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The E-levy will be rejected again – Prophet Nigel hints

Government presents bill on Electronic Levy

E-Levy to be 1.75% of charges on electronic transactions

Ken Ofori-Atta presents 2022 budget to parliament

Outspoken prophet, Nigel Gaisie, has stated that for the second time, the controversial 1.75% Electronic Levy (E-Levy) that is before parliament, will be rejected.

The 1.75 percent charge on all electronic transactions covering mobile money payments, bank transfers, merchant payments and inward remittances to be borne by the sender except inward remittances, which will be borne by the recipient, has received a lot of backlashes from within parliament and among many in the country.

Speaking during the first Sunday of 2022 church service at his church, the Prophetic Hill Chapel International, Prophet Nigel Gaisie stated, while stressing that country should not go borrowing any longer, that the bill will be rejected.

“This year is a year of strategies; you have to be strategic. Ghana must be strategic, IGP must be strategic. He has to know that he has to leave the church. He has to know that he has to leave the church. He has to leave the prophets to prophesy. He has to know that he has to be strategic.

“Ghana has no business to go and borrow again like the E-Levy will be rejected again – the E-Levy will be rejected again. Ghana, if our economic managers are strategic, we have no business to go to the foreign world to borrow,” he said.

According to the Minister of Finance, Ken Ofori-Atta, “A portion of the proceeds from the E-Levy will be used to support entrepreneurship, youth employment, cyber security, digital and road infrastructure among others.”

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Source: www.ghanaweb.com

We must all sacrifice to support E-Levy for national development’ – Dan Botwe

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Govt needs e-levy to meet the demands of the citizenry – MP

E-levy would not hurt the economy but would rather help create jobs – Minister

Chief urged to prioritise education


Local Government Minister, Dan Botwe has urged Ghanaians to support the E-levy

According to him, Ghanaians had to sacrifice and support the e-levy because it would help create jobs as well as enhance the development process of the country.

Speaking at a durbar in the Okere District in the Eastern region, the minister said the current economic challenges of the country required substantial amount of resources which every citizen must contribute to.

“The socio-economic problems of the country require sustainable revenue generation strategies to tackle and so government has no intention to make life difficult for the people of Ghana. The E-Levy is a thought-through budget proposal to meet the huge demands of development,” he said.null

Dan Botwe who is also the Member of Parliament (MP)

for Okere said claims by sections of the public that the e-levy would have a bad impact on Ghanaians were false.

He said the government rather needs the revenue from the levy to better the lot of Ghanaians.

“The demand for good roads, schools, and hospitals amidst the huge burden of ensuring that there are job opportunities for the young ones far outweigh similar demands in my days as a youth and we, as a people, must all come to that realisation,” Dan Botwe said.

Also, the MP urged the traditional leaders to prioritise education and help the children in the Okere District take advantage of the Free SHS policy being implemented by government.

Source: www.ghanaweb.com

2 robbery suspects and a juvenile busted at Buipe

The Buipe police command in the Savanna Region, in collaboration with members of the community, has arrested two robbery suspects, Adama Sule and Mahamadu Jabi, together with a juvenile, for highway robbery.

The two robbery suspects and the juvenile are alleged to have been involved in several robberies along the Kintampo-Buipe Highway, the police said in a statement.

According to the law enforcement agency, its investigations established that the gang, on several occasions, attacked their victims between Portor and Kadelso along the Kintampo-Buipe Highway and robbed them of their personal effects and unspecified amounts of money.

The police said it mounted surveillance on the activities of the gang and with the support of the community, arrested three of them on 30 December 2021.

Some victims of the robbery attack have also identified the two suspects and the juvenile.

The police said efforts are underway to get other members of the robbery gang arrested.

Meanwhile, the two suspects and the juvenile are in police custody assisting with investigations

S/R: Mahama’s late brother buried

Mr Emmanuel Adam Mahama, the late brother of former President John Dramani, has been laid to rest.

The 61-year-old was buried in Bole in the Savanna Region on Sunday, 2 January 2022.

The burial coincided with the third day of ‘Adua.’

The former President and his siblings, including immediate and extended family members, accompanied the body for burial from Accra.

In attendance were chiefs, elders, other family members and the people of Bole, as well as surrounding communities.

Also amount the mourners were the Chairperson of the Council of Elders of National Democratic Congress (NDC), Alhaji Mahama Iddrisu; the NDC’s National Vice Chairman, Alhaji Sofo Azorka; leading members of the NDC including Alhaji Huudu Yahaya, Minority Leader Haruna Iddrisu, Regional chairmen, Members of Parliament, friends and acquaintances of the deceased, among others.

The family is expected to announce the date for the funeral in the next few days

NPP tricked us twice in parliament – Asiedu Nketia

The National Democratic Congress (NDC) has said the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) tricked the Minority in Parliament in selecting the two deputy speakers of the House after the election of Mr Alban Bagbin as Speaker on January 7 2021.

Speaking at the 40th-anniversary commemoration of the 31st December Revolution in Accra, the General Secretary of the NDC, Mr Johnson Asiedu Nketia, said: “The leadership of NPP came to Parliament and actually came to beg us to allow them to select a first deputy speaker and in the end, [a] word was sent from the Presidency that they are also begging, so, we agreed”.

“Still, they persisted and virtually begged us that they do not want to disgrace Ghana.”

“NDC does not want this country destroyed, so, we agreed”.

“Immediately, we agreed, the first statement that came from Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu after the swearing-in was that we begged them and that there was no election in Parliament to select a first deputy speaker.”

“Those of you accusing NDC of not being interested in negotiations should listen carefully: As if that was not enough, immediately after the second deputy speaker was selected, he also addressed the press and declared his support for the NPP.

“What does that mean?: That the NPP used trickery to select the two deputy speakers,” Asiedu Nketia explained

I’ll deal with Nigel Gaisie – Kennedy Agyapong

Assin Central lawmaker, Kennedy Agyapong has said he would deal with the Founder and Leader of the Prophetic Chapel Hill Prophet Nigel Gaisie for indicating that he Mr Agyapong had stroke and was rushed for medical attention in the United States.

The businessman and politician said on a radio station in his constituency that he was not suffering from stroke rather, a brain tumor for which he visited his doctors in the US to get it removed.

“Nigel Giasie was saying I was down with stroke. He said this because of how I exposed him on television. This tells you he is a liar because I didn’t have stroke, it was brain tumor I went to the US to get removed. The tumor was like the size of a computer mouse and my doctors said it had been there for nine years.

“Nigel Gaise is a liar, he cannot silence me, he doesn’t have money more than me, I have sense more than him, I will deal with him,” he said.

Mr Agyapong recently embarked on a campaign to unmasked pastors he claims are fake. Nigel Giasie was one of those pastors he spoke about vehemently on television.

Mr Agyapong accused him of sleeping with women in the name of the ministerial works.

By Laud Nartey|3news.com|Ghana

Bawumia’s understanding of religious tolerance admirable – Methodist Pastor

The Head Pastor of Ebenezer Methodist Congregation in Breman in the Ashanti Region, Very Reverend Benjamin Akwesi Ansong, has commended Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia for his understanding of religious diversity and tolerance.

The Vice President responded to the church’s invitation to join them for its 31st Night Service and he was accompanied by his wife, Samira, and other senior government officials.

Welcoming Dr. Bawumia to the Church, Very Reverend Ansong told the congregation of his admiration for the Vice President’s appreciation of religious tolerance.

“We have in our midst tonight Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia and it is refreshing. This shows his understanding of religious tolerance,” the Methodist Pastor said, amidst cheers.

“This is a Christian gathering but he has thought it wise to demonstrate his love and joy, which is in line with what the Bible preaches that, rejoice with those who are rejoicing.

“So if today we Christians have gathered here to express our joy and the Vice President (a Muslim) has joined us, we have to be extremely grateful to God for what he has done for our country Ghana. It is something we must hold so firmly.

“If God has touched his heart and he has joined us here, we are happy and we have to pray for him too as we pray, and also pray for His Excellency President Nana Akufo-Addo and the leadership of this country.

“The Bible says give honour to whom honour is due, so let us all rise up and pray for our guest.”

Very Reverend Akwesi prayed for the Vice President, President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo as well as the country for continuous good leadership and prosperity respectively.

Delivering a short remark, Dr. Bawumia urged the congregation to continue to uphold the peace the country enjoys by being tolerant of people with diverse religious beliefs.

“We are one people and this is what will sustain the peace we enjoy as a country,” Dr. Bawumia told the congregation.

Source: 3news.com|Ghana

Two suspects arrested over death of American IG model in Accra

Two suspects have been detained by the police over the death of an American Instagram model at a hotel in Accra on December 14, 2021.

The suspects whose identities have been withheld are currently in police custody assisting with investigations.

The American citizen, identified as Julie Diane Williams was found dead at the Rayporsh Hotel at Abelemkpe, a suburb of Accra, on December 14, 2021.

A police statement dated December 31, 2021, by ACP Kwesi Ofori said her family in the US has officially been informed of the investigations being conducted into the circumstances leading to her death.

2022 Prophecy: I saw death of Umuofia First Lady – Nigel Gaisie

Nigel Gaisie

The founder and leader of Prophetic Hill Chapel, Prophet Nigel Gaisie has disclosed that the death of a First Lady in 2022 has been revealed to him.

Adopting an evasive style for prophecies for this year during his 2021 end of year watch night service, Prophet Nigel Gaisie aligned his prophecies to various countries geographical locations including a certain Umuofia and Uganda.

Strikingly, however, there were similarities between details about the nation of Umuofia and Ghana as disclosed in his prophecies.

In one of such of prophecies he said “again I saw in my vision, a nation called Umuofia where their capital is called Kampala. I saw that one of their First Ladies died. The Lord said we should pray for all of them.”null

From names of individuals, regions, towns, institutions, political parties and elections, Prophet Nigel Gaisie delivered dozens of prophecies about the nation of Umuofia with details that directly point to Ghana. He also prophesied about other foreign countries.

“I saw a heavy cloud like the cloud of darkness covering the Head of State of Umuofia. Let’s take this prophecy very seriously, I saw a cloud of darkness covering the Head of State of Umuofia. I saw that his deputy is using ways to trigger his quick passing. I saw in the realm of the spirit that the shoe of the big man is being worn by the deputy. I saw in the nation of Umuofia that something that has happened there is about to reoccur again,” he stated in one of his prophecies.

Source: www.ghanaweb.com

5 years on and Akufo-Addo still blames me for everything; what a ‘poor leader’ – JM

Former President John Dramani Mahama has said only a “poor leader” like President Nana Akufo-Addo will keep blaming his predecessor for his (Akufo-Addo’s) failings five years into his presidency.

Speaking at the National Democratic Congress’ 40th-anniversary commemoration of the 31st December Revolution in Accra on Friday, the 2020 flag bearer of the NDC said: “Leadership is about responsibility”, insisting: “It is only a poor leader who shirks responsibilities and shifts blames”.

Demonstrating the difference between his leadership and that of Mr Akufo-Addo, Mr Mahama said: “We had power crisis – dumsor in this country – because of lack of investment in generation for many years, and, so, we were consuming more power than we generated”.

“That was the situation I met and yet, I did not say it is not my fault. I went to Parliament, took responsibility for it and promised to fix it, which we did.”

“Today, somebody [President Akufo-Addo] claims he inherited a weak economy, which he hasn’t been able to be responsible for 5 years on”.

“It’s always about Mahama and NDC”.

“If he [Nana Akufo-Addo] cannot do the job, he should give way for the NDC to do it for you.”

Source: classfmonline.com

If you cannot do the job, let the NDC do it for you’ – Mahama to Akufo-Addo

According to him, if President Akufo-Addo “cannot do the job, he should give way for the NDC to do it for you.”

Former President John Dramani Mahama has reprimanded his successor, Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo for failing to take responsibility for the country’s ailing economy.

Speaking at the 40th anniversary commemorating the 31st December Revolution, the 2020 Presidential candidate of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) noted the President’s blame game whenever initiatives backfire portrays poor leadership skills.

“Leadership is about responsibility. It is only a poor leader who shirks responsibilities and shifts blame. We had power crisis– dumsor in this country– because of lack of investment in generation for many years, and so we were consuming more power than we generated.

“That was the situation I met, and yet I did not say it is not my fault. I went to Parliament, took responsibility for it and promised to fix it, which we did,” he said on Friday.

Mr Mahama then took a jibe at the Akufo-Addo government.

According to him, if President Akufo-Addo “cannot do the job, he should give way for the NDC to do it for you.”

“Today somebody [President Akufo-Addo] claims he inherited a weak economy, which he hasn’t been able to be responsible for, 5 years on. It’s always about Mahama and NDC,” he intimated.

However, President Akufo-Addo has maintained that his administration has outperformed his predecessors.

At the New Patriotic Party (NPP’s) National Delegates Conference on Sunday, December 9, the President insisted his government has chalked more successes than any other government in the Fourth Republic.

He, therefore, charged all members of the NPP to be proud and preach about the achievements of his government.

Source: Myjoyonline

Be more conscious of your health this New Year – Mahama

Former President John Dramani Mahama has called on Ghanaians to be more conscious of their health going into the New Year.

The former President’s call follows an upsurge in COVID-19 cases across the country in the past few days.

The number of active cases has shot up due to the Omicron variant.

In his New Year message, the former President said: “Over the last 2 weeks, many people are nursing colds and flu-like symptoms, but with most people not going for a COVID test, it is being attributed to the seasonal harmattan weather.”

Mr Mahama noted: “The yuletide season was characterised by super-spreader events such as mega concerts, street carnivals and beach parties”.

“The New Year season is here! Let’s be more conscious of our health as we pray for health workers because of the more transmissible omicron variant.”

He urged Ghanaians to continue to observe the COVID-19 protocols to avoid further transmission of the disease.

“Observe social distancing, wash your hands as frequently as possible, avoid handshakes, use hand sanitisers and wear a mask.”

The former President added: “And please GET VACCINATED if you haven’t done so yet. If you have, go for your second dose

DECLARATION OF MONDAY, 3RD JANUARY, 2022 AS A PUBLIC HOLIDAY

Declaration of Monday, 3rd January, 2022 as a Public Holiday

The general public is hereby notified that Saturday, 1st January, 2022 marks New Year’s Day which is a Statutory Public Holiday.

However, in view of the fact that 1st January, 2022 falls on a Saturday, His Excellency, the President of the Republic of Ghana, has by Executive Instrument (E.I), in accordance with Section 2 of the Public Holidays and Commemorative Days Act, (Act 601) declared Monday, 3rd January, 2022 as an additional Public Holiday and should be observed as such throughout the country.

Signed

AMBROSE DERY (MP)

MINISTER FOR THE INTERIOR

31st Night Prophecies: Withdraw your directive or face God’s wrath – Salifu Amoako to Police

Leader and Founder of Alive Chapel International Archbishop-elect Elisha Salifu Amoako has condemned the directive issued by the Inspector General of Police (IGP) Dr. George Akuffo Dampare as regards 31st Night prophecies.

Archbishop-elect Salifu Amoako has labeled the directive as a stealthy thought-out plan by those in authority to suppress prophetic works in Ghana.

The Archbishop is of the view that the directive is pointless and has to be withdrawn immediately to avert God’s ire on Ghana.

He took a swipe at the IGP for disrespecting and refusing to engage the religious leaders especially those who are into the prophetic ministry before issuing the directive.

His comment comes after a caution by the Ghana Police Service, asking religious leaders to be measured in their prophecies on 31st Night.

“We want to caution that under Ghanaian law, it is a crime for a person to publish or reproduce a statement, rumour or report which is likely to cause fear and alarm to the public or to disturb the public peace, where that person has no evidence to prove that the statement, rumour or report is true.”

But Archbishop Salifu Amoako, who was speaking in an interview on Onua TV on Wednesday, December 29, stressed that the directive only seeks to limit the prophetic ministry in Ghana.

He explained that the prophetic work cannot be controlled and no individual or an institution can limit the manifestation of the Holy Spirit on any day.

Meanwhile, Archbishop Salifu Amoako has praised Dr. Akufo Dampare for enforcing the law since his appointment and the fact that he is eager to ensure sanity in the society but was quick to caution him to be circumspect when it comes to the prophetic work.

The man of God, however, admonished the manner at which some pastors administer prophecies and called on them to be measured in delivering or administering the prophecies of God.

By Maxwell Otoo|Onua FM|3news.com|Ghana

Gt. Accra Minister lifts ban on beaches

Greater Accra Regional Minister Henry Quartey

The Greater Accra Region Minister, Henry Quartey, has lifted the ban on beaches barely a week after a decision to shut them down on revellers.

The decision, taken at a Friday, December 24 meeting of the Regional Security Council (REGSEC), noted that the closure would go beyond New Year Day.

It was to control the rapid spread of the Omicron variant of Covid-19.

Aside the closure of beaches, wearing of nose masks, sanitising of hands and adherence to Covid-19 protocols, in general, were going to be compulsory at all public places and transports in the Region.

However, on Thursday, December 30, Mr Quartey, who is also the Member of Parliament for Ayawaso Central Constituency, said the beaches can now open.

He indicated, further, that health officials will be stationed at the entrance of the beaches to vaccinate unvaccinated revellers before allowing them entry.

Those who have already vaccinated will have to provide proof before entry, he added.

He said the decision was taken by REGSEC

Interior Minister renews Bawku curfew hours

Interior Minister

The Minister for the Interior, Ambrose Dery, has renewed the curfew hours imposed on Bawku.

This was announced in a statement released on Wednesday December 29.

Mr Dery had earlier, on Wednesday 24 November 2021, imposed the curfew which ran overnight from 4pm to 6am.

But the new directive says the curfew hours now starts at 8pm to 5am.

In a statement, the minister called on the chiefs, elders, opinion leaders, youth and other citizens of Bawku and its environs to exercise restraint as the government works to settle differences to ensure the peace.

“The government calls on the chiefs, elders, opinion leaders, youth and people of the area to exercise restraint in the face of the challenges confronting them, as well as to use non-violent means to channel their energies into ensuring peace.

“Meanwhile, there is a total ban on all persons in the aforementioned communities and … environs from carrying arms, ammunition or any offensive weapon, and any persons found with any arms or ammunition will be arrested and prosecuted,” the statement added

Military investigate “bomb scare” at KIA

Kotoka International Airport

 Kotoka International Airport

The Ghana Airports Company says on Tuesday, “an unattended bag” was sighted at the arrival hall of Terminal 3, prompting officials to call in bomb experts

The Ghana Armed Forces (GAF) have begun investigations into alleged bomb scare at the Kotoka International Airport (KIA) in Accra on Tuesday.

A statement issued by the Ghana Airports Company Limited (GACL) said at around 9pm on 28 December, “an unattended [to] bag was sighted at the arrival hall of Terminal 3” at the international airport.

It added: “The Base Ammunition Depot Unit of the Ghana Armed Forces was immediately brought in to conduct preliminary assessment of the bag and its contents. The bag was subsequently taken away for further investigations, the outcome of which will be made public.”

The GACL has therefore apologised “for the disruption in the arrival facilitation process” when the incident occurred.

The Kotoka International Airport is rated one of the safest airports in the world and is certified as a 3-star airport for facilities, comfort, cleanliness, shopping, food and beverages, staff service and security/immigration.

Below is the full statement:

Emirates places travel ban on selected African countries

Emirates has placed a travel ban on selected African countries.

This follows the increasing cases of the Omicron variant of the coronavirus.

“Affected customers do not need to call us immediately for rebooking. Customers can simply hold on to their Emirates ticket and when flights resume, get in touch with their travel agent or booking office to make new travel plans,” Emirates said in a statement.

It added “Emirates regrets any inconvenience caused.

“In order to receive the latest updates on their flights, customers are also advised to ensure that their contact details are updated by visiting Manage Your Booking.”

The decision has attracted flak from some prominent Africans including a lawmaker in Ghana, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa.

Okudzeto has described the decision by Emirates to suspend flights to selected African countries as most senseless.

He also said this is a discriminatory and offensive action that has been taken.

Emirates has placed travel restrictions on selected African countries on entry and transit to Dubai following the Omicron variant of the coronavirus.

“Affected customers do not need to call us immediately for rebooking. Customers can simply hold on to their Emirates ticket and when flights resume, get in touch with their travel agent or booking office to make new travel plans,” Emirates said in a statement.

“Emirates regrets any inconvenience caused.

“In order to receive the latest updates on their flights, customers are also advised to ensure that their contact details are updated by visiting Manage Your Booking.”

However in a tweet, Mr Anlakwa said “Ghana , Angola Guinea , Kenya Tanzania, Uganda, Cote D’Ivoire and Ethiopia do not have an active case and hospitalization anywhere near UK, France , Italy, USA, and India whose citizens are all allowed , rightly so if I may add, to travel to and transit to through Dubai.”

The other nauseating irony is that daily active case s in the UAE have now crossed 1,800, far higher than Ghana’s 1,264 and yet UAE citizens can travel to Ghana whereas Ghanaians cannot travel to UAE

Parliament to consider Tax Exemption Bill next meeting

Finance Minister Ken ofori Atta

Parliament is expected to give attention to Exemptions Bill, 2021 when sitting resumes next year.

The bill which was laid by Finance Minister Ken Ofori-Atta on November 16, 2021 is currently before the finance committee.

The Bill seeks to streamline and rationalize the current exemptions regime on taxes, levies, fees and charges to improve domestic revenue mobilization by consolidating the already existing statutory provisions on tax and other exemptions and to provide for the administration of exemptions. The bill has been in and out of parliament for a while now.It expired with the 7th parliament after it was laid and referred to the finance committee. There are however moves to ensure the current bill is passed before leaving the house of legislature this time around.

Ghana loses over GH¢5 billion every year through tax exemptions, according to the Institute of Economic Affairs. The Ghana Revenue Authority has had a cause to complain about revenues lost to granting of indiscriminate exemptions.

Speaking at a stakeholder’s round-table discussion on the 2021 tax exemptions bill, head of exemptions for GRA Mrs. Adelaide Botchway declared steps must be taken to check abuse of the exemptions regime

“…past beneficiaries, they are enormous. But when you look at the percentage, critically, it appears the exemptions are even outweighing the revenue we are collecting.”
“And then the abuses are also on a higher side. But GRA is trying as much as possible to monitor the exemption and curb the abuses.” She said.
Finance Minister Ken Ofori-Atta has assured the bill will be passed in the next meeting of parliament which starts in January 2022.

Some civil society including the Tax Justice Coalition, Ghana (TJC); the Ghana Anti-Corruption Coalition (GACC); and the Parliamentary Network Africa (PNAfrica) with support from OXFAM are on a crusade to get the bill passed. The group has also tabled amendments to the bill in order to curb abuses.

Parliament is currently on a break but Chairman for the Finance Committee Kwaku Kwarteng tells Starr News the Exemptions Bill will be one of the key pieces of legislation his committee will devote time to when the house resumes

E-levy will be meaningless if gov’t doesn’t fight corruption – Rev Frimpong-Manso

The government of Ghana must prioritise fighting corruption in order to block the wastage in the system, President of the Pentecostal and Charismatic Prof. Paul Frimpong-Manso, has said.

He said Ghana loses huge monies through corruption, hence the menace must be nipped in the bud in order to generate revenue for national development.

Rev Frimpong Manso noted that each year, the Auditor General releases reports of wanton dissipation of resources and public funds.

The culprits, he said, should be held liable and be punished.

“E-levy or not, it is the corruption because what E-levy is going to bring will be less than what goes down the drain in from the public accounts, report, the Auditor General’s report and we see these people walking chest out. so whether we bring this or not that is

“Unless we tackle corruption and punish wrong deeds, E-levy or no e-levy we will stand at the same place.”

The Finance Minister had announced in the budget statement a new levy to be charged by government in 2022 on all electronic transactions to widen the tax net and rope in the informal sector.

“It is becoming clear there exists enormous potential to increase tax revenues by bringing into the tax bracket, transactions that could be best defined as being undertaken in the ‘informal economy’,” Mr Ofori-Atta observed on Wednesday, November 17 as he presented the 2022 budget statement in Parliament.

“After considerable deliberations, government has decided to place a levy on all electronic transactions to widen the tax net and rope in the informal sector. This shall be known as the ‘Electronic Transaction Levy or E-Levy’.”

He explained that the new E-levy will be a 1.75 per cent charge on all electronic transactions covering mobile money payments, bank transfers, merchant payments and inward remittances to be borne by the sender except inward remittances, which will be borne by the recipient.

This will, however, not affect transactions that add up to GH¢100 pr less per day.

“A portion of the proceeds from the E-Levy will be used to support entrepreneurship, youth employment, cyber security, digital and road infrastructure among others.”

This new levy is scheduled to start Saturday, January 1, 2022.

In 2020, total value of transactions was estimated to be over GH¢500 million with mobile money subscribers and users growing by 16 percent in 2019.

According to a Bank of Ghana report, Ghana saw an increase of over 120 percent in the value of digital transactions between February 2020 and February 2021 compared to 44 percent for the period February 2019 to February 2020 due to the convenience they offer.

This was definitely heightened by the advent of Covid-19 especially during the lockdown.

But the proposal has met resistance from the Minority in Parliament.

Minority Haruna Iddrisu said the E-levy is a disincentive to the growth of digital economy. To that end, he said, the Minority will not support it.

Speaking at a post budget workshop in Ho on Saturday November 20, he said “Mr Speaker, understandably, we see that the Minister of Finance seeks to introduce some measures including the now popularly declared e-levy or digital levy  as some have quite named it.

“Mr Speaker, our concern is whether the e-levy itself is not and will not be a disincentive to the growth of digital economy in our country . We are convinced that the e-levy may as well even be a disincentive to investment  and a disincentive to private sector development in our country. We in the minority may not and will not support government  with the introduction of that particular e-levy . We are unable to build national consensus  on that particular matter

I’m not a coward, I’ll prophesy, you’ll be attacking the church if you come after me – Nigel Gaisie

Founder and Leader of the Prophetic Chapel Hill, Prophet Nigel Gaisie has said he will give his prophecies no matter what the revelations, on 31st night as he has been instructed by his God.

He said he is not a coward to be intimidated by the warning that has been given by the Police against the publication of death prophecies.

“I read in somewhere that you have to bring material evidence whether the prophecy . Who has ever dreamt and have material evidence of your dream. The greater component pf prophecy is dream. What they are saying doesn’t wash but for me we will have a way.

“We will cross , I will prophecy in all confidence , there will not be any shadow on that, I will speak the mind of God. Personally, I am not one of the cowards, I have been called by God, I have an assignment and whoever is coming after the church is making a big mistake,” he told TV3 in an interview.

The Police has cautioned Religious leaders in Ghana to be measured in their utterances, particularly the way they communicate prophecies, ahead of New Year Eve’s services.

“We want to caution that under Ghanaian law, it is a crime for a person to publish or reproduce a statement, rumour or report which is likely to cause fear and alarm to the public or to disturb the public peace, where that person has no evidence to prove that the statement, rumour or report is true,” the police warned in a statement issued on Monday, December 27.

“It is also a crime for a person, by means of electronic communications service, to knowingly send a communication that is false or misleading and likely to prejudice the efficiency of life saving service or to endanger the safety of any person,” the statement signed by Superintendent Alexander Obeng, the Director of Public Affairs of the Ghana Police Service, added.

“A person found guilty under these laws could be liable to a term of imprisonment of up to five years.”

Friday’s services across the nation will be the first since Inspector-General of Police Dr George Akuffo Dampare took office.

He had met religious leaders over prophecies deemed to cause fear and panic in the nation.

That meeting was precipitated by a fake gun attack on popular musician Shatt Wale, who had later indicated he took that action as a result of a prophecy by the Founder and Leader of New Life Kingdom Chapel, Bishop Stephen Kwesi Appiah, on an Accra-based radio station before the Monday, October 18 incident.

The man of God, popularly known as Jesus Ahuofe, was arrested and later granted a GH¢100,000 bail.

The police admitted that they are not against prophecies especially in a country where the centrality of God is in the live of many.

“There should be no apprehensions, therefore, about undertaking the various activities.

“We ask only that everyone keeps within the law and is mindlful of the welfare of each other

WR: Bolt driver wouldn’t hand over car key so we burnt him alive – 3 SHS students confess

Three senior high school students are in the custody of the Western Regional Police Command for allegedly setting a Bolt driver ablaze at Bakano in Sekondi on Wednesday, 22 December 2021.

Patrick Baidoo, 18; Joseph Lord Nii Adjei Odiku, 17; and Adolf Eshun, 17, lit Naval officer AB1 Boateng Okyere Boateng on fire so they could rob him, the police said.

The three teenagers, according to the police, confessed to the crime.

They said they were forced to set him alight because he struggled with them over the ignition key of the car as they attempted carjacking him.

The Public Relations Officer of the regional police command, Olivia Ewurabena Adiku, told journalists: “At about 5 pm on December 24, our team from the Regional Intelligence and Operation Unit, based on some intelligence, conducted an operation and arrested three suspects namely Patrick Baidoo, aged 18; Joseph Lord Nii Adjei Odiku, 17; and Adolf Eshun, aged 17 years.”

“All these three sustained burnt wounds from the December 22, 2021 incident ″, she noted.

DSP Adiku added: “Unfortunately, the Bolt driver has passed on”.

He died at the 37 Military Hospital where he was transferred from the Effia Nkwanta Regional Hospital, for treatment.

The suspects, she said, “confessed that they needed money and wanted to rob him of the car” but “when they got to Baka-Ano, and they asked him to hand over the keys, he refused; hence they poured the petrol on him and burnt him”.

“The three are currently in our custody and would be put before court on the charges of robbery and murder”, DSP Adiku said

Youth losing faith in Ghana’s democracy – Mahama

John Dramani Mahama Official JDM

Youth would soon refuse to vote because voting does not affect their livelihood

Unemployment cannot be solved by one government – Former president

Every government has faced the issue of unemployment, Mahama


Ghana’s ex-president, John Dramani Mahama, has stated that the youth in Ghana are losing their faith in the country’s democracy.

He explained that the main reason is that they do not get jobs after promises have been made during election campaigns.

“The danger we face is that our young people continue to lose faith in our democracy because then the point they make is democracy those not work for us why should I come out and vote”, he added.

The former president, therefore, urged the ruling government to work together with all stakeholders including the opposition NDC to find a solution to the menace of unemployment in the country.null

According to the ex-president, the issue of employment is a serious problem that has confronted not only the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) government but also past governments including his NDC (National Democratic Congress) administration.

John Mahama who was speaking during a thank you tour in the Upper West region explained the reason why unemployment continues to be an issue is that the number of jobs created yearly far outweighs the number of graduates from the country’s tertiary institutions.

“I have been president before and I know that our economy is not turning out jobs as we are turning out young people from our educational institutions”, he said

The former president noted that the solution to the unemployment problem can not be solved by on government.

“The solution does not lie in one person’s head; that is why I have always said that we are willing as a party to join the ruling party and let’s have a high level summit on job creation to see how we can come out with a communique on what successive government must do to make sure our young people can get jobs to do so that we can grow the economy faster and make sure that our people live in decency and dignity”, he said

Source: www.ghanaweb.com

Let us work together to resolve the menace of unemployment – Mahama

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Unemployment cannot be solved by one government – Former president

Every government has faced the issue of unemployment, Mahama

Youth losing faith in our democracy – John Mahama

Ghana’s ex-president, John Dramani Mahama, has urged the ruling government to work together with all stakeholders including the opposition NDC to find a solution to the menace of unemployment in the country.

According to the ex-president, the issue of employment is a serious problem that has confronted not only the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) government but also past governments including his NDC (National Democratic Congress) administration.

John Mahama who was speaking during a thank you tour in the Upper West region explained the reason why unemployment continues to be an issue is that the number of jobs created yearly far outweighs the number of graduates from the countries tertiary institutions.
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“I have been president before and I know that our economy is not turning out jobs as we are turning out young people from our educational institutions”, he said

The former president noted that the solution to the unemployment problem can not be solved by on government.

“The solution does not lie in one person’s head; that is why I have always said that we are willing as a party to join the ruling party and let’s have a high level summit on job creation to seen how we can come out with a communique on what successive government must do to make sure our young people can get jobs to do so that we can grow the economy faster and make sure that our people live in decency and dignity.

“The danger we face in not doing that is that our young people continue to lose faith in our democracy because the point they make is democracy does not work for us why should I come out and vote”, he said.

Source: www.ghanaweb.com

South Africa’s Archbishop Desmond Tutu dies at 90

His death was confirmed in a statement by President Cyril Ramaphosa.

Archbishop Desmond Tutu, the Nobel Peace Prize laureate who helped end apartheid in South Africa, has died aged 90.

His death was confirmed in a statement by President Cyril Ramaphosa.

“Tutu’s death marked “another chapter of bereavement in our nation’s farewell to a generation of outstanding South Africans who have bequeathed us a liberated South Africa,” he said.

Tutu was one of the country’s best-known figures at home and abroad.

A contemporary of anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela, he was was one of the driving forces behind the movement to end the policy of racial segregation and discrimination enforced by the white minority government against the black majority in South Africa from 1948 until 1991.

He was awarded the Nobel prize in 1984 for his role in the struggle to abolish the apartheid system.

Tutu’s death comes just weeks after that of South Africa’s last apartheid-era president, FW de Clerk, who died at the age of 85.

President Ramaphosa said Tutu was “an iconic spiritual leader, anti-apartheid activist and global human rights campaigner”.

He described him as “a patriot without equal; a leader of principle and pragmatism who gave meaning to the biblical insight that faith without works is dead.

“A man of extraordinary intellect, integrity and invincibility against the forces of apartheid, he was also tender and vulnerable in his compassion for those who had suffered oppression, injustice and violence under apartheid, and oppressed and downtrodden people around the world.”

 Source: BBC

No Nose Mask, No Public Transport Directive Takes Off In Accra

Effective Saturday, December 25, all persons who do not wear nose masks will not be allowed to access any public transport service in the Greater Accra Region. Such persons will also not be allowed to access public facilities.

Additionally, all beaches in the region are to remain closed to the public during the Christmas and new year festivities.

The Greater Accra Regional Minister, Mr Henry Quartey, who gave that directive, said the move was among the measures put in place by the Regional Security Council to prevent the spread of COVID-19 during and after the Christmas festivities.

He said the decisions were taken at the expanded regional security meeting held today (December 24) to discuss the pragmatic steps to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Ghana currently has 3,365 active COVID-19 cases, with the total case count as of today (December 24) being 134,555. So far, 129,921 people have recovered from the disease while 1,269 died.


Religious organisations

Mr Quartey said the Regional Security Council had resolved to enforce the COVID-19 protocols to prevent the spread of the virus.

Among other things, he urged leaders of religious organisations to ensure strict adherence to COVID-19 protocols at their premises. “We entreat all churches in particular, where people will gather for Christmas services, to provide for strict COVID-19 protocols such as wearing of nose mask, washing of hands under running water, use of hand sanitiser and maintaining social distance,” he said.

Mr Quartey said the recent spike in COVID-19 cases in the Greater Accra Region was a wake-up call for all persons to take their safety seriously.

He observed that while Christmas and the new year were worth celebrating, celebrants must not risk their lives doing so.

Avoid public gatherings

The regional minister urged members of the public to try as much as possible to avoid public gatherings which served as fertile grounds for spreading the virus.

“Where necessary, some social events can be cancelled in the interest of personal and public safety,” he said.

 

 

Source: graphiconline.com

President Akufo-Addo Delivers 2021 Christmas Message

Fellow Ghanaians,

The season of Christmas is upon us again, signaling the end of yet another year. On behalf of the First Lady, my wife Rebecca, my daughters, my grandchildren and my entire family, and on behalf of Government, I send best wishes to all Christians in Ghana, and, indeed, around the world, for a Merry Christmas, and best wishes for a Happy New Year to all Ghanaians and citizens of the world.

As we celebrate the birth of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, and as we give and receive His Goodwill in this Holy Season, I urge all of us to bear in mind the true meaning of His life on Earth.

He was born to reconcile man to God, and, in so doing, demanded that we love the Lord our God with all our heart and with all our soul and with all our mind… and love our neighbours as our ourselves. The cardinal principles of Christianity – charity, faith, humility, love and reconciliation –should guide us in this festive season and beyond.

Fellow Ghanaians, I know these are difficult times for us. Undoubtedly, 2021 has proven to be a tough year not only for us, but also for everyone on the planet. COVID-19 has affected every sector of the global economy and our national life; nothing, in its path, has been spared its ravages.

Our economy, which was growing at an average of 7% in 2017, in 2018 and in 2019, grew by 0.4% in 2020, because growth in industry, services, tourism and manufacturing sectors, which drive the economy and provide jobs for many Ghanaians, contracted dramatically in 2020, as a result of the sudden disruption in the global supply chain and the steep decline in the global economy, which sent the global economy into recession.

This is the stark reality of the situation, not an excuse. Indeed, but for the bold and timely measures put in place by Government to cushion Ghanaians against the worst effects of the pandemic, our situation would have been more precarious.

For the purposes of propaganda and narrow partisan and parochial interests, some would have you believe that the difficulties we are facing are purely Ghanaian phenomena, made by the NPP government under my leadership. Pay no heed to such persons.

They know the truth, but cannot speak it. The significant fact for me is my determination to pull us out of this situation. Government has designed a solid programme for the recovery and revitilisation of the economy, which is the one hundred-billion-cedi Ghana CARES ‘Obaatampa’ Programme. We have completed the implementation of the Stabilisation Phase in 2021, which saw the economy grow at 6.6% in the 3 rd quarter of 2021, with a projected overall growth of 4.4% for 2021. 2022 and 2023 will be the years of Recovery and Revitilisation and faster economic growth.

Already, there are clear signs that the economy is bouncing back strongly, just as there are welcome indications that the global economy is also recovering. The work undertaken by my government, over the last five (5) years, in education, healthcare delivery, agricultural and industrial transformation, infrastructural enhancement, especially in the road sector, the empowerment of the security services, and the development of the digital economy, amongst others, is evident. I appeal to you to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with my government in these trying times.

You have stood with me most of my adult life; you gave me a resounding victory in 2016, and you returned me to office again, with the help of God, with another decisive victory in 2020, because I fulfilled, largely, the commitments I made to you in 2016. United in our democracy, we will emerge from this difficult patch stronger and even more resilient. Let us not see the economic difficulties of today as the blueprint for tomorrow. I am a firm, passionate believer in our national potential. We have it in us to rise up and revive our fortunes. There are brighter days ahead for Mother Ghana.

As Christmas fills our hearts with gratitude, let us not forget that COVID-19 is still very much in our midst. The number of active cases is currently on the rise. So, let us act and live responsibly, let us continue to adhere to the protocols of social distancing, enhanced hygiene and mask wearing. We have, for nearly two (2) years, been wearing masks, avoiding shaking hands and using sanitizers, which have been uncomfortable experiences for us all, even though they have helped keep us safe.

The science tells us that getting vaccinated is the most effective way to defeat the virus and go back to our normal way of life, re-open fully our economy, and return our nation onto the path of progress and prosperity.

Government has succeeded in securing considerable quantities of vaccines for the country, numbering nearly twenty-three million (23 million) doses so far. So, I entreat all those who have not been vaccinated to do so.

Our responsibility to one another requires that we be vaccinated. Let us all celebrate the season safely and responsibly, and maintain the peace of the nation. It is my fervent hope that this Christmas will be celebrated without any road accidents. Drivers must minimize their speed, take due precaution for other road users, drive without the influence of alcohol, and wear their seat belts, as must all passengers. And please, in the name of Christian charity, remember to help those who are less fortunate in this festive season.

Me ma mo nyinaa afeyhia pa !! Min ha nyɛ fɛɛ afi oo afi, afi eya ni eba nina wͻ.

May God bless us all, and our homeland Ghana, and make her great and strong.

Merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year.

Stand shoulder-to-shoulder with my gov’t in these trying times – Akufo-Addo

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has listed a number of intivtives taken by his admiistration to develop the country.

In his Christmas message to Ghanains on Friday December 24, he said the work undertaken by his government, over the last five (5) years, in education, healthcare delivery, agricultural and industrial transformation, infrastructural enhancement, especially in the road sector, the empowerment of the security services, and the development of the digital economy, amongst others, is evident.

He therefore appeal to Ghanains to stand shoulder-to-shoulder “with my government in these trying times. You have stood with me most of my adult life; you gave me a resounding victory in 2016, and you returned me to office again, with the help of God, with another decisive victory in 2020, because I fulfilled, largely, the commitments I made to you in 2016.”

He said “Fellow Ghanaians, I know these are difficult times for us. Undoubtedly, 2021 has proven to be a tough year not only for us, but also for everyone on the planet. COVID-19 has affected every sector of the global economy and our national life; nothing, in its path, has been spared its ravages. Our economy, which was growing at an average of 7% in 2017, in 2018 and in 2019, grew by 0.4% in 2020, because growth in industry, services, tourism and manufacturing sectors, which drive the economy and provide jobs for many Ghanaians, contracted dramatically in 2020, as a result of the sudden disruption in the global supply chain and the steep decline in the global economy, which sent the global economy into recession.

“This is the stark reality of the situation, not an excuse. Indeed, but for the bold and timely measures put in place by Government to cushion Ghanaians against the worst effects of the pandemic, our situation would have been more precarious. For the purposes of propaganda and narrow partisan and parochial interests, some would have you believe that the difficulties we are facing are purely Ghanaian phenomena, made by the NPP government under my leadership. Pay no heed to such persons. They know the truth, but cannot speak it.

“United in our democracy, we will emerge from this difficult patch stronger and even more resilient. Let us not see the economic difficulties of today as the blueprint for tomorrow. I am a firm, passionate believer in our national potential. We have it in us to rise up and revive our fortunes. There are brighter days ahead for Mother Ghana.

“As Christmas fills our hearts with gratitude, let us not forget that COVID-19 is still very much in our midst. The number of active cases is currently on the rise. So, let us act and live responsibly, let us continue to adhere to the protocols of social distancing, enhanced hygiene and mask wearing. We have, for nearly two (2) years, been wearing masks, avoiding shaking hands and using sanitizers, which have been uncomfortable experiences for us all, even though they have helped keep us safe.

“The science tells us that getting vaccinated is the most effective way to defeat the virus and go back to our normal way of life, re-open fully our economy, and return our nation onto the path of progress and prosperity. Government has succeeded in securing considerable quantities of vaccines for the country, numbering nearly twenty-three million (23 million) doses so far. So, I entreat all those who have not been vaccinated to do so. Our responsibility to one another requires that we be vaccinated.

Let us all celebrate the season safely and responsibly, and maintain the peace of the nation. It is my fervent hope that this Christmas will be celebrated without any road accidents. Drivers must minimize their speed, take due precaution for other road users, drive without the influence of alcohol, and wear their seat belts, as must all passengers. And please, in the name of Christian charity, remember to help those who are less fortunate in this festive season

Christmas: Don’t drive under the influence of alcohol – Akufo-Addo to drivers

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has entreated all drivers and road users to ensure accident-free festive occasion.

He asked drivers not to drive under the infuence of alcohol, and must also wear their seat belts at all times whever they are driving.

He said these in his Christmas message to Ghanains on Friday December 24.

Mr Akufo-Addo further urged Ghanaians who are yet to be vaccinated to do so.

According to him, the science indicates that vaccination the surest way of defeating the virus and returning life to normalcy.

In his Christmas message to Ghanaians on Friday December 24, he said Ghana has received 23 million doses of vaccines so far to inoculate the people.

“The science tells us getting vaccinated is the most effective way to defeat the virus and go back to our normal way of life , reopen fully our economy and return our nation on the path of progress and prosperity. Government has succeeded in securing considerable quantities of vaccines to the country , number nearly 23million doses so far.

“So I entreat all those who have not been vaccinated to do so . Our responsibility to one another requires that we will be vaccinated. Let us all celebrate the seasons safely and responsibly and this Christmas will be celebrated without any road accident.

“Drivers must minimize their speed , take due precaution for other road users , drive without the influence of alcohol and wear their seat belt , as must all passengers. Please, in the name of Christian charity remember to help those who are less fortunate in this festive season

Ignore frivolous, politically motivated charges – Ato Forson

Cassiel Ato Forson is the Minority Spokesperson on Finance

Cassiel Ato Forson is the Minority Spokesperson on Finance

A former Deputy Finance Minister, Casiel Ato Forson, has rubbished charges of financial loss levelled against him by the state in the purchase of some ambulances under the Mahama administration.

Addressing the press, Ato Forson, described the charges as frivolous and politically motivated.

The state has charged the MP for wilfully causing financial loss to the state in excess of two million dollars by authorizing the issuance of letters of credit for the purchase of the ambulances which have been described by the government as not fit for purpose.

But speaking to the media, Ato Forson disclosed there was a legal opinion from the Attorney General’s department giving a green light for the purchase before letters of credit were issued.

He concluded that the charges have been levelled against him to silence him due to his crusade against the E-Levy.

PRESS CONFERENCE BY THE HONOURABLE CASSIEL ATO FORSON, RANKING MEMBER ON FINANCE OF THE PARLIAMENT OF GHANA ON THE ABUSE OF PROSECUTORIAL POWERS BY THE ATTORNEY GENERAL

Ladies and Gentlemen of the Press, I have had to call you this morning for the singular purpose of responding to the news doing the rounds on social and mainstream media that certain charges have been preferred against me by the Attorney General of the Republic, the Honourable Godfred Yeboah Dame. Though I am yet to be formally charged in court, I have seen copies of the charge sheet in the media and wish to say without any fear of the contradiction that these charges are nothing but a frivolous and politically motivated attempt by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akuffo-Addo and his hatchet man, the Attorney General, to silence me for performing my duties as the Ranking Member on the Finance Committee of the Parliament of Ghana.

But I want to assure the good people of this country, especially my constituents
who elected me to represent them in Parliament, that I will not and cannot be silenced by the blatant abuse of prosecutorial powers by the Attorney General.

Ladies and Gentlemen:

The investigation into the purchase of the ambulances, which is the basis for these frivolous charges, started in somewhere 2017. In November 2017, a request was made to the then Speaker of Parliament, the Rt. Hon. Aaron Mike Ocquaye, for me to assist
the Economic and Organized Crimes Office (EOCO) with their investigation into this matter. I provided a statement to the EOCO detailing my honest recollection of the transaction.

Interestingly, nothing was heard of the investigation until November 2021, a period of four years, when I started raising concerns about the 2022 Budget and Economic Policy of the Government. During this period, the Secretariat of the Rt. Honourable Speaker informed me that the EOCO had requested that I be released to assist with further investigation into the purchase of the ambulances. I was further informed that the Office of the Attorney General had requested that a charge statement be taken from me in preparation for formal charges to be filed against me.

The coincidence speaks volumes about the motivation for these frivolous and baseless charges. A cursory reading of the frivolous and politically motivated charges shows that my only role in the entire transaction was to have signed a letter on behalf of the Minister of Finance, in my capacity as Deputy Finance Minister, for the establishment of letters of credit by the Bank of Ghana and for payment by the Controller Accountant General of the charges for the letters of credit.

If I may ask, ladies and gentlemen of the press, since when did ministerial instruction for the establishment of letters of credit become a crime in this dear country of ours? It is important to note that, whilst I am being prosecuted for my role in instructing that letters of credit be established for the purchase of ambulances for use in our health delivery system, the Attorney General does not see it fit to prosecute those who left the ambulances purchased with taxpayer money to rot while pregnant women are being carried on bicycles, aboboyaa, push trucks and okada bikes to hospitals all over the country to deliver the next generation of Ghanaians.

Between the person who requested that letters of credit be established for the purchase ofambulances and the person who took the decision to leave the purchased ambulances to deteriorate, who has caused financial loss to the state? Which of these two has misapplied state property?

Ladies and Gentlemen:

I must point out that the instructions of the Ministry of Finance for the establishment of letters of credit was preceded by a well-written opinion of the Attorney General in an opinion letter dated May 9, 2014 advising the Ministry of Health on this transaction.

It was based upon the advice of the Attorney General that the Legal Division of the Ministry of Finance advised the Minister of Finance, not the Deputy Minister, to take steps to establish the letters of credit. At the appropriate time, and in the course of the trial, we will make available the full complement of documentation through the process of discovery.

In the meantime, the question you should be asking the Attorney General and his
Director of Public Prosecutions is why they are running away from their own legal opinion? Don’t they know that it is highly unethical and unprofessional for a lawyer to issue an opinion on the position of the law on a matter and then turn around to act against her own advice? I dare say that that is professional misconduct.

It should be noted that, I did not authorise payment for the said 2,370,000 Euros, My only job in the entire transaction was to request the issuance of LC (Letter of Credit) on the authority of the Minister of Finance, A letter of credit is letter from a bank guaranteeing that a buyer’s payment to a seller will be received on time and for the correct amount. In the event that the buyer is unable to make a payment on the purchase, the bank will be required to cover the full or remaining amount of the purchase.

Ladies and Gentlemen:

May I take this opportunity to thank you for coming to this press conference and to once again assure the good people of this country that neither myself as the Ranking Member on Finance nor the NDC Minority Group will relent on our fight to ensure that the feet of this profligate Government is held to the fire.

We will stand firm and protect the people of Ghana from misrule and poor economic policy choices. Not even a million prosecutions will stop us in our quest to ensure accountability and transparency in the management of our public finances.

Thank you and God bless our homeland Ghana

I’ll bring change; I promise – Bagbin

Speaker Alban Bagbin has said: “I’ve been given a privileged opportunity to bring change, to help the good people of Ghana. I pledge to do nothing but that”.

The former Nadowli Kaleo MP is the first Speaker to come from an opposition party in the political history of the Fourth Republic.

“I’ll not do anything, as a Speaker, to obstruct the business of government”, he reiterated at a forum with ex-MPs on Thursday, 23 December 2021, but also warned he will “never allow myself to be used as an errand boy of any president”.

“It won’t happen”, he noted.

At the same event, Mr Bagbin said the Majority Caucus in parliament cannot blame him for its failure to get the controversial e-levy bill passed.

At a press conference on Thursday, 23 December 2021, Majority Leader Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu said not only was the Speaker’s absence from parliament on Monday night to consider the e-levy bill payback time for the ‘sins’ of Finance Minister Ken Ofori-Atta’s father, Mr Akwasi Andrews Jones Amoako Atta Ofori Atta, who led parliament, several decades ago, to reject one of the budgets of President Dr Hilla Limann, but also a manifestation of an earlier threat by the former Nadowli Kaleo MP to make sure the 2022 budget was rejected if Mr Ofori-Atta did not allocate two per cent of the country’s revenue to the legislature.

There’s been a stalemate over the budget, particularly concerning the proposed 1.75 per cent e-levy.

It led to a free-for-all brawl on the floor of parliament on Monday as the House voted on the bill.

The Suame MP told journalists later that the Speaker said he “didn’t want to remind Finance Minister Ken Ofori-Atta of what his [Ken’s] own father did to President Hilla Limann. That was the Speaker”.

“So, all that is playing out, is it to satisfy what the Speaker indicated at the very beginning of the presentation of the budget? That; this budget, he will make sure the budget is rejected? Is that the case?” he asked.

Mr Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu said the “people of this country ought to know the mindset of this Speaker with respect to this budget? So, all this playing out, really, and that is why he sits and elects to leave the chamber, to create problems”.

The Majority Leader said: “I told you that some clergymen, the queen of Christendom in the country, have met me. I’m not going to speak for any long time but the people of this country should know what is leading all of us into this crisis”.

On the Speaker’s demand for two per cent of the national revenue for parliament, Mr Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu said: “GHS1.72 billion for what?”

“He [Bagbin] says that he has information that the total revenue of this country was going to be GHS89 billion and that the finance minister should give him 2 per cent of it and that works to GHS1.72 billion”.

“If he [Finance Minister] doesn’t give parliament GHS1.72 billion, then his budget is going to be thrown out; he [Bagbin] was going to make sure that the budget was rejected”.

“Is that where we are going as a country?” he wondered.

“I’m hoping that this period that we have – between now and the 18th of January, we’ll be able to get to the bottom of this and rally together as one people in one country with a common destiny and not submit to the whims and caprices of just one individual”, Mr Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu said.

Breaking his silence on the matter, Mr Bagbin told the forum that he cannot be blamed for the failures of the Majority Caucus.

“Now, they say I refused to preside and that is why some numbers were not in the house. I am not a Chief Whip of any of the caucuses in the house and I am also not entitled to bring members to the house. That is not my duty.”

“I am to preside and apply the rules and I have applied them fairly, according to my understanding, through literature and experience and I am not even sure that the members listened to what I read that day about the rules

‘I shall not be distracted by the machinations of the State’ – Ato Forson speaks to AG’s suit

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Ato Forson has responded to AG’s suit against him

He said, he won’t be distracted by machinations of the state

Ato Forson and others charged for causing financial loss to the state


The Ranking Member on Parliament’s Finance Committee, Dr. Cassiel Ato Forson has reacted to a suit by the Attorney- General, accusing him of causing financial loss to the state.

According to him, he will not be distracted by what he believes is the machinations of the State just because I stand with the good people of Ghana to oppose repressive policies of this government.

“My attention has been drawn to the widely circulated stories suggesting that the Akufo Addo government has brought criminal charges against me.

“As I prepare to fully address the matter tomorrow at a press briefing I urge all right-thinking members of our society to remain calm and note that I shall not be distracted by the machinations of the State just because I stand with the good people of Ghana to oppose repressive policies of this government!” Ato Forson wrote on his official Facebook timeline on Thursday, December 23.null

On Thursday, December 23, the Attorney-General’s office filed criminal charges including causing financial loss to the state against Dr. Cassiel Ato Forson, a former Deputy Minister of Finance, under Prof. Atta Mills-John Dramani Mahama administration.

According to the facts of the case, Dr Ato Forson, when he was a Deputy Finance Minister under the Mahama administration, executed a contract by the government of Ghana to purchase some 200 ambulances for the National Ambulance Service.

Despite the granting of a medium-term loan facility of €15.8 million for the 200 ambulances, only 10 were shipped to Ghana in 2014.

“A post-delivery inspection of the first batch of 10 ambulances revealed that same were without any medical equipment in them.

“Other fundamental defects included defects on the body of the vehicles and the patient compartment of the ambulances,” the writ noted.

The two other accused are Sylvester Anemana, who was a Chief Director at the Ministry of Health, and Richard Jakpa, the Ghana representative of Dubai-based Big Sea General Trading Limited.null

While Sylvester Anemana has been charged for abetment of crime namely wilfully causing financial loss to the state contrary to Sections 20(1) and 179A(3)(a) of the Criminal Offences Act, 1960 and breaching the Public Procurement Act, Richard Jakpa is on a charge of wilfully causing financial loss to the state “by intentionally causing vehicles purporting to be ambulances to be supplied tot he Republic of Ghana by Big Sea General Trading Ltd of Dubai without due cause”.

Dr Ato Forson, who is the first accused, has additionally been charged for intentionally misapplying public property contrary to section 1(2) of the Public Property Protection Act, 1977.

He is said to have misapplied €2.37 million by causing irrevocable Letters of Credit to be established against the budget of the Ministry of Health in favour of the Dubai-based firm.

The charges were brought against the three by the state.

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Source: www.ghanaweb.com

You’ll lose 2024 elections if E-levy goes through – Bagbin warns NPP

Speaker of Parliament, Alban Bagbin, has warned the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) that they are likely to lose the 2024 general elections if the E-levy is approved.

“As you go around the country to convince Ghanaians to vote for your party and you, others with big pockets are facilitating parties and when you win power, they get the positions, not you.

“So, they don’t have that culture, they don’t have that understanding and there is that missing link. They come to impose the ideas on you to vote the way to rather take party interest first, not Ghana first.

“We always vote ourselves out of power, which my colleagues in the NPP are doing now. So don’t be surprised in the next elections if you don’t win.

“It is very clear if this your E-levy goes through you have lost the elections,” he said while addressing a forum of former Parliamentarians held at his behest on Thursday, December 23.

His comments come at a time the Majority Leader Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu had blamed him for the recent happening in Parliament.

Mr Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu revealed that the Speaker had warned the Minister of Finance, Ken Ofori-Atta, that without allocating about 2% of the country’s total revenue to Parliament, “his budget is going to be thrown out”.

Addressing journalists in Accra on Thursday, December 23, the longest-serving Member of Parliament said he met the top hierarchy of the clergy over Monday’s melee in Parliament and it is high time he made the truth known.

“Distinguished colleagues, I told you that some clergy men, the cream of Christendom in the country have met me [and] I am not going to speak for a long time but the people of this country should know what is leading all of us into this crisis.

“GH¢1.72 billion for what? He says that he has information that the total revenue of this country was going to be GH¢89 billion and that the Finance Minister should give him 2 percent of it and that works to GH¢1.72 billion.

“If he doesn’t give Parliament GH¢1.72 billion, then his budget is going to be thrown out. He was going to make sure the budget is rejected.”

In the absence of the Speaker last Monday, a free-for-all fight broke out between Minority and Majority members with the bill on the Electronic Transfer Levy not discussed.

The House has since adjourned to Tuesday, January 18, 2022.

“I am hoping that this period that we have between now and the 18th of January, we will be able to get to the bottom of this and rally behind as one people with a common destiny and not submit to the whims and caprices of just one individual

I’m doing all I can to support gov’t agenda – Bagbin

Speaker of Parliament Alban Sumana Kingsford Bagbin has parried off criticisms that he is doing the bidding of his party, the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC).

According to him, he is doing all he can to get government’s programmes and policies implemented albeit in the interest of all.

“I keep on saying that I conform to transform. . .and so what I am doing is to do all I can to support government to implement its agenda but not at the expense of the values and principles of democracy,” Mr Bagbin stated while addressing a forum of former Parliamentarians held at his behest on Thursday, December 23.

The forum brought together living former Legislators from the Third Republic through the First Parliament of the Fourth Republic to the Seventh Parliament to discuss issues relating to their welfare and how the former lawmakers can contribute towards depeening Ghana’s parliamentary democracy.

Criticisms have emerged from certain quarters, particularly the Majority, that the Speaker is to blame for what is happening in the Eighth Parliament of the Fourth Republic.

He was absent on Monday, December 20 when members of the two caucuses were embroiled in fisticuffs much to the chagrin of well-meaning Ghanaians.

The Majority Leader, Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu, has laid the blame at the doorstep of his former colleague Alban Bagbin, who is the only Ghanaian to have served more time in Parliament than him.

But Mr Bagbin said the change after the 2020 elections with nearly equal numbers for both the New Patriotic Party (NPP) and the NDC in Parliament is an opening for transformation for Ghana’s democracy.

“So, the turbulence we are experiencing now is the attempt to make a change.

“It is not me changing the rules. The game has changed and the rules have changed. If not, you cannot work with the old rules to implement the new change

Ato Forson, two others charged for wilfully causing financial loss to the state

Ranking Member of the Finance Committee of Parliament Dr Cassiel Ato Forson, together with two others, has been dragged to the High Court on five counts of willfully causing financial loss to the state.

According to the facts of the case, Dr Ato Forson, then a Deputy Finance Minister, executed a contract by the government of Ghana to purchase some 200 ambulances for the National Ambulance Service.

Despite the granting of a medium term loan facility of €15.8 million for the 200 ambulances, only 10 were shipped to Ghana in 2014.

“A post-delivery inspection of the first batch of 10 ambulances revealed that same were without any medical equipment in them.

“Other fundamental defects included defects on the body of the vehicles and the patient compartment of the ambulances,” the writ noted.

The two other accused are Sylvester Anemana, who was a Chief Director at the Ministry of Health, and Richard Jakpa, the Ghana representative of Dubai-based Big Sea General Trading Limited.

While Sylvester Anemana has been charged for abetment of crime namely wilfully causing financial loss to the state contrary to Sections 20(1) and 179A(3)(a) of the Criminal Offences Act, 1960 and breaching the Public Procurement Act, Richard Jakpa is on a charge of wilfully causing financial loss to the state “by intentionally causing vehicles purporting to be ambulances to be supplied tot he Republic of Ghana by Big Sea General Trading Ltd of Dubai without due cause”.

Mr Ato Forson, who is the first accused, has additionally been charged for intentionally misapplying public property contrary to section 1(2) of the Public Property Protection Act, 1977.

He is said to have misapplied €2.37 million by causing irrevocable Letters of Credit to be established against the budget of the Ministry of Health in favour of the Dubai-based firm.

The charges were brought against the three by the state

Thank you for helping Ghana become No.1 gold producer in Africa – Bawumia to small-scale miners

Vice President Dr Mahama Mahamudu Bawumia has commended small scale miners in Ghana for the effort in helping Ghana become the number one producer of gold in Africa.

Dr Bawumaia noted that currently, it is estimated that the Small Scale mining contributes about 35% to Ghana’s total Gold production.

“35% is huge,” he said.

He made this known at the maiden edition of the Responsible Small Scale Mining Awards held at Alisa Hotel on Wednesday 22nd December, 2021.

The Vice president described the Mining award ceremony as a historic occasion which he is very proud to be a part of.

He opined that he sees the award to be something peculiar because  “all too often, our problem solving turns to focus more on chasing and punishing wrong doers and not recognising and rewarding those who do right and this is what makes this award different”.

“The award recognises players in small Scale Mining sector who despite the temptation to join the wrong doing bandwagon, have decided to stay within the relevant regulatory framework for the country and to operate responsibly,” he explained.

He further stated a number of ways that Ghana has benefited from Small Scale Mining over the years, touting that he believes Small Scale Mining has contributed immensely to Ghana becoming the leading Gold producer in Africa.

” As we all know, Ghana’s Gold production has increased significantly over the past few decades making it the leading Gold producer in Africa. The contribution of Small Scale Mining to this trend is commendable. Currently, it is estimated that the Small Scale Mining contributes about 35% to Ghana’s total Gold production and 35% is huge.”

He added “We have also persuaded the Bank of Ghana and they have also accepted to start a gold purchase programme , for the first time in the history, a deliberate gold purchase programme targeting purchasing gold from small scale mining sector.

“This is going to be a boost for the small scale mining sector when the Bank of Ghana comes in to buy some of your outputs to build the country’s gold reserves.”

Resource Global Network had earlier reported that gold output in Ghana jumped by 12% in 2018 to 4.8 million ounces (Moz), eclipsing South Africa’s output of 4.2Moz for the first time and becoming Africa’s largest gold producer in the process.

South Africa’s gold sector has been in gradual decline for several years, with operators forced to dig deeper into maturing mines at escalating costs, while Ghana is benefitting from low cost mines, friendlier policies and new development projects.

The shifting location of Africa’s primary gold hub is best encapsulated by the likes of AngloGold Ashanti and Gold Fields – traditionally known as South African industry stalwarts – who have decided to move their focus to other countries, including Ghana.

In addition, Sibanye Gold – the largest remaining gold miner in South Africa – is cutting thousands of jobs and diversifying into platinum group metals (PGMs) in a bid to reduce costs

E-Levy impasse: ‘Akufo-Addo did not seek my intervention’ – John Mahama

Minority opposes E-levy

1.75% charge to be imposed on all electronic transactions

Finance Committee approves E-Levy Bill


Former president John Dramani Mahama, has refuted claims that the President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has sought his intervention in the ongoing brouhaha on the controversial e-levy.

According to him, he only received leading member of the New Patriotic Party, Gabby Asare Otchere-Darko, at his residence Tuesday, December 21, 2021, at the behest of the president.

Giving details of the meeting between the two, the former president revealed that the discussion centred on how consensus can be built between the two political rival MPs on parliamentary issues judging from the almost equal number of MPs each faction has.

This, he says, was to avoid a repetition of chaos in Parliament’s Chamber as witnessed on Monday December 20, 2021.null

He said at no point was the subject of the e-levy brought up for him to intervene.

“President Akufo-Addo did not seek my intervention on the E-Levy impasse. I received Mr. Gabby Otchere Darko, at his request, at my residence on Tuesday 21st December, 2021. Among issues we discussed was the desire of Ghanaians to see the two major political parties working together for the interest of the nation. We discussed, also, how dialogue can be deployed to ensure Parliamentary issues are agreed consensually before coming on the floor to avoid what happened recently in the House.

“We further discussed opening channels of communication between the leaders of the two parties including a possible meeting with the President at a future date. At no time was there any discussion specifically about the President requiring my intervention in the impasse on the E-levy,” he wrote on his Facebook timeline.

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The issue of the e-levy has sharply divided majority and minority MPs.

While the majority wants the levy passed to generate revenue to address unemployment challenges and construct roads, the minority maintains that it will impose hardship on Ghanaians.null

Finance minister, Ken Ofori-Atta at the presentation of the 2022 budget statement announced plans by government to slap a 1.75% on all electronic transactions including mobile money – a move largely criticized by financial sector players.

The government has since not found a way to broker consensus on it with the voting to determine whether or not to consider the e-levy bill should be admitted under a certificate of urgency turning into a “free for all” fight between majority and minority MPs on the floor of parliament on Monday, December 20, 2021.

Meanwhile, Parliament has adjourned sitting indefinitely following a brawl that occurred for broader consultation on the E-levy.

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Source: www.ghanaweb.com

Obour appointed Ag. GhanaPost MD

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has appointed musician Bice Osei Kuffuor, popularly known as Obour, as the acting Managing Director of the Ghana Post Company Limited.

Obour, in his new role, is expected to superintend the expansion of the company’s postal network and improve service.

In July 1999, Ghana Postal Services Corporation was converted to a limited liability company.

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Obour appointed Ag. GhanaPost MD

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has appointed musician Bice Osei Kuffuor, popularly known as Obour, as the acting Managing Director of the Ghana Post Company Limited.

Obour, in his new role, is expected to superintend the expansion of the company’s postal network and improve service.

In July 1999, Ghana Postal Services Corporation was converted to a limited liability company.

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As the nation’s designated operator, with a network of 360 post offices across the country, GhanaPost provides courier, financial services (remittances, post assurance and agency services) and traditional mail services.

Over the past four years, GhanaPost has been on a turnaround path leading to significant growth through innovation and the introduction of new services and expansion of its fleet.

Digitisation of the post offices has been at the centre of the turnaround strategy allowing the company flexibility to easily add on new services, while the introduction of digital addresses by the government has come to enhance the delivery of mails and parcels.

Their online platform, Ghpostpay was launched in 2019 to allow customers to access their services remotely

The dignity of MPs is best tested in a hung Parliament – Gabby

A leading member of the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) Gabby Otchere Darko has reacted to the pandemonium that occurred in Parliament on Monday December 20 regarding the E-levy.

In a tweet, he said “Surely, Parliament’s post-2020 dual role as a boxing ring as well cannot be allowed to continue for the next 3 years, for at least the sake of the furniture. The dignity of Members is best tested in a hung Parliament. 137+1 vs 137, with a Speaker who was leader of the Opposition!”

Members of Ghana’s Parliament could not hold their emotions as some exchanged brawls in the House Monday evening just before the final vote on the controversial Electronic Transfer Levy Bill, also known as e-levy.

The sit-in Speaker, Joseph Osei-Owusu, had announced that a division will be followed to approve the Bill, presented under a certificate of urgency, and he was going to vote as well in his capacity as a Member of Parliament.

That appeared to have provoked the National Democratic Congress (NDC) members, who questioned his decision to vote after presiding over the night’s proceedings.

They moved to the front of the dais, issuing threats at the Bekwai MP.

This got the Majority MPs to also start agitations and immediately Mr Osei-Owusu handed the presiding role to the Second Deputy Speaker, Andrew Amoako Asiamah, the fight broke out.

Ningo Prampram lawmaker Samuel Nartey George expressed at what transpired in Parliament on Monday December 20 regarding the e-levy proposal.

He says he is ashamed of what “we call Parliamentary democracy” following the happenings.

“I am ashamed of what we call Parliamentary democracy. How do we twist the rules this way? Where are we taking the Country to? Is this level of desperation democracy? What is this,” he said in a tweet

I’m ashamed of what we call Parliamentary democracy – Sam George

Ningo Prampram lawmaker Samuel Nartey George has expressed at what transpired in Parliament on Monday December 20 regarding the e-levy proposal.

He says he is ashamed of what “we call Parliamentary democracy” following the happenings.

“I am ashamed of what we call Parliamentary democracy. How do we twist the rules this way? Where are we taking the Country to? Is this level of desperation democracy? What is this,” he said in a tweet.

I AM ASHAMED OF WHAT WE CALL PARLIAMENTARY DEMOCRACY. HOW DO WE TWIST THE RULES THIS WAY? WHERE ARE WE TAKING THE COUNTRY TO? IS THIS LEVEL OF DESPERATION DEMOCRACY? WHAT IS THIS?🦁😡— Sam ‘Dzata’ George (@samgeorgegh) December 20, 2021

Members of Ghana’s Parliament could not hold their emotions as some exchanged brawls in the House Monday evening just before the final vote on the controversial Electronic Transfer Levy Bill, also known as e-levy.

The sit-in Speaker, Joseph Osei-Owusu, had announced that a division will be followed to approve the Bill, presented under a certificate of urgency, and he was going to vote as well in his capacity as a Member of Parliament.

That appeared to have provoked the National Democratic Congress (NDC) members, who questioned his decision to vote after presiding over the night’s proceedings.

They moved to the front of the dais, issuing threats at the Bekwai MP.

This got the Majority MPs to also start agitations and immediately Mr Osei-Owusu handed the presiding role to the Second Deputy Speaker, Andrew Amoako Asiamah, the fight broke out

Government to pursue e-learning, teaching at all levels of education – Ntim Fordjour

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The Association of Educational and Instructional Technologists, Ghana (AEITG) was on Wednesday inaugurated in Accra to help build education and learning pathway bridges through technology.

The AEITG will, among others, create awareness, advance the use of technology, provide professional development, improve multi-and trans-disciplinary designs and development through instruction.

Besides, the association will collaborate with global professional educational and instructional technologists while advancing the academic, professional and personal development of AEITG members.

The Deputy Minister of Education, Rev John Ntim Fordjour, said Ghanaian institutions were experiencing uncertainties regarding moving towards a sustainable digital learning and teaching process at all levels, especially at the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic.

He indicated that the government was therefore embarking on an agenda on all sectors at the strategic and policy levels to ensure that education embraces digitalization.

According to Rev Fordjour, the current demand for tertiary education as a result of Senior High School enrollment and the adoption of electronic learning (E-learning) could increase access to tertiary education.null

He believed that e-learning could provide comparable access and quality education to all when practised effectively, and it could also help close the digital divide since many institutions in the country were hooked on the internet.

“We are in a world that is fast-changing, and it’s coming along with some challenges whose solutions demand that we cannot do away with digital resources,” Rev Fordjour stressed.

The Deputy Minister said e-learning is not an option and that stakeholders in education had no option to adjust and shift methods in a way that teaching and learning were delivered.

He said it was important to ensure that Information Technology Communication (ICT) was not only a subject taught in schools but rather translated into a skill that was acquired by the learner adding that “you need digital literacy to learn in this world and there is no excuse as to the location of study.”

Rev Fordjour said the government was pursuing a number of reforms and sought to collaborate with the association to discuss the reforms that would be necessary for its quest to transform outcomes of education.null

He said the reforms were aimed at realigning the foundation of the educational systems to sufficiently satisfy the dictates of the fourth industrial revolution.

The president of AEITG, Dr Josephine Larbi-Apau, said the association was embarking on a mission to promote and implement educational and instructional technologists in all sectors in both education and corporate organizations.

According to her, the association would focus on design development and management, open and distance education, virtual learning, teacher education, scholarships, student mentorship, corporate learning and training for both teachers and learners to enhance their capabilities.

Dr Larbi-Apau said learning today was not only influenced by global trends but also by innovations adding, that the association has the ability to influence learning outcomes by advocating the right balance of infrastructure to support the varied learning environment, the right balance of access to educational resources in all, right to physical and hands-on solutions.

Source: ghanaiantimes.com.gh

JHS students to study aviation, engineering and aeronautics in 6yr sec. school – Adutwum

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Minister of Education Dr Yaw Osei Adutwum has disclosed that students exiting primary school into the proposed six-year Secondary School system will have as part of their courses; aeronautic science, aviation, computer programing and engineering

This, the minister indicates, will prepare the country’s young talents for advanced technologies while supporting the country’s drive to have 60% of all tertiary students offering Science; Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) programs.

“A response to the 4th industrial revolution means that our children should not only go to the secondary schools to study home economics and visual arts only. You can go to high school and learn about aviation, aeronautical sciences and computer sciences where you can write software for computers.”

“You can go to high school and learn to engineer and that is where we can create a pool of talents who can then move on into our universities where we hope to have 60% of our university students enrolled in STEM programs.”

Addressing the 45th Congregation of the Christian Service University College in Kumasi, Dr Adutwum pointed out that there was a need for Ghana to properly adopt the six-year high school system run in the United States of America where the country adopted its Junior and Senior High School system from.

“We borrowed from America but over there, junior high schools have the same facilities as senior high schools. They have practiced six years and now seven years of high school education.”

The minister further pointed out that his outfit is working at enrolling 200 SHS visual arts graduates into engineering programs in selected Universities to erode the status quo which bars such creative students from pursuing higher learning in the Sciences and Engineering.null

To further push this drive, Dr Adutwum stated that a scholarship scheme for rural children with an interest in engineering was already in the works to encourage more children in underprivileged communities to take interest in STEM.

108 postgraduate students and 350 undergraduate students graduated from the Faculty of Humanities, the School Of Business and the Faculty of Health and Applied Sciences of the Christian Service University College.

The president of the University Prof. Samuel Afrane outlined a number of measures including a quality improvement program instituted to rebrand the university to stand shoulder to shoulder with internationally recognized institutions of higher learning.

He explained, “Management of the university has instituted a policy improvement program with interventions and innovations, to transform the institution to achieve a credible and appropriate brand image to position the university as an internationally recognized private Christian university in Africa with a commitment to excel in innovative learning, teaching and cutting edge research.

He was confident with the beefing up of the university’s staff strength with 16 PHD holders and 12 others currently pursuing doctoral studies in varied disciplines, the university will soon increase its number of post-graduate programs from 4 to 7.

Source: kasapafmonline.com

Support e-levy if you want us to stop borrowing – Majority urges NDC MPs

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NDC MPs maintain opposition to e-levy

MoMo vendors to strike on December 23

Finance Committee to present e-levy bill before parliament

The Majority group in Parliament has urged its counterparts on the minority side who are on the ticket of the National Democratic Congress to lend it support to the controversial e-levy if it does not want government to continue borrowing to fund the country’s development.

The minority have in recent times criticized the Akufo-Addo-led administration for excessively borrowing despite receiving more revenue, particularly from oil than any other president in the history of the country.

Leader of the Minority, Haruna Iddrisu, supporting a motion to borrow money to fight the galamsey menace, admonished government to lessen the rate at which it was borrowing.

In response to the minority leader’s submission, Deputy Majority Leader, Alexander Afenyo-Markin, called on minority members to rally behind government in approving the e-levy as part of efforts to internally generate revenue.

“Mr. Speaker I have heard the concerns of the minority leader regarding borrowing …that as a nation we shouldn’t be borrowing and borrowing. Mr. Speaker he may be right…perhaps he’s right in saying so and I agree with him that we shouldn’t be borrowing. And that is why his side should support effort at raising revenue from within especially the e-levy…the e-levy which they publicly agreed to the principle and the policy and chicken out by saying they don’t support it because Mr. Speaker if we stop borrowing, the alternative is to raise revenue from within and I think he’s made a national call…a very patriotic call coming from the minority leader and I support it. So going into 2022 we should look at ways at generating revenue from within,” he stated.

The Effutu MP charged the minority leader to act in good faith for his side to “support government to introduce this e-levy which is going to give us at least 6.9 billion to help the road sector.”

Haruna Iddrisu however indicated that the deputy majority leader was attributing words to him which were not a proper reflection of verbatim transcription of the Hansard.

Meanwhile, all twelve (12) NDC MPs on the Finance committee voted “No” against the approval of the report on the e-levy bill whiles all 12 NPP MPs voted “yes” according to online news portal Woezor.tv.

The Chairman of the Committee, Kwaku Kwarteng, however exercised his casting vote to tilt the vote to 13 – 12.

This means the Finance Committee has agreed to present e-levy bill before Parliament.

If approved in its current state, the e-levy will impose a 1.75% charge on all electronic transactions including mobile money.

Source: www.ghanaweb.com

Parliament becomes boxing arena as MPs exchange blows over e-levy vote

Parliament became a boxing arena on Monday night as the House voted for the 1.75 e-levy bill.

The rumpus started when First Deputy Speaker Joe Osei-Owusu, who was presiding over the business of the house in the absence of Speaker Alban Bagbin, attempted to also cast his ballot on whether or not the e-levy bill should be considered under a certificate of urgency.

MPs from either side of the house were seen exchanging blows over the matter, which threw the whole house into chaos.

Earlier in the day, the Finance Committee of Parliament approved the controversial e-levy bill.

The Minority side, made up of 12 members, voted against it while the 12 members on the Majority side voted for it.

The Chairman of the Committee voted in favour of the bill to break the tie.

This meant it had to be put before the plenary for a certificate of urgency vote.

The NDC and its Minority are against the 1.75 per cent levy which will affect electronic transactions.

Several calls on the government to drop the proposed tax has fallen on deaf ears.

The government has explained that the upsurge in the use of e-payment platforms, as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, has been an impetus for the introduction of the levy.

As a result, Ghana recorded a total of GHS500 billion from e-transactions in 2020 compared with GHS78 billion in 2016.

The government says the e-Levy proceeds will be used to support entrepreneurship, youth employment, cyber security, and digital and road infrastructure, among others

Majority looks for Bagbin’s whereabouts on final day of e-levy debate

The Majority in Parliament has accused the Speaker of Parliament, Alban Sumana Kingsford Bagbin, of supporting a tacit agenda of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) to “frustrate” and “obstruct” business of the Akufo-Addo-led government.

According to Deputy Majority Leader Alexander Afenyo-Markin, his caucus’s leadership did not know the whereabouts of Speaker Bagbin as of the evening of Monday, December 20 when they expected him to preside over proceedings on the Electronic Transfer Levy Bill.

The Bill was brought before plenary under a certificate of urgency despite a strong resistance of the Minority members on the Finance Committee.

The Majority suspects the Speaker, who returned to Ghana on Tuesday, December 14 from a medical review in the United Arabs Emirates (UAE), to have deliberately absented himself from Monday’s proceedings to reduce the number of the Majority during voting on the Bill.

This is because one of the Deputy Speakers will preside in the Speaker’s absence.

For Mr Afenyo-Markin, who is also MP for Effutu, the Majority has been given a raw deal since they are still not in the know as to the whereabouts of the Speaker

We are here to fight the e-levy – Minority Leader declares at final debate

Minority Leader Haruna Iddrisu has made clear the intention of his caucus to reject the controversial Electronic Transfer Levy Bill brought before plenary by the Finance Committee of Parliament.

Plenary is expected to debate the Bill, which has been brought to the floor under a certificate of urgency for it to be passed or otherwise.

The consideration of the Bill is the last on the item of the First Meeting of the Eighth Parliament as it rises immediately after a decision on the e-levy.

Speaking on the procedural consensus to be reached before voting, Haruna Iddrisu insisted that the Minority is ready to “fight” the bill.

“We are ready to kill the killer tax,” he added

Parliament adjourns e-levy voting to 9:00am Tuesday

This is how the Eighth Parliament began

Parliament has adjourned to 9:00am on Tuesday, December 21 a voting decision on the Electronic Transfer Levy Bill.

Voting on the Bill was suspended after the Majority and Minority members broke into fisticuffs on the floor.

It was not a sight to behold for viewers as blows landed on the faces of Ghana’s lawmakers – mostly referred to as Honourables – while shirts were torn. Others were shoved and jostled in the chaos.

The Second Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Andrew Amoako Asiamah, who mounted the dais to take over from First Deputy Speaker Joseph Osei-Owusu as the latter announced assumption of his right to vote in what many believed provoked the Minority members, adjourned proceedings to 9:00am Tuesday.

The Majority members had earlier accused Speaker Alban Sumana Kingsford Bagbin of deliberately shirking his official duties on Monday as they claimed no knowledge of his whereabouts in contravention of parliamentary procedure.

“The NDC’s determination to frustrate and obstruct government business has today been supported by the Speaker of Parliament who is the law sovereign of this House, who is the president of the House and considering the critical numbers, this is the time we expect Mr Speaker to live up to his own bona fide to the people of Ghana,” Deputy Majority Leader Alexander Afenyo-Markin told journalists.

Police shoots and kill five suspected assassins at Gomoa Fetteh

The timely intervention of the police saved the Chief of Gomoa Fetteh, Nana Abor Attah from being assassinated.

The Anti Armed robbery unit of the Ghana Police Service, has shot five persons to death at Gomoa Fetteh in the Central Region.

SmartMediaGh.com has learnt from Citi News sources, that the armed men who were allegedly on a mission to assassinate the Chief of Gomoa Fetteh, Nana Abor Attah, were in a taxi with registration number GG 3427-21.

The timely intervention of the police saved the Chief of Gomoa Fetteh, Nana Abor Attah from being assassinated.

Speaking to Citi News on the development, Nana Abor Attah said: “I was at the Palace when I heard gunshots. I initially thought it was some persons firing crackers, only to realise it was a gun battle between police and some persons who have been sent to kill me and my Abusuapanyin. We initially picked intelligence, but we didn’t take it seriously until it happened. But as Chief of Gomoa Fetteh, I was taken through the proper process, of ascending the throne.”

“But I am surprised that some persons have planned to kill me. I want to thank the police for the swift response in saving my life.”

The anti-robbery unit had recently shot and killed two suspected armed robbers at Kalba, a community in the Sawla-Tuna-Kalba District of the Savannah Region.

The police say the robbers, numbering four, engaged some police officers in a gun battle after robbing residents of Kalba, leading to the killing of the two.

Police say they believe they are the same group of robbers that killed two residents of Sawla after robbing a MoMo vendor and others on December 9, 2021.

Source: Citinewsroom

Sammy Gyamfi sues AG, GHS over mandatory vaccination

The National Communications Officer of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Sammy Gyamfi has sued the Attorney General (AG) and the Ghana Heath Service (GHS) over the mandatory vaccination exercise.

He wants “A declaration that the impugned directives of the Respondents breach or threaten to breach the Applicants’ fundamental human rights as enshrined under Article 21(1)(g) of the 1992 Constitution of Ghana.

“A declaration that the impugned directives of the Respondents violated Section 2(1) of the Imposition of Restrictions Act, 2020 (ACT 1012) and Sections 21, 22 and 30 of the Public Health Act, 2012 (ACT 851) and therefore illegal.

“A declaration that the impugned directives of the Respondents contravene the guidelines of the Food and Drugs Authority, Ghana on the administration of Emergency Use Authorized medical products and same are unreasonable.

“A declaration that the impugned directives of the Respondents contravene the guidelines of the World Health Organization regarding proof of COVID-19 vaccination for international travelers, and that same is unreasonable.

“A declaration that the impugned directives of the Respondents contravene medical ethics and best practices that govern COVID-19 vaccine administration.”Revision-8-KIA-Covid-Guidelines-Dec11-2021-1Download

The government introduced the mandatory vaccination exercise as part of efforts to deal with the coronavirus pandemic.

This move formed part of efforts to ensure that the rate of infection does not rise during the Christmas season.

Among the measures, “Airlines who board passengers without proof of payment for the COVID -19 test and would/ could not pay for the test in Ghana will be fined US$3500 per passenger.”

Also, “non-Ghanaian passengers may be refused entry and be returned to the point of embarkation at cost to the Airline.”

The month of December has been declared by the GHS had as the vaccination month.

Addressing a press conference in Accra on Sunday November 28, the Director-General of the Ghana Health Service (GHS), Dr Patrick Kumah-Aboagye said vaccination was the surest way to deal with the virus.

He further assured that the authorities are going to scale up surveillance measures at the Kotoka International Airport during the Christmas season to ensure that Covid infections do not increase.

He further said that the mistakes that were made in December last year which occasioned the escalation of infections in January this year, will not be repeated.

There is going to be a “strict enforcement of the protocols at the KIA. We are going to increase surveillance. We are expecting increased number of people to arrive in the country.

“we are going to ensure that our logistics are prepared, we will continue our surveillance to be able to look at that, we are going to look at isolation centres,” he said.

He added “Our contact tracing will be strengthened.

“We are going to engage with religious organizations to ensure that activities in done in Christmas are in accordance with Covid protocols.”

Presidential Advisor on Health, Dr Anthony Nsia Asare, allayed fears of persons who are worried about the potential reaction from taking the covid vaccine.

He stated that it is normal to experience headache, body pains and other reactions. These are indications that the vaccine is functioning properly in the body, he said.

“If you are vaccinated and you feel slight headache it means the vaccine is working very well,” he said on the Key Points on TV3 Saturday December 4 with Dzifa Bampoh.

Dr Nsia Asare further urged all persons who are yet to receive their vaccines to do so in order to save their lives and the lives of others.

In his view, Ghana cannot afford to go through fourth wave of the coronavirus pandemic hence the government, through the Ghana Health Service (GHS), has taken the vaccination exercise a step higher in order to get as many as possible inoculated.

Vaccination centres, he stated, are being created closed to the people in the communities including market areas to make it easier for them to go through the exercise.

“We cannot afford a fourth wave,” he said, adding that “we can all do this together if you are vaccinated,” he said.

The GHS) this week issued new guidelines to deal with the coronavirus pandemic in Ghana ahead of the Christmas season.

The guidelines include measures to vaccinate as many as possible before the Christmas on December 25.

In a press releases issued on Thursday December 9, the GHS said “All persons, 18 years and above arriving in Ghana will be required to provide evidence of full vaccination for Covid-19 vaccines.

“All unvaccinated Ghanaians and residents of Ghana who are currently outside the country and intend to return within 14 days from the midnight of 12 December 2021 are exempted. However, they would be vaccinated on arrival at the airport.”

It added “all Ghanaians traveling out of the country are to be fully vaccinated effectively 12th midnight 2021

E-levy: We’ve a gov’t that does not listen as Finance C’ttee approves proposal – Ato Forson

A member of the Finance Committee of Parliament, Casiel Ato Forson has accused the government of pushing a the E-levy through despite the the negative consequences it is going to have on Ghanaians.

He said the government is not prepared to listen to the concerns raised by stakeholders against the policy.

The first show down at the consideration of the controversial E-Levy proposal ended in a deadlock with a split decision from 24 lawmakers on the Finance Committee on Monday December 20.

Twelve opposition MPs voted against decision by government to have the bill treated under a certificate of urgency with 12 others from the majority voting in support.

Chairman of the Finance Committee Kwaku Kwarteng had to use his casting vote to break the deadlock in favour of government’s position.

Speaking to the media after the Committee’s sitting, Mr Ato Forson who is also Member of Parliament for Ajumako-Enyan-Esiam disclosed his side will take the ‘fight’ to the plenary after failing to arrest the bill at the committee level.

“You can see clearly a government that is not ready to listen, a government that is determined to push the agenda regardless of its impact to the people of Ghanadata:image/gif;base64,R0lGODlhAQABAAAAACH5BAEKAAEALAAAAAABAAEAAAICTAEAOw==

“This morning the Finance Committee held a meeting and we have just come out from the meeting At the meeting we needed to first determine whether we can consider the electronic transfer levy bill before us on a certificate of urgencyu or not.

“At that point, we in the Minority argued that it cannot be considered under certificate of urgency for a simple reason that we have received petition from the Ghana Chamber of Telecommunications.

“In fact the Ghana Chamber of Telecommunications s on the 1st of December 2021 wrote a letter to the Rt Honourable Speaker , the Parliament of Ghana Accra. and to the attention of the Honbourable Joseph Osei Wusu for us to first invite them and listen to them.

“And they they believe that they have an alternative way of generating revenue as against what the government seeks to do and they have actually tabulated the negative impact of this levy to government We argue that it is important that government or Parliament , at the minimum, meet with them and listen to them. The NPP Majority in Parliament had said that they do not believe that.”

Parliament on Friday December 17 passed the appropriation bill but did not consider the E-levy.

The consideration of the e-levy was shifted to today Monday.

The introduction of the levy met resistance from the opposition lawmakers in Parliament.

The Minority Leader, Haruna Iddrisu, said that his side in Parliament would not support the policy proposal because it serves as a disincentive for the growth of digital economy.

Speaking at a post-budget workshop in Ho on Saturday November 20, he said “Mr Speaker, understandably, we see that the Minister of Finance seeks to introduce some measures including the now popularly declared e-levy or digital levy  as some have quite named it.

“Mr Speaker, our concern is whether the e-levy itself is not and will not be a disincentive to the growth of digital economy in our country. We are convinced that the e-levy may as well even be a disincentive to investment  and a disincentive to private sector development in our country. We in the minority may not and will not support government  with the introduction of that particular e-levy . We are unable to build national consensus  on that particular matter

NPP reform proposals skewed to favour one flag bearer hopeful – Asiedu Nketia

The General Secretary of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), Mr Johnson Asiedu Nketia, has said he knew the constitutional reforms tabled by the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) at its National Delegates Conference in Kumasi, Ashanti Region, would be rejected.

Mr Asiedu Nketia made this comment during an interview with Iddrisu Awudu, host of Accra100.5FM’s morning show Ghana Yensom on Monday, 20 December 2021.

“As a General Secretary of the largest opposition party, I knew the party’s reforms were not going to be accepted because it was targeted at satisfying the presidential bid of one of the personalities in the struggle to lead the NPP for 2024 general elections”, Mr Asiedu Nketia said.

Mr Nketia stressed that the 91 constitutional reform proposals were all meant to push the presidential agenda of one of the aspirants.

“So, it came as no surprise to me when the amendments were referred to the National Council of the party”, he said.

He was of the view that constitutional reform proposals with ulterior motives will not succeed

You’re a good campaigner but a poor leader – Mahama to Akufo-Addo

Former President John Dramani Mahama has said Ghanaians have come to the realization that President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo is poor at governance.

He was responding to Mr Akufo-Addo’s rhetorical question to the NDC to point to a single thought through policy initiatives they introduced when in government.

President Akufo-Addo while addressing supporters of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) at the national Delegates Conference in Kumasi on Sunday December 19 asked about the one policy that the NDC and former President John Mahama have thought about in five years that they have been in opposition.

“We have spent more money in improving the circumstances of our people than any government in the 4th republic. So when u leave here be proud that you have produced a government that has been most diligent in improving the lives of the people than any other government in the history of this country.

“All the things that we have done in government are things we thought about while in opposition, what is the one policy that the NDC and their leader John Mahama have thought about in five years that they have been in opposition. There is not one policy, the answer is zero,” the President said.

Mr Mahama replied him saying, if only Mr Akufo-Addo took a moment, in the comfort of his chartered jet, to read the People’s manifesto, he would have at least learnt about the policies introduced by the NDC.

“I think the President must take his responsibilities seriously and focus on working to change the circumstances of our people, rather than the rabble-rousing skits he serves the nation.

“To answer his rhetorical question on policy, if only he took a moment, in the comfort of his chartered jet, to read the People’s manifesto, he would have at least learnt about the ‘Big Push’ (an accelerated infrastructure plan for Ghana), ‘Free Primary Health Care Plan’, the ‘1 million jobs plan’, ‘Ghana FIRST’ (Framework for Industrial Revitalisation, Support and Transformation) and several other well-thought-through and costed policies.

“I am willing to provide him with an autographed copy of the manifesto. With his speech of yesterday, he has carved his niche as a good campaigner, but unfortunately a poor leader as Ghanaians have found out at great cost,” Mr Mahama said in a Facebook post

NDC has not been able to collate 2016, 2020 election results – John Boadu

General Secretary of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) John Boadu has said that his party is better at organizing elections and collating results than the main opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC).

Speaking during the national delegates conference of the NPP in Kumasi on Sunday December 19, he said the NDC has not been able to collate the results for both the 2016 and 202 general elections.

“NDC has still not been able to collates it s 2016 and 2020 election results,” he said.

For his part, the Majority Leader Osei Kyei Mensah Bonsu lamented the actions of some leaders of the NPP that cost the party more parliamentary seats during the 2020 elections.

He said bitterness, division and the failure to unite the supporters after internal elections were some of the issues that affected the party.

He also raised issues against the way primaries are conducted to elect parliamentary candidates for the party.

The Suame Lawmaker noted that currently, defending the government in Parliament has become the work for a few lawmakers because the experienced ones who would have done that were dropped in the primaries.

“The history of 2008 should guide us,” he said.

He added “I want to sound this caution because we have enough time to correct them.”

“The lies, the hatred will not advance the interest of the Dankwa-Busia-Dombo great tradition,” he further stated.

The National Chairman of the NPP Freddie Blay noted that his party is in a contest with a formidable opposition party that is ready to take advantage of their weakness.

He has therefore asked the NPP to remain united, eschew arrogance and keep its base stronger in order to withstand the opposition party, the National Democratic Congress (NDC).

Speaking at the national delegates conference in Kumasi on Sunday December 19, he said “if we are united, if we eschew arrogance, if we work with our people, if we keep base, come 2024 we shall still retain power.”

Ashanti regional chairman of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Bernard Antwi Boasiako (Chairman Wontumi) assured the party that they will win the 2024 elections.

He said during the national delegates conference that the main opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) cannot stop the governing party from wining the next elections.

“It is a movement and no one can stop us,” he said.

The Chief Executive Officer of the Ghana Cocoa Board (COCOBOD) Joseph Boahen Aidoo also said the NPP has learned its lessons out of government and in government.

Speaking to TV3’sa Roland Walker in Kumasi in the ongoing national delegates conference of the NPP, he said “We have gone out of government before and we have come to power so we have learned lessons

Breaking the 8’ won’t be easy – Bawumia

Vice President Mahamudu Bawumia has told supporters of the New Patriotic Party in Kumasi at the ongoing National Delegates Conference that ‘breaking the 8’ will be difficult but a possibility if they work together.

The Vice President said the NPP has an enviable track record of performance as compared to the opposition National Democratic Congress.

“Breaking the 8 will not be easy, it has not been done before in our history but if we stand together it is possible and it will be done,” he said a thunderous applause from party supporters.

Also, the Ashanti regional Chairman of the New Patriotic Patriotic Party Bernard Antwi Bosiako known popularly as Chairman Wontumi says Ghana is currently better than the United States of America and the United Kingdom because of the governance of President Akufo-Addo.

According to him, the progress Ghana has seen since the NPP won power in 2016 has been unprecedented.

“Ghana is now better than United States, Ghana is better than UK because of the development Akufo-Addo is bringing to Ghanaians, everyone can see it,” he said at the party’s ongoing National Delegates Conference in Kumasi

Kumasi roar as Alan arrives at NPP delegates conference

Minister of Trade and Industry, Alan Kyerematen on Sunday, December 19, 2021, arrived at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium for the New Patriotic Party’s 2021 Annual Delegates Conference to a rousing welcome from party delegates and grassroots in the Ashanti Region.

The Minister who made a grand style entry to the conference, had NPP faithfuls, well-wishers supporters and sympathisers chant to the glory set ahead of him. “It’s Alan’s Time”, Yɛ nim no fri tete” “Time aso oo Time aso”, “Eduru ne so”.

The chants garnered enough momentum that everyone sang the praise of the minister to the admiration of all.

Alan’s camp believes that this comes up as a “little bit surprising since there are abundant indicia that the NPP’s code of conduct and directives on posters and billboards of perceived presidential aspirants was targeted at Alan Kyerematen. The aim was to lessen his momentum.

Even though, Alan Cash and others have no poster or billboards in Kumasi, Dr Bawumia still have his billboards erected around places like Suame. However, like the day of Pentecost, this lifted the spirits of all causing them to fall under the Alan mode.”

This charged the atmosphere that one would think it is was an Alan thank you tour.

For the NPP’s tradition to go on, they believed that Mr. Alan Kyerematen must be given the mantle to lead the NPP come 2024.

Dating back to the party’s 2007 delegates conference, Mr. Kyerematen sacrificed for his President Akufo-Addo, the honour of being the party’s flagbearer by not going for a re-run after the presidential primaries at Legon.

This sacrifice, some members of the party said, needs to be rewarded and the time is now.

“He demonstrated statesmanship in 2007 and have what it takes to restore NPP and Ghana to its lost glory,” a supporter said.

Though Mr. Kyerematen has not openly declared his intentions of contesting for the party’s flagbearership, many have tipped him as the rightful person to succeed President Akufo-Addo

2022 budget: Finance C’ttee suspends consideration of E-Levy

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The Finance Committee of Parliament has suspended consideration of the Electronic Transactions Levy Bill, 2021.

This means parliament is unlikely to pass or reject the bill if the House rises later today.

The minority has threatened to shoot down the controversial 1.75% E-Levy which is to affect mobile money Transactions among others arguing it is regressive.

Government will have to table the bill again after the Christmas break should the committee fail to table bill it in the plenary.

The proposed levy, which is expected to come into effect on 1 February 2022, is a charge of 1.75% of the value of electronic transactions. It covers mobile money payments, bank transfers, merchant payments, and inward remittances. The originator of the transactions will bear the charge except for inward remittances, which will be borne by the recipient. There is an exemption for transactions up to GH¢100 ($16) per day.

According to the finance minister, the total digital transactions for 2020 were estimated to be over GH¢500 billion (about $81 billion) compared to GH¢78 billion ($12.5 billion) in 2016. Huge growth in just five years

It’s not normal practice to disclose cost of Akufo-Addo’s travels – Kan Dapaah

Kan Dapaah is the Minister of National Security

The hopes of North Tongu Member of Parliament Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa to get answers on presidential Akufo Addo’s travels by the use of a rented jet allegedly has hit a snag as the the National Security Minister has declined answers to his questions.


Mr Ablakwa for months has filed questions to the Defense Minister, Finance Minister and the National Security Minister for answers on the cost of the presidents travels.


Answering to the question on the floor of parliament, on Friday December 17,Mr kan dapaah said he was unable to disclose the details as it constitutes top secret.

“Mr Speaker, recent official travels to France, Belgium, and South Africa by His Excellency the President are paid for out of the operational funds from the Ministry of National Security.

“Mr Speaker payments out of the ministry’s operational funds are glued with rules of confidentiality and state secrecy and it is not the normal practice…to make the suggested disclosures.”

It is recalled that Minister of State at the Ministry of Interior who is also the Member of Parliament of Abetifi constituency, Mr Bryan Acheampong, also said recenlty that he advised Mr Kan Dapaah not to release information on President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo’s trips outside Ghana.

He said during the debate on the 2022 budget statement on Tuesday November 23 that information about the President’s travels cannot be made public because of national security reasons.

He said “anytime our president travels he returns with goodies. He visited Germany and he came home with vaccines. Anytime he travels, he comes with goodies,” he said.

Mr Acheampong added “I advised the Minister of National Security to keep the information on presidential travels secret.

“It is not every information that can be divulged to the public. Hitherto, it was information that can be shared but it is no longer information that can be played in the Political arena,” he said

I’ll Smoke You Out Dead Or Alive- IGP Tells Cop Killers …Places GHC50,000 Bounty On Killers

Inspector General of Police, Dr. George Akufo-Dampare has offered a GHC50,000 bounty on the alleged armed robbers who shot and killed two police officers in Zuarungu in the Upper East Region.

Constables Emmanuel Akowuah and Adam Suley lost their lives when they unknowingly ran into three suspected armed robbers while on motorbike patrol within the Zuarungu Township.

Police investigation revealed that the robbers attacked a supermarket at gun point and succeeded in robbing the victim of an amount of GHC2,000.

The two police officers while on routine patrol unexpectedly appeared on the robbery scene and fired at by the robbers who were attempting to flee the scene.

The bullets pierced into the fuel tank of the police motorbike which exploded into flame and partially burnt Constable Adam Suley.

Police has conveyed the bodies and deposited at the Bolgatanga Regional Hospital for preservation and autopsy.

Investigation by police revealed five empty shell of AK47 ammunitions and one empty shells of BB cartridge ammunition. Police have conveyed the exhibits together with burnt motorbike to assist with investigation.

On Thursday December 16, 2021, Dr George Akuffo Dampare who visited the nuclear families and colleagues of the two officers who met their untimely demise announced bounty on the heads of the robbers in the Upper East Region.

According to him, anybody who offers information that would lead to the arrest of some criminals who murdered the two police officers on Wednesday December 15, 2021 stands to gain GHS50,000 as a reward.

He further directed the Eastern and Volta Regional Police Commanders to lead a delegation to Kibi and Alanvanyo respectively to commiserate with the extended families of the two slain police officers and convey the condolences of the Police Administration.

The IGP assured the families of the police officers of the determination of the police to arrest the three suspected armed robbers to face full rigors of the law for their callous act.

In order to achieve that a special anti-armed robbery taskforce has been deployed to assist the Upper East Regional Police Command in combating robbery and any other violence crime in the region to safeguard lives and properties

Ghana will transform beyond 2024 with NPP in power – Education Minister

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Minister for Education, Yaw Osei Adutwum has hailed the President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo for his efforts in strengthening the education sector, with particular emphasis on his free SHS policy, TVET among others.

Yaw Adutwum, in a one on one interview with Kwami Sefa Kayi on Peace FM’s “Kokrokoo” on Thursday, outlined some developmental projects by the President to enhancing the sector.

He touched on the government’s efforts to help students acquire technical skills and other practical skills that will better integrate them into the society ensuring they become great future leaders.

He stated that education is the backbone of every economy, therefore the President and the Education Ministry are committed to equipping students with the requisite tools to access quality education.null

“If your education system is transformed, your country will be transformed in a blink of an eye. Education is the centerpiece. If you don’t get education right, everything else you do” will be wrong”, he said.

He urged Ghanaians to vote for the New Patriotic Party to stay in power, so the President’s vision won’t be messed up by a different government.

“Ghana is going to change beyond 2024 with NPP in government. NPP will be in power. Ghanaians don’t want a bad thing. They like good things”, he assured.

Source: peacefmonline.com

IGP storms Zuarungu after armed robbers kill two police officers

Constables Emmanuel Akowuah and Adam Suley are said to have lost their lives as they responded to distress calls of a robbery attack on a shop at the Zuarungu Market.

The Inspector General of Police, Dr George Akuffo Dampare, has visited families and colleagues of two officers who met their untimely demise in a shoot-out with armed robbers in Zuarungu in the Bolgatanga East District of the Upper East Region Wednesday night.

Constables Emmanuel Akowuah and Adam Suley are said to have lost their lives as they responded to distress calls of a robbery attack on a shop at the Zuarungu Market.

The robbers upon seeing the police officers on their patrol motorbike shot at them, hitting the fuel tank which exploded and burst into flames.

According to a police situational report, Constable Adam Suley was partially burnt by the flames.

Rifles of the deceased officers are said to have been taken away by the robbers.

IGP Akuffo Dampare, in the company of members of the Regional Security Council (REGSEC), visited the crime scene on the morning of Thursday, December 16, 2021 to assess the situation.

He also visited families of the officers and the chief of the area to commiserate with them.

It was an emotional moment as colleague officers could not be consoled as they shed uncontrollable tears when the IGP visited them at post.

He assured the entire residents of Zuarungu and its environs of police protection.

Meanwhile, officials have put an unnamed ransom on the head of the robbers, who are perceived to be of Fulani extraction.

The sitrep announced an intelligence-led operation to arrest the robbers has been launched.

Source: 3News

Fuel price to fall by 3 to 5% as year ends – IES

The Institute of Energy Security (IES) has said the price of fuel is expected to fall further as the year comes to an end.

For the local fuel market, the IES said in a statement on Thursday, 16 December 2021 signed by Mr Fritz Moses, Research Analyst, that “prices decreased marginally within the window under review”.

GOIL, the largest market shareholder amongst the Oil Marketing Companies (OMCs), reduced its margins on the Price Build-Up (PBU), “eventually resulting in reduced prices at their pumps, as part of measures to cushion customers from the rising fuel prices and following demands by the Ghana Private Road Transport Unions (GPRTU) for reduced fuel prices”.

The IES observed that other OMCs also followed suit.

The current national average price of fuel per litre at the pump is pegged at GH¢6.58 for both gasoline and Gasoil, representing a decrease of 2% from the previous window’s national average price of GH¢6.71 per litre, the Institute noted.

It said for the pricing window under review, Benab Oil, Cash Oil, Goodness Oil, Top Oil, Zen Petroleum, Star Oil and Frimps Oil sold the “least-priced fuel on the local market” while Shell (Vivo), Total, Engen, GOIL, Allied, Petrosol, and Puma had the “highest-priced fuel on the market”, according to IES’ market scan.

On the world market, the IES said for the window under assessment, the price of the international benchmark, Brent crude, averaged about $81.01 per barrel, “representing an increase of 0.98% from the previous window’s average price of $80.25 per barrel mark”.

Concerns about the pandemic, the Institute mentioned, “weighed on oil prices during the recently closed trading window, following reports that the Omicron variant was set to have a negative impact on oil consumption”.

“These findings are in spite of reports that the variety in question causes far fewer symptoms among those infected than previous varieties”.

However, it said there is “still some concern on the market about the possibility of more COVID-19 measures that might” result in the cutting of “oil consumption going forward”.

“On a global scale, oil prices began to rise shortly after the opening of this window but gains were limited by investor concerns about oil demand following the reimposition of new restrictions in Europe and Asia, in response to an increase in coronavirus cases, which were primarily caused by the Omicron variant of the virus”.

It noted that Brent prices have received a “confidence boost, as a result of the decision by the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) to increase output by another 400,000 barrels per day in January”.

The market, IES observed, has reacted “positively to the decision, indicating that it is a favourable development”.

The prices of finished products as monitored on Standard and Poor’s worldwide Platts platform, indicate that the price of the international commodities; gasoline (Petrol) and Gasoil (Diesel), have fallen over the period.

The gasoline price declined by 11.68% to $685.68 per metric tonne at the closing of the window, down from $776.36 per metric tonne earlier in the previous window.

Gasoil price also fell by 8.64% to close trading at $628.28 per metric tonne, down from $687.70 per metric tonne in the previous window.

Additionally, the IES said data collated by its economic desk from the foreign exchange (forex) market shows the cedi “depreciated marginally against the U.S. dollar”.

“The exchange rate stands at GH¢6.21 against the US dollar, representing a 1% depreciation from the previous rate of GH¢6.15”.

It said with the 0.98% increase in the price of the international benchmark, Brent crude, together with the 11.68% decrease in gasoline price and 8.64% decrease in Gasoil price; the institute projects a “3 to 5% downward adjustment in the price of fuel per litre at the various pumps despite the marginal depreciation of the cedi of 1%

YouStart to provide youth with training, funding – Akufo-Addo

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President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has said that the YouStart initiative introduced by government will provide the youth with training, funding and enterprise promotion.

The government had announced the creation of one million jobs for the youth of this country.

This was announced by the Finance Minister, Ken Ofori-Atta in the budget statement for the 2022 fiscal year on Wednesday, November 17.

He said, “The understanding of the youth employment challenge, as well as extensive consultations with stakeholders including youth associations and educational institutions across the country, have led to the development of the YouStart initiative which proposes to use GH¢1 billion each year to catalyze an ecosystem to create 1 million jobs and in partnership with the Finance Institutions and Development Partners, raise another GH¢2 billion.”

“In addition, our local Banks have agreed to a package that will result in increasing their SME portfolio up to GH¢5 billion over the next 3 years.

This, Mr. Speaker, results in an unprecedented historic GH¢10 billion Cedis commitment to the private sector and YouStart over the next 3 years.”

He said the YouStart programme is a vehicle for supporting young entrepreneurs to gain access to capital, training, technical skills and mentoring to enable them to launch and operate their own businesses.

The Ghana Enterprises Agency (GEA), the National Entrepreneurship and Innovation Programme (NEIP), and partner financial institutions, will serve as the implementing arms of YouStart.

Entrepreneurs will be able to apply for support through a dedicated YouStart online portal.

“NEIP will also engage our Faith-Based Organisations as partners for the delivery of essential artisanal skills, business competitions, and feasibility studies and introduction to financing institutions with a commitment of up to 10% of GOG contribution to the YouStart Programme,” he added.

Source: 3news.com

Gov’t to reduce number of SHS from 13,000 to 2,500

Education Minister, Dr Yaw Osei Adutwum,

The Ministry of Education is set to reduce the number of Senior High Schools in Ghana from 13,000 to 2500 after re-engineering the country’s a educational system to promote Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).

The new system will be called the Junior Senior High School.

Education Minister Dr Yaw Osei Adutwum explained that “We have awarded contract for about 15 schools that are going to be what we call lower secondary.

“That facilities we are providing is just like any high school facility and every one of these schools has library , biology, chemistry and physics lab. Beautiful school buildings and they are coming to a community near you very soon.

“In 2023 when we open those schools you are going to see how we are going to provide six years quality secondary education and not three years plus some three years old middle school-led education that we call high school,” he told journalists in Accra on Tuesday December 14.

Dr Adutwum who is also lawmaker for Bosomtwe had earlier said the government was determined to improve on STEM education in the country.

He said the administration was going to partner various stakeholders including private sector operators to provide the much-needed infrastructure like laboratories, workshops, and lecture rooms for STEM based institutions.

“With the Government pursuing strategies aimed at increasing the Gross Tertiary Enrollment Ratio (GTER) from the current 18.84% to 40% by 2030, it is in our interest to continuously expand the infrastructural base of the various tertiary institutions,” Dr. Adutwum said.

He added, “We are all aware of the many ongoing projects on our tertiary campuses, some of which have been abandoned for years, while others are in urgent need of additional Government funding for completion

One killed, another injured in armed robbery attack at Awutu Senya

A 29-year-old man Emmanuel Gavor has been shot dead while another person has sustained a gunshot wound on the leg after armed robbers attacked them at Awutu Loye in the Awutu Senya West District of the Central Region.

The sad incident happened Tuesday, December 14, around 9:00 PM.

Kojo Abbam who survived the shooting incident in an interview with EIB Network Central Regional Correspondent Yaw Boagyan said, they were going to the sand winning site in the area when the incident occurred.

Kojo Abbam said the robbers shot his friend after he failed to hand over his money to them.

The Awutu Bereku District Police Commander Chief Superintendent Joshua Semanyo has confirmed the incident and said the dead body has been deposited at Winneba Trauma and Specialist Hospital Morgue while the injured are receiving treatment.

Source: Ghana/Starrfm.com.gh/103.5FM

Otumfuo Gold Coins Details Out

The gold coins being unveiled

Details of the commemorative gold coins to celebrate the Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, for his contributions towards peace-building and the overall development of the country, has been released.

The unveiling was done at the Manhyia Palace in Kumasi on Sunday night at the climax of the last Akwasidae of the year for Asanteman.

The Bank of Ghana (BoG) gave the permission to Gold Coast Refinery Limited to design commemorative gold coins to celebrate the Asantehene, for his contribution to the peace, stability and development of the country in the past 22 years and after he was accorded the title ‘Pillar of Peace’.

The Precious Minerals Marketing Company (PMMC) in collaboration with a business solutions provider, the EON 3 Group, spearheaded the launch of the gold coins which are of 99.99 per cent assay at 24 carat fine gold, with a diameter of 37mm and weight of 31.104 grammes each.

The face of the gold coins bears the image of the Asantehene, with the Adinkra symbols ‘Bi Nka Bi’ and ‘Mpatapo’, which symbolise peace, harmony and reconciliation and the reverse bears an image of the Golden Stool (Sika Dwa).

A statement issued by EON 3 Group said “these Gold Coins will be a long-life project that will stand as a legacy for His Royal Majesty Otumfuo Osei Tutu II.”

It said “proceeds raised will be used to establish a Cultural Resource Centre, which will employ the latest technologies and IT platforms to promote activities related to traditional and customary conflict resolution in Ghana as well as other peace initiatives.”

Governor’s Endorsement

The Governor of the Bank of Ghana, Dr. Ernest Addison, explained that the outdoored gold coin in honour of Otumfuo Osei Tutu II is not a legal tender.

“The bank approved the issuance of a commemorative coin and offered to assist to procure the coin through appropriate channels. The gold coin will be of no monetary value. By that we mean it will not be a medium of exchange and not exactly a legal tender,” Dr. Addison said.

He emphasised that the commemorative gold coin “is not expected to display any face value to avoid risk of being confused with legal tender in circulation.”

The Governor expressed his pleasure in the bank’s decision to associate with the launch of the coin, in acknowledgement of the strides made by the Asantehene.

“In recognition of the invaluable role and your remarkable achievements in the preservation of peace in the safeguarding of life, the development of Ghana and ensuring peaceful coexistence of the citizenry of Ghana, the Bank of Ghana proudly associates itself with the launch of this commemorative gold coin to climax your Majesty’s 20th year as the Asantehene,” Dr. Addison remarked

Large deposits of iron ore discovered in Oti region

The Ghana Geological Survey Authority has discovered large quantities of Iron ore deposits in Akokrowa, a farming community in the Oti Region of Ghana.

The iron ore, according to the geological investigation, is 55.22 weight percent (fe) and of a higher grade.

The Minister for Lands and Natural Resources Hon. Samuel A Jinapor at a meeting with the Chiefs and people of Akokrowa on Tuesday 14th December, 2021 said government will ensure that the commodity found in the area benefits the people.

He said government is determined to provide value addition to its raw commodity and  would ensure that the Ghana Intergrated Iron and Steel Development work closely with the GGSA and the community to ensure that full value chain is retained in the region and the country.

He maintained that the exploration and the business of the Iron will create jobs and wealth for the people of Oti and the country in general.

Hon. Jinapor, who is on a two day tour of the Volta and Oti regions as part of his nationwide working visit,  described the discovery of the iron ore in  commercial quantities as ” Good News” and urged the Chiefs and people to work in harmony to drive development to the area.

In a welcome remarks, the Omanhene of the Apesokubi Traditional Area Okogyeaman Koram II, expressed the readiness of his people to make the project a success.

He pledged to support the GGSA, GIISDEC and government, saying ” I will release Lands to expand and push the progress of the work as and when required”.

The Chief also appealed to the government through the Hon. Minister to provide them with electrification, schools, hospitals and other amenities to help  relief the people while commending the  President of the Republic for the creation of the Oti Region which has long being on the drawing Board.

Source: 3news.com|Ghana

Agyenkwa 2022 Budget one of the best-ever – Osafo-Maafo

The Senior Presidential Advisor, Mr Yaw Osafo-Maafo has described the 2022 Budget Statement and Economic Policy of the government which is currently before Parliament as one of the best the country has ever produced.

This he said is because the budget makes provision for youth employment through entrepreneurship as well as skills development as well as the introduction of the Electronic levy (E-levy) to fund entrepreneurship ventures.

Mr Osafo-Maafo made this known today at the launch of the Ghana TVET Service today in Accra.

“Indeed, this current budget is one of the best this country has ever produced,” Mr Osafo-Maafo said.

“Because, there are two things in it which are fundamental and these are some entrepreneurship training that we are putting as part of a responsibility of government to ensure that the youth is resourced financially to be entrepreneurial, that people cannot use access to funds as a handicap. That people can develop skills and become entrepreneurs.

“The introduction of the E-levy is extremely critical. These two things in this budget, people must hail it, it is fundamentally a good document”.

Mr Osafo-Maafo charged the country’s youth to move beyond the “I want a job mentality” to embracing a mentality of “I am creating a job for myself and others”.

Opposition to budget

Some stalwarts of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), led by the General Secretary, Mr Johnson Asiedu-Nketiah, have argued that the budget in its current state would increase the tax burden of the people, raise the cost of living and collapse businesses.null

They mentioned that the planned introduction of the E-levy, the reversal of a discount policy on benchmark values of imports and the 15 per cent increase in the cost of all government services as some of the policies that would make the people worse off.

They described as misleading, the position of the government that proceeds of the new taxes would be used to tackle employment and entrepreneurship.

Additionally, the party has said it would marshal all its 137 Members of Parliament (MPs) to reject the budget which it has christened “AwudieBudget

NPP Conference: Only Akufo-Addo T-Shirts Will Be Allowed – John Boadu

Ahead of the New Patriotic Party’s(NPP) National delegates conference on December 18, 2021, the party has issued a statement giving instructions on how they intend to organize the event. 
 
Third paragraph states, “…….no t-shirts, flyers, brochures, and or souvenirs, branded and or embossed with the portraits and names of individuals, shall be allowed within the precincts of the Conference, including but not limited to places of accommodation for delegates. Any person, with or without their consent, whose image is flaunted on any advocacy material and who does not take active steps to desist from any public displays of aspiration for a position within the precincts of Greater Kumasi, runs a higher risk of disqualification in the event nominations are declared opened.”
 
However, the General Secretary of the party, John Boadu has disclosed that the President is an exception.
 
In an interview with Kwame Tanko on Angel FM’s flagship program- Angel in the Morning, Mr Boadu said the party will only admit persons with the President, Nana Akufo-Addo’s paraphernalia and or T-Shirts and party colours into the conference grounds. 
 
“……prior to our national conference in Cape Coast in 2016, we issued a similar statement and so I don’t see anything new here. If you’re a supporter and you’ve Adu Boahene, Kuffour and Akufo-Addo’s T-shirts or party colours, you can wear them. But individual contestants’ campaign materials are what we’re against.”
 
When asked whether or not the Vice President’s paraphernalia will be accepted, Mr John Boadu who appeared to have been ambushed with the question said
 
“ ……. well, maybe, because he’s the Vice President but if possible do away with it. I think the party will be strict in this directive, he stressed. 
 
John Boadu however assured that all is set for the event which begins with a Muslim prayer on Friday at the Central Mosque

Resign to campaign” – Akufo-Addo warns ambitious Ministers

President Akufo-Addo, on Friday gave the clearest warning to his Ministers aspiring to succeed him to “focus on the job” he has given them “or quit now to pursue” their “presidential ambitions.”

This warning came last after Cabinet meeting ended late Friday night and was followed by a political session.

There is growing anxiety within Government and the ruling party over campaign activities of but a very few members of Government who are aspiring to win the nod as the New Patriotic Party’s presidential candidate for 2024, an election which is three years away.

The President reminded the aspirants in his government that not even the 17 NPP candidates who contested for the 2008 presidential slot, including 13 who were in the Government in 2005, were seen to be actively campaigning within the first year of the second John Agyekum Kufuor administration.

The President criticized the premature move of the few hopefuls in his government. The President effectively described it as selfish and irresponsible for aspirants to allow their ambition to get in the way of their ministerial job within the first year of a sitting President’s second and final term.

His warning came a day after the Steering Committee of the New Patriotic Party met at the party headquarters to discuss this very matter among other pressing issues as the ruling party is about to embark on a series of elections for party executives from the constituency, through regional to the national level.

The riot act, outlining what is expected of every Minister in the Akufo-Addo administration was read to the Ministers at the Friday meeting by the Secretary to the President, Nana Bediatuo Asante.  This was followed by a spirited no-words-mincing warning from the President that he would sack any Minister who defied his orders.

Cabinet was shifted from Thursday to Friday because of the funeral of the late statesman and leading architect of both the Provisional National Defence Council (PNDC) and the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Capt (Rtd) Kojo Tsikata.

Earlier at the NPP’s steering committee meeting Thursday night, the issue of billboards of aspiring candidates popping up across the country was also roundly condemned as “vulgar”, conveying a wrong, loud impression of misplaced priority.

Source: Asaaseradio.com

Second Lady, Samira, Leads Bantama Youth Choir To The World

Ghana’s Second Lady, Hajia Samira Bawumia has endorsed the establishment of the newest choir in Ghana, the Bantama Youth Choir, founded by the Minister of Works and Housing, and the Member of Parliament for the Bantama Constituency, Hon. Francis Asenso-Boakye.

The Second Lady, while leading an Inaugural Ceremony and a Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols, of the MP’s Choir, commended the legislator for bringing together strong and talented Ghanaian youth to sing for God and mother Ghana.
Hajia Samira Bawumia said she shares in Mr. Asenso-Boakye’s aim of making his Choir an international one that can take the name of Ghana to places where other disciplines might not have taken it- she promised her support to this cause.

Speaking at the Inauguration and Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols, held at the A. T Nartey Assembly of the Pentecost Church, Bantama on Saturday, 11th December, 2021, the excited Founder and President of Bantama Youth Choir, Hon. Francis Asenso-Boakye explained that “As a member of the Methodist Church, I have always loved to watch the choirs singing, especially when the choristers are processing at chapel.

As I kept enjoying this from infancy, I tried being part of the choir, but one day, the Choir Master told me not to come for rehearsal again since my voice was not good for singing. I knew I didn’t have a good voice, so I succumbed to his instruction.

However, my being out of the choir didn’t kill my interest in Choral Music- I have always supported Choristers wherever I have been.

So my establishing the Banatama Youth Choir stems from my love for choral music and my resolve to engage the youth of the Bantama Constituency in worthwhile pursuits”.
 
The Minister and MP while speaking at the inauguration and Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols indicated that he believes that the good training he had at the Sunday School and Boys Brigade in the Methodist Church while a child and youth, helped to shape his life better for the challenges and responsibilities in his career and entire life today, hence, the founding of the Bantama Youth Choir to turn the singing talents of the youth into skills and to train them to be resourceful in order to be able to contribute to national development, as well as upholding strong Christian values amongst the youth.
 
Mr. Asenso-Boakye indicated that he wants to build his choir to become a vibrant internationally recognized singing group that will be performing on global stages like the Sowetho Choir and Winneba Youth Choir do.
 
Ghana’s Second Lady, Hajia Samira Bawumia was the Guest of Honour at the inaugural ceremony of the Bantama Youth Choir and the carols night programme. Other dignitaries at the programme were Minister of Information, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, CEO of Kessben Group, Mr. Kwabena Kesse, Member of Parliament for Asokwa, Hon. Patricia Appiagyei, CEO of Jeshop Construction, Mr. James Osei Brown, Kumasi Metro Director of Urban Ing. Nana Poku Agyeman, Chief of Nzema and Businessman, Nana Nkansah Boadu, Philanthropist and CEO of Beauty Queen Hotels, Nana Adwoa Dokuaa, Ghana’s Former Ambassador to China, Amb. Edward Edward Boateng, CEO of Prefos Ltd, Mr. Alex Kwasi Fosu, Secretary General –Ghana Commission for UNESSCO, Ama S. Nerquaye –Tetteh, Head of Legal CIB-Stanbic Bank Ghana Ltd., Board Chairman of Exim Bank and Businessman, Mr Boateng Gyamfi and a host of others.

The Bantama Youth Choir and a guest group, Celestial Evangel Choir put up incredible performances that thrilled and excited audience at the programme.

A stunning performance by Soloist, Dentaa Amoateng, a Ghanaian British Award winning singer, actress, producer and entrepreneur made one felt they were listening to an opera singer in the New York City’s Beacon Theatre.

We’re not obstructing gov’t; ask them to do the right thing – Minority to Otumfuo

Muntaka Mubarak

The Minority in Parliament has challenged claims by the Asantehene Otumfuo Osei Tutu II that rejection of the E-Levy amounts to frustrating government policy.

The Asantehene on Sunday at his gala night in Kumasi urged MPs not to dictate to government but rather allow electorate to pass judgment at the polls.

“We elect people to represent us to make sure there is some equilibrium in what governments do. It is to our good that our representatives in Parliament subject the national budget to the most rigorous scrutiny and to call for changes.”

“Government must also have the humility to acknowledge and embrace the useful inputs from all sources, but our representatives need to bear in mind that it is not their role to either determine policy or to frustrate the executive from performing their legitimate duties,” the Otumfuo said.

But speaking to the media, Minority chief whip Muntaka Mubarak argued rejection of the E-Levy does not amount to frustrating government.

According to the Asawase MP, the move by the NDC MPs is rather to safeguard the interest of the public.

“All over the world, oversight is done by the minority and we are just doing our work. We don’t intend to frustrate government, we don’t to obstruct government business, we will not stand in the way of government trying to do what is right.

“We cannot just leave our role in the House and wait for the next election. It is the reason a budget is brought here, it is the reason four state of the nation addresses are read within the four year tenure. We can assure his majesty and all the pastors and imams that as Minority we are not here to obstruct government business. Encourage government to do what is right,” he said.

Muntaka also revealed ministers are unable to account fully for their 2021 allocations.

For instance he cites a ministry which is struggling to justify spending about 1 billion cedis on conferences in spite of COVID-19 restrictions on physical gathering.

Source: Ghana/Starrfm.com.gh

NPP Confab: ‘No COVID-19 jab, no entry’ – Nsia-Asare

Unvaccinated New Patriotic Party (NPP) delegates attending the upcoming conference will not be allowed entry, the Presidential Advisor on Health, Dr Anthony Nsia-Asare has announced.

This forms part of efforts to ensure that all Ghanaians are immunised against COVID-19.

“Any delegate who is coming to the conference without having been vaccinated will not be allowed into the grounds of the conference,” Dr Nsia-Asare noted while speaking to journalists in Accra on Monday, 13 December 2021.

He said that the vaccination cards of delegates will be checked before being allowed entry into the conference arena.

The event is scheduled to take place on Saturday, 18 December 2021.

He stated: “I repeat: any delegate who is coming should be vaccinated. If you are not vaccinated yet, you have today, tomorrow, Thursday, Friday to vaccinate before you go to Kumasi”.

“If you don’t come with any vaccination card, the genuine one, we will check, you will not be allowed into the conference.”

The government has declared the month of December as a month of vaccination against COVID-19.

This comes on the heels of the detection of a new variant called Omicron by South African scientists.

The December vaccination is, therefore, to ensure the prevention of a fourth wave.

It will target specific venues and groups.

Thus, persons who are not vaccinated will be denied entry into places such as sports stadia, restaurants, beaches among others

EIB offers €82.5 million support to Ghana to strengthen healthcare system

The President of the Republic of Ghana, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has welcomed the €82.5 million support offered to Ghana by the European Investment Bank (EIB) to strengthen healthcare, provision of specialist medical equipment and medicines across Ghana under the national COVID-19 Health Response Plan.

The concessional financing package, which comprises a €75 million facility from the EIB, and €7.5 million grant from the European Commission, was signed at the Luxembourg Headquarters of the European Investment Bank, following President Akufo-Addo’s official visit to Luxembourg on Monday, 13th December 2021.

The new agreement with Ghana represents the largest national EIB financing for COVID related health investment in Africa.

The new facility, representing the EIB’s largest support for COVID related health investment in sub-Saharan Africa, was signed by one behalf of Ghana by Hon. Kwaku Ampratwum-Sarpong, the Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs, and Ambroise Fayolle, European Investment Bank Vice President, in the presence of President Nana Akufo-Addo, EIB President Werner Hoyer and H.E. Sena Siaw-Boateng, Ambassador of Ghana to the European Union.

“Strengthened cooperation between Africa and multilateral development partners is crucial to share global best practice and ensure a rapid response to health, social and health challenges triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic. The European Investment Bank and the European Union are key partners for Ghana and I welcome their support for our national COVID-19 Health Response Plan,” President Akufo-Addo said.

He continued, “Ghanaian and EIB experts have worked tirelessly in recent months to finalise this initiative since President Hoyer and I met earlier this year. Specialist healthcare and medical services will benefit from both the EIB’s largest backing for COVID health resilience in Africa and EU grant support”.

“Ghana has taken visionary steps to ensure that the impact of COVID can be managed and long-term investment unlocked to strengthen both health services and access to finance by business. A few months ago President Akufo-Addo and I confirmed EIB backing for the Development Bank of Ghana. It is an honour to welcome our Ghanaian friends to our Luxembourg headquarters to demonstrate the impact of our joint response to improve COVID-19 healthcare and discuss how to further strengthen Team Europe’s partnership to improve lives and opportunities in Ghana in the years ahead.” said Werner Hoyer, President of the European Investment Bank.

“Europe and Ghana stand side by side to tackle the health challenges triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic. The new Team Europe support for Ghana’s COVID-19 Health Response Plan will strengthen public health and enhance resilience to the pandemic across Ghana in the months and years ahead through new investment backed by the European Union and European Investment Bank.” said Jutta Urpilainen, European Union Commissioner for International Partnerships.

The meeting provided an opportunity to discuss recent EIB support for the retrofit of the Kpong Dam, Development Bank Ghana and COVAX, explore future cooperation to support local vaccine manufacturing and outline the EIB’s strengthened engagement in Africa through a new dedicated development finance branch to be launched in the new year.

The EIB and EU backed health investment will improve medical treatment for patients with COVID at Treatment and Isolation Centres and Intensive Care Units, as well as measures to detect and contain the virus and slow down transmission. The initiative will both enhance medical treatment during the pandemic and enhance public health in the years ahead.

Ghana was the first country in Africa to receive COVID-19 vaccines under the EIB and EU backed COVAX initiative. EIB experts also briefed President Akufo-Addo on plans to further accelerate delivery of vaccines across sub-Saharan Africa.

EIB strengthening co-operation with Ghana
The EIB is finalising new support for business investment in Ghana with ECOBANK that is expected to be confirmed in the coming weeks.

This follows the formal agreement in May this year between President Akufo Addo and EIB President Werner Hoyer for EUR 170 million EIB backing for the new Development Bank Ghana. This represented the largest ever EIB engagement in Ghana and most significant support for a national development finance institution in Africa.

Once operational Development Bank Ghana will increase access to long-term finance and boost job creation for thousands of businesses in key sectors, including agribusiness, manufacturing, ICT tourism and other services across Ghana.

The European Investment Bank is the world’s largest international public bank and financed transformational investment across Ghana, including renewable energy at the Kpong Dam, business and services, since 1976.

Background information
The European Investment Bank (EIB) is the long-term lending institution of the European Union owned by its Member States. It makes long-term finance available for sound investment in order to contribute towards EU policy goals.

Haruna Iddrisu issues strongly-worded reply to 1st Deputy Speaker

Minority Leader Haruna Iddrisu has taken a strong exception to the dismissal of his motion by the Acting Speaker of Parliament, Joseph Osei-Owusu, by describing the latter’s decision as “abuse of discretionary power”.

Mr Osei-Owusu, who is the First Deputy Speaker, had refused the motion by the Tamale South Member of Parliament to overturn his own ruling of admitting a rejected motion on the 2022 budget statement and government’s economic policy.

Haruna Iddrisu himself had led the Minority to cause the motion by Minister of Finance Ken Ofori-Atta to be lost. Speaker Alban Sumana Kingsford Bagbin was then presiding over proceedings.

But five days later after the Speaker had left for Dubai for a medical review, the Majority with Mr Osei-Owusu in the Speaker’s chair, admitted the motion and, in effect, approved the 2022 budget.

But Haruna Iddrisu sought to overturn that decision with his motion, which was refused in a letter signed by Clerk to Parliament, Cyril Nsiah.

But on Monday, the Minority Leader also had a reply for the First Deputy Speaker.

“Kindly take note that the NDC Minority Caucus which I lead and my good self vehemently disagree with your position on the motion and your conduct in this matter.

“We take the strong view that your conduct affronts Orders 79, 81, 82, and 90 of our Standing Orders and can no longer be tolerated.

“In that regard, we are resolved to pursue this matter further with the Right Honourable Speaker upon his return.”

By Emmanuel Kwame Amoh|3news.com|Ghana

NPP Bans All Internal Contest Activities Ahead Of National Delegates Conference

The governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) says it has banned all activities associated with internal party contests which include Parliamentary and Presidential Primaries campaigns ahead of its National Delegate Conference.

 In a statement, the Party stated that its impending National Delegates Conference is expected to be held between 18th and 20th December 2021 at Kumasi in the Ashanti Region.
 
According to the NPP, they cherish the tradition of democratic competition and the belief that well-meaning aspirants will appreciate the need for such measures, which are necessary to enable a clear focus on the aims of the Conference.

“At a meeting held on Thursday 9th December 2021, the National Steering Committee of the Party, acting under Article 10 (10) (1) of the Constitution of the Party and in furtherance of the Code of Conduct issued under Article 18 to regulate and guide the activities of members prior to the opening of nominations, has banned the display of paraphernalia and advocacy for individual aspirants at the upcoming National Annual Delegates Conference.

“The Party continued that “no billboards and or sign boards, banners or any kind of outdoor signage with the images and or names of individual members, with or without the consent of the individual, shall be acceptable. This applies to the area within the Greater Kumasi Metropolis. All such displays, if put up already, should be removed,” the NPP Director of Communications, Yaw Buaben Asamoa disclosed said in the statement.

Read the full statement below;

NPP Bans All Activities Associated with Internal Party Contests, Parliamentary and Presidential Primaries. Institutes a Vaccination Policy at its 2021 National Annual Delegates Conference*

At a meeting held on Thursday 9th December 2021, the National Steering Committee of the Party, acting under Article 10 (10) (1) of the Constitution of the Party and in furtherance of the Code of Conduct issued under Article 18 to regulate and guide the activities of members prior to the opening of nominations, has banned the display of paraphernalia and advocacy for individual aspirants at the upcoming National Annual Delegates Conference.

Prior to and during the Conference on 18th to 20th December 2021, no billboards and or sign boards, banners or any kind of outdoor signage with the images and or names of individual members, with or without the consent of the individual, shall be acceptable. This applies to the area within the Greater Kumasi Metropolis. All such displays, if put up already, should be removed.

Furthermore, no t-shirts, flyers, brochures, and or souvenirs, branded and or embossed with the portraits and names of individuals, shall be allowed within the precincts of the Conference, including but not limited to places of accommodation for delegates. Any person, with or without their consent, whose image is flaunted on any advocacy material and who does not take active steps to desist from any public displays of aspiration for position within the precincts of Greater Kumasi, runs a higher risk of disqualification in the event nominations are declared opened.https://googleads.g.doubleclick.net/pagead/ads?client=ca-pub-2623005858729319&output=html&h=343&adk=3559006387&adf=3974360050&pi=t.aa~a.2816640267~i.28~rp.1&w=412&lmt=1639339155&num_ads=1&rafmt=1&armr=3&sem=mc&pwprc=2278969447&psa=1&ad_type=text_image&format=412×343&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.peacefmonline.com%2Fpages%2Fpolitics%2Fpolitics%2F202112%2F457413.php%3Futm_source%3Ddlvr.it%26utm_medium%3Dfacebook&flash=0&fwr=1&pra=3&rh=319&rw=382&rpe=1&resp_fmts=3&sfro=1&wgl=1&fa=27&dt=1639339155207&bpp=15&bdt=5271&idt=-M&shv=r20211207&mjsv=m202112060101&ptt=9&saldr=aa&abxe=1&cookie=ID%3Dc9d7690a5af77a3b-22b818dcd0ce008b%3AT%3D1639338016%3ART%3D1639338016%3AS%3DALNI_MbueBLczjt-7gTxNZbuPhAjE7OBBw&prev_fmts=0x0%2C412x343%2C412x343%2C412x343%2C412x343&nras=5&correlator=1825232188096&frm=20&pv=1&ga_vid=733039158.1639338013&ga_sid=1639338013&ga_hid=967773986&ga_fc=1&u_tz=0&u_his=1&u_h=892&u_w=412&u_ah=892&u_aw=412&u_cd=24&u_sd=2.625&dmc=4&adx=0&ady=3817&biw=412&bih=793&scr_x=0&scr_y=1636&eid=31063824%2C31060475&oid=2&psts=AGkb-H9jjaLyE4sxgWjL2FHcwP3_MgRkIeBMmHhHxufpIhb7Ao09ShgVy_Ls2hgTVWDf8VfXrlgpjJdPxg&pvsid=1078787058068402&pem=475&tmod=885&ref=https%3A%2F%2Flm.facebook.com%2F&eae=0&fc=1408&brdim=0%2C0%2C0%2C0%2C412%2C0%2C412%2C749%2C412%2C793&vis=1&rsz=%7C%7Cs%7C&abl=NS&fu=128&bc=31&ifi=6&uci=a!6&btvi=4&fsb=1&xpc=Tnu2DaiP2J&p=https%3A//www.peacefmonline.com&dtd=405

The 2021 National Annual Delegates Conference is a time of renewal for the Party. Though we cherish the Party tradition of democratic competition, we believe well-meaning aspirants will appreciate the need for such measures, which are necessary to enable a clear focus on the aims of the Conference. The true spirit behind the Conference is to enhance Party unity around the singular effort of working closely with Ghanaians as we recover from Covid-19 and rebuild our economy in new ways to feed into a future of shared growth. The Party will also be focused on dealing with constitutional amendments proposed by members.https://googleads.g.doubleclick.net/pagead/ads?client=ca-pub-2623005858729319&output=html&h=343&adk=3559006387&adf=3974360050&pi=t.aa~a.2816640267~i.31~rp.1&w=412&lmt=1639339155&num_ads=1&rafmt=1&armr=3&sem=mc&pwprc=2278969447&psa=1&ad_type=text_image&format=412×343&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.peacefmonline.com%2Fpages%2Fpolitics%2Fpolitics%2F202112%2F457413.php%3Futm_source%3Ddlvr.it%26utm_medium%3Dfacebook&flash=0&fwr=1&pra=3&rh=319&rw=382&rpe=1&resp_fmts=3&sfro=1&wgl=1&fa=27&dt=1639339155207&bpp=18&bdt=5272&idt=-M&shv=r20211207&mjsv=m202112060101&ptt=9&saldr=aa&abxe=1&cookie=ID%3Dc9d7690a5af77a3b-22b818dcd0ce008b%3AT%3D1639338016%3ART%3D1639338016%3AS%3DALNI_MbueBLczjt-7gTxNZbuPhAjE7OBBw&prev_fmts=0x0%2C412x343%2C412x343%2C412x343&nras=4&correlator=1825232188096&frm=20&pv=1&ga_vid=733039158.1639338013&ga_sid=1639338013&ga_hid=967773986&ga_fc=1&u_tz=0&u_his=1&u_h=892&u_w=412&u_ah=892&u_aw=412&u_cd=24&u_sd=2.625&dmc=4&adx=0&ady=4618&biw=412&bih=793&scr_x=0&scr_y=1636&eid=31063824%2C31060475&oid=2&psts=AGkb-H9jjaLyE4sxgWjL2FHcwP3_MgRkIeBMmHhHxufpIhb7Ao09ShgVy_Ls2hgTVWDf8VfXrlgpjJdPxg&pvsid=1078787058068402&pem=475&tmod=885&ref=https%3A%2F%2Flm.facebook.com%2F&eae=0&fc=1408&brdim=0%2C0%2C0%2C0%2C412%2C0%2C412%2C749%2C412%2C793&vis=1&rsz=%7C%7Cs%7C&abl=NS&fu=128&bc=31&ifi=5&uci=a!5&btvi=3&fsb=1&xpc=BVxRrXkEft&p=https%3A//www.peacefmonline.com&dtd=372

The Conference represents the end of a five-month long, but fruitful process. Starting in August 2021 under strict Covid-19 protocols, 275 Constituency Annual Delegates Conferences and 16 Regional Annual Delegates Conferences have been held, bringing together nearly 300,000 people, a feat unequalled in this era of Covid-19.https://googleads.g.doubleclick.net/pagead/ads?client=ca-pub-2623005858729319&output=html&h=343&adk=3559006387&adf=3974360050&pi=t.aa~a.2816640267~i.34~rp.1&w=412&lmt=1639339155&num_ads=1&rafmt=1&armr=3&sem=mc&pwprc=2278969447&psa=1&ad_type=text_image&format=412×343&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.peacefmonline.com%2Fpages%2Fpolitics%2Fpolitics%2F202112%2F457413.php%3Futm_source%3Ddlvr.it%26utm_medium%3Dfacebook&flash=0&fwr=1&pra=3&rh=319&rw=382&rpe=1&resp_fmts=3&sfro=1&wgl=1&fa=27&dt=1639339155207&bpp=18&bdt=5272&idt=-M&shv=r20211207&mjsv=m202112060101&ptt=9&saldr=aa&abxe=1&cookie=ID%3Dc9d7690a5af77a3b-22b818dcd0ce008b%3AT%3D1639338016%3ART%3D1639338016%3AS%3DALNI_MbueBLczjt-7gTxNZbuPhAjE7OBBw&prev_fmts=0x0%2C412x343%2C412x343&nras=3&correlator=1825232188096&frm=20&pv=1&ga_vid=733039158.1639338013&ga_sid=1639338013&ga_hid=967773986&ga_fc=1&u_tz=0&u_his=1&u_h=892&u_w=412&u_ah=892&u_aw=412&u_cd=24&u_sd=2.625&dmc=4&adx=0&ady=5218&biw=412&bih=793&scr_x=0&scr_y=1636&eid=31063824%2C31060475&oid=2&psts=AGkb-H9jjaLyE4sxgWjL2FHcwP3_MgRkIeBMmHhHxufpIhb7Ao09ShgVy_Ls2hgTVWDf8VfXrlgpjJdPxg&pvsid=1078787058068402&pem=475&tmod=885&ref=https%3A%2F%2Flm.facebook.com%2F&eae=0&fc=1408&brdim=0%2C0%2C0%2C0%2C412%2C0%2C412%2C749%2C412%2C793&vis=1&rsz=%7C%7Cs%7C&abl=NS&fu=128&bc=31&ifi=4&uci=a!4&btvi=2&fsb=1&xpc=ZshPjJa096&p=https%3A//www.peacefmonline.com&dtd=335

In response to enhanced protocols due to the fourth wave of Covid-19, attendees to the National Conference, are advised to take jabs of vaccine immediately, wherever they may find themselves. The Party is humbly requesting the Ghana Health Service to publish a list of places where shots of vaccine can be received in order for Party members to take jabs before the Conference date. There will also be medical personnel at the Conference venue to support compliance with the Protocols. All must carry their vaccination cards with them.

Merry Christmas and a Prosperous New Year

…Signed…

Yaw Buaben Asamoa
(Director of Communications

Digitalisation agenda continues to achieve results – Akufo-Addo

President Nana Addo Danbkwa Akufo-Addo has said the dDigitlasiation agenda of his government is achiving good results.

He said the Ghana Interbank Payment and Settlement Systems Limited (GhIPSS) service recorded 146% growth in the first to third quarter of 2021.

MORE ROADS, MORE JOBS AND DIGITALISATION. #AYEARON PIC.TWITTER.COM/5RMHS4QA7Y— Nana Akufo-Addo (@NAkufoAddo) December 12, 2021

Vice President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia has been championing the digitalization agenda as part of efforts to boots the local economy.

At a recent public lecturer he delivered,Dr Bawumia said,“Easily one of the most depressing visits I have paid to a government office during my time as Vice President was to the Births and Deaths Registry headquarters. There clearly was insufficient investment in the institution. It was messy and it was sad. 

“It turned out that the Births and Deaths Registry had three separate databases as registers for births and deaths and these databases were in silos. It is not surprising therefore that corruption and fake birth certificates thrived in this environment.

“Thankfully, the process of digitization of the records is almost complete and the three databases have been cleaned up and integrated. Furthermore, we are integrating the births and deaths register with the databases of Ghana Health Service, National Identification AuthorityGhana Statistical Service, Immigration and the Police so that the record of births and deaths

You can’t prove my government has wasted public funds – Akufo-Addo tells critics

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President Akufo-Addo has challenged his critics to prove mismanagement of the economy

He said, his govt has prudently managed the Ghanaian economy

He spoke at an anti-corruption conference


President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has challenged his critics to prove that he has mismanaged the Ghanaian economy.

According to him, the prudent management of the economy by his government has made the country meet the development demands of Ghanaians.

He indicated that, allegations of wanton dissipation of public funds are untrue and no one can prove such claims against his government.

Speaking at an anti-corruption conference in Accra, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo noted, his government has made a significant investment in all aspects of the economy than all other presidents under the fourth republic.null

“My government has spent a lot of money on education, health, infrastructure particularly roads, agriculture, industry, security services and the anti-corruption institutions than by any other government in the fourth republic if not in the entire history of Ghana.

“Furthermore, after all these expenditures, my government was still able to find some GHC25 billion to pay for the refund of depositors monies arising from the financial sector crisis. These expenditures indicate clearly what taxpayers monies and the revenues of government has been used for by the Akufo-Addo government,” the President was quoted in a citinewsroom report.

He added that, “it is difficult to sustain any serious argument about the wanton dissipation of public funds in my time as president.”

The Akufo-Addo led administration since it was sworn in on January 7, 2017, has come under criticism for what many say is poor management of the economy leading to economic hardship.

But President insists that, Ghana is moving in the right direction and the claims are baseless.

Source: www.ghanaweb.com

Majority denies claims it leaked Bagbin’s medical records

The Majority Caucus in Parliament has refuted claims it leaked the purported medical records of the Speaker of Parliament, Alban Bagbin.

“The Majority Caucus, to avoid doubt, has no interest in such an irresponsible deed,” it said in a statement.

The Majority also said it was shocked by such “spurious allegations”.

“Indeed, to protect the Speaker’s integrity, the Chair and the Parliament of the Republic of Ghana, we find the said publications unfortunate and unwarranted, and we condemn them accordingly,” it added.

“However, if the persons behind the publications intend to set the Speaker and the Majority Caucus in the Parliament of the Republic of Ghana on a collision course, we would not hesitate to offer the appropriate response” it noted.

“By this statement, the Majority Caucus also wishes to clarify that the Majority Leader, Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu, has not taken a dime from Parliament to seek and or receive medical attention in Dubai.”

“There is no scintilla of truth in the allegation, and it should, thus, be disregarded entirely for its spuriousness and hopelessness,” the statement said.

Mr. Bagbin left the country on November 27, 2021, for a medical review in Dubai in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

He is expected back in Accra on December 14.

Source: Citinewsroom.com

Akufo-Addo receives ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’ for Free SHS after Forbes laurel

President Nana Akufo-Addo has said on Thursday, 9 December 2021, “I received, officially, the Forbes “African of the Year Award” from Forbes Magazine”.

Also, he said the President of the US National Bar Association, Judge Carlos E. Moore, presented a “Lifetime Achievement Award” in recognition of my “initiative to provide free quality education to students”, which “will help with the broader development” of Ghana, as highlighted in Goal 4 of the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

A few days ago, the President of South Africa, Mr Cyril Ramaphosa, paid glowing tribute to President Akufo-Addo, for his recognition by Forbes Magazine as the “African of the Year”.

At a state dinner held in honour of the visiting South African President at Jubilee House on Saturday, 4 December, the South African President was full of praise for his Ghanaian counterpart for being adjudged the African of the Year by the world’s renowned media entity, Forbes.

President Ramaphosa extolled the virtues of President Akufo-Addo, which, in his view, led to Forbes awarding him the prestigious African of the Year crown.

“We are proud of this recognition, Your Excellency, because it speaks of your commitment, it speaks of your creativity, your innovation, and your clear strategic vision of what should happen in your own country, as well as on our beloved African continent,” he said.

President Ramaphosa also stressed that the recognition of President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo by Forbes is about his vision for Ghana, in particular, and the African continent as a whole.

“The recognition by the magazine is about your vision, not only for Ghana but for the people of our continent as well”, the South African President stated.

Not only was President Ramaphosa pleased with President Akufo-Addo’s recognition as the African of the Year, but also impressed by the cultural heritage of the Ghanaian people.

“This morning, Your Excellency, you took me to Kumasi to show me the wonders of Ghanaian culture and spectacular traditions during the 50th celebration of Nana Otuo Sriboe II of Juaben. I was deeply moved and impressed to see how Ghana has continued to keep true to the traditions of old, traditions that span generations and generations”, the South African President said.

Continuing, President indicated: “I will go back to South Africa with vivid memories of a people who are together in the very peaceful spirit celebrating, and I was truly honoured and humbled that you did take me to see the wonders of Ghanaian culture and tradition,” he said.

For his part, President Akufo-Addo thanked President Ramaphosa and his delegation for their visit to Ghana and reiterated his confidence that the visit will deepen the ties of friendship and cooperation between the two countries and their peoples.

“For me, one of the essential pillars of our relations must be the mutual nurturing of our young people. They are the ones to inherit the legacy of our current co-operative endeavours, who should work towards preserving and further enriching it,” he said.

The President continued: “With your visit, I am confident that a solid foundation for this new and mutually-beneficial cooperation has been laid, just as we have renewed our determination to work towards strengthening our common commitment to our continental organisation, the African Union

The Aggressors In Parliament Are All NDC Members – Kwamena Duncan

Former Minister of Central Region, Kwamena Duncan, has rebuked the Minority over their behaviour in Parliament.

The Minority and Majority members have been having heated arguments regarding the 2022 Budget Statement and Economic Policy presented by the Finance Minister, Ken Ofori-Atta on the floor of Parliament on Wednesday, November 17, 2021.

As the Minority is against the budget, the Majority, on the otherhand, are in favour of it.

The drama began when the Minority on Friday, November 26 rejected the budget after the Majority staged a walkout from their chambers but their vote was counted as a breach of the standing orders of the Legislative House.

On Tuesday, November 30, the Majority, by a 138 representation in a quorum, approved the budget.

During a Parliamentary proceeding after the Majority vote, some members of the Minority attempted to attack the Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Joseph Osei Owusu (Joe Wise) with one of them violently pulling the Speaker’s seat.

Discussing the Parliamentary brouhaha during Peace FM’s ‘Kokrokoo’, Kwamena Duncan called out the conduct of the Minority, describing them as ”aggressors”.

Alluding to a similar incident during the formation of the 8th Parliament where the Minority misbehaved, Kwamena Duncan said; ”Since 7th January what we witnessed and they all came out and said that oh we are sorry for what we have done, and we thought that they have learned some lessons out of what they did. It is even worse today and those who are the aggressors are the NDC Members of Parliament. The least thing, they want to unleash violence. Go back to 1996 and see those who were there, whether that was their enterprise in Parliament.”

He dreaded the Parliament of today may degenerate into anarchy.

“The Parliament we have today that people queued up to elect their representatives, today, the least thing, they descend into anarchy and violence. That a Member of Parliament can climb to where the Speaker is sitting to pull the Speaker’s seat and this country is muted over this matter. It’s not been called out and shamed. Now, Parliament has become a place where it easily degenerates into anything,” he stated.

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Source: Ameyaw Adu Gyamfi/Peacefmonline.com/Ghana

2022 Budget: In All You Do, Put Ghana First – Allotey Jacobs Tells MPs To Stop ‘Misbehaving’

Social commentator, Bernard Allotey Jacobs, has urged the Members of Parliament (MPs) to place Ghana first in all they do.

He expressed concerns over the conduct of the MPs in Parliament.

The MPs, both Majority and Minority, have been altercating about budget.

The Minority argues the budget won’t favour Ghanaians but the Majority believes this budget is one that will remedy Ghana’s economic situation.

Also, there was drama at Parliament following the Majority’s approval of the budget as some members of the Minority disagreeing with the Majority’s position caused chaos in the House.

Allotey Jacobs reminded the Parliamentarians of their duties to their constituents and why they elected them to represent them in the Legislative House.

”Immediately you enter into Parliament, Ghana first!”, he exclaimed and cautioned them to stop misbehaving.

“People are flexing their muscles. They want us to see they are militants, tough guys . . . sometimes some people foolishly will come out that we don’t like our country and that they are going to reside abroad like it’s their country . . . Ghana is our own. Ghana is our own country, we can’t go nowhere else . . . we should think about Ghana first,” he said.

He further called on them not to do things for their parochial interest, saying, “we are making progress. That’s what should have motivated us to help and move this country forward because at the end of the day, whether your party is in power or not, it will be the Midas touch”.

Allotey Jacobs made these comments while discussing the 2022 Budget Statement and Economic Policy of the Akufo-Addo government during a panel discussion on Peace FM’s ”Kokrokoo” Wednesday morning.

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Source: Ameyaw Adu Gyamfi/Peacefmonline.com/Ghana

Gov’t rolls out 6 community mining schemes; 31,300 jobs to be created

The government has launched six community mining schemes in galamsey-endemic areas of the country to address the issue of illegal mining.

The schemes, which are being rolled out in communities in the Western, Ashanti and Eastern regions of Ghana, is expected to enable willing persons to mine in a responsible manner and create 10,300 direct jobs and 21,000 indirect jobs.

Deputy Minister of Lands and Natural Resources, Mr George Mireku Duker, made this known at the regular Meet The Press session organised by the Ministry of Information in Accra on Wednesday, 8 November 2021.

According to him, the government is sanitising the extractive sector of the country with the introduction of the community mining scheme which paves the way for the commencement of regulated, responsible, and sustainable community mining, aimed at helping to get rid of illegal mining.

“We are creating community mining schemes to hold onto those who will be moved out of the illegal mining and to cushion them as well”, he told journalists.

“So far, we have created these schemes in six mining areas of the Western, Ashanti and Eastern Regions”.

“The schemes are intended to provide livelihoods for members in the mining communities, promote sustainable and responsible mining and therefore prevent illegal mining,” Mr Duker said.

He said community mining had become the main fulcrum around which the nation sought to organise responsible small-scale mining, explaining that it is the reason the government has developed a Small- Scale and Community Mining operational manual to guide the operations of small-scale miners.

Establishment of Mineral Development Unit at ADB

Mr Duker also disclosed that the government, as part of efforts to continuously support relevant players within the mining sector and ensure that small-scale miners have access to credit facilities for their operations, has established a Minerals Development Unit at the Agricultural Development Bank (ADB).

This, he said, will help tackle the issue of operational capital as the lack of credit facilities for small-scale mining operators has been identified as one of the driving forces behind foreigners’ involvement in the small scale mining space

E-Levy Will Be Used To Support Farmers – Agric Minister

The Minister of Food and Agriculture (MoFA) has called on farmers and Ghanaians as a whole to embrace the government’s proposed E-Levy transaction which was announced in the 2022 budget statement by the Finance Minister, Ken Ofori Atta, last month.

According to Dr. Owusu Afriyie Akoto, the Akufo-Addo administration was working assiduously to raise money enough to support farmers in the country, hence the introduction of the E-Levy.

However, he pointed out that the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC’s) entrenched position on the matter was very worrying.

Dr Afriyie Akoto made the assertion when he visited one of the government’s built warehouses at Gambaga in the North East Region on his first-day visit to the region as part of his 13-day tour of the northern sector.

The warehouse contained thousands of tons of harvested rice for safekeeping.

Prior to the visit to the warehouse, Dr Afriyie Akoto held a durbar with stakeholders and farmers in the agriculture industry in the region where he encouraged them to support the government’s policies in the sector.

These, he said, included Fertiliser Subsidy, Planting For Food and Jobs ((PFJ) among others aimed at improving farming activities in the region.

On shortage of fertilisers, he indicated that the government was seriously working to address it.

“We are making arrangements to ensure that farmers in the country have fertilisers to apply to their crops,” he assured.
He explained that the problem has come about because of the global shortage of fertiliser, adding that this has caused increases in the price of fertilisers.

He said, regrettably Ghana does not produce fertilisers, however, added that the government has subsidised fertilisers’ for farmers by 50%. This facility, he said, started when the government begun its PFJ programme.

While admitting that there were demands for warehouses, he averred that the uncompleted ones will be worked on as quickly as possible.

The minister also paid a courtesy call on the Overlord of Mamprugu Kingdom, Naa Bohagu Mahami Abdulai Sherigu, at his Nayiri Palace.

Naa Bohagu Mahami Abdulai Sherigu thanked the minister and his directors for making time to visit his community.

He recounted how his senior brother who was an agriculture extension officer helped him in his farming activities.

He, therefore, challenged the agriculture minister to ensure that extension officers carry out the needed knowledge to the farmers to improve their yields, adding that the region was one of the leading food baskets in the country.

Speaking to journalists, the Municipal Chief Executive (MCE) for Mamprusi West, Aremeyaw Somo Lucky Basiutaly, who spoke on behalf of the farmers, mainly rice farmers, mentioned some challenges bedevilling the farmers.

These, he mentioned, included no power at the processing centre and a lack of warehouses in the district for rice farmers.

He, therefore, appealed to the minister to help resolve these challenges.

From the palace of the Overlord of Mamprusi, the minister’s team visited the Presbyterian Agriculture Services at Lanbinsi Tenguri where he interacted with the women farmers and promised to support their activities.

He then took his visit to Tamanaa Rice Factory located along the Tamale Highway where rice in its raw state were processed, packaged and sold to the final consumer or exported

Police arrests Nhyiaeso MP Stephen Amoah for road traffic indiscipline

The Ghana Police Service (GPS) has announced the arrest of the Member of Parliament for Nhyiaeso, Dr Stephen Amoah, for flouting road traffic regulations.

Dr Amoah was busted during a police operation on Tuesday, December 7, 2021, around the Airport By-Pass to arrest drivers of V8 vehicles who were not complying with the Road Traffic Regulations.

During the exercise, some V8 drivers including Dr Amoah were arrested for the offences of careless driving, dangerous driving and causing road obstruction among others.

Six other drivers were also arrested as part of the operation which lasted between 4 pm and 6.30 pm.

They include;

1. Driver in charge of Toyota Landcruiser V8 with registration number GN 5532 – 17, Mr Joseph Brown.

2. Driver in charge of Toyota Land Cruiser with registration number GT 7059 – 20, Hon. Dr Stephen Amoah.

3. Driver in charge of Toyota 4 Runner with registration number GE 303 – 20, Mr Samuel A. Anim.

4. Driver in charge of Toyota Land Cruiser with registration number GE 1611 – 17, Emmanuel Kofi Ofori.

5. Driver in charge of Toyota Highlander 4×4 SUV with registration number GE 14 – 21, Mr Dimini Atuahene

6. Driver in charge of Toyota Land Cruiser with registration number GN 3516 – 18, Mr Daniel Boateng

7. Driver in charge of Toyota Land Cruiser with registration number GT 856 – 20, Thomas Atinga.

They were processed for court today (December 8, 2021

‘I erred and apologise for my actions’ – Ashaiman MP on seizing of Speaker’s chair

Ernest Norgbey, MP, Ashaiman, has regretted his actions of seizing the chair of the Speaker of Parliament when chaos erupted in the Chamber on Wednesday, December 1, 2021.

He told Joy FM on Tuesday, December 7, that the incident that occurred in the Chamber was unfortunate and he apologises for his action.

“There is nothing wrong when you err, you just apologize to the very person you erred against. That is why I said it was an unfortunate incident that happened in the Chamber. I am ever ready to apologize.

“It’s just an unfortunate incident that happened, it occurred during a situation that all of us found ourselves in and so if my actions have offended anybody, I take full responsibility for that and then apologize,” Ernest Norgbey told Evans Mensah.

There was chaos in Parliament after the First Deputy Speaker, Joseph Osei-Owusu gave a ruling which didn’t favour the Minority Caucus.

The Minority, through its leader, Haruna Iddrisu, had challenged the approval of the 2022 budget statement and requested that a motion be adopted to set aside the approval of the policy document.

According to the Minority, it was wrong for the Deputy Speaker who chaired proceedings on Tuesday, November 30, 2021, to count himself as part of the Majority while he assumed the speaker position.

After listening to the arguments for and against the motion, Joe Wise, as he is known popularly ruled that he did no wrong, hence could not accept the proposal from the Minority.

He argued, although he is sitting in for the Speaker, he cannot be described as “the Speaker of Parliament” since he is a Member of Parliament and was only assisting the substantive Speaker, Alban Bagbin, who is currently in Dubai for a medical check-up.

He, then, suspended the House after the ruling because of the confusion that ensued after his decision on Wednesday.

Amid the heckling, shouting and shoving from members of both sides, the Ashaiman MP walked straight to the place where the Speaker sits and dragged the chair towards the Minority section of the House.

Some Marshals of Parliament had to intervene to restore the chair to its original position.

Defending his actions, the MP told TV3 that he did nothing wrong relocating the seat of the Speaker of Parliament.

“I didn’t snatch the seat of the Speaker, I was only preserving it. Yes, it is not my duty to preserve the seat of the Speaker, but when he rules that he is not the Speaker, then we would have to preserve it [the seat] for the Speaker till he comes.

“I don’t agree with the view that touching the Speaker’s seat, is sacrilegious. The Speaker was not on the seat when I touched it. So many people touch the Speaker’s seat. I can also touch it. When I touch it, what happens? And no, my action did not attract the Marshals. They were already there. They were already positioned around the mace and the seat. No one intended to carry the seat outside the chamber,” Ernest Norgbey said.

Minority to file motion to challenge conduct of Joe Wise as Speaker

Haruna Iddrisu Minority Leader P Tamale South

Chaos erupts in Parliament as Deputy Speaker sought to rule

Deputy speakers insist he ruled on the motion by minority

2022 budget has been controversial, chaotic and confrontational

The Minority leader in parliament, Haruna Iddrisu, has said he will file a motion to challenge the conduct of the first Deputy Speaker, Joseph Osei Owusu, for insisting he ruled on the motion to overturn the approval of the 2022 budget statement and Economic policy.

According to the Minority Leader, the first Deputy Speaker cannot rule as he wishes in the House as the vote and proceedings captured that the speaker’s ruling was truncated by chaos last Wednesday.

“…Let me serve you notice that Mr Speaker under order 93(5) I will file a motion to question your conduct as Speaker or as a member of Bekwai, whenever is appropriate, because this directive you are giving does not and we ourselves recall the recording for scrutiny and we will look at it closely because as far as we know Mr Speaker, you attempted to rule and there was an uproar and there was a suspension and subsequently an adjournment and that all we know. So Mr Speaker I intend to invoke order 93(5) I will serve you and submit your conduct because you cannot operate with this Standing Orders at your wish and caprices.”

The First Deputy Speaker, however, insisted that he ruled in the midst of the chaos rejecting the motion.

The minority had moved for a vote to overturn the approval of the 2022 budget as passed by the all-majority side of the house on Tuesday, November 30, 2021.

The majority voted to overturn a vote of rejection passed on the budget by the minority side on Friday, November 27, 2021, after they (the majority) staged a boycott of proceedings

The majority side in the absence of the minority who stayed out of the chamber on Tuesday after overturning the rejection vote of Friday, also voted to approve the 2022 budget.

The minority wants the Speaker’s ruling overturned but the Speaker insists he ruled amidst the chaos and still stands by his decision.

Source: www.ghanaweb.com

Land guards allegedly set ablaze newly built police station at Tenbibiano

The suspects reportedly vandalised the glass doors before setting all furniture on fire in the commander’s office.

Some suspected land guards have allegedly set ablaze a newly built police station in Tenbibiano near Obom of the Ga South Municipality.

Residents of the area who have been thrown into a state of shock said the edifice was set to be commissioned this week.

According to eyewitnesses, the suspects reportedly vandalised the glass doors before setting all furniture on fire in the commander’s office.

Adom News’ Kofi Agyei reports that due to the notorious activities being perpetrated by some land guards in the area, Tenbibiano, Obom, and Ashalaja have all been declared “no go areas” by the residents.

However, Chief of Tenbibiano, Nii Quashie Amponsah has called on the Police to investigate the matter and arrest the culprits.

“It is an unfortunate incident which has not rested well with me nor any of my council members or the people of this community. I am pleading that they [Police] investigate this incident.

“We are not happy with it. We are not behind it. We don’t like what happened and we are not in support of it. So the Police and all its bodies should take this matter up and make sure the culprits are brought to book,” he insisted.

Source: Myjoyonline

We are not like Mahama, we listen to the concerns of citizens – John Kumah

John Kumah Parliament2020221312

Finance minister officially submits budget modification to Speaker

Government makes seven modifications to 2022 budget

TELCO’s to reduce all-inclusive cost by 0.25 percentage point

Deputy Minister of Finance, Dr. John Kuma, has described the NPP administration as a listening government.

According to him, the current government has acknowledged the concerns being made by citizens regarding the budget and have considered them.

He made reference to the former president John Mahama saying, “We are not like President Mahama, we listen to the concerns of citizens.

“Being responsive to concerns doesn’t make you notarial, the thoroughness involved in listening to the concerns of other people and saying that, is it possible to review it this way or is it possible to do it that way, so we are in consultations to reach a consensus on the way forward”.

He made these remarks in an interview on the AM Show on the Joy News channel.

The finance minister, Ken Ofori-Atta during a press briefing on Monday said, he has written to the speaker of parliament on seven modifications to the 2022 budget.

He mentioned that matters arising in relation to the e-levy will be addressed by parliament as government is in consultation with TELCO’s to ensure that the all-inclusive cost is reduced by 0.25 percentage points.

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Source: www.ghanaweb.com

Parliament adopts modifications to 2022 budget statement & economic policy

Parliament has adopted modifications to the 2022 budget statement and economic policy presented by Finance Minister Ken Ofori-Atta.

The Minister in a letter to parliament made some concessions such as a 10 million cedis provision for the Keta sea defence project, revision of Aker Energy, AGM Petroleum GNPC deal, withdrawal of Agyapa from the budget among others.

The Minister, however, failed to adjust the 1.75% E-levy in spite of agitations from the public and the minority.

Commenting on the modifications after they were laid on the floor, Minority Leader Haruna Iddrisu stated his side cannot and will not support the levy and will shoot it down anytime it surfaces in the budget.

Bawku Central MP, Mahama Ayariga questioned the absence of Finance Minister Ken Ofori-Atta who according to him should have moved a separate motion to amend the one moved during the presentation of the budget.

The demand was however rejected by Interior Minister and Nandom MP, Ambrose Dery with First Deputy Speaker Joseph Osei-Owusu explaining provisions were made for the modifications during the approval of the budget.

Deputy Majority Leader Alexander Afenyo-Markin on his part disclosed government will still dialogue and consult on the E-Levy.

Elembelle MP Emmanuel Kofi Armah Buah cautioned the house has 10 more days to sit and thus Ghanaians should blame the government and the Majority if Parliament fails to approve the budget estimates and pass the appropriation bill.

The former Energy Minister singled out the Finance Minister for a mention arguing he’s not shown enough seriousness with the work of parliament in approving the budget

Minority can’t support E-levy – Haruna Iddrisu to gov’t

The Minority Leader in Parliament, Haruna Iddrisu has insisted that his side in the House will not support the introduction of the E-levy in the 2022 budget statement.

Contributing to a debate on the floor of the House Tuesday December 7, he said “We are unable to support government and we will continue to oppose it.”

His comments came just a day after the Finance Minister Ken Ofori Atta had indicated at a press conference that consultations were still going on regarding the proposal in order to reach a consensus.

“On the matter of the E-levy, having regard to its serious fiscal implications, we will continue our consultations with the Minority Caucus in Parliament and other relevant stakeholders, with a view to achieving consensus and reverting to the House in the shortest possible time,” he said on Monday December 6.

The Finance Minister had announced in the budget statement a new levy to be charged by government in 2022 on all electronic transactions to widen the tax net and rope in the informal sector.

“It is becoming clear there exists enormous potential to increase tax revenues by bringing into the tax bracket, transactions that could be best defined as being undertaken in the ‘informal economy’,” Mr Ofori-Atta observed on Wednesday, November 17 as he presented the 2022 budget statement in Parliament.

“After considerable deliberations, government has decided to place a levy on all electronic transactions to widen the tax net and rope in the informal sector. This shall be known as the ‘Electronic Transaction Levy or E-Levy’.”

He explained that the new E-levy will be a 1.75 per cent charge on all electronic transactions covering mobile money payments, bank transfers, merchant payments and inward remittances to be borne by the sender except inward remittances, which will be borne by the recipient.

This will, however, not affect transactions that add up to GH¢100 pr less per day.

“A portion of the proceeds from the E-Levy will be used to support entrepreneurship, youth employment, cyber security, digital and road infrastructure among others.”

This new levy is scheduled to start Saturday, January 1, 2022.

In 2020, total value of transactions was estimated to be over GH¢500 million with mobile money subscribers and users growing by 16 percent in 2019.

According to a Bank of Ghana report, Ghana saw an increase of over 120 percent in the value of digital transactions between February 2020 and February 2021 compared to 44 percent for the period February 2019 to February 2020 due to the convenience they offer.

This was definitely heightened by the advent of Covid-19 especially during the lockdown.

But the proposal has met resistance from the Minority in Parliament.

Haruna Iddrisu said the E-levy is a disincentive to the growth of digital economy. To that end, he said, the Minority will not support it.

Speaking at a post budget workshop in Ho on Saturday November 20, he said “Mr Speaker, understandably, we see that the Minister of Finance seeks to introduce some measures including the now popularly declared e-levy or digital levy  as some have quite named it.

“Mr Speaker, our concern is whether the e-levy itself is not and will not be a disincentive to the growth of digital economy in our country . We are convinced that the e-levy may as well even be a disincentive to investment  and a disincentive to private sector development in our country. We in the minority may not and will not support government  with the introduction of that particular e-levy . We are unable to build national consensus  on that particular matter.”

By Laud Nartey|3news.com|Ghana

Guyana not the usual talk – Guyana President

The President of the Co-operative Republic of Guyana, Mohamed Irfaan Ali, has pledged his country’s commitment to a “strategic engagement and partnership with Ghana” as the two countries work together to improve the lives of their citizens.

President Ali, who was speaking at a State Dinner in honour of Ghana’s visiting Vice President, H.E. Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, on Sunday, 5th December, 2021 in Georgetown, Guyana, emphasized that the Guyana-Ghana partnership was “not one of the usual engagements or talks”, but one to which both countries had laid out clearly defined expected outcomes.

“We are very excited about this strategic partnership; it is receiving attention from the highest levels of Government. On the sidelines of the recent UN General Assembly meeting, we held bilateral meetings with Ghana President H.E. Nana Akufo-Addo and within weeks, a timetable to design and achieve a framework for strategic cooperation was in place. Within weeks our Vice President, Dr Bharrat Jagdeo was in Ghana. And just weeks after, Ghana’s Vice President is here to further work on the framework.

“This is a sign of concrete progress, and we will continue to engage and agree on practical steps and develop policies for the mutual benefit of our two countries” President Ali said, to applause from the audience, which included the Prime Minister, Chief Justice, Heads of the security agencies, Ministers of State, captains of Industry and some Ghana government officials.

Recalling the uncanny similarities in the histories of the two countries, Vice President Bawumia, who is on a three-day working visit to Guyana less than two months after his Guyanese counterpart, Dr Bharrat Jagdeo led a delegation to Ghana, promised “rigorous, open and mutually beneficial” discussions between Ghana Government officials and private sector leaders with their Guyanese counterparts, with the ultimate aim of knowledge-sharing and improved livelihoods for their citizens

“Ghana and Guyana have long, historic ties. We are both robust democracies, have similar natural resources, and science tells us that we were all part of one continent until the continental shelves broke apart and drifted away. Our histories are very similar as well, and our bonds are very strong. This, I believe, forms the basis for a lasting partnership as we work together to design and put in place measures that position us as masters of our own destinies.”

During the three-day visit, Vice President Bawumia is expected to hold a bilateral meeting with the President and senior officials of Guyana, meet with the leadership of the University of Guyana to among others, explore ways for capacity building, participate in a forum of the Ghanaian and Guyanese private sector, meet with the Ghanaian community in Guyana, and witness the signing of a framework agreement between Ghana and Guyana.

Source: 3news.com|Ghana

Ghana is implementing strategic programmes to combat climate change – Lands Minister

The Government of Ghana is implementing two major interventions to urgently respond to the effects of climate change.

These are the Ghana Cocoa Forest REDD+ Programme (GCFRP) in cocoa forest land scape, mainly in the southern part of the country and The Ghana Shea Lands Scape Emission Reduction Programme in the Northern Savannah zones of Ghana.

Ghana’s Minister for Lands and Natural Resources Hon Samuel A. Jinapor stated this at the opening of 12th Bosphorus Summit, in Istanbul, Turkey on Monday 6th December, 2021.

These programmes, the Minister said will enhance the ecosystem whiles improving Livelihood opportunities for farmers, women groups and Forest users in general.

Hon. Jinapor said in line with the vision of the President of the Republic of Ghana, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, the country on June 11th 2021, successful planted 7 million seedlings nationwide under the flagship Green Ghana initiative.

He also stated that a robust Afforestation Programme which seeks to restore degraded land scapes across all ecological zones and inculcate the culture of tree planting among the Ghanaian Youth will be rolled out soon as part of government’s Master Plan on Land scape restoration.

The Minister also called on various countries, institutions and the private sector actors to partner Ghana and exchange the rich experience and best practices in land scape restoration among others.

Hon. Jinapor further urged participants at the Summit and the International Community to deliberate on the effects of Climate Change on the ecosystem which links forest and sustainable Livelihoods.

He said ” Let us invest in technology and science that prevents impact of climate change on the Livelihoods of the people we lead”.

The Minister was of the view that ” We can only achieve our aim if global climate actions are real and verifiable, and this we must do, by embracing real and verifiable emissions reduction initiatives”.

On his part, the Chairman of the International Cooperation Platform (ICP) Mr. Rona Yircali said the time has come for the International Community to reaffirm their commitment towards the enhancement of the environment.

He hoped discussions at the Summit including Climate Change and the importance of Agriculture will help to make the world a better place.

The 12th Bosphorus Summit hosted by Turkey’s Commercial Capital Istanbul, featured the participation of Ministers of State, Diplomats, experts and Academics from Ghana, Angola, Jordan, Turkey, Kosovan, Palestine, Denmark, Belgium, UK, USA , Norway, Azerbaijan and many other countries worldwide.

Other discussions centered on cyber security, artificial intelligence, conflict resolution, transport and Industrialisation.

Source: 3news.com|Ghana

Ghana has a robust democracy – Guyana President to Bawumia

The President of the Co-operative Republic of Guyana, Mohamed Irfaan Ali has said Ghana has a robust democracy just as his country.

President Ali said this while speaking at a State Dinner in honour of Ghana’s visiting Vice President, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, on Sunday, 5th December, 2021 in Georgetown, Guyana.

“not one of the usual engagements or talks”, but one to which both countries had laid out clearly defined expected outcomes.

“We are very excited about this strategic partnership; it is receiving attention from the highest levels of Government. On the sidelines of the recent UN General Assembly meeting, we held bilateral meetings with Ghana President H.E. Nana Akufo-Addo and within weeks, a timetable to design and achieve a framework for strategic cooperation was in place. Within weeks our Vice President, Dr Bharrat Jagdeo was in Ghana. And just weeks after, Ghana’s Vice President is here to further work on the framework.

“This is a sign of concrete progress, and we will continue to engage and agree on practical steps and develop policies for the mutual benefit of our two countries” President Ali said, to applause from the audience, which included the Prime Minister, Chief Justice, Heads of the security agencies, Ministers of State, captains of Industry and some Ghana government officials.

Recalling the uncanny similarities in the histories of the two countries, Vice President Bawumia, who is on a three-day working visit to Guyana less than two months after his Guyanese counterpart, Dr Bharrat Jagdeo led a delegation to Ghana, promised “rigorous, open and mutually beneficial” discussions between Ghana Government officials and private sector leaders with their Guyanese counterparts, with the ultimate aim of knowledge-sharing and improved livelihoods for their citizens

“Ghana and Guyana have long, historic ties. We are both robust democracies, have similar natural resources, and science tells us that we were all part of one continent until the continental shelves broke apart and drifted away. Our histories are very similar as well, and our bonds are very strong. This, I believe, forms the basis for a lasting partnership as we work together to design and put in place measures that position us as masters of our own destinies.”

Source: 3news.com|Ghana

Shatta Wale, Medikal cases adjourned to Jan. 25

The cases involving musicians Shatta Wale and Medikal have been adjourned to 25 January 2021.

Shatta Wale was arrested for a shooting prank while Medikal was arrested for brandishing a gun on social media.

Shatta Wale is being prosecuted with three others in connection with the hoax staged on his birthday following a prophecy by a pastor that the artiste would be shot dead.

He has been charged with causing fear and panic by publishing false news.

His other accomplices: Kojo Owusu Koranteng, personal assistance; Eric Vanetor, a graphic designer; and Iddrisu Yussif, a beautician; have been charged with abetment of the criminal of publication of false news.

Shatta Wale has pleaded not guilty and is on self-recognisance bail.

His accomplices have also all pleaded not guilty and admitted to GHS100,000 bail each with a surety.

During the hearing on Tuesday, 7 December 2021, the prosecutor, Chief Inspector Dennis Terkpetey, prayed the court to let the counsel for the accused persons produce one more fugitive suspect.

After an in-camera hearing granted by the court following a prayer by Shatta Wale’s counsel for such, Mr Jerry Avenorgbo, then prayed for an adjournment to the last weekend of January.

Mr Avenorgbo told the court that his client would have a lot of engagements during the festive season.

Also, the lawyer for Medikal, Mr Pobbi Banson, prayed the court to adjourn the case to give his client the chance to take part in scheduled Christmas activities.

The court, presided over by Emmanuel Essandoh, granted the request and adjourned sittings to January 25, 2022

2022 budget remains rejected – Murtala

Tamale Central Lawmaker, Ibrahim Murtala Muhammed, has said that as far as the Minority is concerned, the 2022 budget statement remains rejected.

For the budget to be accepted, he said, the Minister of Finance would have to relay the entire document in Parliament with the changes duly reflected.

“As far as we are concerned the 2022/2023 budget statement was rejected,” he said on the New Day show on TV3 Tuesday December 7, adding that “that is our position.”

The Finance Minister Ken Ofori Atta announced some changes in the budget document at a press conference in Accra on Monday December 6.

He said “With regards to Agyapa Royalties Ltd, he said “we shall amend paragraphs 442 and 443 to take out references to mineral royalties collateralisation. It is important to note that, any reference to Agyapa was for informational purposes, and as such was not reflected in the fiscal framework;


“In respect of the unfortunate tidal waves which rendered about 3,000 people homeless in Keta, we shall make the necessary budgetary allocations of at least GHS10 million to complete the Feasibility and Engineering studies for the coastal communities adversely affected.


“We will broaden the scope of the study to consider a more comprehensive solution to protect Ghana’s 540 Km of coastline,
including the 149 Km between Aflao and Prampram. Meanwhile, NADMO has responded to the humanitarian crisis created by the tidal waves on the Keta coastline;


“Relating to the Aker Energy transaction, we shall amend paragraph 829 of the 2022 Budget on the acquisition of a stake from Aker Energy and AGM Petroleum by GNPC, to reflect the resolution of Parliament dated 6th July, 2021 that “the terms and conditions of the loan for the acquisition of the shares shall be brought to Parliament for consideration pursuant to article 181 of the Constitution; and

“On the benchmark values, we shall avert any hardships to importers and consumers while safeguarding the interest of local manufacturing industries to secure and expand jobs for our people. This administrative exercise which reviewed 43 out of 81 line items, has the objective to promote local manufacturing and the 1D1F policy, including the assembling of vehicles. It is important to note that this adjustment affects only 11.4% of the total CIF value, of which 50% is for vehicles. From our analysis, the potential increase in retail prices should be relatively insignificant and therefore inflation should be muted.

“The YouStart policy will also support our accomplished Traders with appropriate training and access to capital to become Manufacturers in order to expand the industrial base of our society and our import substitution strategy, in line with our Ghana Beyond Aid agenda. We will work with the relevant Committees of Parliament to reflect these modifications in the 2022 Budget as is the usual practice, before the Appropriation Bill is passed. Any other concerns which may emerge shall be addressed during the discussions of the estimates by the Committees, as has been the tradition.

“On the matter of the E-levy, having regard to its serious fiscal implications, we will continue our consultations with the Minority Caucus in Parliament and other relevant stakeholders, with a view to achieving consensus and reverting to the House in the shortest possible time.

These changes became necessary following the spirited objections raised against the budget by the Minority in Parliament.

By Laud Nartey|3news.com|Ghana

Reduce allocation to the office of gov’t machinery by 25% – Finance Minister told

Finance Minister, Ken Ofori-Atta

The Minister of Finance, Ken Ofori Atta, has been told to reduce the budget to the Office of the government machinery by 25 per cent.

The suggestion was made by Founding President of Imani Africa Franklin Cudjoe in a statement reacting to the adjustments made by the Minister in the budget statement.

Mr Cudjoe said “I have read the Finance Minister’s statement on the 2022 budget. The part on Agyapa and Aker deals are a good first step to dealing with the vexed issues. We will watch the space.

“I had hoped there would be an emphatic statement on the E-levy, beyond consultation with the Minority and a clarification on agency fees for collecting same. Admittedly, we are in the hardest of times with a debt overhang so perilous that girding our collective loins seems inescapable.

“The Minority should continue discussing with government, but charity begins with the government- at least reduce the budget to the office of government machinery by 25%. It can help build a few school blocks. Carpe diem.”

In announcing the changes in the budget, Mr Ofori Atta said “With regards to Agyapa Royalties Ltd, he said “we shall amend paragraphs 442 and 443 to take out references to mineral royalties collateralisation. It is important to note that, any reference to Agyapa was for informational purposes, and as such was not reflected in the fiscal framework;


“In respect of the unfortunate tidal waves which rendered about 3,000 people homeless in Keta, we shall make the necessary budgetary allocations of at least GHS10 million to complete the Feasibility and Engineering studies for the coastal communities adversely affected.


“We will broaden the scope of the study to consider a more comprehensive solution to protect Ghana’s 540 Km of coastline,
including the 149 Km between Aflao and Prampram. Meanwhile, NADMO has responded to the humanitarian crisis created by the tidal waves on the Keta coastline;


“Relating to the Aker Energy transaction, we shall amend paragraph 829 of the 2022 Budget on the acquisition of a stake from Aker Energy and AGM Petroleum by GNPC, to reflect the resolution of Parliament dated 6th July, 2021 that “the terms and conditions of the loan for the acquisition of the shares shall be brought to Parliament for consideration pursuant to article 181 of the Constitution; and

“On the benchmark values, we shall avert any hardships to importers and consumers while safeguarding the interest of local manufacturing industries to secure and expand jobs for our people. This administrative exercise which reviewed 43 out of 81 line items, has the objective to promote local manufacturing and the 1D1F policy, including the assembling of vehicles. It is important to note that this adjustment affects only 11.4% of the total CIF value, of which 50% is for vehicles. From our analysis, the potential increase in retail prices should be relatively insignificant and therefore inflation should be muted.

“The YouStart policy will also support our accomplished Traders with appropriate training and access to capital to become Manufacturers in order to expand the industrial base of our society and our import substitution strategy, in line with our Ghana Beyond Aid agenda. We will work with the relevant Committees of Parliament to reflect these modifications in the 2022 Budget as is the usual practice, before the Appropriation Bill is passed. Any other concerns which may emerge shall be addressed during the discussions of the estimates by the Committees, as has been the tradition.

“On the matter of the E-levy, having regard to its serious fiscal implications, we will continue our consultations with the Minority Caucus in Parliament and other relevant stakeholders, with a view to achieving consensus and reverting to the House in the shortest possible time.

These changes became necessary following the spirited objections raised against the budget by the Minority in Parliament.

Give your members IDs – IGP to courier service operators

The Inspector-General of Police, Dr George Akuffo Dampare and some members of the Police Management Board, POMAB, on Monday, 6 December 2021 held a stakeholder engagement with the National Courier Association-Ghana.

The purpose of the meeting was to discuss safety and security issues affecting courier operators and how to reduce accidents involving motorbike riders especially, during the festive season.

The meeting was moderated by Mr Kwame Bekoe, president of the association.

Also present was the Monitoring and Evaluation officer from the Postal and Courier Services Regulatory Commission.

Members of the Courier Services raised several concerns including all riders being tagged as armed robbers, frequent harassment and lack of civility from some police officers, indiscipline on the part of some commercial riders resulting in accidents, destruction of car mirrors among others.

They, therefore, appealed to the police administration for more consultation with their leadership to reduce reckless road accidents involving motorbikes.

The police administration, for its part, pledged to immediately address the police-related concerns.

The leadership of the association was charged to introduce some form of identification for their members such as uniforms and badges.

The association members were informed that the police service was putting in place a mechanism to monitor, arrest and prosecute recalcitrant riders.

The riders were urged to be ambassadors of good riding and an example for other riders.

They were also advised to observe all road traffic regulations to save lives during the Christmas season and beyond

Travel Ban Won’t Stop Omicron Coronavirus – Dr. Patrick Kuma-Aboagye

Dr. Patrick Kuma-Aboagye, the Director-General of the Ghana Health Service (GHS), has kicked against the travel ban on some countries which have recorded the new Coronavirus variant, Omicron.

Countries such as Nigeria and South Africa among other Southern African countries have been placed on the travel red list of the United Kingdom and the United States.

Ten southern African countries have been added to Britain’s travel red list due to fears resulting from the spread of Omicron variant.

This means stringent coronavirus testing and quarantine restrictions have been imposed on citizens from these countries who desire to travel to the UK and US.

With the UK, they will have to pay for and self-isolate in a pre-booked government-approved hotel for 10 days.

But Dr. Patrick Kuma-Aboagye is unhappy about the travel ban.

To him, it doesn’t make sense to ban the African countries questioning how effective such decision would be to prevent the spread of the virus.

He cited an instance where somebody who has contracted the virus would travel from a Western country to the UK, wondering why they should only ban African countries.

To him, it would rather make a lot of sense if every country is banned from entering another country but to single out Nigerian and South African citizens among others won’t solve the issue.

”I am sure it’s probably a way of giving you time to prepare but I don’t it’s the solution,” he stressed.

He made these comments on Peace FM’s ‘Kokrokoo’ programme.

Source: Ameyaw Adu Gyamfi/Peacefmonline.com/Ghana