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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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Parliament is seen as the citadel of Democracy.
It is the nerve center of our democratic culture. Its absence creates a huge lacuna in our democratic system. Therefore, it is the heart and the compass of this culture of our democracy.

The 35 million Ghanaians are represented by the 275 members of the House.
Members of Parliament represent their constituents, debate on all national and constituency matters, legislate on productive laws for the citizens, and play oversight roles over the Executive and other constitutional bodies.

All these roles being played or carried out by our representatives should be heard, listened to, and read by the members of the public including the constituents of the elected members.

It is therefore important for the members of the corps who report on the workings of the House, to understand and appreciate what transpires on the floor of the House.

A Parliamentary correspondent should have an excellent working relationship with the members of the House, but he or she should demonstrate the traits of balance, objectivity, and fairness. He should report accurately without lacing his or her partisan or personal interest in their reports.

The reporter must understand the proceedings of the House, and use some terminologies, and other essential tools used by the members.

In a recently organized workshop for the members of the Corps by the Office of Parliament through its Media Relations Department, all the speakers ranging from the Director of Media Relations to the resource persons stressed the important role PPC plays in feeding the public about the role Parliament plays in our democratic culture.

They have therefore appealed to the members of the Corps to sustain their sterling performance by informing and educating their audience with fair, objective, balanced, and accurate information.

A Deputy Chief Whip from the stock of the Minority, Hon Ahmed Ibrahim, advised Members of the PPC to strive for excellence and continue to play their watchdog role very well.

Hon Ahmed Ibrahim, who is also the Member of Parliament for Banda, appealed for financial assistance to the media personnel especially those who cover Parliament.

He assured the audience that he would lobby the leadership to make it an attainable thought.

One of the resource persons, Mr Edwin Arthur asked members of the corps to be abreast with the various elements of Parliamentary reporting. He appealed to the members to include research in their work.

He mentioned the 1992 Constitution, the Standing Orders, various Conventions, and practices as necessary tools in the work of a parliamentary correspondent.

Parliament and the Media Relations Department should be commended for this opportunity offered to the corps to build their capacity in parliamentary reporting. Capacity building for the corps is key in making the role of the members beneficial to the people.

Ahmed,
The Servant

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Some Members of Parliament from the Volta Region have registered their displeasure at the exclusion of the Volta Region from a national project aimed at diversifying tree crops in the country.

This came up on the Floor of Parliament on Friday, December 8, 2023, during the consideration of the Finance Committee’s Report on the Credit Agreement between the Government of Ghana and the World Bank Group for an amount of Two Hundred Million United States Dollars (US$200,000,000) to finance the Ghana Tree Crop Diversification Project (GTCDP).

The GTCDP is designed to be implemented by the Tree Crops Development Authority (TCDA) and Ghana Cocoa Board (COCOBOD) under the supervision of the Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MOFA). The five-year development strategy (2022-2027) targets six priority tree crops: cashew, shea, mango, coconut, rubber, and oil palm.

It aims to regulate and develop a sustainable sector focusing on (i) research support, (ii) production and value chain support including commercialization; (iii) capacity building, and (iv) licensing and regulation.

Tree crops generate income for subsistence households as well as for commercial producers. While production constitutes just 24 percent of the land area cultivated, and 9 percent of the total volume of crops produced, they account for 85 percent of Ghana’s total agricultural exports, 70 percent of which is cocoa.

During the consideration of the Committee’s report, the Member of Parliament for South Dayi, Rockson-Nelson Etse Kwami Dafeamekpor first raised the House’s attention to the fact that the Volta region is very prominent in the production of Coconut, yet has been conspicuously missing from the list of regions to benefit from the tree crop investment project.

He therefore demanded that the coastal areas of the Volta region which have a history of producing coconut trees in the country, be included in the beneficiary areas before the approval of the loan.

He said, “Mr. Speaker, I am sad because as a Government we have decided to implement this policy in some regions minus the Volta region. Mr. Speaker, when we talk of tree crops, in fact, my hometown “hwe” which is called Cape Saint Paul, cannot be left out. Mr. Speaker, the disease that destroyed coconut in this country first originated from Cape Saint Paul and so the disease is called “Cape Saint Paul.” So, if you want to replace coconut plantations in this country, it has to start from the Volta Region.

“When we speak of ecological zones in this country that support the growth of coconut, I believe the Volta Region will rank first or second. Mr. Speaker, even the famous Western Region is omitted. So, on what basis were the ecological zones selected?

“Mr. Speaker, I speak passionately about this matter. Even though I want to support the approval of this facility, Mr. Speaker I am demanding that as a citizen of this country that hails from the Volta Region, we should be included in the first phase of this project. Mr. Speaker, there is no basis why the Volta Region should be omitted.”

The Member of Parliament for Keta in the Volta Region, Kwame Dzudzorli Gakpey, also showed that the Volta region already has a thriving industry around coconut, mango, and cashew production. He therefore submitted that he believes that the Volta Region was deliberately removed from the list for reasons that were unclear to him because the region is among the prominent tree crop producers in the country.

“Mr. Speaker, in this country the Volta region, Central and Western Regions produce coconut more than any other region. And then when the Tree Crop Development Authority is going to promote tree crops such as coconut, which regions are these supposed to go to?

“In Volta Region, we produce coconut, mango, and cashews. When you are earmarking the regions and zoning them for this facility, the Volta Region was deliberately removed from the list. Why am I saying this?

“Volta Region was not included in the loan facility concerning coconut. Meanwhile, we want to maximize and produce more coconut. In terms of value addition, there is a component of the loan that will support value addition. These must be put at strategic areas where coconut from Central, Western, and the Volta regions can be processed,” he lamented.

There was a sharp rebuttal by the Chairman of the Finance Committee, Kwaku Kwarteng who observed that the stands taken by the MPs were rather unfortunate and were not good for national cohesion because the Volta Region was not deliberately omitted. He emphasized that the selection was done by technical people with empirical information.

“Mr. Speaker, we have just done a facility for the coastal areas dedicated largely to the Volta Region, and for a Member of Parliament to speak as though there is a deliberate strategy to exclude people who should be included in this facility is most unfortunate and we should move away from that.”

On the same day, the House also approved two additional loan facilities including the Concessional Financing Agreement between the Government of Ghana and the International Development Association for an amount of One Hundred and Fifty Million United States Dollars (US$150,000,000.00) for the West Africa Coastal Areas Resilience Investment Project 2).

The other is the Additional Financing Agreement for an amount of One Hundred and Fifty Million United States Dollars (US$150,000,000.00) to finance the Ghana Productive Safety Net Project 2.

Source: Clement Akoloh||parliamentnews360.com

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Promoters of the Proper Human Sexual Rights and Ghanaian Family Values Bill, popularly referred to as the Anti-LGBTQ+ Bill, have threatened to Mention the names of MPs who are frustrating the passage of the Bill by Parliament if it is further delayed.

“Those who have gone and gotten influenced by persons interested in LGBTQ should return whatever influence they have collected because we will fight and the next time, we address the media, I will mention names. I have been impressed upon my co-sponsors not to mention names today but next time I will mention names,” a leading member of the promoters told the press.

It came down to a showdown in Parliament on Wednesday as the House failed to take the Bill listed on the Order Paper for some time now to go through the consideration stage.

The Spokesperson for the Sponsors of the Bill, Samuel George, did not take it kindly on the Floor of the House when Hon. Joseph Osei Owusu, the Presiding Speaker on Wednesday, December 6, 2023, declined the invitation for the House to consider the Bill in the absence of the Chairman of the Constitutional, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs, Kwame Anyimadu Antwi, the MP for Asante Akyim Central.

Outside the Chamber, the Member of Parliament for Ningo Prapram, George Samuel Nartey addressed a press conference on behalf of the Bill sponsors where he expressed the displeasure of the group about the undue delay of the Bill in Parliament.

According to him, some deliberate delay tactics are being deployed by some elements in leadership positions of the House to ensure that the Bill does not get passed. He therefore indicated that they were no longer going to tolerate dragging of feet on this matter but would go ahead to expose who are behind this delay.

“We are very aware of people in leadership on the Majority side who are reaching out to the sponsors of the Bill asking us to step down the Bill. Is that why the Majority side is fighting against the Bill?” he quizzed.

“The excuse given today that the Chairman of the Committee is not in the Chamber so we can’t take the amendment is alien to the practice of this House because the Ranking Member was present,” he added.

The Chairman of the Constitutional, Legal, and Parliamentary Affairs Committee, Kwame Anyimadu Antwi, Speaking to Parliament News360 in an interview later, denied the accusation that he and some other elements in leadership on the Majority side of the House are deliberately delaying the passage of the Bill which has been before the House for the past three years.

He explained that he was not privy to any agreement between the Speaker and the Leadership of the House to work on the Bill and he has deliberately stayed away from the House as has been alleged. According to him, he was absent from the House because the Minister for Interior had delegated him to represent him at a ceremony for the Ghana National Fire Service.

Besides that, he said, “If we start today, there is no way we can finish these amendments before this meeting ends. So, why should I start? At any rate, if he says it is their Bill, he should not accuse the wrong person. Nobody has said they don’t want it to go on. If leadership agrees that we should go ahead with the consideration stage then so be it. But there are other quizzes that we need to finish up and we need one meeting to finish it up.”

Source: Clement Akoloh||parliamentnews360.com

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QNET is an international direct selling and Multi-Level Marketing brand with its headquarters in Hong Kong with a presence in more than 25 countries worldwide through subsidiaries, branch offices, agency partnerships, and franchisees. It has succeeded in putting a lot of people into business and spends a lot of resources to ensure that they are well-trained for the job.

However, the activities of this company in Africa, especially in Sub Saharan Africa including Ghana, is fraught with a lot of misconceptions because of brand misrepresentations.

A cursory search of the brand name on the internet in Ghana instantly introduces one to a barrage of negative stories about QNET which can easily cloud one’s judgment about the brand and prejudice him or her against any product or service proposals by the brand. That is one of the reasons why the company has embarked on educational and awareness campaigns to fight against scams and misrepresentation.

It must be noted that there is a world of difference between the QNET brand and the so-called Quest Net (Q-NET) which is at the center of all the fraudulent claims reported in the media.

QNET VCON MEDIA WEBINAR

With the curious mindset of the journalist in me, I harbored some of these misconceptions and misgivings about the QNET brand until I had an invitation from a friend to join the QNET VCON Media webinar organized by QNET.

It was an interactive info-sharing Webinar that introduced me to the QNET Regional General Manager, other QNET officials, and journalists who attended VCON in 2022 and 2023 in Malaysia. The key objective of the webinar was to continue engaging the media with credible information that will help address the misconceptions about the QNET brand in Ghana. QNET’s V-Convention (VCON) is an extraordinary gathering of QNET’s Independent Representatives (IR) from across the globe.

An opportunity was created for the Regional General Manager of QNET for Sub Saharan Africa, Biram Fall, to elaborate on the QNET brand and some of its products and services. Through the eyes of some seasoned Ghanaian journalists who had attended the annual gathering of Independent Representatives all over the world in Malaysia in 2022 and 2023, recounted their experience to demystify misconceptions about QNET’s true existence, and the impact of the media Junket to journalists in Ghana

I had my “Damascus experience” during that encounter where my eyes were opened to the stack difference between the real (QNET) and fake (Q-NET) business entities living side by side on the marketing scene as QNET and Q-NET, but with two different sets of priorities and management.

I learned that QNET, is one of Asia's leading e-commerce-based direct-selling companies offering a wide range of health, wellness, and lifestyle products that enable people to live better lives.

QNET, not Q-NET

The company stated in 2022 that the QNET brand is completely different from the hyphenated Quest Net or Q-NET Investment Limited which is in the middle of all the fraudulent claims on the market.

“The name Quest Net does not refer to nor is meant to refer to QNET. They are effectively entities which are entirely separate and distinct and with no relationship or incorporation internationally,” the statement from QNET said.

The statement further maintained that the company has continually been cooperating with the relevant authorities in the country and placed Quest Net or Q-NET on notice that there was no relationship, connection, or nexus of any kind with the Ghana-registered local entity and QNET Limited.

I learned also that QNET has a presence in more than 25 countries around the world through subsidiaries, branch offices, agency partnerships, and franchisees and operates businesses in many countries, including Ghana, via Independent Representatives (IRs) who are properly trained and accredited individuals that undertake the business in compliance with best business ethics and practices.

Source: Clement Akoloh||parliamentnews360.com

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The Majority Group in Ghana’s Parliament has asserted that the unsolicited choice of the Rt. Hon Speaker Alban Bagbin to resort to a “Division” instead of a “Headcount” was the cause of its decision to stage a walkout of Parliament on Wednesday, November 29, 2023, during the approval of the 2024 Budget Statement and Economic Policy on the Floor of Parliament.

A statement by the Majority Caucus signed by the Deputy Majority Leader, Alexander Afenyo Markin, on Thursday, November 30, 2023, recounted the events that had played out on the Floor of the House the previous day which had led to their eventual walkout of the House.

“Following the conclusion of the debate on the budget yesterday, the Speaker, as per the established protocol of the House, was to put the question regarding the approval of the policy and principles underpinning the budget. After a period of deliberation, the Speaker posed the question and announced that the "ayes" had it. Subsequently, the Deputy Minority Leader, Armah Kofi-Buah, rose on account of Order 113(2) to contest what he (Mr. Armah Kofi-Buah) deemed as a ruling by the Rt. Hon. Speaker. As a result of the challenge, he called for a headcount. This prompted an intervention from the Majority Leader and Deputy Majority Leader. They raised procedural issues in respect of the application brought before the Speaker.

“Despite the procedural objections raised, the Speaker declined to acknowledge these concerns and expressed his intention to proceed with a headcount as demanded. At this juncture, the leadership of the majority caucus insisted on their readiness to submit to the headcount that was being sought. The headcount, a process where members indicating "aye" or "no" rise to be counted, typically takes approximately 10 minutes. The results are then tallied by table officers and presented to the Speaker, who announces the outcome.

“Instead of sticking to the request of the headcount, the Speaker then said that he was drawing the attention of the House to the possibility of resorting to a division, and indeed the Speaker then called for a division. This came as a surprise to Members of the Majority Caucus, since no such application for a division had been presented to the Speaker.

“The decision to call for a division was certainly not the initial application.

“Leadership of the Majority, —well aware that under our rules, being absent during a headcount disqualifies a member from being recorded present, whereas in a division, absent members who rush in can be counted as participants, even if they were not present when the question was initially put-; moved to halt this process that would have allowed some of the minority MPs who were outside Accra at the time to be able to proceed to Parliament to be counted, even though the Majority was fully aware that it was not going to give the minority any advantage.

“This departure from the call for a headcount generated heat and was set to frustrate government business; at the same time undermining the sanctity of the parliamentary processes.

“Since 1993, Parliament has never resorted to a division in making decisions.

“The Majority concluded the choice for a division was unfair under the circumstances, leading to their decision to stage a walkout.

“It is essential to note that despite the Speaker's indication that the "ayes" had prevailed, and despite a petition presented to him, a petition that hadn't followed due process, the Speaker's initial ruling on the "ayes" retaining their advantage stands. Consequently, the budget has been duly passed until the appeal for a headcount is dealt with, not the division that the Speaker had called.” Said, the statement.

Meanwhile, a press release issued on behalf of the Speaker by the Media Relations Department of the Parliament of Ghana has insisted that the 2024 Budget Statement and Economic Policy is still before the House and that its fate will be decided in the subsequent week.

“The Parliament of Ghana wishes to bring it to the attention of the general public that the Budget Statement and Economic Policy of the Government for the year ending 31st December 2024, is still before Parliament awaiting approval. A consensus approach is being pursued towards its approval.” The release said.

Source: Clement Akoloh||parliamentnews360.com

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The Women Caucus of the Minority group in Parliament has given a one-month ultimatum to the Government for the Finance Minister, Ken Ofori Atta to return to Parliament with a retraction on the proposed imposition of Tax on sanitary pads.

According to them, the 20 percent proposed tax on sanitary pads announced in the 2024 Budget by the Finance Minister is unsound and smacks of insensitivity of the Government to the plight of young women in the country.

Addressing a press conference in Parliament on Wednesday, November 29, 2023, the Minority Women Caucus led by its Chairperson, Comfort Doyoe, questioned why taxes should be slapped on sanitary pads when condoms remain tax-free in the country.


“How can condoms be tax-free? Condom is not something that naturally you need to get at all costs, but the sanitary pad or the menstrual period is something that biologically you will have as a woman. We don’t see why they should tax our blood. They should stop taxing our blood,” she said.

The Chairperson who doubles as the Second Deputy Whip of the Minority was flanked by some female students from the University of Ghana, and some market women on both sides in addition to the female Members of Parliament.


“So, the Government should amend the statement he made in the Budget Statement within one month and come to the House and assure we the women, otherwise we are going to advise ourselves,” she added.

The market women on their part, called on the Government to consider sharing the sanitary pads to young girls free of charge and subsidize it for other women as well.

The Women Commissioner of the University of Ghana, Queensta Anowa Quarcoo also reiterated the call for the removal of all taxes on both locally manufactured and imported sanitary towels and distribute them free of charge to students by using the Ghana Card as a means of identification.

Some of the female MPs present also took their turns to call on the Government to take the necessary steps to reverse its decision to bring some level of relief to young girls and women in the country.


The Member of Parliament for Pusiga, Laadi Ayii Ayamba, said, ‘We are demanding that the Government distribute it free of charge because we are not the first nor the second country in the world to do this. Even the Former NDC Government distributed sanitary pads free of charge to school girls.”

The MP for Kpando, Della Sowah on her part, called on the men to also join their voices in the call for the removal of the taxes on the sanitary pads since it is in the interest of all. “Don’t say the women are fighting for the removal of taxes on sanitary pads. You also take up the fight. Even the young in the universities, get them involved, let there be one voice united against the taxes.”

The MP for Tempane, Lydia Lamisi Akanvariba, observed that the sanitary pads need to be taxed by the Government to raise revenue since the Government gives away a lot of unnecessary tax waivers.

“The tax exemption to 1D1F alone can cater for a number of sanitary pads that women need in this country. So, we don’t need to tax factories that produce sanitary pads for women and girls to get money to run this country and it is totally unacceptable to us Parliamentarians,” She observed.

Source: Clement Akoloh||parliamentnews360.com

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The government’s fiscal policy for President Akuffo Addo’s final year in office is hanging in the balance in Parliament as the governing Majority NPP Group walked out of the House during a head count on Wednesday, November 29, 2023.

This makes it the second time the Majority Group is walking out of Parliament on their own Budget and the third time they have staged a walkout as a Majority Group in their own government. The first time was in the year 2021.

There was complete pandemonium on the Floor of the House when the Speaker admitted a motion by the Deputy Minority Leader, Emmanuel Armah-Kofi Buah, to challenge his ruling on the voice vote for the approval of the 2024 Budget Statement and Economic Policy.

Just after the Rt. Hon. Speaker Alban Bagbin had expressed his opinion on the voice votes which were similar in pitch from both sides of the House saying, “I think the Ayes have it”, the Deputy Minority Leader stood on his feet on Standing Order 113(2) to call for a head count of the Members of Parliament to confirm or refute the Speaker’s opinion on the voice votes.

According to Order 113(2), “A Member may call for headcount or division if the opinion of Mr. Speaker on the voice vote is challenged.”

He said, “Hon. Speaker, respectfully, I stand on Order 113(2) to call for a headcount to challenge your ruling.”

Things took a dramatic turn afterward and the Majority side of the House through the Majority Leader, Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu, began to raise issues with the call for a headcount. The Deputy Majority Leader, Alexander Afenyo-Markin, further deepened the concerns by calling into question the process of the application for the headcount.

Before the headcount would be affected, the Deputy Majority Leader, Alexander Afenyo Markin, got on his feet and indicated, “Mr. Speaker, with respect, we take notice of your pronouncements that you think the Ayes have it. If they want to have a headcount on their side since they are challenging you, we leave the Chamber for them.”

Then the Majority Group led by their Majority Leader, Osei-Kyei Mensah-Bonsu, some of the Members walked out of the House.

The Speaker then suspended the sitting to deal with the confusion that had arisen in the House due to the walkout. When the House resumed, the Speaker had no choice but to adjourn the House because the House was still out of Order.

Addressing a press conference outside the Chamber, the Majority Leader, Osei Kyei-Mensah Bonsu accused the Speaker of delaying the headcount to plead for time for five Members of the Minority they claimed was absent to come in before the count.

Majority Leader, Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu

After that, Finance Minister Ken Ofori Atta also informed the media that as far as he is concerned, the Budget Policy had been approved because the Speaker was definitive on the voice votes which to him indicates that the “Ayes” have it.

Ken Ofori Atta, Finance Minister

"As far as I know and I believe, we have the 2024 Budget passed until such time that they resolve whatever it is that they want to resolve,” he said.

The Minority Group on their part, led by their Leader, Dr. Cassiel Ato Forson, came out claiming victory over the Majority Group saying, “The majority has been defeated in a grand style. In fact, this is the second time this NPP has run away from its own budget. The second time in the history of Ghana, sensing defeat. We have got them and we will get them again another day.”

Source: Clement Akoloh||parliamentnews360.com

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The Vision for Alternative Development, Ghana (VALD Ghana) and other civil society organizations are in solidarity for the protection of public health, in support for the Food and Drugs Authority's position on banning alcohol advertisements by celebrities.

According to a press release signed by the Executive Director of the Vision for Alternative Development Ghana, Labram Musah, the celebrities ban from advertising Alcohol is an effective public health measure that protects the rights of Ghanaian children.


The release said, "Civil Society Actors in Ghana are displeased with the section of the media and some celebrities who are up in arms fighting the Food and Drugs Authority and the government for formulating alcohol guidelines aimed at protecting and safeguarding the health, well-being, and rights of children and young people from harm caused by alcohol consumption."

Below is the full press release.

Source: Clement Akoloh||Africa News Radio

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The Deputy Minority Leader and Member of Parliament for the Ellembele constituency, Emmanuel Armah-Kofi Buah has slammed the President Akufo Addo-led New Patriotic Party (NPP) government for signing two new Take-or-Pay Power Pact Agreements (PPAs) seeking to increase the country’s power generation capacity when they criticized such a decision as reckless when they were in opposition.

According to him, the New Patriotic Party’s (NPP) signing of these new Power Pact Agreements in these final years is a vindication of the wise decision taken by Former President Mahama and his government to restore the shortfall in power in the year 2012.

The Minister for Energy, Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh, disclosed that the Government has decided to augment the country’s power intake to meet the growing needs of the citizenry and the demands of the industry by signing two Power Purchase Agreements to generate some 750 Megawatts of power.

However, in a sharp response at a press conference held in Parliament, the Deputy Minority Leader who was a Former Minister for Energy under the erstwhile National Democratic Congress (NDC) Government led by Former President John Dramani Mahama, says the NDC stands vindicated by the news that the NPP government has signed new Power Pact Agreements to increase the power generation capacity of the country.

He argued that it is hypocritical of a government that vilified Former President Mahama and his government for signing Power Purchase Agreements which they claim to be excess power that is not needed, to turn around to do the same thing they criticized.

“The NPP Government’s decision to increase power generation by signing two PPAs of 750 MW as I can see in the headlines of the Daily Graphic, is a clear vindication and the confirmation of the wise decision by the NDC led by Former President John Dramani Mahama. It clearly shows that he was a visionary and the decisions that he made when Ghana found herself in ‘dumsor’ was a wise one.”

He argued that “One of the main reasons why the country went into dumsor during those periods of NDC is that, for the 8 years that the NPP was in power, they failed to plan properly when it came to power additions.

“On an annual basis, this country’s economy is expanding, industries are rising. As you can see, on an annual basis there is the need for at least 200 MW. The NPP for 8 years failed to address that. So, by the time the NDC came to power, this deficit resulted in the unfortunate drying up of the Akosombo dam, then we had a crisis that we all termed ‘dumsor’.”

He added that, to address this situation, the NDC administration under the Late Former President Mills and John Mahama, decided to take a systematic step to increase power generation capacity. Indicating that to address the issue of fuel, the NDC administration brought the country to the gas era by establishing the Atuabo Gas plant and bringing in the ENI gas project.

“Instead of thanking President Mahama, they have spent the best of the 7 years so far in power to vilify him and called his government reckless by saying that the energy sector was indebted because the PPAs were oversubscribed.

“Today, with the decision by the NPP Government that annually we are increasing power and there is the need for power additions. The Minister of Energy just announced a 750 MW PPA signed. I ask: “Have they just got up from sleep and slumber? Why is it that all of a sudden they have realized the need to add power?”

“We want to state clearly that this is a vindication of the wise decisions of the NDC Government. All the power plants that were brought, over 1000 MW were the result of the stability we have seen in the last 7 years. These PPAs that have been signed, are take or pay agreements.

“Truth be told, nobody in his right mind would come and invest over 500 million dollars when he knows that he is producing the power to a country where the ultimate off-taker is ECG which is indebted. Do you think he won’t have guarantees to get his money? So, why is it that they couldn’t even sign PPAs that are not take-or-pay? I brought this up to let you know that this government has serious credibility issues,” he observed.

Source: Clement Akoloh||parliamentnews360.com

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