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Minority whip calls for briefing by Minister on Ghana’s preparedness to contain flooding

The Minority chief whip Kwame Governs Agbodza in a statement on the floor of the House has appealed to the Speaker of Parliament, Rt. Hon Alban Kingsford Sumana Bagbin, for the Works and Housing Minister, Francis Asenso-Boakye to be hauled before the House to brief it on plans to contain flooding ahead of the rains.

According to him reports in the media suggest that the Wednesday, June 14, 2023 down pour affected Bortianor –Ngleshie Amanfro and other parts of Accra and sympathizes with his colleagues Matthew Sylvester Tetteh who he believed was at his constituency with his constituents as he made the statement on the floor of the House.

He further told the House that as a result of the heavy down pour, a lady with her two kids are still not found yet. He commended government agency working to find and further pointed out that, some people had been injured whiles a lot of properties have been damaged.

He urged Parliament to help the relevant agencies in getting funds needed to address the problem particularly to desilt major drains.

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The Member of Parliament for Upper Manya Krobo Constituency, Bismark Tetteh Nyarko has called on the electorates in the area particularly the Elected Assembly Members to put aside the interest of NDC and NPP and work together for the establishment of the One District One Factory at Sekesua.

He said the factory, when completed would help minimise the numerous criminal activities most of the youth involve themselves in as a result of the high unemployment rate ratio in the area.

The MP believes if members of the two major political parties put forces together to ensure that the factory come to reality, less crime would be recorded in the district.

Hon Nyarko was speaking at the Assembly Meeting of the Upper Manya Krobo District at Asesewa. He said the people of district have not been lucky enough because they lag behind when it comes to development especially about their road projects.

According to him, the assembly cannot continue to depend on the central government for every funding because for some years back Common Fund has not been coming regularly so the Internal Generated Funds (IGF) should be something they must together think about seriously.

On his part, the District Chief Executive, Joe Sam said revenue mobilisation is a collective duty and responsibility for everyone who needs development and urged all stakeholders concerned to help collect revenue and also honour their levy obligations. It is only by this that the assembly can execute projects.

The DCE said two hundred and thirty – nine thousand, two hundred and forty-three Ghana Cedis, sixty-three pesewas (GHC 239, 243. 63) representing 28 point two eight percent of revenue collected as at May this year. This amount is against the targeted eight hundred and forty-six thousand, three Ghana Cedis, thirty-nine pesewas being IGF for the 2023 fiscal year.

He said to achieve the revenue projection, management is aggressively embarking on an exercise dubbed “Management Time Out” on Wednesdays and Fridays at Akateng and Asesewa markets to augment and also supervise the activities of the revenue officers.

On health, Mr Joe Sam bemoaned the high prevalence of HIV infections in the district especially among the youth and urged the general public to continue to adhere strictly to the preventive measures to help halt further spread of the disease.



Work on Akyem Oda Central Market progresses

After pains taking effort by the Member of Parliament for Akyem Oda Alexander Akwasi Acquah, together with the District Chief Executive, work is progressing on the burnt Akyem Oda Central Market.

According to the MP there were a lot of agitation and demonstration by the market women when re-construction work had not started, but two months down the line when Ghanamps.com visited the place work is progressing steadily.

The District Common Fund Administrator, Irene Naa Torshie visited Akyem Oda to encourage market women not to give up hope on the reconstruction of the market place since the President Nana Akufo-Addo himself has visited the place, and that presents a lot of hope.

She further pointed out that the MP has to intervene on several occasions to ensure some variations in the plan because the original plan for the reconstruction of the burnt market was small and not all the market women would have the opportunity to occupy the place when work is completed, but the new plan gives room for more people to be accommodated.

Mrs. Irene Naa Torshie asked the constituents of Akyem Oda to appreciate the work their MP is doing because he has been playing a major role in ensuring that the Central market is re-built.


Intestate Succession Bill, 2022 goes through Second reading

The Intestate Succession Bill, 2022 has gone through Second reading in Parliament House. Deputy Attorney General and Minister for Justice Diana Asonaba noted that it’s coming in to remove anomaly in PNDC Law 111 and provide a uniform intestate succession law that would be applied in the country irrespective of inheritance system of the intestate or the type of marriage that has been contracted.

According to her there is no or little protection in the customary law for a surviving spouse neither spouse had the right to the property of the other.

As changes in the Ghanaian system has render the present law outmoded the nuclear family has gradually eroded the significant of the extended family in a manner that pertain to the Western world that is giving the nuclear family greater prominence which is not which is not reflected in the existing law.

“Mr. Speaker the customary kind of marriage does not regard the wife as part of the economic needs of the husband as a result the wife’s claim to the husbands property is very limited, but currently there is a shift towards the wife in the economic needs of the husband and has reduced the influence of the extended family in the intestate succession”.

He however added that the current law does not make provision for polygamous marriage where the deceased survived by a number of spouses.

Kwaku Sakyi-Danso/Ghanamps.com

Communities in Krachi East Municipality to benefit from water supply—Minister

The Minister for Sanitation and Water Resources Cecilia Abena Dapaah has told Parliament there is ongoing negotiation between Ghana Water Limited (GWL) and contractors for portable water to be supplied to larger communities in the Krachi East Municipality.

According to her as soon as statutory funds are approved and funds secured the project would commence for its implementation.

She further told the House the capital Dambai water supply system is currently dependent on ground water including the Oti River, Volta Lake seasonal streams as well as hand-dug wells.

Whiles there are about twenty-five (25) private and public mechanised water wells in the municipality with only ten (10) currently in operation, when the Member of Parliament for Krachi East Wisdom Gidisu want to know plans by the Ministry to install automated system to process water from the Oti River to supply larger communities in the Municipality.

Madam Dapaah in answering questions on the floor of the House on Wednesday, June 21, 2023 said the Ministry through GWL has engaged Messrs Pureco/Inzaag GmbH JV to develop the Dambai water supply project and being developed to meet the demand up to 2045 for Dambai and its environs.

The scope of the project includes the following:
• Floating raw water intake facilities on the Oti River

• Raw water transmission pipeline between the intake facility and the water treatment plant with a length of approximately 3km.

• All 11,5oom 3/day (2.53MGD) conventional water treatment

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Akufo Addo/Bawumia government has imposed hardship on Ghanaians—Adongo

Ranking member on Finance Isaac Adongo has taken a swipe at the President and his vice for signing onto the International Monetary fund (IMF) programme which will result in heap of miseries on the already suffering Ghanaians.

According to him after years of economic mismanagement leading to untold hardship, massive job losses and unemployment, government is not coming clean or apologising to Ghanaians but rather resorting to self-denial and cooking up economic and financial data.

By 2019, Ghana’s debt burden was already hurting the economy so badly. Ghana was reeling under a burden of over 91% of debt service to tax revenue accompanied by high external vulnerability.

At the same time, the government was visibly struggling to generate net international reserves to cover massive offshore debt service obligations that were due.

The true deficit of Ghana’s primary balance, debt position, and net international reserves were being consistently cooked to show unrealistic economic indicators.

While this charade was on government, was in difficulties in raising money domestically or in the Capital market to refinance maturing debts amidst unsustainable gross financing needs in excess of 20% of GDP. This invariably created fear and panic across global capital markets about the eminent insolvency, bankruptcy, and the palpable collapse of the Ghanaian bubble.

This led to the unanimity among rating agencies about Ghana’s grim economic outlook and dire reality.
And signs were very clear on the wall that Ghana’s economy was in trouble from economic mismanagement. At some point, the government was seen picking up excessive printed money from the BoG.

The unfolding scenarios led to non-resident investors aggressively selling off their domestic bonds and repatriating the foreign currency, leading to dwindling foreign reserves.

President Nana Addo had told Ghanaians that he was relying on the intellectual capacity of Dr Bawumia to transform Ghana. Was Dr Bawumia not the head of the Economic Management Team that created this mess? Which vision is left to be talked about?

Check the NPP manifesto for the 2016 elections and compare with Dr Bawumia’s propaganda but naive experimental lecture notes from 2014 to 2015 and you will see that was his vision that metamorphosed into Ghana’s Vision and Economic Policies since 2017 to date:

• Moving the economy from taxation to production. This is one of the fanciful visions of Dr. Bawumia that led to the collapse of production after they somersaulted and introduced over 24 taxes.

• I village 1 dam is yet another vision Dr Bawumia espoused while in opposition. It was subsequently implemented in government. Dr. Bawumia should speak to this and tell us what this vision has brought to the economy of Ghana. We can only remember these dugouts as one of wasteful ventures that had become death-traps, killing people in rural areas.

• Dr. Bawumia’s naive 1$million per constituency a year has rather led to massive arrears and commitments.

• Has Dr. Bawumia ‘s Establishment of development authorities not become a conduit for siphoning and the looting of public funds? He should speak to it and tell us what the achievements are.

• 1 district 1 factory became a source of fleecing the public purse through the granting of ridiculous tax waivers and painting and co-opting of factories that could be “colonial era” factories as 1D1F factories.

• tolling the toads without borrowing led to bankrupt and insolvent Ghana.

• Naive benchmark regimes and frivolous discounts to ignorantly drive container volumes at the port from Togo has led to a collapse of imports with empty terminals in Tema and Takoradi.

• A policy to clean up and strengthen the financial sector rather led to the collapse of about 422 financial institutions with the remaining ones extremely malnourished waiting to be crashed under the IMF program with a planned Ghc30 billion.

• IPEP. What has this policy espoused by Dr. Mahmoud Bawumia brought?

• By the end of Nana Addo’s first four years, there shall be no community with toilet problems? When all the man can think of, is toilets, which he couldn’t even execute, who takes such a person seriously.

Dr Bawumia is the first economist in Ghana with the most venomous vision that has landed all of us on life support. He now wants to be president with a vision to discount us from the last support to kill us completely.

If Dr. Bawumia had any iota of credibility, a modicum of shame in the eye, and respect for Ghanaians, he would have stayed away from contemplating to be president.

Kwaku Sakyi-Danso/Ghanamps.com

Akim Oda Government Hospital casual workers call on MP

Over 20 Akim Oda Government Hospital’s non- Mechanized staff earlier today visited the Member of Parliament for Akim Oda constituency, Mr. Alexander Akwasi Acquah for his effort to make them permanent staff.

The beneficiaries expressed appreciation to the Member of Parliament for his enthusiastic work.

The convener for the beneficiaries Mr. Alex Attafuah said, some of his colleagues worked for over seventeen years as casual workers so if the MP has put smile on their faces, they have to show appreciation.

The MP together with his health committee chairman in the person of Mr. Benjamin Kuuku Baiden and the MPs Personal Assistant, Mr. Maxwell Kofi Anti were presented with citation and smock dress (fugu),

The MP tasked them to keep encouraging their colleagues to keep their hope alive and also campaign for him wherever they find themselves.


Ghana needs a dedicated Ministry for the Youth—Morris Donkor

President of the Young Parliamentary Forum of Ghana’s Parliament, Elvis Morris Donkor has said the nation needs a dedicated Ministry for the Youth of Ghana and lamented over successive governments’ always having Youth and Sports where the attention is on sports rather than the Youth.

According to him there is the urgent need to get a dedicated Ministry of Youth as prevails in the Eastern and Northern African countries.

In his address on Thursday, June 15, 2023 at a National Youth Authority dialogue with young parliamentarian and youth leaders’ forum in Parliament, he pointed out that, the Ministry of Youth and Sports only deals with the Sports aspect and not the Youth.

And further noted that, when that is achieved it will help amplify the voices of the youth in Ghana and their representatives are considered in policy formulation and ensure more inclusive governance frame work.
He further pointed out that the percentage of budgetary allocation that goes to the Youth and Sports Ministry, only a small percentage goes to address the concerns of the Youth with a larger proportion going to take care of sports.
Whereas, if there was a Ministry for Youth, it will have the needed budgetary allocation to address critical concerns of the Youth and their development.
Kwaku Sakyi-Danso/Ghanamps.com

Majority of Majority MPs throw weight behind Bawumi as he files today

Majority, of the Majority MPs on the premises of Parliament Friday, June 16, 2023 morning are joining two buses to be moved to the ruling News Patriotic Party office where flagbearer aspirant will file his nomination to contest the flagbearership race.

As early as 8:00am Ghanamp.com sighted most of the Majority MPs gathering and preparing to join two buses on the premises of Parliament to show their support to the Vice President Dr. Mahmud Bawumi.

Most of the MPs indicated that Friday, June 16, 2023 is going to be a busy day in the annals of NPP’s internal election.

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“Take or pay agreement has caused Ghana’s energy sector” —Chairman Mines and energy

Chairman of the Mines and Energy Committee of Ghana’s Parliament Samuel Atta-Akyea has said the policy of “take or pay agreement” by the previous John Mahama Dramamine led administration has caused the energy sector of Ghana very much.

According to him the previous government signed several energy agreements which were not needed and sighted the AMERI deal which host the nation five hundred ten million dollars $510milion.

The Abuakwa South lawmaker at a press conference on Wednesday, June 14, 2023 used the opportunity to set the records straight and outline several measures taken by the current government led by President Nana Akufo-Addo making sure that Ghanaians get the cheaper price in terms of energy.

Mines and Energy Committee chair flank by three of his colleagues from the Majority side of the House, was setting the records straight on earlier press conference held by the Mines and Energy Committee from the Minority side of the House.

He further pointed out that as part of his research it has come out clear that take or pay was a result of the power crises between 2011 and 2016 that gave space to these energy policy, “but that energy crises was not an instance thing; the question is those running the government of the day did they have the sense of the measurement of the energy we had?”

Comparative Analysis of Electricity Tariffs in ECOWAS Member States

On the issue relating to tariffs in ECOWAS Member States, we wish to note that the study under reference was conducted in 2017 and published in 2019 and most of the countries in the study are hydro dependent.

Over the past six (6) years thermal generation has taken over hydro generation in Ghana. Thermal generation therefore is expensive due to cost of fuel and exchange rate dynamics among others. These coupled with idle capacity has made Ghana’s tariff one of the highest in the region.

It is surprising that the NDC will assert that all these agreements were approved by consensus by both sides of the house without objection from the then NPP minority. This is especially so when the rule is that “the minority will have its say and the majority will have its way”.

 If today the NDC claims that the agreements were approved by both sides then, would they have the right to blame the Akufo-Addo government for contracting loans which were equally approved by both sides of the house?

To set the records straight, let’s refer to the Ghana Integrated Power Sector Master Plan (IPSMP) which is a work by the Energy Commission and various Ghana energy agencies, which was supported by the Integrated Resource and Resilience Planning (IRRP) Project, with technical and financial support for the IRRP project provided by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

Under Generation and Demand of the 2019 IPSMP, the modeling results confirm that there is significant overcapacity in Ghana, that this overcapacity was expected to continue for 5-7 years when the power plants under construction are commissioned.

The report further noted that the reserve margin in 2018 and 2019 were significantly higher than the planned reserve margin of 20%. Furthermore, the overcapacity challenge is expected to continue into the mid-2020s.

The issue therefore about excess capacity is not in doubt, as established by the 370MW AKSA EPA

We note that the AKSA Emergency Power Agreement (EPA) after expiration on 31″ July, 2022 was renegotiated by ECG with better terms for 15 years, with a dispatch guarantee of 40%. This is far better than the full take-or-pay arrangement under the expired EPA.

A tariff of USD0.093478/kWh for the first 10 years

A Tariff of USD0.085978/kWh for the last 5 years

Compared to the expired EPA tariff of USD0.127662k Wh, the new terms are clearly cheaper, as means of reducing the cost of generation, using natural gas. In addition, the deployment of this plant, taking into consideration the replacement cost of a new plant to meet the demand is optimal.


With regard to the 205MW new AKSA PPA, we note that it is a take and pay agreement with a 40% dispatch guarantee to cover the day-to-day operation and maintenance expenses of the plant. It also comes with no payment and government guarantees. Furthermore, it is meant to provide system reliability in the middle and the northern belts of the country based on a system reliability study by the Ghana Grid Company (GRIDCo). To achieve the objective of reliability, there is the need to have a level of guaranteed dispatch of the plant.

The dispatch guarantee provided for in the new terms for contracting PPAs is also a gradual means of reducing the cost of excess capacity payment that has plagued the sector from the numerous take or pay agreements. The non-dispatch of this plant will save the country 60% of the cost compared to the original contract.

On a similar issue raised by Dr. Kwabena Donkor concerning Asogli and Karpower PPAs, we wish to state that there is no 3rd PPA for Asogli. Neither has the Karpower PPA been extended to a regular PA of 20-25 years. Negotiations for these PPAs are still underway.

Excess Capacity Charge Payments

On the issue of idle capacity, between 2017 and 2020, the annual cost of idle capacity ranged between US$ 105.4 million and US$ 373.7million per year. Over the period, a total amount of US$ 368 million had been paid for idle capacities and a further US$ 600 million had been paid for the cost of reserve margins totaling US$968million.

Gas related issues

The claim regarding gas pricing especially the Tema LNG pricing is devoid of facts, misleading and demonstrates lack of knowledge and understanding of the gas sector. First and foremost, the Tema LNG contract is for 17 years, not 20 years. Indexing LNG price to crude oil price is the normal business practice in the industry. Because LNG is globally traded, it is normally indexed to Brent Crude for supplies coming from outside of North American or Henry Hub gas price for supplies from North America.

It is therefore no surprise that, all the previous LNG contracts including those signed under the NDC government were also linked to crude oil price.

Contrary to the NDC’s claims, the Sankofa gas price signed under the NDC government is not being sold today at US$6.78/MMBtu but rather, US$10.05/MMBtu. Regarding Tema LNG, GNPC negotiated a fixed regime of US$7.7/MMBtu in 2019 for 2 and half years, subject to renewal. This notwithstanding, through negotiations, the LNG supply has been deferred with no take or pay liability, to a later period where projections indicate significant deficits to merit LNG importation.

Interventions to address the Situation

The President Akufo-Addo government has programmed and carefully made maior interventions since 2019 to significantly minimise the impact of the idle capacities and effects of emergency power agreements on the energy sector. As you are aware the Energy Sector Recovery Programme (ESP) was instituted and an inter-ministerial task force put in place to address the oversee the implementation of the proposed initiatives.

Key among them are, the  establishments of the Cash Waterfall Mechanism (CWM) where there is a transparent sharing of Energy Sector revenues and more specifically ECC’s weekly collected revenues to all players in the electricity value chain such that entities that supply ECG with electricity and related services will always receive some streams of income to keep them liquid.

Within the CWM, the Natural Gas Clearing House has also evolved to ensure that all Natural Gas (NG) resources are being monitored and payments made to ensure the gas providers are also liquid.

 One challenge encountered was the limited security of supply due to unavailability of alternative fuels. The NPP Government in this regard has provided alternative fuel sources to address shortages in Natural Gas (NG) supply. Currently there are stocks of LCO, HFO and DFO for use in the event that NG supply is interrupted. Power Plants with capability to use alternative fuels are therefore available to support national energy needs.

The reverse flow of natural gas from the western corridor to the eastern corridor project is completed. This brings significant volumes of natural gas for use by thermal power plants in Tema, and Kpone.

 Relocation of the Karpowership from Tema to Takoradi also resulted in a major drop in tariff for the power plant when it switched from the use of HFO to natural gas. This also brought significant savings to GNPC under the NDC signed Sankofa contract.

PPA renegotiation exercise is also underway to downsize invoices raised for payment by ECG. Currently, the renegotiation has led to significant reduction in invoices from AKSA, and the CENIT plants. Renegotiation with Cenpower, Amandi, Karpower and Sunon Asogli will soon close with significant benefits to the people of Ghana.

The Nana Akufo-Addo-led government is very much aware of the critical role the Energy Sector plays in the economy of Chang and is focused on addressing the challenges. Government will therefore not yield to distractions from the NDC.

Kwaku Sakyi-Danso/Ghanamps.com