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We need to leave Akuffo-Addo’s legacy – Senior Minister Minister Yaw Osafo-Maafo

Senior Minister Yaw Osafo-Maafo has called for regular policy dialogue at all levels of the Ghanaian economy on concrete ways to build formidable public institutions that were irreversible.

“We need strong institutions as a country that will make that kind of reversibility impossible or difficult,” he told participants at the end of Ghana’s maiden national policy summit on Tuesday.

The Ministry of Information launched the National Policy Summit last April aimed at regularly informing the public on detailed government strategies on ways to revamp the economy for sustained growth.

It was aimed at building strong partnerships between the government machinery and private sector to spark an inclusive policy discourse and action that would help managers put the economy on a sustainable growth path.

“Let’s all focus our attention on that one, so that when the Minister of Finance is talking about making fiscal discipline council we should look at it or we should give him the support,” he said.

“We can’t look at the situation where we change certain personnel and the whole things flatten, but you can only replace them through strong institutions.”

Mr Osafo-Maafo cited examples in the US when a state court magistrate turned down a Presidential decree this year.

Mr Osafo-Maafo said: “It shows you the strength of institutions we have in the US, which ever type of President we have in the US and no matter the President they have, they can’t do what they want, the institutions will correct them.”

He said the Ghanaian economy needed to go through that direction, stressing that: “I feel very strongly about it that we can talk about all things all what we need is to leave a legacy,  Akuffo Addo’s legacy, institutions that make it impossible to reverse because those things  are good for the country.”

He however said the government would not be bound by the country’s 40-year development plan that is being prepared by the National Planning Development Commission.

By D.I. Laary, GNA

Help build a National carrier to compete with KLM and British Airways -MP

The Chairman of Foreign Affairs Committee Mr. Patrick Yaw Boamah, has urge the Foreign Minister of Egypt Hon. Sameh Shoukry, to help Ghana develop its Aviation Sector for both Countries to compete with major airlines like the British airways and KLM.

Mr. Sameh Shoukry, who was in Ghana for a three day official duties, paid a curtsey call on Ghana’s Speaker of Parliament RT Hon. Professor Aaron Mike Oquaye in Parliament House on Wednesday 10th of May 2017.

The Member of Parliament (MP) for Okaikwei Central, recounted the challenges Ghana has faced with its National carrier and remarked that Egypt air has a stronger setup and bigger fleet size hence partnership with Ghana will go a long way to  help both Countries.

The Deputy Minister for Water and Sanitation further noted that, as part of boosting the President Nana Akufo-Addo’s vision in agriculture, he called on Egypt’s Foreign Minister to partner with Ghana base on the vast experience success Egypt has in the agriculture industry.

In addition, Hon Patrick Yaw Boamah urge the Foreign Minister to intervene by  helping  an Egyptian  company Euro-project,  engage in building nine (9)  hospitals in Ghana but is  facing some challenges despite the success it has attain in building some hospitals.

“Since 2008 the districts that are supposed to benefit from building of these hospitals have not yet benefited and is an issue of concern to Ghana’s, with your good officers I hope this issue will be resolved”, he said.

He again invited the Foreign Minister to come back to Ghana and watch how Ghana will beat the Egyptian National team to qualify for the world cup in Russia.

On his part, Mr. Shoukry, Foreign Minister of Egypt said he recognize the health competition in football between his Country and Ghana, and further noted that players from both Countries contribute a lot in the various foreign clubs the play in. he also stated that, whenever Egypt is not playing Ghana, Egyptian’s turn to support Ghana showing the friendship that exist between both Countries.

He noted that there is the need for greater cooperation in the aviation industry, as Egypt air celebrates its 85 anniversary and has ambitious plan to expand its fleets. And also emphasis the need to partner Ghana create an aviation hub in the in the West sub Region.

And promise to look into what the difficulties are in the delay of Euroject delivering 9 hospitals in some districts in Ghana. As Egyptian investors will further seek interest in Ghana to see how both Countries will benefit economically.

By: Kwaku Sakyi-Danso/ghanamps.com

“Goat sheep and cow” bribery allegation is a test case for the Presidents – MP

 The Member of Parliament for Ketu North, who is all the Deputy Minority leader Mr. James Klutse Avedzi, says the corruption allegation by the Gender Children and Social Protection Minister Otiko Afisa Djaba, against the ruling government’s northern regional chairman Daniel Bugri Naabu is a test case for Presidents fight against corruption.

He stated that, the people of Ghana are looking at how the President is going to fight corruption, “the President is telling us that when a member of his government is allege to be corrupt, he will caution the person and ask the person to apologies and that is the end”.

In an interview with Ghanamps.com, Mr Klutse emphasis that, the President should have asked a state institution to go after the person who is being alleged to be corrupt, to be investigated to establish the truth or otherwise. “But you are rather asking the one with evidence, forcing it under her throat to say I am sorry” I did not mean what I said, is that how the President wants to fight corruption in Ghana this is ridiculous?

Ghanaians are in trouble, we are asking the President to go after this allegation, a man who was touted as a person who would not tolerate corruption this is not the best way to fight corruption, he should demonstrate to Ghanaians he was the best man sold to Ghanaians to fight corruption, the Deputy Minority leader remarked.

If you are taking “goat sheep and cow” before sharing political position its corruption not allowed by the laws of Ghana, the laws of Ghana must take its own cause, he said.

The Ketu North legislator further noted that, the Minority on the appointment committee have been vindicated, when they kicked against the approval of Hon. Otiko Afisa Djaba as the Minister for Gender Children and Social protection because of her temperament.

He further express shock, over Hon. Otiko Afisa Djaba apologizing to his Norther Regional party chairman, but failing to do so when ask to apologize to former President John Mahama for describing how he managed SADA as “wicked  and “evil”.

“Somebody who yesterday was very strong, a type who will not withdraw a statement she made against for President Mahama, the same person cannot have that courage and stand to tell the current President I will not do what you ask me to do”. This is a person who cannot be role model for our Women and children and to serve as a Minister he, remarked.

The Deputy Minority was of the view that, this is the right opportunity for the President to sack the Gender Children and Social protection Minister than wait to his first reshuffle which could be in a year or more.

By: Kwaku Sakyi-Danso/ghanamps.com

MP donates 55 packets of roofing sheets to disaster victims

The Member of Parliament (MP) for Techiman South Constituency in the Brong Ahafo Region, Hon. Henry Yiadom Boakye has donated 55 packets of roofing sheets worth GHC17, 050.00 to support rainstorm affected victims who had their roofs ripped off recently in the Municipality.

On the 24th of April, 2017, a rainstorm swept across various communities of Techiman Municipality. This left in its trail considerable damage to the roofs of residential houses as well as state and private schools.

The communities affected were Ahenbronoso, Dwomor, Hausa line and Abourso. A total of thirty-six (36) houses had their roofs or parts of their roofs ripped off and one hundred and ninety-five (195) persons affected.

Two state schools and two private schools had their roofs ripped off and/or walls collapse. 88 houses also had their roofs damaged and an estimated cost of GH?9000 was recorded for properties destroyed.

Hon Henry Yiadom Boakye in his speech to hand over the roofing sheets to the National Disaster Management Organization (NADMO) for distribution to the affected persons said he had visited some of the affected communities with NADMO to assess the situation for himself.

He said the donation was part of his support to some of the affected persons to temporary accommodate themselves and their families. He called on well-meaning Ghanaians and the civil society organizations to come to the aid of the victims.

Mr. Labib Jibreel Kesse the NADMO Coordinator for Techiman commended the MP for the donation. He said some of the affected persons have started re-roofing their homes and the support was a relief to those who were seriously affected. He blamed poor roofing, poor building, inadequate building materials, and the use of poor quality building materials and lack of technical knowledge on the part of local artisans to the causes of such a disaster.

In another development, the newly appointed Municipal Chief Executive (MCE) for Techiman, Mr. John Donyina paid a maiden visit to the Techiman Municipal Assembly to interact with management of the Assembly prior to his confirmation scheduled on 15th May, 2017.

He pledged to unity among the Assembly members and Management to promote the interest of Techiman. He also gave assurance that during his tenure of office as MCE for Techiman, he will promote Techiman from Municipal to Metropolitan status..

Mr. John Donyina noted that Techiman is a commercial town and that attention will be given to all sectors such as agricultural, the market and education among others. He said Techiman has the comparative advantage to support the agricultural sector and also cooperate with extension officers in educating farmers on up to date ways and means of modern farming techniques. He assured that government policies of the one district, one factory, free SHS, to increase enrollment and improving on the roads and lighting system of the Techiman Municipality would implemented.

Mr. I. K. Acheampong Municipal Co-ordinating Director (MCD) for the Techiman Municipal Assembly assured the MCE nominee of unity, hard work and co-operation among his staff.

Government To Create Markets For Farmers – Deputy Minister

Mr. Kingsley Carlos Ahenkora, Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry, has hinted on government’s resolve to ensure that farmers scattered across Ghana have places to market their produce.  He made this revelation on Monday at an inspection ceremony of Eden Tree, a company which produces healthy, nutritious and quality vegetables, herbs and spices, at Tema.

He said “as part of our industrial subcontracting exchange policy, government agencies would have to source majority of their wares from Ghana before they look outside.”

Mr. Ahenkora, who is also the Member of Parliament for Tema West, said the Trade Ministry was looking at profiling large industries to see what they needed in their production, and connecting them with appropriate Small Medium Enterprises (SMEs) which will provide them raw materials. He therefore threw a challenge to the youth to consider going into agriculture because it offered a lot of opportunities for employment.

The Deputy Minister also admonished farmers to increase their production to meet the demand of industries like Eden Tree Company which was performing below capacity because they could not get all the raw materials they needed
for their work.

He also advised private companies to consider buying produce from Ghanaian farmers as a way of encouraging them to produce more adding,“I don’t see any reason why hoteliers and large companies go outside to purchase foodstuffs when some are produced in the country.”

Mr. Ahenkora assured management of Eden Tree of government’s support in their resolve to expand their production.

“If you need anything from the ministry just write to us, and we would find a way to assist
you,” he assured.

Mr. Ahenkora hinted on the Ministry’s preparedness to revitalize companies which suffered under the power crisis that hit
Ghana in the recent past.

“Some companies are going down, but this government wants to bring them up and let them work again so they can pick our boys and girls from the streets” he said.

He was full of praise for the company and attested to how well they have stuck to healthy standards “which would take them anywhere and be accepted.”

The Deputy Minister advised them not to be complacent with the domestic market, but consider expanding capacity towards the export market.

Source: GNA

Reshape your Attitude as Ghanaian Workers – MP

Deputy Minister of work and housing Engene Boakye Antwi, has urged leaders of the institution within the county to align with the advice of the president to be punctual and purpose- driven at their work places.

According to the Subin Member of Parliament, leadership is also a factor in shaping the attitude of Ghanaian workers as leaders must re-orient themselves to stick and obey every instruction they give, especially time of reporting to an event and work.

Speaking on Okay FM’s ‘Ade Akye Abia’ Morning Show, Eugene Boakye Antwi mentioned the need for workers to think of the work input rather than the money involved; thus money-driven mentality towards work is corrupting the mentality needed to develop the country.

“In Ghana, we don’t start work on time and we quickly close from work. When people get jobs, the first thing they think about is their salaries and not how they will do the work; we are so money-driven and not the experience on the job. We pretend to be working; our attitude towards work has turned upside down,” he asserted.

“Leadership is also a factor because sometimes we need orientation; when we give time for an event, we should respect it and our followers will take a cue from it. We are so disorganized and we need to do something about it. A seat reserved for MP at a gathering, you will see a serial caller sitting on it; we are indiscipline and when you complain, they say they voted you into power,” he lamented.

But he however wondered why Ghanaians always respect and adhere to every order given outside the country where they work and the same order cannot be followed in the country; thus, Friday work in Ghana is becoming a day-off.

Afua Yeboah/ ghanamps.com

Media must report gains of PAC – MP

A Member of Parliament for Afigya Kwabre North Hon Nana Marfo Amaniampong who is also a leading Member of Public Accounts Committee  have ask the media to  do follow ups and report on gains made by the committee especially when  public funds are   recovered  from public institution and avoid the  usual sensationalism.

He further pointed out that, what can happen to “you and you will regret is not having your facts right, we are luck our side of the world you can get away with some of this things, in the advance Countries you cannot injure someone’s reputation the next day you go an tell your village chief I did not do it right please forgive me”.

His comment comes in the wake of some media reportage carried by Daily Graphic and some radio stations not reflecting what transpired at the committee sittings.  When the media was advice not to publish that, $41.5 million dollars bauxite exported was not captured by the Auditor-General’s report in 2015 as Bank of Ghana sort permission to have their checks done and report back to the committee.
He  further lamented that, for some of this reasons a section of the media were taken on a workshop at Koforidua to equip them adequately to report on the sittings of the Public Accounts Committee.

“The watch word was what you see report it as you see it, we love sensationalism they just want to hear that somebody has chop millions and those things, in accounting misapplication is different from embezzlement”.

He further reveal that, at the end of the sittings of the PAC the media will be engaged by the committee and taken through how much of the public funds has been recovered as a result of the public sitting. So that it will not be like business as usual, where public hearing is conducted but the public does not have the opportunity to know gains made by the committee, good journalist has to do a follow up.

“Like the last sitting of PAC in the sixth Parliament of the fourth Republic, most of the money that the District Assemblies Secondary schools and companies chop they are made to pay back, the high profile cases recovers made. Because the average Ghanaian will have this mindset that, after all this public hearing are funds recovered from those who default?”

By: Kwaku Sakyi-Danso/ghanamps.com

$41.5 Million bauxite export – BoG

Contrary to media report of 40,000 tonnes of bauxite exported  by Ghana Export Company Limited, not captured in 2015 audit report, investigation and a letter cited by ghanamps.com,  addressed  to chairman of Public Account Committee(PAC)  by Bank of  Ghana   reveal that, the $41.5 million bauxite was captured in the report.

In an interview with the chairman of committee, he pointed out that, because bauxite was not given narrative written header like gold and manganese, hence the confusion. But the $41.5 million dollars bauxite was embedded in Non-traditional exports figures of $263,988, 205 billion dollars.

Whiles it was captured in page 32 of the Auditor-General’s statement of foreign exchange receipts and payment of the Bank of Ghana half-year ended 30th June 2015, table schedule 17 earnings from dealer commercial banks. And page 33 table 18 of half –year ended 31st December 2015 $131,402, 542 billion dollars.

He further lamented that, if his advice to the media not rush in publishing their story and wait for the Bank of Ghana’s response to the 40, 000 tonnes of bauxite not captured controversy could have been avoided.
Hon. James Klutse Avedzi, early directed the central bank to furnish the committee with information indicating audited report capturing export of more than 40,000 tonnes of bauxite not captured.

Member of Parliament (MP) for Efutu, Hon. Alexander Afenyo-Markin drew the attention of the committee to the anomaly at its first sitting, when it was considering the Auditor General’s report on statement of foreign exchange receipts of the central bank. For the half year ended 30th June 2015 and half year ended 31st December 2015.

Second Deputy Governor of the BoG, Dr. Johnson Asiama, early led a team of directors from the bank to the first sitting of PAC, of the seventh Parliament of the fourth Republic.

Food and Drugs Authority were bill to appear before the Public Accounts Committee, but could not make, chairman of the Committee reveal to ghanamps.com, his committee will take the FDA when the House returns from recess and take on other reports of the Auditor-General.

But was quick to point out that, the PAC will work hard to ensure that institutions that wait till when they are bill to appear before the committee they rush to pay public funds they have taken unlawfully, pay interest on them.

By: Kwaku Sakyi-Danso/ghanamps.com