities.

The items were presented by the Manager in Charge of Maintenance, Security and Inventory of the Mission, Mr. Hud Adams on behalf of the Greater Accra Regional Chairman of the Ghana Moslem Mission.

Speaking in an interview with the media after the presentation, Mr. Hud said though the Mission is in the habit of mobilizing such donations, it was specially moved by the plight of the people in these coastal communities.

“We have been doing this for a couple of years. Normally, when we go for our national conferences, we use to take it to the National conference venue and give it to people who are in dire need from other regions. But we realized that doing it in our set up alone is not helping.

“So, we decided now to explore the others and to ensure that anybody who is subjected to any tragedy or incident, we come in to help. And it is part of our Islamic principles.”

The Member of Parliament for the Ketu South constituency, Dzifa Abla Gomashie, who received the items on behalf of the community, said he was glad that the Moslem Commission in Greater region have heard the plea and the call of the people of Ketu South, who are traumatized by the tidal waves and the closure of the borders.

Hon. Dzifa Abla Gomashie, Ketu South MP

“My heart is swollen with joy and pride that we still have people who have fellow feeling, who are patriotic enough to want to assist Ghanaians who are in trouble.

“On behalf of the people in Ketu South and my very self, and all well-meaning Ghanaians who in one way or the other reached out to us. I would say a big thank you to the Ghana Islamic Mission for this show of commission and patriotism,” she said.

The MP bemoaned the fact that the government has been a bit slow to provide the people with temporary shelter after the disaster struck.

“I am sounding like a broken record right now but the level of devastation and anticipation is troubling. I feel so helpless that up till now we have not been able to provide a temporary shelter befitting of Ghanaians or citizens of this country. That has really been my biggest headache.

“It is a good thing that the people hear promises from the state, but I am sure that we will feel better and we will sleep in peace if we know that something substantial has been done as far as where we can lay our heads and starting to pick the pieces from what has happened to us.”

She also appealed to the Government to consider instituting some economic intervention to mitigate the effects of the disaster on the people since their means of livelihood have been affected.

“If all you do is fishing and the waves have taken your net away; your boat is destroyed; what is left? And Perhaps you could ply a trade at the border; the borders have been closed for a year and no form of intervention has been provided.

"So, it is a daily struggle to see them and to try to commiserate with them and to try to give them hope and to inspire them not to lose hope in us as a people. It is a daily struggle,” she said. Watch video of her interview here: (https://fb.watch/6kCF6y9Pc1/)

Source: Clement Akoloh||parliamentnews360.com

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The Minority Group in Ghana’s Parliament has boycotted the approval of the last batch of the President’s nomination for Deputy Ministerial appointments.

The last four are Ms. Diana Asonaba Dappah, Deputy Minister Designate for Office of the Attorney-General and Justice; Hon. Lariba Zuweira Abdul, Deputy Minister Designate for Gender, Children and Social Protection; Hon. Martin Adjei Mensah-Korsah, Deputy Minister Designate for Local Government and Rural Development; Hon. Amidu Ossahaku Chinnia, Deputy Minister Designate for Sanitation and Water Resources.

According to the group, they could not be part of the approval of the last four nominees since they did not take part in the vetting of the nominees. The Minority were away on a National tree planting exercise dubbed “the Greening Ghana Project” with the consent of the Speaker.

Moments before the House would adopt the report of the appointment committee of Parliament on Wednesday, June 23, 2021, the Deputy Minority Leader, James Klutse Avedzi rose to his feet to inform the House that his side would not participate in the decision making because their side have been treated fairly by the Chairman of the Committee.

He referred to a paragraph in the report to back their decision which indicated that, “The Members of the Minority side on the Committee did not take part in the proceedings as they were away for the Tree Planting exercise in their various Constituencies as directed by the Rt. Hon Speaker.”

Later in a press conference addressed by the Member of Parliament for Tamale North, Alhassan Suhuyini on behalf of the Minority Group after adjournment, to justify the Minority boycott.

According to him, the Minority feels disrespected by the decision of the Chairman of the Committee, Joseph Osei-Owusu to continue with the vetting in the absence of the Minority when they were on an official duty sanctioned by the Speaker of Parliament, Alban Sumana Bagbin.

He said, “Our decision is borne out of what we consider insincerity and disrespect on the part of the Majority. Not just to us as Members of the Minority, but also even to the Speaker of Parliament.” Watch video here(https://fb.watch/6lMQuL4AF3/)

However, a counter press conference by the Majority in response to the Minority addressed by the MP for Abuakwa South, Samuel Atta Akyea indicated that the Minority elected to participate in the Tree Planting Exercise at the expense of the vetting. And therefore, the Minority can not take the whole nation for ransom for what they choose. Watch video here (https://fb.watch/6lP1fqmulU/)

Source: Clement Akoloh||parliamentnews360.com

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Parliament has approved the second batch of the President’s nominations for Deputy Ministerial appointments without three nominees.

The House on Friday, June 18, 2021 approved twelve Deputy Ministerial nominees, leaving out three outstanding to be considered in a separate report at a later date.

The three nominees including Gifty Twum Ampofo, Deputy Minister Designate for Education; Amidu Issahaku Chinnia; and Diana Asonaba Dapaah were deleted from the Appointment Committee’s report before approval because the Minority members on the Committee pulled a protest on them to be excluded until further consultations.

The approved list of Deputy Ministerial nominees include: Andrew Kofi Egyapa Mercer, Deputy Minister-Designate for Energy; John Ntim Fordjour, Deputy Minister-Designate for Education; George Mireku Duker, Deputy Minister Designate for Lands and Natural Resources; Kofi Amankwah-Manu, Deputy Minister Designate for Defence; Naana Eyiah Quansah, Deputy Minister Designate for Interior; Hassan Sulemana Tampuli, Deputy Minister Designate for Transport; and John Ampontuah Kumah, Deputy Minister Designate for Finance.

The rest are: Frederick Obeng Adom, Deputy Minister Designate for Transport; Mavis Nkansah-Boadu, Deputy Minister Designate for Roads and Highways; Evans Opoku Bobie, Deputy Minister Designate for Youth and Sports; Mohammed Hardi Tufeiru, Deputy Minister for Designate for Food and Agriculture; Tina Naa Ayeley Mensah, Deputy Minister Designate for Health.

Before the Presentation of the Sixth Report of the Appointment Committee on the President’s nominations for Deputy Ministerial Appointments, the Chairman of the Committee, Joseph Osei-Owusu informed the House that, “after a meeting this morning, we have agreed that the nominees on whom there is no agreement would be removed from the report. We would take the rest of the report and the issue relating to her, we would further consult.”

This was with respect to the approval of the nomination of the Deputy Minister Designate for Education, Gifty Twum-Ampofo, whose approval was opposed by a Member of the Committee, Alhassan Suhuyini and subsequently the Minority Caucus on the Committee. The reasons for the opposition have not been made available officially. However, unofficial sources have it that the nominee was not candid with the Committee regarding some things that happened in the internal elections of her party.

The Minority further raised another protest against the other two nominees, Amidu Issahaku Chinnia and Diana Asonaba Dapaah whose approval have been put on hold.

According to the Minority, they could not participate in the vetting of these two and therefore can not take part in their approval. It would be recalled that the Speaker granted leave to Members of Parliament to participate in the Greening Ghana Project in their constituencies and yet these two nominees were vetted in their absence.

Source: Clement Akoloh||parliamentnews360.com

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Scheduled Parliamentary question to probe the cost of President Akufo-Addo’s recent controversial official travels to France, Belgium, and South Africa, is conspicuously missing on the order paper for Parliament’s sittings for Thursday, June 17, 2021 after a previous day’s bruhaha on the subject.

The urgent question which was filed by the Minority spokesperson on Foreign Affairs, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa read, “To ask the Minister for Finance how much the President’s recent official travels to France, Belgium, and South Africa in May this year cost the Ghanaian taxpayer.”

The Government of President Akufo-Addo has come under a lot of flack for allegedly renting a top of the range 15,000 Pounds an hour luxurious private jet for his recent working visit outside the country.

The urgent question was advertised on the order paper for the previous day Wednesday, June 16, 2021 to be taken on the next sitting day on Thursday. However, a printed copy of the order paper for Thursday’s sitting sighted so far, does not contain the said urgent question.

It is not clear why all the other questions which were advertised earlier have all been scheduled for the day except this particular question which borders on the Presidential travels.

It is curious that two urgent questions were advertised for the Finance Minister to provide answers to, but the only one question was scheduled to be addressed by him on the Floor of the House.

It must also be noted that, criticisms of the President’s travels in the luxurious jet went up a notch higher on Wednesday, June 17, 2021 when the Minister for Defence, Dominic Nitiwul appeared before Parliament to answer questions concerning the airworthiness of the country’s Presidential Jet, Falcon 900 EXE.

The Minister in his answer, indicated that though the Presidential Jet is airworthy, it is too small for the President’s entourage and does not have a shower to enable the President freshen up before disembarking for his official meetings.

The Minister has since been trolled heavily on social media for suggesting that the President’s luxurious private jet travels was justified by the lack of a shower room on Ghana’s Presidential jet.

Source: Clement Akoloh||africanewsradio.com

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Ghana’s Minister of Defence, Dominic Nitiwul has stated that though the country’s presidential jet is in good condition, it lacks the capacity to accommodate the full membership of the President’s entourage whenever he is on an official duty outside the country.

According to him, the President must ideally travel with his Office, which is made up of some of his staffers; his security detail; as well as some members of the Presidential Press Corps.

He has also indicated that the current condition of the presidential flight does not allow for a continuous long-distance travel for more than 5 hours without having to stopover to refuel. These stopovers, according to him, is inconveniencing to the President in this era of COVID-19 as well as inconveniencing to host countries who may be forced to extend diplomatic courtesies to the President while refueling the jet.

The Minister made this known to Members of Parliament on Wednesday, June 16, 2021 when he appeared before the House to provide answers to an urgent question filed by the Member of Parliament for North Tongu, Samuel Okudzato Ablakwa.

The MP who wanted to know whether the Presidential Jet (Dassault Falcon-9G-EXE) is in good condition and considered air-worthy, had previously criticized President Akufo-Addo and his Government’s decision to charter a luxurious private jet for some official presidential travels.

The Minister in his answer said, “The current Falcon 900 Ex-Easy though serviceable lacks enough range to reach long haul destinations without refueling stops. This Falcon 900 Ex-Easy Jet will technically stop at Airports where the President does not intend to do a stopover and this could lead to unnecessary delays and placing a burden on an unintended host to offer diplomatic courtesies that they would not be ordinarily prepared for.

“Typically, a normal refueling stop takes about one hour but in this Covid era, refueling may take about two hours or more because the passengers have to disembark and or the country’s security has to enter the aircraft.”
The urgent question is coming at the back of criticisms of President Akufo-Addo’s Government decision to have allegedly chartered a £15,000 per hour luxury private jet for the President’s recent official travels which lasted for 23 hours.

The Member of Parliament for North Tongu, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa said the cost of the private jet rental that President Akufo-Addo used for his recent working visit to France and Johannesburg is estimated at £345,000 equivalent to GHS2,828,432.80. He contended that the choice of the flight rented is a display of the ostentatious lifestyle of the President and a waste of the country’s scarce resources when the Presidential jet is in good condition.

In a Facebook post criticizing the decision of the President, the lawmaker indicated that “The Airbus ACJ320neo owned by Acropolis Aviation based in Farnborough, UK and registered as G-KELT is the most luxurious and the most expensive in the Acropolis fleet. The manufacturers describe it as “the most outstanding ambassador for Airbus Corporate Jets.”

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