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Leadership of Parliament to hold media encounter on Monday


The leadership of Parliament, both  Majority and Minority Leaders of Parliament, at the start of the first meeting of the third session of the seven Parliament of the fourth Republic would hold a media encounter with journalists in Parliament on Monday the 28th of January, 2019.

Members of the Parliamentary Press Corps would be offered the opportunity to ask questions in order to clear their minds on issues that they find difficult getting leadership to respond to.

The media encounter would also afford journalists the opportunity to get themselves abreast of what is going to happen in this first meeting of the third session, bills already before the House and news bills to the introduce.

Public affairs directorate of Parliament House made this know in a memo to members of the Parliamentary Press Corps (PPC) in a memo.

Acting director of Public affairs Kate Addo, encourage members of the Parliamentary Press Corps to make it point to come in their numbers and take advantage of this opportunity offered them.

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Ablakwa to proceed to court over breach of Act 526


Ranking member on Foreign Affairs Committee of Parliament, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, has indicated in an open letter to the Minister for National Security Albert Kan-Dapaah, he would proceed to the court for his breach of Act 526.

According to the ranking member after twenty (20) days counting from the 29th of this month, when Parliament resumes and the minister does not act, he would go to court to compel him to honour obligations under Act 526.

“Having had all my Parliamentary efforts to get you to comply with the Securities and Intelligence Agencies Act 1996 (Act 526) ignored”.

Mr. Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa further pointed out in his open letter that, the “Minister assigned responsibility under section (1) of this section shall in respect of each year submit a report to Parliament on the Intelligence Agencies”.

“Sir, you have not complied with this provision since assuming the position of National Security Minister and thereby undermining Parliament’s constitutional mandate of oversight and I have drawn your attention consistently to this, through a Parliamentary question and had been ignored”.

The North Tongu lawmaker also revealed that he had exhausted all Parliamentary proceedings, considering the worsening insecurity situation in the country, attracting unprecedented domestic and international concern.

On the assassination of undercover journalist Ahmed Hussin-Suala, numerous cases of contract killing and the circumstances of Nana Appiah Mensah escaping from jurisdiction as well as the kidnapping of the Takoradi ladies all of these call for an urgent and unwavering commitment to our constitutional and legal obligation which as you better than many of us are designed to guarantee our collective security, he lamented.

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Atiwa East MP donates incubator to Enyiresi Gov hospital


Member of Parliament (MP) for Atiwa East, Abena Osei Asare has donated an incubator to the Enyiresi government hospital in her constituency, as part of her fortieth birthday.

According to the Deputy Finance Minister, life begins at forty and if the Lord has added another year to her age, this is something small she is doing to thank the Lord.

Donating the item to the hospital, she pointed out that the district director of health talked about Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) with maternal health as part of it and whatever can be done to help women going to give birth for them to have safe delivery for mothers to have their babies should be done.

The MP thanked the nurses for their hard work in ensuring that there was no maternal death recorded last year.

She further admonished the nurses not to look at the conduct of human beings in the line of their duties, but look up to God and also realize that whatever benefit there is they would have their portion.

“You might not see it today, but tomorrow you would have an opportunity that you would not understand, but you would come to understand later that it was the good health care you gave a patient who came before you”

The Atiwa East lawmaker further appealed to the health administrators to make it a point to nominate the hard working staff of the month and place the person’s picture on the walls of the hospital from next month so that she would support with the little gift she can to encourage others to work hard.

“For health personnel to feel appreciated in other for them to go the extra mile working hard”.
She used the opportunity to thank the doctors at the hospital and pointed out that, effort are being made to complete doctors bungalow for them to stay around the hospital.

As a result of that when an issue occurs, a doctor would just have to walk in to save life within minutes, “we are not going to go all the way to get the doctor from his or her house and this opportunity would be extended to other health personnel”.

In a related development, the Deputy Minister of Finance Abena Osei Asare used the occasion, to donate a television set to doctors at the hospital.

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Gov’t must stop interfering in activities of SOEs- John Jinapor


A former Deputy Minister for Power under the erstwhile John Dramani Mahama administration, John Jinapor has raised concern about the continues interference in operations of State Owned Enterprises (SOEs).

According to him the phenomenon where succeeding governments kept removing Heads of strategic public firms does not augur well for the smooth running of those institutions for the attainment of meaningful outcomes for national development.

Speaking on Metro TV’s Good Morning Ghana show in the wake of the removal of the Managing Director of the Ghana Airport Company Ltd, the Yapei/ Kusawgu Member of Parliament expressed disappointment in the decision which he said affects progress.

He was not happy Managing Directors of SOEs are mostly appointed before Boards of same institutions.
The MP noted that the direct appointment of Managing Directors, Chief Executive Officers and other top notch management positions by the President especially before the Boards must cease.

Mr John Jinapor urged the need for institutions to be built just like it is done in the private sector.

The unfortunate development at the Ghana Airport he noted manifested in the Ministry of Health where the CEO of the Tamale Teaching Hospital was removed without basis.

Other institutions which suffer same unfortunate politically motivated interferences include the National Disaster Management Organisation (NADMO), National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA), School Feeding Programme among others.

The young lawmaker noted Ghana’s corporate governance structure is gradually getting worse saying legislation cannot be used to regulate everything but there is the need for common sense to guide all.

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France committed to assist Ghana in the study of French


The Ambassador of France to Ghana, Anne Sophie Ave has assured of her country’s commitment to assist Ghana in enhancing the teaching and learning of the French language at various level of its education especially at the basic level.

“We have to work on tools and develop it, to improve the way of teaching of French, you all know Alliance Francaise but we can do more” she said when she paid a courtesy call on the Speaker of Ghana’s Parliament in Accra.

According to her, the reason young people speak very well English in countries such as Denmark, is because they watch films and cartoons even when they cannot read and is vital to inculcate that culture at a tender age.

On the friendship group between Ghana and France’s Parliament, the French Ambassador stated “There are things we can also learn from a brand new parliament, twenty five years is still very young, but it has not come from nowhere, you have looked around did not come from nowhere, you have inspired your constitution [you have looked at the Americas, Brits and eventually you have found your own way].

We will be very happy to share with you our ups and downs” she added.

The French envoy assured of her willingness to ensure that more French legislators come to Ghana to learn and share experiences.

On his part, Speaker of Parliament, Prof. Mike Oquaye expressed appreciation about France’s willingness to assist Ghana.

He disclosed that he has approved a visit of the minority leader to France to interact with leadership of the French parliament and seek ways of collaborating with Ghana’s.

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Haruna Iddrisu advocates French support to Ghana


The Minority Leader, Haruna Idrissu has urged France to collaborate with the Ghanaian government in the area of agriculture as far as the One District, One Factory programme is concerned.

He said French businesses in the country can support the initiative in the processing subsector especially natural fruits.

Mr Haruna also called for support to Ghana in the area of learning the French language an integral part of the Ghana’s Parliamentary service.

The leader noted there is a lot Ghana can learn in the area of Parliamentary democracy which span several years.

The Tamale South Member of Parliament also encouraged the French Envoy to help Ghana learn the French language.

Ghana is surrounding by three French speaking countries to the north, east and west but the study of French is very minimal hence the appeal.

“We trust that by your tenure, we will see a deeper and a stronger bond between the government and people of Ghana and the parliament of Ghana and the parliament of France” he stated.

Mr Haruna said these when the new French Ambassador to Ghana Anne Sophie Ave paid a curtsey call on the Speaker, Prof Aaron Oquaye.

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Ghana has no choice but to study French- Dr Okoe Boye


Member of Parliament for Ledzokuku in the Greater Accra region, Dr Bernard Okoe Boye has noted that Ghana which is surrounded by three French speaking countries, Burkina Faso to the north, Togo to the east and Ivory Coast to the west has no option but to study the French language.

Dr Okoe Boye who is the Board Chairman of the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital made the call during a curtsey by the new French Ambassador to Ghana Anne Sophie Ave on the Speaker of Parliament, Prof Aaron Oquaye indicated that it was important to build capacity and exchange culture between the two countries.

“We don’t have an option, I think it is more of an obligation to speak French in this country because across all our borders we have French speaking countries and we have been trying to increase trade among ourselves, and it has not been like we want because people have not looked at the cultural aspect where language is a barrier.

It is our hope that the support is entrenched and deepened, so current and future generation will speak more French” he said.

This, he said will encourage current and future generations to speak more French like Ghana’s President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo.

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Parliament resumes on Jan 29


Ghana’s lawmakers have been recalled for the commencement of the third session of Parliament on 29th January, 2019, according to a release signed by the Speaker, Prof Aaron Michael Oquaye.

The meeting is expected to start at ten o’clock in the forenoon the release noted.
Among the high point of the third session is the State of Nation address to be delivered by President Nana AddoDankwaAkufo-Addo.

Bills expected to receive much attention during the Meeting are the Right to Information, Public Holiday Amendment Bill, Code of Conduct of Public Office Holders and Company Bill among others.

The second Session of the 7th Parliament came to an end when the House went on recess on Dec. 23 last year for over a month for the Christmas and New Year festivities.

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Parliament’s working group engages stakeholders

The Working Group set up by the Rt Hon Speaker of Parliament, Prof Aaron Michael Oquaye to gather views for the possible establishment of a new Parliamentary Assurances Committee has held a consultative meeting with some key stakeholders Thursday in Accra.

The meeting solicited ideas from participants on what can be done in order to enhance the image of parliament in the public eye.

Stakeholders who appeared before the Working Group with various presentations including the Ghana Bar Association, the Ghana Journalists Association and the Parliamentary Press Corps all agreed with the proposed establishment of the Parliamentary Assurances Committee which is expected to pursue all assurances within Parliament.

These include directives of the Speaker, referrals to committees, assurances of Members of Parliament among others which may be determined.

Chairman of the Working Group, Kwasi Ameyaw-Kyeremeh expressed satisfaction about all the suggestions from the stakeholders who lauded the spirit behind the establishment of the committee.

According to him, the perceptions presented are crucial towards setting up the new committee which expected to chart a new path for the way forward for Parliament.

President of the Ghana Journalists Association, Dr Roland Affail Monney urged Parliament to watch basic issues such as lateness and absenteeism of the lawmakers to help improve its image.

He observed the Government Assurances Committee has not lived up to expectation whiles describing the Public Accounts Committee as “the purest gem of Parliament” in the conduct of its duty.

President of the Ghana Bar Association, Tony Forson urged Parliament to take advantage of provisions of Article 103 of the 1992 constitution in the discharge of its function to become more relevant to the public,

He called for more partnership and assured of the BAR’s support to the legislature at all times.

Dean of the Parliamentary Press Corps, Nana Agyeman-Birikorang in a presentation advocate Parliament to institute a yearly award scheme dubbed “the Speaker’s Award” to award outstanding lawmakers yearly in order to enhance the work input of MPs.

The Press in Parliament also urged the need the Hansards to be distributed to all relevant institutions frequently especially university libraries for the public to abreast with the work of Parliament.

The Dean also suggested the need for chairpersons of the various Committees of Parliament to constantly brief the media about their works.

The stakeholder meeting was supported by Star Ghana Foundation.

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I am in a better position to improve on governance-Second Deputy Speaker


Second Deputy Speaker and flagbearer hopeful of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) has revealed that when elected as flagbearer and President of Ghana he is in a better position to improve governance.

According to the NDC flagbearer hopeful delegates in the upcoming Presidential primaries of the party should vote for him based on his record and outstanding performance which is clear for all to see in the country.

As the longest serving lawmaker, he noted that he is into leadership to serve and in addition he is a humble person and down to earth, “most importantly I have integrity this business is quite a tricky business to be in for a long and not be found wanting”.

“I have been in leadership in Parliament since 2001 of my party, and eighteen good years on international bodies, International Union of Parliamentarians against corruption”.

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