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Dualisation of Kasoa – Winneba Road is thirty percent done – Committee told

The Committee on Roads and Transport on Thursday, June 27, 2024, visited the Kasoa Winneba road to see for themselve progress of work done so far which is at thirty percent (30).

The project is being executed in two phases as phase one is from Kasoa to Akoti which is eighteen (18) kilometers and phase two twelve kilometer (12) from Akoti to Winneba and being executed by two local contractors which is government of Ghana funded.

Chairman of the Committee Kennedy Osei-Nyarko led the Committee to undertake this oversight. Other members of the Committee were Hon Samuel Atta Mill, and Hon Ayii Laadi Ayamba.

The project which started on March 29, 2024, is expected to last for thirty-six calendar months and so far thirty percent of work has been done on the project.

Engineer Paul Dua who is the director of Survey and Design at the Ghana Highways Authority took the Committee members through the aim of the project being executed as an implementing agency.

He briefed the Committee that, the trunk of road being worked on helps connect the national capital to Winneba, Cape Coast and Takoradi for the purpose of commence, education, tourism and production centers like factories among others.

And over the last twenty years it has not seen proper intervention as there are unacceptable travel times on the stretch of the road, uncontrolled pedestrian crossing, unsafe turns, likely head on collusion as a two lane road. Therefore, there is the urgent need for the dualisation of the road.

He further pointed out that moving into the future around the Winneba round about there is likely to be an interchange.

On compensations, he disclosed that they have paid fair compensations during the Japanese time but if someone was not paid, they would look at it, stating that in most instances these are some of the challenges that delay the road project and gave example of the Pokuase road construction which issues are in court.

The Chief Executive Officer of the Ghana Highways Authority Collins Donkor in a question asked by the chairman of the Roads and Highways Committee noted that compensation has been paid on the stretch of the road when in 2006 there was a Japanese funding for work on the road, hence any person who comes forward for claims would be looked at.

Hon Osei-Nyarko noted that the Ofankor road construction is having delays due to issues of compensation and wanted to know if they have factored that into the work they are doing.

He further pointed out that he was impressed with work done so far and if work is done at same pace, the project would be completed ahead of the expected thirty-six months completion.

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Sunyani East MP inspects work on GHC5.5 million Artificial Park  

Mr. Kwasi Ameyaw-Cheremeh, the Member of Parliament for Sunyani East inspected the progress of work on the construction of a standard astro-turf facility at the Penkwasi ‘Sakora Park” in the Sunyani Municipality.

Mr Ameyaw-Cheremeh, also the Board Chairman of the Bui Power Authority (BPA), the managers of the Bui Generating Station, performed the ground breaking ceremony for work to begin on the GHC5.5 million artificial football pitch with ancillary facilities in December last year.

The BPA is funding the 500-seater capacity project, which has VIP stands, changing rooms and floodlights. The execution of the project, however, was delayed due to some emerging challenges emanating from the siting of the stands, the Ghana News Agency (GNA) learnt.

Checks revealed the Sunyani Traditional Council had, however, resolved the matter, and the contractors, Accra-based Wembley Sports Construction Company Limited (WSCCL) is expected to move to site.

The GNA noticed the main pitch was almost complete as the contractor began the laying of the artificial pitch-carpet.

Accompanied by Mr John Ansu Kumi, the Sunyani Municipal Chief Executive (MCE) and some New Patriotic Party (NPP) constituency executives, Mr Ameyaw-Cheremeh told the GNA the facility was aimed at helping to unearth and nurture football talents in the municipality and even beyond.

He said football was now a lucrative enterprise, hence the need to scout, and help build the talents of the young people.

“We also have football talents and it’s my utmost desire and determination to ensure that these talents are built to feature in the national teams, the premier league and even international derby,” he assured.

Describing the facility as far-fetched, Mr Kumi, the Sunyani MCE advised residents to cooperate with the contractor to speed up work and complete the project for use.

By: Dennis Peprah

Kofi Buah cuts sod to build new Anglican primary school at Esiama

Mr. Emmanuel Armah-Kofi Buah, the Member of Parliament (MP) for Ellembelle, has broken grounds to build a new classroom block for the Esiama Anglican Primary School.

The ultra-modern classroom block would come with a 12-unit seater toilet facility and a water project.

The move follows the dilapidated nature of the Esiama Anglican Primary School block, which is not conducive for smooth academic work.

The project, when completed, would be the third Primary school block facility initiated by Mr. Buah in the area.

The MP pledged to build the new school when he visited the chief and elders during the last Christmas celebrations.

Mr. Buah said Esiama was one of the oldest towns in the Nzema area where education started, which produced many had distinguished scholars in responsible positions in the country and abroad.

He said his tenure as the MP had witnessed major developmental projects in Esiama from asphaltic overlay of town roads, water project, schools, toilet facility, and lighting system, among others.

He said the former NDC administration spearheaded several key projects and brought some industries to the Nzema area.

The Tufuhene of Esiama on behalf of the Chief of Esiama, Nana Ainoo Kwagyan, lauded the leadership style of Mr Kofi Buah since he entered Parliament in 2009.

He said the MP had continued to spearhead development of the Esiama Township in particular and Ellembelle in general.

Nana Kwagyan said the good works of the MP continued to follow him wherever he went and asked the people to pray for him since he was one of the greatest assets to Nzemaland.

The Chief lauded the MP for the numerous projects he had initiated so far with special reference to the street lighting system.

Nana Kwagyan called for a level playing field devoid of any manipulations in the run-up to the December 7 elections.

Nana Nyamekeh Fofole, Chief of Ambainu, who is a member of the Inspectorate and Monitoring team at the Ellembelle District Education Office, lauded the commitment of the MP towards education.

He was happy that education continued to be the priority of Mr Buah for the overall benefit of the people.

Nana Fofole thanked the MP for sponsoring the annual District MOCK examinations for BECE candidates since 2009 and for providing Mathematical sets to BECE candidates.

He also acknowledged the construction of school blocks and the Ellembelle school bus initiative, all pushed by the MP.

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Road and Transport Committee inspects progress of construction of Okyereko bridge

As part of their oversight role, members of the Roads and Transport Committee on Thursday, June 27, 2024, visited Okyereko where there is ongoing construction of two new bridges as a result of flooding that displaced over one hundred and fifty (150) people in the Central Region.

The Okyereko Bridge is located on the Ayensu River which connects Kasoa to Winneba.

Chairman of the Committee Kennedy Osei-Nyarko in the company of other members of the Committee, Samuel Atta Mill, Ayii Laadi Ayamba were at the site.

The project Manager Stephen Tawai briefing the Committee noted that they are constructing two separate bridges with work is progressing steadily, adding that after the construction of the new one which would be higher than the exiting bridge the old bridge would be destroyed.

He added that the old bridge is low and cannot contain a lot of water coming from the area hence the new two bridges would be done in such a way to contain a lot of water from the river.

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NPP Running Mate: Majority leader admonishes colleagues to be measured in their commentaries

Majority Leader, Alexander Kwamena Afenyo-Markin on Thursday evening, June 27, 2024, just after adjournment admonished his colleagues in the Majority to respect the party’s structure and understand the times in which they are ahead of December 7, 2024, Presidential and Parliamentary elections.

“We should be very mindful of how we express certain views in the public space; yes we have all heard matters regarding running mate of the NPP to complement our ticket, but no decision has been made yet and the party structures are there”.

“So, I will want to encourage colleague members of parliament and that we are in this together. There is no perfect person in this world and perfect character in this world. Again, none of us can tick every box, let us be careful how we say things about each other and how we approach things, the language we use it may not be helpful”, he emphasized.

The Majority Leader’s admonishment follows a comment by a member of the Majority Caucus, Andy Appiah Kubi that the flagbearer of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia needs a running mate who will help the flagbearer and not one that will lead him, when the name of Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh popped up in the media space as likely running mate of the NPP.

In a quick press briefing, the leader noted that colleagues on the Majority side should be measured in their language and should have confidence in the party, “and I believe we would use the structures of the party to come out with certain decisions.”

In addition, let us wait and respect the leadership of the party. We should not go out of our way to denigrate ourselves; we should not go out of our way to describe each other in a way that would be unacceptable, he affirmed.

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Ellembele MP hosts best students in district Science and Maths quiz in parliament

As part of motivating students at the basic schools in the Ellembele district to take seriously the study of science and maths, Member of Parliament for Ellembele, Emmanuel Kofi Amar Buah has sponsored the first ever science and maths quiz in his district.

Following a successful contests, the MP also sponsored finalists of the competition to visit Parliament on Wednesday, June 26, 2024.

According to the Ellembele lawmaker, he was motivated by the performance of the students hence his invitation to them to visit Parliament, Kwame Nkrumah Mausoleum and the National theater.

“They came to Parliament and were recognised by the second deputy Speaker who was presiding in the chair, and I did this for them to serve as role model for their colleagues and inspire so many young people”.

Again, they are going to tell their story to everybody in the district that if you study hard and excel you are going to go places, he added.

Mr. Buah further noted that he is going to monitor the performance of the pupils and added that he would give sponsorship to any smart student in the district.

And was more emphatic that he is more concerned about the girl-child who are keen in studying maths and science and would be proud if the students can be the best in the whole of Western Region.

“I am looking at the next engineers, scientist, astronauts who would go to space and change the world, some of them have told me what they want to be. If you are looking for hope for Ghana, those for the next generation are these young students”, he said.

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The Youngest Male MP of the 8th Parliament of Ghana

Ekow Vincent Assafuah, born on September 27, 1990 is the youngest Male Member of Parliament of the 8th Parliament of the fourth Republic of Ghana.

A native of Anomabo Anomansa, he represents the people of Old Tafo in the Ashanti Region at the legislature at the Majority side of the House.

Currently, he is the Deputy Minister for Local Government Decentralization and Rural Development.

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Amenfi East MP commends Kofi Buah for sponsoring best students to visit parliament

Member of Parliament for Amenfi East Nicholas Amankwah has commended the Deputy Minority leader Emmanuel Kofi Amah Buah for sponsoring students at his district who distinguished themselves in this year’s district Science and Math’s quiz competition to visit Ghana’s Parliament.

Students from four basic schools in the Ellembele District; Kikam SDA Basic School 1st; Kingdom Preparatory School, 2nd; Rock of Ages Academy, 3rd; and A.B. Bokazo Basic School, 4th.

They visited Parliament on Wednesday, June 27, 2024, to witness how the House works.

Hon Nicholas Amankwah commended the Deputy Leader for sponsoring the kids to Parliament, as well as the Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park and other interesting places in Accra.

The Amenfi East lawmaker commended the Deputy Minority Leader for being down to earth and open adding that despite being in the same party sometimes it is difficult to approach your leader, but he is very open and those of them from the Western Region, they look up to him.

“He is Nkrumah in the making, we look up to him. He has a good heart and those of us from the Western Region in the Minority look up to him”.

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Ghana is better off having an Authority to regulate cement pricing — K. T. Hammond

Minister for Trade and Industry, K. T. Hammond has argued that Ghanaian would be better served if there is an Authority in place to regulate pricing of cement, as prices keep sky rocketing.

According to him it has become a normal practice where you buy cement today at eighty Ghana cedis and the following morning it has escalated to one hundred Ghana cedis.

He made this assertion at a media briefing in Parliament on Wednesday, June 26, 2024, in the wake of him laying a Legislative Instrument L. I. to set up an Authority to regulate cement pricing in Ghana which has been met with some level of resistance.

The Minister further added that Ghana is producing a lot of cement in the country and has a stored capacity of eleven million tons; but the demand is not that much, so it has become a profitable enterprise for the producers.

“It behooves on those in responsible position to ensure that Ghanaians do not buy it at that high price, I think there is something fundamentally wrong with the cement pricing in the country. We had similar situation during President Kufuor’s time in the petroleum industry where we had an Authority established to regulate it”.

Again, we should have a situation where, a price in the Northern part of Ghana should be same as the Southern Part of Ghana and we should have a holistic look at it and look at whatever factors that goes into it, he affirmed.

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NDC will support Free SHS Bill to improve quality of Education—Atto Forson

Contrarily to the Majority Leader’s assertion that the Minority is not ready and committed to the Free SHS Bill, the Minority Leader Atto Forson said the National Democratic Congress and for that matter the Minority will support the Bill.

Clarifying their position on the bill, he said the National Democratic Congress (NDC) Minority caucus would support the Free Senior High School (SHS) Bill that seeks to improve the quality of education and fix the lapses identified in its implementation.

According to him, it should be on record that the Minority has not said anywhere that the NDC is opposed to the Free SHS policy as the Majority Leader Alexander Afenyo-Markin has said; rather, “we have the government of the day and the Majority side not presented to the House the said Bill”, he clarifies on the floor of the House on Wednesday, June 26, 2024.

Again, the matter has found itself repeated on a number of NPP related media houses that have run for some time now. “All we see is desperation on the part of the ruling government to create disaffection for the Minority MPs.”

“How long will the Bill take from Flagstaff House to the House; weeks, months, seven years, if it’s coming from the Ministry of Education, it is even closer”

The Minority Leader challenged the Majority side to come with the Bill to the floor within one week or tomorrow so that they can see the content of the Bill.

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