Sunday, April 14, 2024

PRINPAG Calls for an end to Violence against Journalists in Ghana

The Private Newspapers and Online News Publishers Association of Ghana (PRINPAG) has reaffirmed its commitment to advancing press freedom, protecting journalists, and promoting responsible journalism as part of its commemorative message on the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes Against Journalists.
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A pressure group within the para-sports fraternity, known as the "Rescue Para-sports Movement," has taken its grievances to the doors of Parliament, seeking intervention in the leadership and administration of para-sports in Ghana.

Led by Elvis Kosi Alipui, the group staged a procession through some streets in Accra before picketing at the forecourt of the Parliament House. They presented their petition to Parliament through Deputy Clerk, Mr. Ahuma Dzitror, and the Ranking Member on the Youth and Sports Committee, Hon. Kwabena Mensah Woyome.

Deputy Clerk, Ebenezer Ahuma Dzitror on the right, Hon. Kwabena Mensah Woyome on the right addressing the Rescue Para-sports members.

The group accuses the President of the National Paralympic Movement, Sampson Dee, of maladministration and visa racketeering in the name of the fraternity, without benefiting the members. They are calling on Parliament to use its influence to compel the President to step down immediately.

Furthermore, they have requested Parliament to establish an interim management committee to oversee the affairs of disability sports in the country. According to the group, they feel discriminated against and are demanding swift action from Parliament to address their concerns.

“Para sports has declined lately. Why? It is because of the President of the National Paralympic Sports Movement, in the person of Sampson Dee.
His four-year mandate has elapsed since July last year.

"He has breached our constitution by not calling for any general meeting throughout his four-year tenure. He is using our name to solicit visas but we are not the beneficiaries. He is now attempting to call for a general meeting which we doubt will amount to anything useful," the group leader indicated in an interview.

In response, Hon. Kwabena Mensah Woyome assured the group that the Youth and Sports Committee would thoroughly examine their petition and come up with an appropriate resolution. He emphasized the committee's commitment to engaging all stakeholders for an amicable solution to the impasse.

Hon. Kwabena Mensah Woyome addressing the group

The "Rescue Para-sports Movement" has threatened to embark on a series of demonstrations if their concerns are not addressed promptly.

This development highlights the growing tension within the para-sports fraternity in Ghana and the urgent need for intervention to restore normalcy and ensure the welfare of athletes with disabilities.

Source: Clement Akoloh||parliamentnews360.com

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Speaker Alban S. K. Bagbin has paid tribute to the late Modestus Ahiable, describing him as a man of conviction who approached his endeavors with calculated precision and strong principles. Ahiable, who was the former regional chairman of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), passed away recently.

According to Speaker Bagbin, Ahiable's principled nature endeared him to the late former President Jerry John Rawlings, who appointed him regional minister for the Volta Region. Bagbin made these remarks when the family of the late Ahiable visited him in Parliament to formally announce his passing and share details of the funeral arrangements.

The family, led by the Member of Parliament for the Ketu North Constituency, Hon James Klutse Avedzi, who is also chairman of the Public Accounts Committee, informed Speaker Bagbin that the mortal remains of Mr. Ahiable would be laid to rest on April 27, 2024, in Dzodze, Volta Region.

Speaker Bagbin emphasized the importance of celebrating the contributions and memory of individuals like Ahiable, who dedicated their lives to serving their nation. He noted that such recognition helps to inspire younger generations to commit themselves to a life of service.

Recalling his personal interactions with Ahiable, Speaker Bagbin praised his wisdom and support, especially during his tenure as minority leader. He described Ahiable's passing as a great loss to humanity, the country, the NDC, and the family.

“When I was a minority leader, these were the men of wisdom whose support I could count on in my moments of difficulty. He sparingly spoke and when he did, you will see commitment in it,”-Speaker Bagbin said.

In closing, Speaker Bagbin assured the family that Parliament would support them in giving Ahiable a befitting burial. The late Modestus Ahiable was popularly known as 'Eku' and was respected for his sparing but impactful words, reflecting his deep commitment to his principles and convictions.

Source: Clement Akoloh||parliamentnews360.com

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The Pan African Parliament (PAP) is optimistic about securing the necessary funds to carry out its legislative functions following an ongoing Extraordinary Session aimed at re-electing members for its Bureau.

The session, scheduled from March 20th to 27th, 2024, is seen as a crucial step in addressing the financial challenges that have hampered the Parliament's operations.

The PAP has been grappling with financial constraints, leading to the postponement of its quarterly sessions in 2023. Despite the last session being held in May 2023, subsequent sessions have been delayed due to internal leadership issues within the Bureau.

Press Conference

Speaking at a press conference ahead of the Extraordinary Session in Midrand, South Africa, Hon. Lucio Dos Santos, Acting President of PAP from Cape Verde, expressed confidence in the Bureau's ability to raise additional funds.

She stated that the successful elections would demonstrate to the African Union (AU) and other partners the Parliament's commitment, potentially leading to the allocation of a supplementary budget.

Complying with Executive Council decision

“We are complying with the decision of the Executive Council to hold the elections at the latest by the end of March. With this, we will gain a vote of trust from the AU and we will have an open door to request a supplementary budget,” she indicated.

Dos Santos emphasized the importance of securing additional funds, noting that the current budget was insufficient for the ongoing session. She highlighted the Bureau's intention to request a supplementary budget from the AU to support its activities.

She observed, “The budget that we are using for this session is not about our operating budget but given that this is an emerging situation, we had to make the necessary adjustments to the budget so that we could request a supplementary budget from the African Union at a later stage.

The need for additional funds for PAP to run

“We believe that the Ambassadors and ministers of Foreign Affairs are indeed aware of the responsibilities of the Pan-African Parliament and we believe that we are going to get a supplementary budget for 2024 because it doesn’t make sense that this Parliament works without a budget and for committees to implement their programmed activities, they need the budget.

“This is what takes Parliament to the people and the diaspora. So, we are confident that we are going to get a supplementary budget for 2024. But we will also seek the authorization of the AU to mobilize more partnerships to boost the budget for active committee activities and programme budget.”

Vacant positions

The vacant positions of President, First Vice President, and Fourth Vice President of the Bureau, resulting from elections and unconstitutional changes of government in some AU Member States, will be filled under guidelines set by the AU Executive Council.

The Southern Caucus, Northern Caucus, and Central Caucus are expected to fill these positions, respectively, in line with the principle of rotation.

The PAP's efforts to address its financial challenges and ensure the continuity of its operations reflect its commitment to promoting African unity and development.

The successful outcome of the Extraordinary Session and the securing of a supplementary budget will be crucial for the Parliament to fulfill its mandate effectively.

Source: Clement Akoloh||parliamentnews360.com

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Hon. Professor Kingsley Nyarko, the Deputy Education Minister-Designate, has reiterated the Ministry's unwavering commitment to maintaining the quality of food provided in Senior High Schools (SHS).

Speaking before the vetting committee on Tuesday, March 12, 2024, Hon. Nyarko emphasized that the Ministry has implemented monitoring interventions to ensure that learners receive quality meals.

Hon. Prof. Kingsley Nyarko, Deputy Minister Designate for Education and MP for Kwadaso

In response to concerns raised by Hon. Joseph Osei-Owusu, the First Deputy Speaker of Parliament and Chairman of the Appointment Committee, regarding the standard of food served in SHS, Hon. Nyarko assured that the Government would not compromise on the quality of food provided to students. He stressed the importance of prioritizing the welfare of students, especially regarding basic needs such as food.

Hon. Nyarko also mentioned that the Ministry has initiated a nationwide fact-finding mission in response to public outcry following a documentary by Joy News. This mission aims to address concerns and ensure that students receive the best possible care and support in the educational sector.

He indicated his dedication to upholding high-quality standards as well as his commitment to ensuring the best for students in the Educational sector. He is the current member of parliament for the Kwadaso Constituency within the Ashanti Region of Ghana and has won his party’s primaries to run for a second term after an impressive showing as a first-timer.

Hon. Prof. Kingsley Nyarko seems to be a solid choice for the position because his background as a former Headmaster; former Lecturer at the University of Ghana; and former Secretary of the National Accreditation Board (NAB) of Ghana makes him well suited for the Education Ministry.

In addition to Hon. Nyarko, the Appointment Committee of Parliament vetted five other Presidential Nominees designated for various sector Ministries on the same day. These nominees included Hon. Alexander Akwasi Acquah for the Ministry of Health, Dr. Festus Awuah Kwofie for the Ministry of Employment and Labour Relations, Akwasi Konadu for the Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources, and Hon. Musah Abdul Aziz Ayaba for the Ministry of Fisheries and Aquaculture Development.

Led by its Chairman, the first Deputy Speaker of Parliament, the Appointment Committee questioned the nominees on their Curriculum Vitae (CV), issues within their Ministries, and the support they intend to provide to their substantive Ministers to achieve development goals.

Source: Clement Akoloh||parliamentnews360.com

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The Ghanaian Parliament recently organized a two-day workshop for members of the Parliamentary Press Corps (PPC) to familiarize them with the newly adopted revised Standing Orders.

The initiative is part of a broader effort to modernize parliamentary procedures and align them with contemporary democratic standards, following the adoption of the revised Orders by the House on December 21, 2023, which officially came into effect on January 2, 2024.

Clerk to Parliament, Mr. Cyril K.O. Nsiah addressing the Press Corps

This comprehensive revision of the Standing Orders, the first in nearly a quarter-century since the inception of the Fourth Republic, reflects a commitment to evolving parliamentary democracy. The new Orders incorporate several innovative practices, such as the recital of the National Pledge, conducting parliamentary business through virtual platforms, and a clarified hierarchy of Parliament’s Leadership.

The workshop’s primary goal was to acquaint the Parliamentary Press with the nuances of the new Orders, following a similar orientation provided to all 275 members of the House. Speaker of Parliament, Rt Hon Alban S.K Bagbin, highlighted the integral role of the media in Ghana’s evolving democratic process, emphasizing the media’s role in connecting the government with its citizens.

He acknowledged the media as indispensable in effectively representing and reflecting the aspirations of the people and stressed the workshop is a crucial step in fostering a more informed and participatory democracy.

The Clerk to Parliament, Cyril K.O Nsiah, outlined the necessity of revising the Standing Orders, which had remained largely unchanged for 23 years, citing the need for greater transparency, the limitations of manual procedures, and the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on parliamentary operations.

Deputy Clerk Gloria S. Kumawu emphasized the vital role of the workshop in addressing the communication gap that could lead to confusion and misinformation, noting the importance of journalists’ thorough understanding of the new Standing Orders for the sake of good governance and the enhancement of democracy in Ghana.

The workshop marks a significant step toward fostering a collaborative relationship between the Parliament and the media, ensuring that the latter is well-equipped to convey parliamentary proceedings and decisions accurately to the public in light of the revised Standing Orders. This initiative aims to enhance the transparency and accountability of parliamentary processes and reinforce the foundation of Ghana’s democracy.

With the new Standing Orders emphasizing virtual platforms and streamlined procedures, parliamentary business is expected to become more accessible and understandable to the general public, representing a pivotal moment in Parliament's effort to adapt its legislative framework to the digital age and the evolving expectations of its citizens for more participatory and transparent governance.

Source: Clement Akoloh||parliamentnews360.com

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The Women Caucus of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) in Parliament has welcomed the confirmation of Professor Jane Naana Opoku Agyeman as the running mate to the party’s flagbearer, Former President John Dramani Mahama in the upcoming 2024 general elections.

Their endorsement was made just a few hours after the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the party had formally confirmed the nomination of the flagbearer.

Professor Naana Jane Opoku-Agyemang is a distinguished academic and leader renowned for her dedication to education and public service. Having served as Minister for Education and as the first female Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cape Coast, she has emerged as a trailblazer for women in leadership across Ghana.

The General Secretary of the NDC, FIFI Fiavi Kwetey, in a press release issued on March 7, 2024, confirmed the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the party’s acceptance of the nominee of the flagbearer.

The release indicated that “Her nomination underscores the NDC’s unwavering commitment to inclusivity, diversity, and women's empowerment in leadership roles. Possessing extensive qualifications and experience, Professor Naana Jane Opoku-Agyeman brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the NDC’s presidential ticket. “

Addressing the press in Parliament on Thursday, March 7, 2024, the Chairperson of the NDC Women Caucus in Parliament, Hon. Comfort Doyoe Cudjoe-Ghanza, indicated that the caucus stands united in support of the nomination to complement the ticket of the party in the upcoming elections.

“As a former running mate and a distinguished leader in her own right, Prof. Naana Opoku Agyeman embodies the values of integrity, commitment, and dedication to public service that are central to the NDC’s vision for Ghana”, she stated.

The Women’s Caucus expressed their appreciation to the flagbearer and the party leadership for presenting them with the best gift ever ahead of International Women’s Day which falls on March 8, 2024, because it is an inspiration for women leadership.

“As female Legislators, we recognize the historic significance of having a woman at the forefront of Ghana’s political landscape. Professor Naana Opoku Agyeman’s nomination not only paves the way for greater gender inclusivity in governance but also serves as an inspiration for all young girls across the country to aspire to leadership roles and pursue their dreams without limitations.”

Source: Clement Akoloh||parliamentnews360.com

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The Eight Parliament of the Fourth Republic of Ghana has unique qualities that set it aside from all the previous Parliaments.

Aside from having equal numbers of Members of Parliament (137) as well as equal numbers of female MPs (20) for each of the two main rival political parties (NPP and NDC), with an independent candidate tilting the majority scale towards the Governing party by electing to do business with the NPP; it has also been blessed with some fantastic new entrants to the Legislative arena.

In this article, I want to highlight the Member of Parliament for the Kwadaso Constituency in the Ashanti region, Prof. Kingsley Nyarko, as one of these group of promising new Members of Parliament who deserve another term in office based on their demonstrated output and dedication to their Parliamentary duties. I will first of all proceed on the premise that he has received top recommendations from seasoned Members of Parliament for his work.

Before he became a Member of Parliament in January 2021, Professor Kingsley Nyarko was a Senior Lecturer at the University of Ghana, played the Executive Secretary role at the National Accreditation Board, and held the Executive Directorship position of the Danquah Institute.

Commendations by Experienced Legislators.

This first-time Member of Parliament from the fold of the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) is fast becoming a toast to the connoisseurs of Parliamentary democracy. The latest endorsement came from the Rt. Hon. Speaker Alban Bagbin himself.

I remember On Wednesday, July 5, 2023, the Speaker acknowledged the leadership qualities of the Kwadaso MP when he moved from the back bench to assist with the leadership roles of his front bench in the absence of the substantive leaders. And this was not the first time he had naturally stepped into the leadership space and been eagerly urged on by his colleagues.

On two other occasions, the Speaker has had to commend the Kwadaso MP for his meticulousness and prolificness in his Parliamentary duties even as a first-time MP. He is one of the first-time MPs who has shown huge promise of staying focused on his Parliamentary duties and taking time to learn the ropes very quickly. He seems to have stricken the right chords and has caught the attention of the experienced Parliamentarians.

The Member of Parliament for Tamale South and immediate past Minority Leader, Haruna Iddrisu, openly commended Professor Kingsley Nyarko on the Floor for his active participation in the activities of the House. Noting that he is one of the few first-timers who care to pay attention to the Votes and Proceedings of the House and is constantly found on his feet to effect one correction or the other at the start of Parliamentary work.

Excellence in Parliamentary Duties on the Floor

He has not relented on his oversight duties over the Executive even though he is a member of the Governing party. He has caused many Ministers of State to be hauled before Parliament to account for their stewardship through the many Parliamentary questions he filed during the period concerning matters relating directly to his constituency or pertinent national issues.

As a good academic researcher, he has succeeded in making some important statements on the Floor on relevant subjects that require national attention such as his statements on “the Growing Concern for the need to take the English Language Proficiency Test”; and “Ghana’s presence on the United Nations Security Council: Prospect in Promoting Peace and Security within the Subregion”; and the “International Day of Women and Girls in Science” among others that were made on the Floor of the House on February 3, February 10, and February 11, 2022, respectively.

As a former lecturer, he has impacted the law-making process with varied perspectives owing to his academic prowess and good debating skills which were exhibited in his debate on the message of the State of the Nation Address in April 2022, and on the Budget Statement in December 2023.

The Need to Replace retiring MPs with Promising ones

In the wake of the news that as many as 18 incumbent Members of Parliament of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) have decided not to return to Parliament, these rare Parliamentary Leadership qualities which could be identified in the MP for Kwadaso becomes even more important at this time for the Party going into the next Parliament.

Some very senior Members of the party and experienced Legislators who have played major roles in the governing party and the Leadership bench in Parliament on behalf of the party including the Majority Leader, Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu, have declared their intention not to go for re-election in the impending party Parliamentary primaries.

This will undoubtedly affect the general output of the 9th Parliament given that the main counterpart opposition party in Parliament, the National Democratic Congress (NDC), has also lost about 18 incumbent MPs through their party primaries.

However, the NPP is likely to be impacted more in the next Parliament because their side is shedding more experienced MPs as compared to their NDC counterparts as far as the confirmed list of incumbent MPs not going to participate in the 2024 Parliamentary election before the NPP parliamentary primaries are concerned. The least of these MPs have served at least two terms in office.

This is why I think, the New Patriotic Party in Kwadaso should ensure that it puts its best foot forward by presenting the incumbent MP, Professor Kingsley Nyarko, who has shown promise of excellence for a possible second term in office to stand a good chance of being among the leadership front in the next Parliament.

This is because his reelection may come with benefits that could accrue to the constituency when their representative is part of the leadership structure in Parliament. The developmental concerns of such privileged constituencies do get priority attention from the Executive branch.

By Clement Akoloh,
Managing Editor, Parliamentnews360.com
Senior Member, Parliamentary Press Corps.

senaakoloh@gmail.com

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The Executive Directed Directed of the Parliamentary Network Africa (PNAfrica), Sammy Obeng, has expressed concerns about President Akufo Addo's spirited defence of his position not to assent to a couple of Private Member Bills Passed by the Parliament of Ghana.

The Leader of the Parliamentary Monitoring Civil Society Organization headquartered in Ghana, has urged the President to concentrate on playing his role as the head of the Executive arm of Government and leave the interpretation of the Constitution to the Judiciary.

Sammy Obeng wrote on his social media pages to question the validity of the President's citing constitutional breach of as a reason to decline the signing of the Bills that have gone through all the required legislative due processes by a competent Legislative body.

Below is the full text of his write up.

On 29th December 2020, our President assented to the first Private Members Bill (PMB) which is now known as the Road Traffic (Amendment) Act 2020 (Act 1054).

That piece of legislation, sponsored by the following MPs: Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu, Haruna Iddrisu, Ras Mubarak and Ben Abdallah Banda, has its long title as “AN ACT to amend the Road Traffic Act, 2004 (Act 683) to proscribe acts that constitute dangerous driving that result in the injury or death of a human foetus or dangerous cycling that result in the injury or death of a human foetus and for related matters.”

Just like the current PMBs in question, Act 1054 also has the same concerns of prison terms and the cost to Ghana (taking care of inmates, health’s etc) which have been cited by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo as reasons why he’s refusing to sign these new passed Bills.

In his Memorandum to the Speaker of Parliament of Ghana, the President cited the absence of fiscal impact assessment accompanying these Bills as per PFM Act 921 as another concern.

I am waiting to see any single Bill in Parliament (aside the attempts by the Research Department of Parliament on the RTI Bill when it was before the House), that has come with a fiscal impact assessment in the way the PFM Act requires.

It is my considered opinion that the (un)constitutional nature of a bill passed by parliament should not lie in the mouth of the President to determine. When he does what the Constitution mandates him to do, he can instruct for the issue to be brought before the body clothed with the power to interpret the Constitution to do its job.

We need to stand up to a President who is resorting to covert ways to kill the PMB regime in Ghana, a situation that will erode some of the modest gains made with our parliamentary practice.

I do not want to talk about the fact that one of the Bills the President appears to be vetoing - Criminal Offences (Amendment) Bill, 2022 - is already clocked in as Act 1101 following what we know as the President’s move on that Bill on 2nd August 2023.

Is this new thinking of the President an afterthought?

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The inauguration of the 27th Commonwealth Speakers and Presiding Officers Conference (CSPOC) has marked a momentous occasion as it has been unveiled by His Excellency Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, the esteemed President of Uganda. The grand opening ceremony has served as a platform for leaders, dignitaries, and representatives from across the Commonwealth to converge and engage in meaningful discussions.

The Speaker of Parliament Rt. Hon. Anita Among has played a pivotal role in extending a warm welcome to her counterparts and other distinguished leaders present at the conference. Among other leaders is the Prime Minister of the Republic of Uganda, Rt. Hon. Robinah Nabbanja, Cabinet Ministers, Members of Parliament and technical staff from Parliament.

The gathering is not only celebrating the rich diversity within the Commonwealth but also fostering a spirit of collaboration and mutual understanding.

H.E Yoweri Museveni's involvement in inaugurating the conference has underscored the significance of the event on the global stage. His presence has not only added prestige but also highlighted Uganda's commitment to promoting dialogue and cooperation among Commonwealth nations.

The Speaker's welcoming address has set the tone for the conference, emphasizing the shared values and goals that bind Commonwealth countries together. The exchange of ideas and experiences during the conference promised to strengthen the ties between the participating nations, fostering a sense of unity and solidarity.

As leaders engage in discussions over the course of the conference, it is evident that the 27th CSPOC is aimed to address pressing issues facing member nations. The exchange of insights, best practices, and collaborative strategies shall play a crucial role in shaping the future direction of the Commonwealth.

The official opening ceremony, graced by the President of the Republic of Uganda, H.E Museveni and led by the Speaker of Parliament, has not only showcased Uganda's hospitality but also emphasized the nation's dedication to diplomatic initiatives. The event is a testament to the Commonwealth's enduring commitment to democratic values, human rights, and socio-economic development.

In conclusion, the official opening of the 27th Commonwealth Speakers and Presiding Officers Conference is a moment of significance, marked by the presence of President Museveni and the warm welcome extended by the Speaker of Parliament. The conference stands as a beacon of unity, providing a platform for leaders to collaborate, exchange ideas, and collectively address the challenges and opportunities facing the Commonwealth in the 21st century.

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