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Likely plight of fufu and banku sellers saved Ghana from FIFA ban —Minister designate

Minister designate for Gender, Children and Social Protection, Cynthia Morrison has revealed that the likely plight of the Fufu, banku sellers and hawkers saved Ghana from being band by Federation of International Football Association (FIFA).

According to the Agona West lawmaker she was part of the normalization delegation that met FIFA in Zurich, Switzerland after the scandal in Ghana football that warranted the intervention of Government of Ghana.

She further pointed out to the Appointment Committee that when the Minister of Sports spoke on football issues, Deputy Attorney General spoke about laws in Ghana, whiles Deputy Chief of Staff spoke on government position.

“I was the fourth to speak and in my case I spoke about Women football, I appealed to them that if they suspend us then it means the women cannot have the opportunity of playing. Again I  also chip in the point of hawkers at the stadium, some sale water to make a living, the fufu and banku sellers too cannot sell”, she lamented.

Mrs. Cynthia Morrison told the committee that coming from that point of view, I notice the panel were just “nodding” just after that we were given the green light to go and prepare.

“It was amazing that the banku and fufu sellers made the day that is how we got  our football running in Ghana again”, she said.

She disclosed this when Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa asked her to brief the committee on her role as a member of the normalization committee that went to FIFA and missing from her curriculum vital hobby sports.

Mrs. Cynthia Morrison indicated to the committee that she is an ardent supporter of local club Asante Kotoko but she stopped going to the stadium to watch football because of an unfair goal scored by Accra Hearts of Oak.

“I was in my Kotoko t-shirt that day at the stadium, it became very difficult for me to go home since then I have been watching dead matches” she said.

By: Kwaku Sakyi-Danso/ghanamps.com

Media practitioners to storm Parliament today over RIT passage

Media practitioners who are members of the Media Coalition on the passage to the Right to Information Bill 2018 (RTI) would storm Parliament today Tuesday 30th of October 2018 to draw attention of Parliament on the need to pass the RTI Bill.

Media practitioners would pack themselves in their numbers in the Public gallery in their numbers on the need to pass the RTI Bill which they believe is long overdue.

The coalition on Monday, the 29th October 2018 at the press conference lamented that for about two decades, successive governments had failed to ensure the passage of the Right to Information bill into law.

The Media coalition has promised to work closely with Parliamentary Press Corps (PPC) to exert pressure on Members of Parliament (MPs) and also find out how much attention be given to the RTI as the house resumes today.

By: Kwaku Sakyi-Danso/ghanamps.com

Parliament to end debate on 2019 budget today

Parliament would end debate on the Financial Policy of the Government of Ghana for the year ending 31st December 2019.

Minority Leader Haruna Iddrisu is expected to start  winding up the debate for the Minority side of the House, while the Majority Leader Osei Kyei Mensah-Bonsu is also expected to wind up for the Majority side.

Finance Minister Ken Ofori-Atta moved on Thursday 15th November, 2018 and was seconded on Tuesday 20th November, 2018 by Dr. Mark Assibey-Yeboah.

By: Kwaku Sakyi-Danso/ghanamps.com

Parliament observes one week of late Ayawaso West Wuogon MP

Members of Parliament (MPs) observed one week of the passing of the late, MP for Ayawaso West Wuogon Emmanuel Kyeremanteng Agyarko on Wednesday the 28th of November, 2018.

Former MPs, Ministers and current MPs from both sides of the House were present alongside party supporters and friends.

Speaker Professor Aaron Michael Oquaye, Majority Leader Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu and Minority Leader Haruna Iddrisu were present at the one week service of their former colleague, Emmanuel Kyeremanteng Agyarko.

President Nana Akufo-Addo, Vice President Dr. Bawumia Chief of Staff, Senior Minister and other government officials were at West Lands Presby Church to observe the day.

By: Kwaku Sakyi-Danso/ghanamps.com

Women compete for representation to be lawmakers in Ghana—Appiah-Pinkrah

Member of Parliament (MP) for Akrofuom, Kwabena Appiah-Pinkrah has told members of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Parliament that women in Ghana are elected to represent their constituencies on competitive basis.

According to the Akrofuom lawmaker women are not appointed as is the case in other Sub-regional National Assemblies. He gave this explanation at the ongoing second ordinary session at Abuja, when legislators wanted to know if women are reserved seats or appointed to its lawmaking body.

He further told his colleagues any woman who wants to contest to represent her constituency is allowed to do so and if strong enough she wins.

“Women representation in the 2012 general election was less than twenty-five, but in 2016 the number had improve we have thirty-five (35) female representation which is encouraging and huge”, he told the sub-regional legislative body.

Again the political parties are now being sensitive to issues of gender, and they subsidize the fees women pay to contest and “we hope to increase the numbers as we go along”, he pointed out.

By: Kwaku Sakyi-Danso/ghanamps.com

Abandoned gallopers to be auction by government—Deputy Finance Minister

Deputy Minister of Finance, Kwaku Kwarteng has revealed that government would auction abandoned gallopers parked for eighteen years at the Local Government Institute.

According to the Deputy Finance Ministers due to issues in court relating to those vehicles in the past made it difficult for customs and government to proceed to dispose of the vehicles, “a lot of those matters had been resolved now and the rate at which they are deteriorating   we have made a decision to dispose of them”.

In an interview with journalists in Parliament just after debate on the 2019 budget was brought to a close and the House adjourned, the noted that this exercise would be undertaken before the end of he year.

The vehicles numbering 86 were brought in to be used by District Chief Executives across the country under the Rawlings administration.

Successive governments thereafter failed to reach an amicable settlement with the importers of the vehicles, African Automobile Company Limited for them to be used.

“Given the rate at which those vehicles are deteriorating, we have made a decision to dispose of them and that the government is looking to do that before the year ends”.

“I can confirm the decision to dispose of the vehicles has been made and we will do so. All of us are concerned that the mere presences of those vehicles suggest to tax payers that their monies won’t be put to good use”, he lamented.

He indicated that government feels extremely concerned about that and it is the reason they are taking steps to ensure that those vehicles are disposed of as soon as possible.

He further pointed out that since duties have not been paid on the abandon vehicles government could come under the customs Act to dispose of them as an overstay vehicle.

By:  Kwaku Sakyi-Danso/ghanamps.com

Minority to disapprove budget for Special Development Initiative Ministry

The Minority in Parliament is demanding the scraping of the Ministry of Special Development Initiative on grounds that the role of the Ministry created by President Nana Akufo-Addo conflicts with that of the Local Assemblies.

The Minority have indicated that they would not approve the GHC1.5 billion cedis allocated to the Ministry.

“We on this side of the House would not support any statutory allocation or appropriation to that Ministry and we will not because the creation of that Ministry is creating conflict with the established development authorities of the President” he lamented.

He made this remarks whiles concluding debate on the 2019 budget and further added that the one million dollars per constituency is something that must not be expended by a Minister sitting at the flagstaff House in the name of a Ministry of Special Initiative.

In addition there should be merger of the Ministry of Monitoring and Evaluation with Special Development Initiative, otherwise we would not approve of any allocation to the Special Initiative, he noted.

“You can use your numbers as Majority government to do so, we want the President’s development authorities to function and function effectively”, he said.

By: Kwaku Sakyi-Danso/ghanamps.com

Haruna cannot take away my Ministry the President set it up—Mavis Koomson

Minister for Special Development Initiative, Mavis Hawa-Koomson has said the Minority Leader cannot scrape her Ministry since it was set up by President Nana Akufo-Addo.

According to the Minister the President knows what he wants to do with the Ministry that is why he created it, “I did not create that Ministry”.

“This Ministry was not created for people in the communities to collect money and put in their pocket for consumption, we are to use it to address infrastructure issues”, she lamented.

As to whether she is worried with the stands taken by the Minority, she noted that she is not bothered at all, “my budget was approved in 2018 why not in 2019?”

She noted that Haruna’s constituency he has two prefabricated warehouses, six toilet facilities with water system, and wondered why he should be complaining. All these are being done under the office of the Special Development Initiative.

“He is not the only person having it, all the others have it, the 275, they all have the project they are there when you go to their constituencies.

The Minister added that November 2017 was when the Bill for the Development Authorities under her Ministry were passed, and definitely they could not have done anything. “I think that is their problem”, she said.
“They wanted me to wait for the Development Authorities to come and start with their work, do that they would have the opportunity to blame government for using Development Authority as an excuse”.

Again we are not conflicting with the District Assemblies, they have existed for so many years now, we still have toilet infrastructure deficiencies.

By: Kwaku Sakyi-Danso/ghanamps.com

MPs who demand answers to questions should be in the House—2nd Deputy whip

Second Deputy whip of the Majority side of Parliament, Mathew Nyindam has cautioned Members of Parliament (MPs) who fill questions to Ministers to make it a point as much as possible to be on the floor of the House to ask their questions.

According to second Deputy Whip, it is not right to demand that Ministers come to the floor to do business whiles those who have question in their name do not appear on the floor of the House to ask the question.

He made this remarks when an urgent question in the name of the former Minister of Energy Emmanuel Kofi Armah Buah who was not himself on the floor and had delegated the Adaklu MP Kwame Agbodza to ask the question on his behalf.

“Mr. Speaker I do not think it is fare when the Minister is here and the MP who has fill the question himself is not here”, he lamented.

First Deputy Speaker Joseph Osei-Owusu who was in the chair indicated that he is happy the Deputy Whip is not objecting to someone asking the question on behalf of the one who ask the question.

By: Kwaku Sakyi-Danso/ghanamps.com


“I would respond to non-availability of funds for cathedral in the budget”—Deputy Finance

Deputy Minister of Finance, Kwaku Kwarteng has promised to respond to issues raised by the Minority that the seed money promised to build a cathedral cannot be located in the 2019 budget.

According to the Deputy Finance Minister he would have to take a critical look at the figures in the budget and understand the claims being made by the Minority in an interview with journalists in Parliament.

“We have always taught through interventions before we put them in the budget, we would find ways of actualizing the commitment we have made, in specific terms what have not been provided for and what have been provided for”.

Mr. Kwaku Kwarteng promised to look at the figures carefully and give proper response as to the actual figures. He said, he has to talk to the relevant Ministry since the Finance Ministry is not handling directly issues to do with the cathedral.

By: Kwaku Sakyi-Danso/ghanamps.com