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My hardwork has paid off- Asaga

The Minister-designate for Employment and Social Welfare, Moses Asaga, says his hard work over the years has paid off following his ministerial appointment by President John Evans Atta Mills.

Hon. Asaga who was very happy with his appointment stated that he has always been looking for an opportunity to serve in government and with his appointment he is poised to contribute meaningfully to governance and ensure the full realization of the Better Ghana Agenda.

The hard working Member of Parliament for Nabdam was in 2009 withdrawn as water resources, works and housing minister-designate for ordering the payment of the controversial ex-gratia awards without clearance from the transition team of the new government then led by President Mills.

Speaking on Citi Eye Witness news on Wednesday, stated that he is committed to ensuring that his outfit and the leadership of labour unions have the best of relationship to keep the labour front peaceful.

He said his experience in the Finance Ministry, put him in a better position to know how to deal with monetary demands from labour groups and how to meet this demands.

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Ablekuma Central MP donates laptops

Mr Theophilus Tetteh Chaie, the Member of Parliament for Ablekuma Central, has given Abossey Okai Methodist Junior High School 26 laptop computers for their excellent performance in the 2011 Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE).

This followed the school’s first appearance in the BECE and scored 100 percent.

Mr Chaie said education was his priority and therefore championed the provision of the laptops from the Ministry of Education to support the study and learning of Information, Communication Technology (ICT) in the school.

He said knowledge in ICT was no longer for the privileged as the world now depended heavily on if for virtually every transaction in business.

Mr Chaie said the government had recognised the contribution and sacrifice of teachers towards achieving meaningful and quality education for Ghanaian children and would listen to their concerns at all times.

He said government was also making all efforts to improve the skills and knowledge of teachers in order to enhance teaching and learning in schools.

The Headmistress of the Abossey Okai Methodist JHS, Mrs Patience Amelorku, attributed the excellent performance of the BECE results to the greater commitment and teamwork and the constant supervision of the students and the teachers.

She commended the MP for the donation.

The Officer in Charge of Education in the area, Miss Bernice Aduo, commended the MP for his contribution to the development of education in the Metro Sub and the constituency.


Kofi Jumah: I’ll sue government

The minority spokesperson on Local Government, Hon. Maxwell Kofi Jumah, has threatened to sue the Mills administration in a bid to derail the government’s moves to create some 40 new districts across the country.

The former deputy local government minister under the Kufuor rule issued the threat in an interview with Citi News on Tuesday when MPs resumed sitting after a three-month break.

The government announced the creation of over 42 new districts last year, prompting speculations that the Electoral Commission was also planning to create 30 new constituencies.

Late last year, the government, however, failed to secure Parliamentary approval for the Legislative Instruments it sent to the House to give legislative backing to the new local authorities, after objections from the minority side.

After Tuesday’s sitting, Hon Jumah, without providing proof, told Citi News he has evidence to prove the Mills-led administration is colluding with the electoral commission to rig the December general elections.

“I have the figure that some of those new districts don’t have the required numbers set by law – the 75,000. Some are as low as 4,000 for them to qualify to be districts,” Jumah argued.

He added: “By so doing, forcing the hand of the Electoral Commission to create constituencies to favour the NDC government, so my anger is first to the government for attempting to gerrymander the constituencies and secondly the Electoral Commission for being part of that grand scheme to manipulate census figures to create phantom constituencies.

“It wouldn’t happen because I’ve done my research for all the 42 [districts] that they are attempting to put up and I’ve gone through the constitution, Act 462 and all the other relevant laws and none of them qualify to be. I’ll take all of them to court and throw all of them out. ”

Source: citifmonline. com

ECOWAS Parliament deliberate implementation of ECOWAS agric policy

Mrs Joyce Adeline Bamford-Addo, Speaker of Parliament on Monday opened a five-day meeting of the Joint committee on agriculture, environment, water resources and rural development infrastructure and industrial development of the ECOWAS Parliament in Accra.

It is under the theme; Implementation of the ECOWAS Agricultural Policy: In the Context of the Regional Investment Programme and the National Agriculture Investment Programme of Member Countries.

Member states of Ghana, Benin, Nigeria, Niger, Liberia, Gambia and Burkina Faso are attending.

The meeting is to enable members to reflect on the ECOWAS Agriculture Policy, adopted by Heads of State of the sub-region in 2005 and focus on the National Agriculture Investment Programmes and the Regional Agriculture Investment Programme.

The Objectives of the meeting is to inform members about the implementation process of the ECOWAS Agriculture Policy and to take concrete steps to stimulate all aspects of the policy and also to pay particular attention to the mobilisation of national Parliaments and the ECOWAS Parliament for the design of viable projects.

Mrs Addo said very little integration has taken root in the region, especially in the free movement of goods and services and of the people.

She said only marginal proportions of the people in the region were aware of ECOWAS policies and programmes and hardly take advantage of them, adding that, such situations if not properly addressed will have serious repercussions on the efforts to realise the noble ideals of the regional integration.

Mrs Addo stated that the meeting offered a strong call for the ECOWAS community to adopt the policies and implement the measures of ECOWAS to herald in an era of food security for the region.

She said members should make it their concern to transform ECOWAS from an ECOWAS of States to an ECOWAS of people.

She said food ranks highest of the basic necessities of life therefore promoting and sustaining growth in the agricultural sector in the region to achieve food security and self sufficiency should be lauded.

Mrs Addo asserted that all member states have completed the process of preparation of their National Agriculture Implementation Policy and the process of mobilisation of funds to support the implementation of the programme.

She urged members to influence and facilitate the various governments in allocating 10 per cent of the national budget to agriculture and target agriculture Gross Domestic Product growth rate of at least 6 per cent annually.

Mrs Addo explained that the food crisis that characterised several governments in recent times makes response by government imperative and it was in this light that ECOWAS should be seen as a response mechanism and an opportunity to harness and manage agricultural resources and provide food security to reduce food dependency and achieve sovereignty.

Alhaji Muhammad Mumuni in a speech read for him, said the major political and economic problems that face West Africa included, declining Agricultural and Industrial productivity, sporadic famines; increasing environmental degradation, high level of malnutrition, lack of financial resources and in particular, a declining capacity to serve the high level of debt, civil unrest and external conflicts, collapsing infrastructure and the disintegration of public institutions.

He said such concerns should be the emphasis of the ECOWAS commission.


Organise extra classes for school children – Botwe

Mr Dan Botwe, Member of Parliament (MP) for Okere, has appealed to all schools within the area to organize evening and weekend classes for school children.

He said he was prepared to support such an initiative, which was the only way of ensuring high academic performance of school children, especially in the Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE).

The MP gave the assurance at separate Parent-Teacher Association (PTA) meetings at Krutiase, Obaware, Twumguaso, Nkyenua, Asasekoko, and some other communities to brainstorm on how to prevent schools in the constituency from scoring zero percent and raise the standard of education in the area.

Mr Botwe expressed concern about poor performance of BECE results in the area and general declining of academic performance in recent times.

The MP reiterated his commitment to allocate a chunk of his resources into education to improve Basic Education in the area adding that much of the funds would be used to pay teachers to organize extra classes for pupils in Junior High Schools (JHS), in the area.

Mr Botwe noted that the measure was to relieve parents of financial burden and to ensure that none of the schools in the constituency score zero per cent in this year’s BECE.

He attributed the poor BECE results in recent times to lack of proper preparation towards the examination by the candidates and their teachers.

Mr Botwe appealed to parents, traditional authorities and other stakeholders in education, to assist him to achieve his objective.

The MP said as a long-term measure, he had planned to motivate eminent citizens from the constituency to adopt schools and visit them frequently to encourage the pupils to learn hard.

Mr Botwe said he would establish an education fund with the support of people from the constituency and their friends to sponsor brilliant but needy children to continue their education after the BECE.

During the meeting it came out that majority of teachers were staying far away from the communities and therefore came to school late, a situation, which did not make them cover the require hours of teaching.

The parents therefore appealed to the MP to help them get accommodation for teachers in the various communities.


NDC warn candidates against going independent

National Executives of the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) have warned losers of last Saturday’s parliamentary primaries who are contemplating contesting as independent candidates to forget about any such intentions, as the party will not waste time in dismissing anyone who decides to go solo.

As it is with such elections, some disgruntled losers eventually decide to contest as independent candidate and one such person who may go solo is the outspoken Legislator, Michael Teye Nyaunu of Lower Manya Krobo who lost to the Deputy Eastern Regional Minister Ebenezer Okletey Terlabi in the parliamentary primaries held over the weekend.

However speaking to Citi News, George Lawson a deputy General Secretary of the NDC in charge of Operations stated that there is the need to present a united NDC front during the upcoming December election.

He said anyone who decides to go independent seizes to be part of the NDC party, adding that the party will swiftly dismiss the individual.

Mr George Lawson noted that efforts will be made to ensure that defeated candidates will not out of sour grapes work against the party but rather they would be brought on board to campaign for an emphatic NDC victory in December.

Amansie East NPP wants Osei-Owusu as candidate

The Amansie East constituency of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) has appealed to Hon.  Joe Osei-Wusu , the incumbent Member of Parliament for  Bekwai who contested the 2008 election as independent candidate to stand as the parliamentary candidate on the ticket of NPP instead of going as independent in the coming elections.

According to the constituency, this would boost the morale of the teaming supporters who are waiting to hear a word from him to start their electioneering campaign.

A statement signed by Mr Kweku Mensah, Secretary, said ‘ we humbly ask Mr. Osei-Wusu to respond to our appeal to stand in the name of NPP instead of going independent as he did in the last election as our parliamentary candidate within 14 days.’

The statement said the Amansie East trump card is to bring on board the Mr Osei-Wusu into the forefront of the NPP winning-team for the constituency, adding that, ‘it is always difficult to win a major battle without a war commander’.

It said getting more votes to make Nana Akuffo Addo the ultimate winner in the 2012 presidential poll was a concern to the Amansie Society as well as to all stakeholders of the party.

In an interview with ghanamps.gov.gh, Hon Osei – Wusu expressed his desire and readiness to contest the upcoming December parliamentary election on the ticket of the New Patriotic Party (NPP).

He stood as an independent candidate following some electoral problems he had with the party during the constituency primaries where he lost to the then incumbent MP by 69 to 70 votes.

Hon. Osei- Wusu said though he is willing to contest on the party’s ticket the final decision rest on the party executives to admit him back into the fold of the party, adding that the party has assured of re-admitting those MPs who went independent in the last election.

He noted that even though he’s an independent MP his commitment to the NPP has made him work consistently work with the party since 2008 to ensure Nana Akufo Addo wins the 2012 presidential election and will work further if he wins the nod to run on the ticket of the party.

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NDC will not lose 2012 because of Woyome scandal – Adu Asare

The Member of Parliament for Adenta Kojo Adu –Asare has dismissed suggestions that the controversial payment of about GHS 52 million judgment debt to self acclaimed NDC financier Alfred Agbesi Woyome, and its attendant brouhaha will surely send the ruling NDC party parking out of office come December general elections.

Some political analysts and the sympathizers of the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) are of the view that electorates will vote out the government due to the ‘fraudulent’ circumstances leading to the payment of the colossal amount and the poor handling of the much talked about case.

However contributing to a panel discussion on Peace FM’s Kokrokoo show on Monday, Hon. Adu – Asare stated that despite the unsuccessful attempt by the opposition NPP to rob the President in into the Woyome scandal, the government has acquitted itself creditable with the alacrity with which President Attah Mills has dealt with the issue after the (Economic and Organized Crime Office (EOCO) which investigated the scandal submitted its findings to him and this remarkable move the MP believes will win President Mills more votes.

He said unlike the NPP and the way in which Ex President Kufour ‘shielded’ most of his officials who had corruption cases leveled against them, President Mills has ensured that the rule of law is applied irrespective of how close the culpable individual is to him or the NDC party.

“ I have always maintained that the NPP is not an alternative to the NDC in the way in which this country has been efficiently managed, they come nowhere near the NDC if  both parties are to put good governance and other records side by side, they don’t deserve another chance to rule Ghana’’ Hon. Adu Asare said.

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Parliament re – convenes today

Parliament resumes today, Tuesday January 24  for the First Meeting of the Fourth Session of the Fifth Parliament of the Fourth Republic after going on recess for the Christmas break.

The fourth session, which ends in December this year, will be the last session of the current Parliament and it’s expected to that most of the MPs will have their attention divided between their parliamentary work and their campaign plan to seek re-election.

Some bills which are expected to be passed during this session include the Presidential Transition Bills and the Mental Health Bill among others.

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My priority is to help Mills widen his margin of victory – Doe Adjaho

First Deputy Speaker of Parliament Mr Doe Adjaho says his priority is to help president John Mills to widen the margin of his victory in this year’s elections.

Mr Adjaho who was elected the governing National Democratic Congress (NDC’s) Parliamentary candidate for the Ave-Avenor Constituency in the Volta Region said he was not much concerned about his re-election as an MP as he was about helping the president record an emphatic win in the presidential poll.

To that end, Mr Adjaho said he had already started putting together a crack team to achieve his goal.

Mr Adjaho has held the Ave-Avenor seat since 1992, making him one of the longest serving legislators in the country.

Meanwhile three NDC supporters have reported injured following clashes between rival supporters of parliamentary hopefuls in the Kajebi Constituency in the Volta Region.

Supporters of the victor and vanquished attacked each other after Mr Joshua Ofori was declared winner of the election.

The District Chief Executive for the Kajebi, Mr Seth Alifui confirmed the clashes to Joy News.

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