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Dr Omar Alieu Touray, a Gambian diplomat and economic development expert should normally be excited as he gets set to assume the Presidency of the Commission of the 15-nation Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) in the first week of July 2022. But that excitement will be diluted by the burden of the leadership deficit he inherits from the outgoing management of the regional bloc set up in 1975 to foster economic integration.

The fact that Dr Touray is coming with a slimmer seven-Commissioner management, from the wieldy and wasteful 15-Commissioner structure could be a source for hope however. If he succeeds in repositioning the wobbly organization, he will etch his name in gold, but it is a tough call given the level of rot and reputational damage suffered in the last decade by an organization, which hitherto was internationally acclaimed for its peace-keeping, conflict management and resolution credentials.

When he hands over to Touray, and moves on to the Central Bank of West African States, BCEAO as Governor, Cote d’Ivoire’s Jean-Claude Kassi Brou, the out-going ECOWAS Commission President, would be leaving the organization certainly worse than he and his management team met it four years ago.

Some of the major criticisms of the ECOWAS management include lack of capacity, vision and proactivity, and the allegation that many top-level personnel have become laser-focused on pursuing the narrow interests of their home governments instead of the desired wider, regional, and supranational agendas.

This phenomenon has dealt a dangerous blow to the delivery of community projects, with many senior officials more interested in embarking on back-to-back missions that produce little or no benefits for the community other than travel allowances in private pockets.

Consequently, it has become commonplace for development partners to complain about ECOWAS’ “lack of absorptive capacity” even when the organization is saturated with “square pegs in round holes.”

Hopefully, Dr Touray is well-informed and has come prepared for the monumental task ahead of him. In his Manifesto for the ECOWAS job, entitled “Towards Shared Prosperity,” he acknowledgesprosperity as the security from want with respect to food, shelter, safety of persons, property and the environment.”

“Shared prosperity therefore implies prosperity that is inclusive in a manner that cuts across geographical, political, social, gender, religious, and generational divide,” the in-coming President said, adding: “It is my strong conviction that delivering shared prosperity must constitute the raison d’etre of ECOWAS. To this end, I undertake to focus on streamlined initiatives that will, deepen integration; build and strengthen peace and security; promote sustainable productivity and inclusive development; entrench good governance; (and) foster equitable partnerships.”


But manifesto and reality are two different animals. For instance, Dr Touray  acknowledges  that intra-Community trade, economic and monetary integration, and social integration in terms of freedom of movement, residence and establishment would be difficult, when “Intra-community trade within ECOWAS hovers around USD$180 billion per year, representing barely 28% of regional Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and around 12% of the external trade of the region.

No thanks to the foot-dragging by some ECOWAS member States on customs union and other convergence criteria for economic and monetary union, France in cahoots with some francophone countries led by Cote d’Ivoire, has hijacked the ECO, which ECOWAS has been positioning as the regional currency.  This means further delay to the realization of the common currency project.

Also, without operationalization of the customs union protocols, especially the Common External Tariffs (CET) regime and a harmonized regional approach, ECOWAS risks losing out on the benefits of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA).

Although the organization has recorded considerable achievements in free movement of persons, Dr Touray reckons that “a lot more is required to consolidate the gains in the area of social integration.”

Peace and security and political governance are areas where ECOWAS has fared so poorly in the past decade, especially under the leadership of Brou and the almost two-year tenure of Ghanaian President Nana Akufo-Addo as Chair of the Authority of Heads of State and Government.

When tenure elongation is causing political instability in the region, the management of ECOWAS institutions requested and got three months’ extension this year. Long-overdue institutional reforms linger, while recruitment of new staff is taking place at a time of leadership transition.

In 2012, ECOWAS launched an ill-advised expansion of the Commission from nine to 15 Commissioners, with all the financial implications. That decision has now been revised to a seven-member Commission.

Dr Touray and his team must prove that a smaller structure is more cost-effective. Another unresolved issue is harmonizing the leadership recruitment processes for the Commission’s Presidency and Chairmanship of the Authority. While the former has been changed to alphabetical order, the latter is based on language group.  For instance, while the Commission has been headed by candidates from one of the region’s three linguistic groups since 2011, the rotational chair of the authority has followed the language group criterion.

Furthermore, ECOWAS, which was widely praised for ending the civil wars in Liberia and Sierra Leone, and managing the political conflicts in member states such as Guinea, Niger, Cote d’Ivoire and Guinea Bissau with effectiveness, has fallen short of its standards in the past decade.

With the death of Libyan leader Col. Moammar Ghaddafi in 2011, the Western Sahel has become the epicenter of insecurity exacerbated by terrorism, jihadist and separatist insurgencies, which have spilled into much of the ECOWAS region.

Instead of leading by example to consolidate democracy in West Africa some leaders have used the so-called democratic principles to undo democracy. They have combined corruption with greed, nepotism, violation of human rights, and disrespect for the rule of law, election rigging, and manipulation of national constitutions to undo the democratic gains of the early 2000s.

The region’s inability to deal with insecurity, bad governance and tenure elongation by its leaders have resulted in the resurgence of military incursions with three ECOWAS member States – Mali, Guinea and Burkina Faso – currently under military rule.

Dr Touray’s management must find an effective solution to the unfinished business in these three countries, which have been suspended from ECOWAS and with stifling sanctions imposed on Mali.

Some analysts also believe that Nigeria, as the regional power and biggest financial contributor to the ECOWAS budget should not standby and allow the organization to be run aground.

Meanwhile, the West African civil society, under the auspices of the ECOWAS Community Citizens has in an open letter to the ECOWAS Chairman condemned the refusal by Togo, Cote d’Ivoire and Senegal to support 12 other member States on the proposed amendment of the regional Supplementary Protocol on Democracy and Good Governance to compel countries to insert in their constitutions provisions for a limit of two terms for the presidency.

Should the three countries persist in their objection, the group urged the Chair of the Authority “to invoke Article 20 of the Rules of Procedure of the Conference of Heads of State and Government” and nullify the objection.

They cited Guinea, whose former President Alpha Conde, followed the example of Cote d’Ivoire, to ram through a referendum and constitutional amendment that enabled him to extend his tenure only to be topped by a military junta.

Dr Touray has promised to “give priority to early warning mechanisms and preventive diplomacy that will address risk factors before conflicts break out. Equally, ECOWAS rapid response capability must be strengthened through the operationalization of the regional Standby Force.”

He has also assured that “the peace and security architecture of the Community should equally integrate effective measures to combat terrorism and other crimes including money laundering, cybercrimes, trafficking in small arms and light weapons.”

“If any single factor accounts for peace and security,” Dr Touray said, “it is good governance in the political, economic and corporate spheres. In the political sphere, ECOWAS must entrench good governance, rule of law and respect for human rights in the region. Constitutionalism and constitutional order must be promoted and consolidated. Peoples’ will, as reflected in the national constitutions must be respected. And the integrity of elections and electoral process must not be violated,” he affirmed.

The Gambian diplomat brings to his new job years of experience, having served as his country’s Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the African Union and Ambassador to Ethiopia with concurrent accreditation as High Commissioner to South Africa and Kenya.

He was the Gambia’s Permanent Representative-designate to the United Nations in New York before being appointed Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation. The new ECOWAS boss also worked as Regional Policy Advisor at the Regional Bureau for East and Central Africa of the UN Food Programme; Consultant to the UN Economic Commission for Africa; UNDP, Gambia Country Office, and the Commission of the African Union.

Until his latest appointment, Dr Touray worked at the Islamic Development Bank in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, since 2012. He holds a Ph.D. in International Relations from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, University of Geneva. He also studied Finance and speaks English, French and Arabic. His publications include “The African Union: The First Ten Years” (2016).

It remains to be seen how he matches his manifesto with action on the ECOWAS saddle.

By: Paul Ejime a Global Affairs Analyst, a former War Correspondent and an Independent Consultant on Corporate Strategic Communication, Media, Peace & Security and Elections

Majority Leader visits Dzata Cement factory; calls for support to address teething challenges

Majority Leader of Ghana’s Parliament, Osei-Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu has visited the only Ghanaian owned and indigenous Cement producing factory in Ghana, Dzata Cement on Thursday, June 23, 2022 within the Tema enclave. According to him the invitation was at the request of the management of the factory and on his part he invited his colleague the Minority Leader Haruna Idrrisu, the Committee on Trade and Industry with leadership of the Works and House to join him.

After touring the factor site with his delegation, he commended management of the factory for their effort to ensure that the environment was clean since cement production comes with pollution and revealed that he has been briefed that, the factory has a system in place which inhale the dust back into their system. And in commending management of the factory he noted that with the clean environment, it would ensure the workers are healthier and ensure the work rate goes on well.

Minority side of the House

They were also briefed that the factory was still in its infant stage and employs four hundred direct works. “Again, with agents and distributors across the length and breadth of this country certainly, we are talking in numbers of excess of three to four thousand; so many people have to depend on this factory certainly lifting them out of poverty which is what Ghana requires at this time especially post COVID-19”.

And for anyone to move into an industry which has monopoly should tell every Ghanaian the person is courageous, more especially in this era of unfolding Ukraine war, “no wonder he has named the factory as Dzata, an animal of courage and I think what we have seen so far, we are impressed with it and he tells us the effort he is making to expand seeing this two giant sailors, says to us that he is building 8 more which should make it the largest in the sub region”.

Mr. Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu added that it takes a lot of financial capital, as the owner takes money from the banks and if interest rates are high it would not help him, and that is the reason why they should all help to bring some stability in the financial sector. Also production so much depends on power that is generated and sold to them and if the cost of power is high it would certainly affect the cost of cement. He disclosed that he just got informed that a bag goes for fifty five cedis (GHc55) which is close to about 7 dollars.

“ I want to believe if the cost of power was low, certainly the cost of the product would also come down. There are some obstacles that would come and we should all assist in addressing it. Cement is at the heart of the construction business including the construction of residential facilities. We all do know the deficit in the housing in the country is in the range of one point five million and we need cement to do the construction; if it is high those of us aspiring to build houses like all of us here you would not be in position to have your own residential facility if the cost is all that high”.

In commending the management of Dzata Cement, he pointed out that it’s for parliament to come together to assist him to address the teething problem the company is facing, by giving some exemption that they may need in the import of equipment. “We have One District One Factory (1D1F) it comes along with some facilities we can extend same to him, despite he being in operation, I know some existing companies have applied by way of trying to expand their outfit. “What, can be done to assist him to employ Ghanaians and to also offer a system of resilience for the economy it would help transform our economy”.

The Executive Director of Dzata Cement, Ibrahim Mahama, thanked the Majority Leader and his team for their visit and made know that despite the fact that they are young they want to partner government to bridge the infrastructure deficit in the country. “We are well positioned to partner government, so that at the end of the day we would develop this economy through the provision of cement product and we have challenges and some of them you already know”.

Mr. Ibrahim noted that the company would engage the leadership of Parliament, on the challenges they face as it runs through the value chain right from the ports through production up to when they go down stream to the market.

As the only Ghanaian indigenous set up in the industries they believe that the support they have had from government so far is most appreciated and they want to believe that a lot more would come having visited and seen what they have put up and they need additional support

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Let us support genuine enterprises to move us from poverty”—Haruna

Member of Parliament for Tamale South Haruna Iddrisu is advocating for the state to support genuine Ghanaian entrepreneurs to help move the country out of poverty. Mr Haruna was speaking on Thursday, June 23, 2022 when the Majority Leader Osei-Kyei-Mensah invited him to accompany him on an industrial visit to a Ghanaian owned factory in Tema, Dzata Cement. According to him the Majority Leader upon his invitation extended the invitation to the Committee on Trade and Industry and leadership of the Works and Housing of Parliament and they have gone round to physically inspect the facility.

The Minority leader noted that it is a worthy Ghanaian business initiative and exemplifies Ghanaian enterprise success of indigenous Ghanaian business. As such it should serve as a wake up call to the political elite in Ghana to grow above petty partisanship and grow truly Ghanaian indigenous business regardless, whether the person has this or that political colour should not be guiding factor in who does what in the country. “It reminds me that the opportunities in Ghana must be to the benefit of every Ghanaian. If there is any potential Ghana person who is capable of showing business of promise and working to succeed, we, should together support that person; we have seen it and they require support, this should not be above the states”.

He further pointed out that more especially when as a country we want to open opportunity for employment and to alleviate poverty through employment, the good thing about cement is the value chain – there are distributors, and loading boys and others. Again, two of its kind would open opportunities for Ghana, and advice, “we should support genuine Ghanaian enterprise to move us from poverty”.

According to him, when it comes to electricity, it is only in Ghana that industry pays more than the ordinary consumer as it has been a matter that the Association of Industries have put on the table since his days as the sector Minister. “We would need institutional reforms in other to be able to correct and guarantee low cost”, he said.

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We need stronger systems to fight cybercrime – Speaker

The Speaker of Parliament, Rt. Hon. Alban Sumana Kingsford Bagbin, has expressed confidence that Ghana could win the fight against cybercrime activities if only there are stronger systems in place. According to him, those engaged in cybercrime activities are always improving upon their modus operandi, insisting that it is only stronger systems that could counter and triumph over them.

For instance, he said that Ghana’s cyber security machinery should be linked to the Information Communication Technology Department of the Parliament of Ghana, believing that would contribute in curbing the menace. “As we move towards a cashless economy, there is the need to build stronger systems to counter cyber-crime. This is very important as we develop as a country”, he noted.

The Speaker made this observation when a delegation led by the Executive Director of Center for Cyber Watch and Data Protection paid a courtesy call on him. Commenting further on the issue, Rt. Hon. Bagbin said there is also the need to work on the mindset of Ghanaians and as well, raise awareness in order to bring change.

His comments follow a report by the Director of the Center for Cyber Watch and Data Protection, Abubakar Issakar, that cyber crime activities are on the rise in the country. As part of the measures to curb the menace, Mr. Issakar proposed the need to build cyber security system for Parliament.

Further to that, he proposed the need to scale up advocacy for cyber security and capacity building for medium and small scale enterprises.


ECOWAS Parl: “Let us look at our enhanced powers to make laws for our people”—Njai

A member of the Gambian delegation to the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Parliament, Fatoumatta Njai, has advised the Parliament to work on its enhanced powers to make laws that would trickle down to the sub-regional Community citizens. According to her the ECOWAS MPs should be respected as the representatives of the people since they were elected across the member states, and further pointed out that that in some member states presidents are not elected by absolute majority.

As a president can be elected by ten percent of the voters which is not majority but in the case of MPs, they represent the whole nation and their voices should be heard and respected whether female, young or old, he stated. “That is lacking, look at what is happening in Burkina Faso, Mali and Guinea Conakry they are not part of us at the 2022 Frist Ordinary Session, they are not coming back; they have been sanctioned, what are the implications of the sanctions, nothing is coming out of them”.

She proposed looking at the root causes of the problems why these things are happening. People are poor, and when they are poor, they are hungry and outraged, and the only time they can express their outrage is through “Coups, demonstrations, to protests. That is what we need to address; I do not think we are seeing any change in how, we go about our proceedings even as there is a lot of change within the region, with the coups here and there”.
Madam Njai, who is granting interview for the first time after her April 2022 victory noted that country reports have been presented at the ongoing Ordinary Session, and the root cause of problems in the sub-region has not been picked out. “We have seen the trajectory the Community is taking when it comes to democratize values it’s a down fall”.

Coups are coming back when the thinking was that the days of coup is over and done with within West Africa as the sub-region even boasted about it five years ago that there would never be a coup again.
After the 2016 elections in Gambian the former President of the Gambia, Yahya Jammeh refused to step down and ECOWAS stepped in and made sure the people’s will was respected. That was a great plus for ECOWAS, but seeing what has happened especially in Guinea, the early warnings were ignored in Guinean, it was written all over the walls.

Talk about, Mali and Burkina Faso, and a failed coup in Bissau, “we also hear of the Parliament being dissolved in Bissau which I think it was addressed during the session, but no decision taken as to what to do as law makers from our countries if we do not come here to ensure the Heads of States do the right thing then there is no need for us to come in here”, she emphasized.

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“ECOWAS has beautiful legislations; implementation is our big problem”—Dr. Tony Luka

Acting Director for the Private Sector at ECOWAS Commission, Dr. Tony Luka Luka Elumelu said there are very beautiful and legal instruments within the West African sub-regional block, but the biggest problem is its implementation. According to him implementation arises because the end beneficiaries who are the ECOWAS citizens are not carried along, and ones protocols are adopted they are kept under lock and key.

“Community citizens do not even know about it, how do they see ECOWAS, either as the Heads of states meetings, MPs meeting, Court of justice or the Commission and it’s what its”. He made this remarks on Thursday, June 23, 2022 when the joint committee on Trade, Customs and Free Movement and Infrastructure met to consider a referral from the Commission, the ECOWAS Parliament to give its opinion on the draft Supplementary Act SP/XX/06/22 amending the Act SP/17/02/12 on the harmonization of standards and procedures for checking the loading capacity, weight and axle load of heavy duty vehicles in the ECOWAS Member States.
“MPs, there is a problem, the earlier we identify the problem the better for us. There is a new world order, there is economic crunch we kept talking about donors, the donors are also looking for money, the basic you need is food security, we have vast land than any region in the world and the cross border programme has also captured that and point”. Again, as ECOWAS he underscored the importance of re-aligning programmes to start addressing this issue and advocated for head of all ECOWAS institutions to meet for a retreat to address the need for a paradigm shift in terms of implementation, “our programmes”.

“We cannot be doing our job as a Commission, without meeting the people who have been elected and if we do not rout through them the message ends there. There was a meeting held by the ECOWAS Court of justice in Cape Verde few months ago on sovereignty, it is a big issue that we should address, member state were invited they are still very confused about the work of ECOWAS”. There are instruments that are supposed to be domesticated at the state level from the Free Movement, “I ask, are we all using ECOWAS Passport, yes, there was no place where it was domesticated, we should address issue that are paramount. If you look at the cross boundary programme it is an amalgamation of all our programmes because the essence is to ensure that we improve the livelihood of our community citizens”.

Whiles addressing the Committee members on the need to push for the approval of the referral, he noted that advocacy work are supposed to be done by the Community Parliament, but how can that be achieved if the Commission does not involve them in their programme, “we should make a provision so that MPs within the Committees in programmes go along with us”. His remarks follows a revelation that MPs were not aware of almost all the joint Committee meetings the Commission organised within member states. “You cannot be more Catholic than the Pope, you cannot go to Senegal without touching base with an ECOWAS MP from that place”.

“If the citizens see you there on ECOWAS programme with the participation of the MPs, the citizens would say this is genuine, it’s now time that the MPs should ask the Commission to bring out all its instruments and every member should start talking about it status of implementation instead of keeping green protocols and third implementation act”.

And funding of the ECOWAS cross-border cooperation programme (ECBCP) is a grass root thing this is where, “our people would feel us the cross border programme is a programme that would connect you from Nigeria to Senegal and whatever it is a programme that has captured the private sector the infrastructure and re-direct us on how we are doing things we need to re direct things to help us achieve vision 2050”. The joint Committee would adopt its report today, Friday, June 24, 2022 for onwards discussion and adoption at the plenary.

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We will fight agyapa with our blood – Minority leader

The Minority has given indications that they would fight any attempt to bring back agyapa, a move by government to collateralize the countries mineral resources for 500 million US Dollars over a period of time.
Responding to a question on the subject matter on Wedsnesday, June 22, 2022 during a press encounter with the parliamentary press corps, Mr. Haruna Iddrisu said “I will not support agyapa, and I will fight it with my – ‘I wish I can cut off my finger and you will see something’ that is the extent to which we are ready to fight agyapa”.

And questioned the wisdom in what the government wants to do with the Agyapa deal saying it would not be in the interest of the country.

“Why do you need to collateralize our mineral resources? This year alone, Ghana made 130 million US Dollars from mineral royalties and you are seeking to borrow 500 million US Dollars and collateralize your mineral resources. We have collatellarize GETFund in the name of Daakyi, today GETFund takes 1.3billion; 860 million is used to settle debt, is that what we want for our mineral resources, certainly not”.

He noted rather sadly that this particular government is interested in postponing its burdens into the future, adding that in 2025, President Nana Akufo Addo would not be the president of Ghana, Ken Ofori Atta would not be the finance Minister, and therefore, they would resist any attempt to burden the future with the Agyapa deal.

He also asserts that the risk assessment conducted by the former Special Prosecutor, Martin Amidu on Agyapa, and his findings and recommendations have not been adequately responded to, “and to the extent that they have not been adequately addressed including matters of corruption and crime associated with it, we would not support it”.

He said he has not been consulted anywhere on any decision to bring back Agyapa to parliament, but whatever it is they will reject agyapa anyday.
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Speaker orders investigation into COVID-19 expenditure

The Speaker of Parliament, Alban Bagbin has directed a joint Committee on Finance and health to investigate and enquire into the total receipts referred to as COVID-19 fund and how those funds were applied for the betterment of the people of this country.

The Speaker admitting that without those funds a lot of people would have lost their lives to the disease however noted that the good performance of the government in dealing with the pandemic is no basis for parliament not to perform its oversight function of ensuring that monies received are efficiently, effectively and economically utilised.

The Speaker noted that a proper account on the COVID fund is very important to allay the fears of the general public since they have a lot of concern towards the COVID fund.
He also directs the Committee to expedite the work because they know the agencies and ministries to invite including the Ministry of Finance to look into the figures from the finance ministry and the presidency and the others; and to reconcile them to bring clarity.

The work of the committee, the speaker stated should also involve going to the details of the expenditure of the monies the finance minister released to the ministries, departments and agencies.

The Minority in parliament on Wednesday, June 22, 2022 raised issues of discrepancies in the total expenditure figures when the Finance Minister account for the COVID -19 expenditure through a statement on the floor of the House.

According to the Minority, varied figures presented by the finance minister and the president on the CCOVID-19 expenditure leaves much to be desired and raised a lot of questions begging for answers, and called for an independent investigation into the fund.

Meanwhile, the joint committee is tasked to present a report in first month of the next meeting which is October, 2022.


Minority’s stiff opposition to E-levy was worth the effort – Haruna Iddrisu

The Minority Leader of Ghana’s Parliament, Haruna Iddrisu said the stiff opposition from the Minority towards the passage of the E-levy was worth the effort since it resulted in some adjustments to the original Bill.

He noted that the stiff opposition and constructive criticisms the Minority Group mounted against the approval of the E-Levy policy resulted in government reducing the proposed rate of 1.75% to 1.50%.

“This minority succeeded in reducing E-Levy from 1.75% to 1.50%. When he [Finance Minister] came [to Parliament], his intention was 1.75%. There were many other activities that would have been captured by E-Levy, they’ve abandoned it. Thanks to the opposition and our constructive criticisms of the policy in order to be able to improve, including, remittances”, noted Haruna Iddrisu.

According to him, no matter how dissatisfied Ghanaians may be with their conduct, Members of Parliament (MPs) belonging to the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) are happy that the country has already lost half of 2022 revenue government projected to have accrued from the Electronic Transaction Levy (E-Levy).

He added “Even more importantly, government has already lost half-year revenue of whatever it anticipated from E-Levy. That can only be attributed to purpose and tenacity of the Minority Group in Parliament. You may be dissatisfied with us. We just took a legal step, which probably, we may not satisfy you but I don’t think that it’s all wrong”.

Mr. Iddrisu who is also the NDC MP for Tamale South was addressing members of the Parliamentary Press Corps at a Leadership Encounter with the Press on Wednesday, July 22, 2022.

The encounter was to give an update about what the august House has been able to achieve over the last six months and what it is expected to do in the coming months.

Commenting further, an elated Haruna Iddrisu said the Minority Group in Parliament will continue to ensure that Ghanaians are treated fairly by the government.

On Tuesday, March 29, 2022, the Parliament of Ghana approved the controversial 1.50% tax on electronic payments, known as the E-Levy, after the opposition NDC MPs walked out in protest.

The NDC MPs had claimed not to be part or associated with what they termed ‘killer’ and ‘unwarranted’ tax on Ghanaians.

The Finance Minister, Ken Ofori-Atta had proposed the E-Levy in November 2021, with the aim of widening the tax net in order to mobilize more revenue to address Ghana’s financial woes.

However, his proposal hit a snag after the NDC MPs opposed the deal and demanded that the 1.75% rate should be reduced to 1%. They therefore called for the proposed tax policy to be withdrawn and a new one introduced.

After back and forth arguments over the tax proposal, it was withdrawn and a new proposal introduced, this time proposing a rate of 1.50%.

Even with the new proposed rate, the Minority Group wasn’t satisfied, compelling them to walk out during the consideration of the policy.

The E-Levy covers mobile money payments, bank transfers, merchant payments, and inward remittances.

The Government has projected to raise GHS6.9billion in revenue from the E-Levy in 2022.

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Parliament approves €74,145,500.00 for Tarkwa Water Supply Project

Parliament on Thursday, June 23, 2022 approved a loan facility of Seventy-Four Million, One Hundred and Forty-Five Thousand, and Five Hundred Euros (€74,145,500.00) for the Tarkwa Water Supply Project.

The Finance  Committee after a careful examination of the Agreement 15 convinced that the facility, when approved will help expand access to water in Tarkwa and its catchment areas. The Committee therefore recommends to the House to approve
The Credendo Covered Buyer’s Credit Facility Agreement between the Government of the Republic of Ghana (acting through the Ministry of Finance}, KBC Bank NV and COMMERZBANK AG (as Arrangers and original lenders), and KBC Bank NV (as Agent) is made up of Sixty-Five Million Euros (€65,000,000.00) and the associated Credendo premium of Nine Million, One Hundred and Forty-Five thousand and Five Hundred Euros (€9,145,500.00).

for a total sum of Seventy-Four Million, One Hundred and Forty-Five Thousand, and Five Hundred Euros (€74,145,500.00) [made up of Sixty-Five Million Euros (€65,000,000.00) and the associated Credendo premium of Nine Million, One Hundred and Forty-Five thousand and Five Hundred Euros (€9,145,500.00)} for the Tarkwa Water Supply Project

The approval is in accordance with Article 181 of the Constitution, Section 56 of the Public Financial Management Act, 2016 (Act 921) and Order 169 of the Standing Orders of the Parliament of Ghana.


The project seeks to expand the existing Water Supply System in Tarkwa from the existing 2.800m3/day (0.62 MGD) to 27,000m3/day (6MGD) to meet the increasing demand for water in the Municipality and to supply water to the adjoining Communities.

Successful implementation of the project according to the Finance Committee of Parliament would result in increasing access fo potable water, promote sanitation and reduce the incidence of water related diseases in Tarkwa and its adjoining communities.

The project on completion will supply potable water to Tarkwa and the following surrounding communities: Bonsa/Bonsaso, Bankyem, Charliekrom, Efuanta, Kwabedu, Mantrem, Agona Wassaw, Nsvia, Tamso, Fanti Mines, Senyaekurase, Akyempem, Simpa, Dompin-Papase, Brofroyedru, Atoabo, Aboso, University of Mines and Technology, and other settlements.

The scope of works to be undertaken under the Project would include inter-alia the following:

a. Design and construction of a weir and intake structure complete with all ancillaries for 30,000m3/d (6.46MGD) to cater for the projected water demand for up to the year 2040.

b. Design and construction of a raw water pipeline for 30,000m3/d (6.4MGD).

c. Design and construction of a new conventional water treatment plant (WTP) with a production capacity of 27,000m%d (6MGD}, complete with aerators, flocculator, sedimentation tanks, filters, chemical dosing system, SCADA System, etc.

d. Supply and Laying of 18.6km DCI 500 Transmission Pipeline

e. Supply and Laying of 116 km Distribution pipeline of various sizes

f. Construction of dedicated overhead power line and substation for the new Tarkwa WIP and intake.

g. Provision of house connection materials and standpipes

h. Provision of staff accommodation and offices

i. Construction of new reservoirs

j. Rehabilitation of service reservoirs

The project is expected to be completed in thirty-six (36) months with a

Defect Liability Period of twelve (12) months from handing over of each complete element to the client.

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