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West Africa, African continent needs aviation infrastructure—Darko-Mensah


Member of Parliament for Tarkoradi and Deputy Aviation Minister, Kwabena Okyere Darko-Mensah has said a lot of countries within the West African sub-region seems not to have aviation infrastructure.

According to the Deputy aviation Minister, Ghana is lucky to have a very good aviation infrastructure.

He further pointed out that looking at the population between Ghana and Nigeria, Ghana can be describe as a hub of aviation in the West African sub-region and added that as a result of that vision, “we are coming up with private sector head home base carriers”.

The Tarkoradi lawmaker revealed in an interview that Ghana has signed an agreement with Ethiopian Airlines to partner government as a strategic partner to start flying a home base carrier.

“We believe that with this, we would be doing a lot of African rout and how that we are getting a lot of interest in the domestic once with the home base carrier, Africa and the international ones can travel within Africa”.

By: Kwaku Sakyi-Danso/ghanamps.com

Togolese Maritime Boundary Technical team raises issues with Ghana Navy

The Togolese technical team negotiating maritime boundary with their Ghanaians counterpart have raised issues with the Ghanaian navy occupying positions on the Ghanaian-Togo Sea that is of contention.

Mr. Hubert Matchonnawe Bakai leader of the technical team for Togo made this remarks at a third meeting of both countries in Accra.

According to the chief of Cabinet High Council for the sea, their issue has nothing to do with exploration, but as negotiation goes on some Ghanaian navy are placed on sea which has oil deposit belonging to both countries.

He reminded the technical team that both countries need to keep to the peaceful negotiation both countries have started, which was initiated by Presidents of both countries.

Mr. Hubert Matchonnawe Bakai further called for amendment of the agenda for the day saying, Togo does not agree with the agenda which was to be laid by the Ghanaian team leader Lawrence Apaalse.

The agenda for the meeting was conclusion of the last meeting, frame work for negotiating, applicable laws and methodology, on technical parameters, land boundary terminus, baseline/base-point, nautical charts and software.

“Both parties should respect the united Nations convention of the Law of the sea,  to ensure there is stability between the two countries we did not fix any time for the signing of agreement between the two countries. We promise commitment in accordance with existing laws subject to the final deliberations that would come out of today’s meeting there was improper placement of the navy on the sea”.

By: Kwaku Sakyi-Danso/ghanamps.com


Minority to boycott approval of 2019 budget if – Ablakwa

The Minority has given indications that they would boycott the approval of the financial policy of government ending 31st December 2019 if proper explanation is not given to the ballooning number of person working with government machinery.

According to the Ranking member on Foreign Affairs Committee, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, as the House prepare to approve the estimate of the various Ministries, Departments and Agencies of government.

“We would raise this matter and scrutinize further we would put our issues strongly across, we need a ceiling the way we are going, we complain that there is no money the little money we get we are using that to pay a ballooning government?”

Mr. Samuel Okudzato Ablakwa lamented that as a nation we are always increasing the ceiling, in 2019 for government machinery we are looking at one thousand, six hundred and fourteen, where we are going is that the best way to use our scares resources.

In an interview ahead of debate on the budget estimate approval he pointed out that there are a lot of duplications and role conflict, “it is a total waste of the tax payers’ money, we cannot continue to waste the tax payers’ money.

By: Kwaku Sakyi-Danso/ghanamps.com

Parliament gives approval to phase one of Sinohydro facility

Parliament by Majority decision has given approval to the phase one of the Sinohydro agreement to be used purposely in road construction across the country with a total amount of ($646,637,879.74) dollars for a period of fifteen years.

Government of Ghana is to undertake a total contract price of Sinohydro using the proceeds from the sales of refined bauxite as a source of funds.

The House divided on the terms and conditions of the facility where the Minority was with the view that the interest rate on the facility is too high and it is not in the interest of Ghanaians.

Cassiel Ato Forson the Ranking member on Finance in an interview indicates that he does not get the understanding of a facility which is four hundred and twenty million dollars that Ghana would have to be paying and an interest of one hundred and fifty million dollars as interest and insurance when to pay back the facility.

However the Majority side have said the facility is going to bring the best in terms of road constructions and that Ghana is going to get the best when the project begins.

“We were in this country, when in opposition they talk about borrowing, we never knew they would come and be borrowing like this”, Ato Forson lamented.

By: Kwaku Sakyi-Danso/ghanamps.com

We have initiated expansion of 3 District water supply schemes -Minister


Minister of Sanitation and Water Resources, Cecilia Abena Dapaah has said some actions have been initiated to expand the 3 District Water Supply Scheme among others assessment of the water production.

According to the Minister the  3 District Water Supply Scheme was designed to serve a ten year projected population and currently serving a total of one hundred and sixty-two small towns and rural communities in six Districts; Ningo-Prampram, Shai Ossudoku, Ada East, Ada West, Central Tongu and North Tongu.

“Mr. Speaker, a private investor has carried out an assessment on the system and has proposed an investment of USD 27, 600,00 to meet the current total water demand, but because of possible delays, the Ministry together with the Finance Ministry is also exploring new ways to mobilize funds to improve water production and service delivery”, she disclosed.

The Minster made this remarks when Samuel Nartey George wanted to know the current state of the expansion work on the 3 district water project now 6 district Water project.

By: Kwaku Sakyi-Danso/ghanamps.com

GHS pays GHc 180, 000 monthly to health providers at Talensi- Nabdam District


Minister of Health Kwaku Agyeman Manu has said the Ghana Health Service through the National Health Insurance Authority pays approximately One Hundred and Eighty Thousand Ghana cedis (180,000) monthly to health providers in the Talensi-Nabdam District.

According to the Health Minister they had expected to have paid all 2017 claims by now as the reconciliation exercise shows.

He added that the NHIA-GHS-Word Bank project has led to some missing payment of CHPs and Health Centers which are being rectified now.

“The last payment made to the Talensi-Nabdam District was Friday 16th November this year in the sum of GHc 589, 849.93”

In addition he pointed out that there are currently twenty-one (21) accredited providers under the Talensi-Nabdam NHIS District, 5 GHS Health Centres, 1 GHS primary hospital, 10 GHS CHPS, 1 CHAG Health Centre, 2 CHAG CHPS, 1 Private Health Centre and 1 Private Laboratory.

By: Kwaku Sakyi-Danso/ghanamps.com

Ghana/Togo hold third maritime boundary negotiations


Minister of National Security, Albert Kan Dapaah has commended a delegation of Ghanaians and Togolese for holding a third meeting in Ghana to address maritime boundary issues with the initial move by the two Presidents of Ghana and Togo.

He commended the nomination of focal persons negotiating to facilitate regular contacts and maintain communications between both sides aimed at enhancing and sharing of relevant, vital information amongst the parties and to facilitate efficient preparations for meetings.

According to the Minister the negotiation which is the third has come a long way in the quest to enhance a mutual interest for the benefit of the two countries that has existed between “us”.

Mr. Albert Kan Dapaah pointed out that the underlying principle is to drive an outcome that is grounded in international law utilizing all the established principle governing matters of this nature.

There has been significant progress made in the last meeting held in Lome from the 30th to 31st October, 2018 during which both parties agreed on a work programme with timelines for negotiations as well as provisional arrangements in accordance with the United Nations Convention on the law of the sea (UNCLOS) whiles negotiations for the formal delimitation of the maritime boundary continues.

The National Security Minister in his welcome address indicated that he hopes the meeting would lead to the closer and finality of the maritime boundary negotiations.

By: Kwaku Sakyi-Danso/ghanamps.com

When I stood to speak first in Parliament I had butterflies in my stomach”-Sam George

Member of Parliament (MP) for Ningo-Prampram Samuel Nartey George has said to visiting students from Central University in his constituency, he had butterflies in his stomach for the first time he stood to speak in the Seven Parliament for the fourth Republic.

According to the Ningo-Prampram lawmaker anything you say on the floor of the House you need confidence.

He gave an example to the visiting students who witnessed heckling of the Majority Leader, Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu when he stood up to present the Business statement on the floor of the House.

Mr. Samuel Nartey George indicated that haven served in the Presidency of the former government and been to Parliament on countless occasion, he thought it would have been easy to speak on the floor of the House.

Again some of the MPs sitting in the chamber had been there long ago when I was young and a student at the University, and have seen them on television. “You want to talk and that person says keep quite you need to convince yourself that you are qualified to be here”.

“It takes a drive and willingness to serve, if not you do not have that you would not truly serve your people, you would be serving yourself”, he lamented.

Two out of the thirty-six students who visited wanted to know how working at the committee level is if it is usually partisan.

He responded by saying most of the time workings at the committee level is by consensus, partisan is not exhibited very often.

“You see Majority side MPs being hard on government on the committees, but in other occasion you see the partisan coming to play, for instance the cash for seat committee where we had Majority and Minority report”.

Again those who have divergent views at the committee level, the standing orders permit that their views be put there, but most of the time we try to work towards consensus.

By: Kwaku Sakyi-Danso/ghanamps.com

Minority to challenge estimates of Ministries


Minority Leader and Member of Parliament for Tamale South, Haruna Iddrisu has given the strongest indications that his side would change estimates of Ministries where the Ministers are not available on the floor of the House.

According to the Minority Leader since the Ministers would be seeing to the driving of government policy, it is important for them to be present as their estimate is being dealt with.

Majority Chief Whip Kwesi Ameyaw Kyeremeh responding to the issues raise on the floor of the House indicated that the issues raised are very valid and all efforts would be made to ensure that the Ministers come to the floor.

Meanwhile in another development on the floor of the House, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration Shirley Ayorkor Botwe was not on the floor of the House to take a question in her name.

The Majority Chief Whip indicated to the first Deputy Speaker who was in control of affairs in the House, Joseph Osei-Owusu that, the question be taken on the floor of the House next year.

By: Kwaku Sakyi-Danso/ghanamps.com


“We need retrospection on the effect of legislation on corruption” – Dompreh

We need to have a serious retrospection on the effect of legislations we have passed as a country to fight corruption, Member of Parliament for Nsawam-Adoagyiri Frank Annoh-Dompreh said on the floor of Parliament.

According to the Nsawam-Adoagyiri lawmaker, with the passage of effective laws, he questioned what has been the ultimate effect in fighting and controlling corruption.

He further added that for more than twenty years now budgetary provision in real terms to an institution like the Commission for Human Rights and Administrative Justice, it is the 2019 budget that significant allocation has been given.

“The Commission has been wobbling, more often than not we turn to say, we need a strong institutions the necessary oxygen to fight corruption has always”.

Mr. Annoh-Dompreh further added that we need strong civil society, we have done well to get laws to fight corruption, the relevance of civil society has been strong.

By: Kwaku Sakyi-Danso/ghanamps.com