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MP donates beds to health Centres

Mr Kojo Asemanyi, the Member of Parliament (MP) for Gomoa East has donated 15 modern hospital beds to three health Centres in the area.

They are Gomoa Nyanyano, Buduatta and Ojobi health centres in the Central Region.

Speaking at the presentation programme at Gomoa Nyanano, Mr Asemanyi said the gesture was to augment equipment at the health centres to provide quality healthcare to the people to prevent unnecessary deaths due to shortage of beds.

Later in an interview with ghanamps.com, the Member of Parliament said healthcare delivery in the constituency is a major concern his outfit would handle with the needed seriousness.

Mrs Abuyamo Adam, the Physician Assistant in-charge of Gomoa Nyanyano Health Centre, who received the donation, expressed gratitude to the MP for his kind gesture.

She said the items would go a long way to provide healthcare to the people and appealed to the MP and other philanthropists to support the health centre with ambulance to facilitate transport of patients especially those refered to other facilities.

Rosemary Obeng Yeboah / ghanamps.com

Veep joins “Akropong School of the Blind” on Eid al-Fitr

The Vice President of Ghana, Alhaji Mahamudu Bawumia (Dr.) yesterday, joined children of the Akropong School of the Blind to celebrate Eid al-Fitr, an important religious holiday celebrated by Muslims worldwide that marks the end of Ramadan, the Islamic holy month of fasting.

 The Vice President, who donated various items to the school including a fat cow, said it was no fault of the children to have found themselves visually impaired and therefore society should not neglect them but rather they should be shown care for and attention.

Dr. Bawumia pledged support to the school and promised government’s readiness to assist them with improved educational infrastructure and other facilities to boost their academic performance.

 On her part, Headmistress of the school, Madam Mahale Narh thanked his H.E. Alhaji Mahamudu Bawumia and his entourage for the kind gestures showed them and urged other philanthropists to emulate the vice president’s move.

 She took the opportunity to appeal to the vice president to consider the posting of teachers since the school was currently under staff. She also called for assistance from government to help renovate the school structure to prevent it from completely collapsing.

Alice Abubakari/ Ghanadistricts.com

Dep. Minister attends “Young Urban Women” Confer

The deputy Northern Regional Minister and Member of Parliament for Bunkprugu constituency, Mr. Solomon Boar, has hinted on a number of interventions by government such as the implementation of Domestic Violence, Human Trafficking and the Disability Acts to ease challenges being faced by women.

The Minister said this when he participated in this year’s “The Young Urban Women” Conference at the Catholic Guest House, Tamale in the Northern Region.

The conference, which was organized by the Action Aid and the Northern Sector Action on Awareness Center (NORSAAC), was aimed at empowering young women in the region and strengthening their collective power to actively participate in their own development and the development of their communities, region and country as a whole.

Speaking at the Conference, Mr Boar lauded their efforts for standing up to be part of the development process in their communities and encouraged them not to relent on their efforts but continue to strive to add value to whatever jobs or activities they are engaged in.

He also urged them to grab any leadership position as that was the sure way of getting their numerous demands and grievances timely addressed.

He noted that the Akuffo Addo led administration sees the youth especially women as the major element to Ghana’s human capital, adding that government was therefore committed to supporting the youth to strengthen their health and wellbeing.

He pledged to lobby to ensure that 50% of MASLOC funds are set aside for female applicants to support their craft enterprises in the region.

The Minister also commended the Action Aid and the Northern Sector Action on Awareness Center (NORSAAC) for their support and encouraged them to continue to partner government’s effort in bringing development to the people.

The minister, who later received a signed petition on behalf of the President also to assured them that their grievances will swiftly be addressed by government.

Adam Abdul-Fatawu /Alice Abubakari/ Ghanadistricts.com

I sometimes disguise myself to access information – Minority Leader

Minority Leader, Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu, says he sometimes have to disguise himself in order to access information to make a strong case for his political party, the New Patriotic Party (NPP).

The action, he noted, had to do with the blockades that come along ones way in accessing information when your political party is in opposition.

“Life in opposition is a struggle”, he noted.

Interacting with Bola Ray on Starr Chat on Starr FM, Wednesday, Mr. Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu who is also the MP for Suame, recounted a number of difficult times and the risks he had to go through to lay his hands on some vital information to advance his argument on the floor of Parliament.

“We are looking at improving our good democratic governance and if you have to make a point or engage in argument or contribute to a debate from an informed perspective or nourish your debate, people are denying you because they are afraid that if they give you the facts and figures, whoever is in position to identify them will perhaps scold them”.

“There was a particular occasion I was looking for information relating to road construction in the country. Some roads had been constructed and I wanted to know what was happening within that sphere. You know what? I had to drive to a place – I had to drop my driver because some of these things you don’t involve them. So, I had to drop him and drive my official vehicle to a particular location, park, take a taxi – drop somewhere, take another taxi – enter a hotel and goes straight into a room and meet that person. I was only able to source for that information at 12:30am”.

“There was another occasion I was looking for another information on Construction Pioneers (CP) who were alleged to have duped the nation to the tune of $90m. I was able to get some relevant information at 2:00am. The twist and turns – let’s meet here and that. At the end of the day we were able to meet at 1:00am. And before we went through the motions, it was 2:00am so I left the hotel room, came out disguised and drove out the tax – three taxis and I was in my official vehicle and drove home. So sometimes it is risky”, he noted.

Reconstitute committee chairs for serious business – Yieleh Chireh

Member of Parliament (MP) for Wa West Joseph Yieleh Chireh has called on leadership of the Majority side to reconstitute chairmen/chairpersons of the committees, to enable the House engage in serious business as most chairs had been appointed as Ministers and Deputies.

“The first week after we resumed, they should have laid a paper reconstituting the various chairmen/chairpersons who have been appointed, why they are delaying nobody knows and yet these are people saying they are in a hurry to execute their mandate” he observed.

He further noted that, the “hurry will slow down” because the basic thing of reconstituting a committee they cannot do on time.

Speaking in an interview with ghanamps.com, he said consultation should have been done whiles on recess, “we have resumed for the second meeting of the first session take one week to sort out things and reconstitute the committees.

Now Ministers and their Deputies are now finding out “what their turf is what is their mandate and what are they supposed to do. You see that they have not yet started bringing bills and other papers for consideration by Parliament”, he said.

In terms of their attendance, quite a number of them do not come to Parliament already in this second meeting, which is the concern we have about “emptying of Parliament when you make this appointments”, he lamented.

“We should ask ourselves as a people when you appoint Ministers, what do you want them to do, we have not come to a clear understanding that a Minister is to look at documents, they are so busy yes, but unless you are involved in developing the document yourself ” he said.

The former health Minister noted that, Ministers are supported by technical people, they bring them documents and want their policy direction, but when Ministers are appointed and is as if they are going to be running the Ministries Departments and Agencies (MDA’s) that is where the mistake comes from.

“When Ministers know what their responsibilities is to combine both responsibilities, they can come to Parliament in the morning, in the afternoon after 2pm they can go back to the ministries. But I believe that it is yet too early to assess the attendance of Ministers and their Deputies to Parliament,we do not have anything serious on going in the House”, the Wa West legislator remarked.

By: Kwaku Sakyi-Danso/ghanamps.com

Effutu MP supports Muslim Communities

The Effutu Municipal Assembly in collaboration with the Member of Parliament for the area Mr Alexzander Afenyo-Markin have donated assorted food items to the Chiefs and the entire members of Muslim Community in Effutu for their Ramadan.

The items included; 24 cartons of milk, 20 bags of sugar, 60 bags of rice and nine packets of Frytol Oil.

In an interview with ghanamps.com, Mr. John B. Ninsin, Effutu Municipal Chief Executive who made the presentation at the forecourt of the Assembly on their behalf urge them that the gesture was part of their social responsibility to demonstrate their love to the Muslim community in the municipality, especially during their annual Ramadan.

Mr. Afenyo -Markin commended the Muslims for their peaceful co-existence with other religious groups in the area and their contributions towards the growth of democracy and development of Effutuman.

“I believe such brotherliness will be maintained and grow in order that together we forge ahead as one people with common destiny, “he said.

He appealed to them to offer prayers to Allah for the continuous peace, tranquility and stability of the country.

Rosemary Obeng-Yeboah/ ghanamps.com

National Ambulance outdoors brand ambassador

The Ghana National Ambulance Service (GNAS) has named Adom Fm’s Morning Show Host, Godsbrain Smart popularly known as Captain Smart, as its brands Ambassador.

Confirming this at a press conference yesterday, the deputy Minister of Health and Member of Parliament (MP) for Weija – Gbawe constituency, Hon. Tina Naa Ayeley Mensah said the ministry was content to appoint the experienced and famous journalist to assist the ministry raise funds and other logistics to equip the service.

She noted that the ministry’s decision to bring on a brands ambassador was to help streamline the mobilization process to help raise more funds to equip the service and save lives.

He was thus given a plaque by the ministry to symbolize his appointment and readiness as ambassador for service.

Captain Smart, on his part expressed his gratitude to the ministry for the confidence reposed on him and promised to work tirelessly to help achieve a goal.

The Ghana national ambulance service is the emergency response wing of the National Health Service (NHS). The ambulance service has two main functions: an accident and emergency paramedical function, and Patient Transport service function which transfer immobile patients to and fro.

Alice Abubakari /ghanamps.com

Salaga North MP advocates a two-day Eidul-Fitr holiday

The honorable Member of Parliament for Salaga North, Alhaji Alhassan Mumuni is advocating government through the ministry of Interior for the institution of a two-day public holiday for the celebration of the annual Muslim feast of Eidul-Fitr, which marks the end of the thirty (30) day fasting, Ramadan.

He stated that a two-day holiday instead of one as it currently exist is needed to help overcome the challenges associated with the Eid festivities especially due to the unpredictability of the actual day in the lunar month of Ramadan which has 29 or 30 days for sighting the month.

The Salaga North constituency representative made the call on the floor of Parliament in a statement of the celebration of EidulFitr.

He explained that the two day holiday when the moon is sighted during week days would afford Muslim authorities and planners enough time to plan and organise the prayer grounds and activities at the national and regional levels conveniently after 30 days of the Ramadan fast.

It will also provide other state actors and the entire working Ghanaian community to plan their calendar accordingly.

Alhaji Alhassan Mumuni expressed optimism that his proposal would meet the kind consideration of the President and granted.

“I am optimistic that the His Excellency the President Nana Addo Dankwa Akuffo Addo will be more than gracious in accepting this humble proposal” he stated.

He charged all Muslims to incorporate the Ramadan lessons of sacrifice, commitment, goodwill and the fear of Allah learnt during the Holy month of Ramadan to make society a better placefor all.

The MP appealed to all Muslim celebrants especially the youth to be modest in celebrating the EidulFitr festivities and avoid any negative incidence that can mar the beauty of the occasion and wished all Muslims particularly his constituents “Eid Mubarak”, meaning Blessed Eid.

By Christian Kpesese

Bole Bamboi MP pays tribute to late Bolewura

Mr Yusif Sulemana, Member of Parliament for Bole Bamboi in the Northern region has described the late Bolewura Awuladese PontonprongII as a man of humility, fairness, bravery and knowledge with great leadership traits who served his people and country well until his demise into eternity.

According to him the late Bolewura was a strong advocate in the fight against the galamsey menace in his traditional area and was very much interested in Parliamentary work.

The Bole Bamboi MP disclosed these in a statement on the floor of Parliament.

According to him the late Bolewura who was a member of the Constituent Assembly in 1968 subsequently became a Member of Parliament for the then West Gonja Constituency on the ticket of the Progress Party from 1969 to 1972 and later joined the Judiciary as a Magistrate.

The late Bolewura known in private life as James AdamaMahama was born in 1929 to the Jagape Royal Gate of the Bole Traditional area.

 The Mandariwura is the successor to the Bolewura according to customs and tradition of Bole hence in March, 2013, Mandariwura James AdamaMahama became Bolewura with the skin name AwuladesePontonprongII.

Hon YusifSulemana has therefore appealed to the Gonja Traditional Council and all stakeholders to ensure a befitting funeral for the late ruler and manage the succession process in a peaceful manner.

By Christian Kpesese

Let”s give attention to natural health medicine- MP

Member of Parliament for Twifo AttiMorkwa Abraham Dwuma Odoom has underscored the urgent need for Ghana to learn from the good example of Chinese natural and herbal medicine which has gained popularity in the world due to its healing potency.

He has therefore urged for the need for Ghana to give priority attention to natural health research work due to the numerous advantages from natural sources of medicine.

Mr Abraham Odoom appealed to stakeholders in the health sector to identify one Oheneba Ntim who is a natural health researcher and an advocate for the use of herbs and fruits to heal the human body for assistance.

According to him, it is time for society to go back toBiblical admonition for society to make use of healing seeds to heal the body.
These he noted would help avoid high health bills in health services, make citizens healthierand help Ghanaians to be very productive.

The TwifoAttiMorkwa lawmaker made these remarks on the floor of Parliament in a contribution to a statement on the management of Sickle cell disease in Ghana.

The MP is a member of the House Committee and Food, Agriculture and Cocoa Affairs Committee of Parliament.

By Christian Kpesese