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Vetting begins Monday for last batch of ministers-designate

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Deputy Majority Leader (M) will face the Committee on Monday, March 27

Parliament’s Appointments Committee will from Monday, March 27 vet the last batch of ministerial nominees of President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo.

The last batch saw 54 persons, mostly deputy ministers, nominated by the president.

On Monday, as per its schedule, the Committee will vet its Deputy Chair and  Deputy Majority Leader, Sarah Adwoa Safo, who has been nominated as Minister of State in charge of Public Procurement.

She will be followed by another Minister of State at the Office of the President, Bryan Acheampong.

The Member of Parliament for Abetifi Constituency will be followed by Professor Kwesi Yankah, who has been nominated as a Minister of State in charge of Tertiary Education.

Dr Nura Gyeile will also take his turn as President Akufo-Addo’s nominee of Minister in charge of Agriculture.

The Committee is likely to begin vetting deputy ministers-designate as well.

A “sensitive” ministry, according to reports, is expected to have its deputy vetted on Monday.

Since Parliament is scheduled to rise on Friday, March 31, the Appointments Committee will break its proceedings on Thursday to continue later in May.

Until then, the Finance, Energy, Justice, Roads and Highways, Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation, Local Government and Rural Development, Transport, Sanitation and Water Resources and Education ministries will have their deputy nominees vetted between Tuesday and Thursday.

Source: 3news.com|Ghana

Ghana close to becoming a banana republic – Kweku Baako

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Veteran journalist, Kweku Baako is scared the actions of marauding vigilante groups aligned to the governing New Patriotic Party could end Ghana in a banana state.

Recounting some instances where some notable vigilante groups including Invisible Forces, Kandahar Boys, and Delta Force have attacked state installations and persons, he said it is becoming frustrating.

The latest attack which has attracted a nationwide condemnation is the one on Mr George Adjei, who was appointed as the regional security coordinator by President Akufo-Addo.

Some well-built men from the Delta Force allegedly stormed the Ashanti Regional Coordinating Council on Friday, March 24 to stop Mr Adjei from performing his duties because the group said they cannot work with him.

Commenting on the attack on Joy FM’s Newsfile, Kweku Baako appeared more worried because the recent attacks are coming after President Akufo-Addo and his Interior Minister Ambrose Dery have condemned such acts and asked the security agencies to act.

Unfortunately, persons who staged such unlawful attacks have gone “scot-free”, he noted recounting his recent encounter with one Jalil Bawa who discounted police account’s that he is gone into hiding for allegedly attacking a police officer at the Flagstaff House.

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Having watched video of yesterday’s attack, the veteran journalist described the action as “unmitigated disaster and it ought not be countenance one bit,” and assessed that the country is gradually entering a banana state.

The Cambridge dictionary defines banana republic as “a small country, especially in South and Central America, that is poor, corrupt, and badly ruled

“Is it not too many, is it not frustrating, are we not cutting a picture of ridicule of this great nation? Aren’t we looking like a banana republic? Is not what we are looking at? The president has spoken…and yet these things are still happening,” Mr. Baako said in despair.

He charged the security agencies to immediately arrest a man parading himself as the spokesperson for the Delta Force to help identify the culprits who belong to his group.

Meanwhile, a Deputy Minister-designate for the Attorney-General , Joseph Dinkiok Kpemka has condemned the Delta Force attack, saying it has “created a scare on our political history”

He maintained that such “unfortunate incident” should be nip in the bud to avoid future occurrence.

Story by Isaac Essel |3news.com | Ghana

Prof. Botchwey cries out to NDC ‘dissidents’ to pipe down

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Prof. Kwesi Botchwey

Chairman of the committee inquiring into the abysmal performance of the then governing NDC in the 2016 general elections, Prof. Kwesi Botchwey has appealed to angry members of the party to let cool heads prevail.

The NDC Election Review Committee, he said has noted with “regret” how some members of the party are resorting to the media to vent their anger as to why the party lost the elections with a wide margin.

The former president, John Mahama, lost in excess of one million votes to Nana Akufo-Addo, the man he defeated in the previous election that ended up at the Supreme Court. The party also lost majority of seats in Parliament.

The committee was therefore set up by the party to establish what accounted for the defeat, but some aggrieved functionaries including leading members prefer pouring out their indignation in public through the media instead of channeling them through the committee.

But Prof. Botchwey in a statement asked members of the party to control their temper and avoid prosecuting their concerns in public.

“The Committee would like to urge all Party members to resist the temptation to engage in recriminations and finger pointing, so as not to undermine the integrity of the Committee’s final report and recommendations, or sour the atmosphere for the conduct of the Committees work.”

He also noted, “The Committee’s doors are open and we urge all Party members who have issues to raise or concerns to express to direct them to the Committee to help the search for solutions to the challenges confronting the party.”

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Read also: NDC fact finding committee nearly lynched by group    

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By Isaac Essel |3news.com |Ghana

Over GHc800m approved by Parliament for some MDAs

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Parliament continues to approve budgetary estimations for ministries, departments and agencies to execute government business for the 2017 fiscal year.

On Thursday, the house approved GHC398, 676,632, GHC349, 152,142 and GHC 60,708,078 respectively for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation, and Ministry of Employment and Labour Relations.

Also GHC12,145,580 budget was approved for the Office of Head of Civil Service, and GHC10, 330,099 for the National Development Planning Commission (NDPC).

Defending what has been allocated to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the ranking member of the Parliamentary select Committee on Foreign Affairs, Okudzeto Ablakwa said the committee is impressed with the projection of the Ministry to open new missions.

Ghana currently has 57 missions, he noted and said the ministry has plans to increase the number to 60, which he said is commendable.

Mr. Ablakwa also said the committee was impressed with the intention of the minister to prioritize economic diplomacy to support the president’s agenda to generate a lot of trading arrangements to move the country beyond aids and handouts.

In a related development, the ranking member for Employment and Labour Relations Select Committee, Dr. Kwabena Donkor who is a former Minister for Power, called on the house to ensure that the Ghanaian worker becomes the center of state policy in ensuring productivity, safety and protection of their rights.

Meanwhile, the Minister of Environment , Science , Technology and Innovation, Prof. Frimpong Boateng revealed on the floor of Parliament, prior to the approval of his ministry’s budget, that over the years, the difference between Ghana and donor countries is that they have technology which Ghana doesn’t have.

He, with the support of the chairman of the Committee as well as the ranking member, observed the need for the country to focus on technology, and demanded that the ministry’s allocation is boosted in the future to ensure effective and efficient delivery of service.

By Onua FM|Owoahene Omari Acheampong|3news.com

Akufo-Addo has created a ‘nuisance’ govt for Ghana – Kofi Adams fires

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Nana Akufo-Addo

The National Organiser of the National Democratic Congress, Kofi Adams has ridiculed government’s justification for appointing “abnormal” size ministers and deputies.

President Nana Akufo-Addo has so far appointed 110 persons comprising 60 deputy ministers and 50 substantive ministers to serve in his government in the four-year tenure.

A cross-section of Ghanaians have spoken against the size of the government, saying it is needless as they argued, it will put undue pressure on the stressed national purse.

In defence, government officials as well as the president have maintained that the challenges confronting the nation demand the service of such number of ministers.

But Kofi Adams of the opposition NDC has rejected the explanation calling the number “abnormal”.

Kofi Adams

He told TV3 Midday Live with Martin Asiedu-Dartey that the Akufo-Addo-led administration just succeeded in “forming a nuisance government” to run the affairs of the country.

The NDC National Organiser said under former President Kufuor’s eight-year leadership, same explanation was given for the huge number of ministers he appointed but nothing substantial was achieved.

He cited, for instance, in Kufuor’s bid to improve the aviation sector, a minister was appointed for that sector, and yet the only national carrier, Ghana International Airlines, “collapsed” under him. He also observed that the only international airport in the country, KIA, “did not see any expansion”.

Kofi Adams also mentioned that when Kufuor created the railway ministry, some railway lines were rather sold as “scraps” with nothing to write home about the sector.

In his analysis, the president does not need 110 ministers to execute his mandate.

By Isaac Essel |3news.com|Ghana

Ejisu-Juaben NPP youth protest attempts to make ‘stranger’ MCE

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Some youth from the Ejisu-Juaben Municipality are protesting what they claim are moves by the leadership of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) to get a stranger to be appointed as the Municipal Chief Executive.

They claimed one Serwaa Derchie who is among the five nominees presented to the President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, is not a native of Ejisu-Juaben and does not vote anywhere in the municipality.

“We will fiercely resist any attempt to force one Madam Serwaa Derchie as our MCE because the woman is unknown to anybody in the municipality and made zero contribution to the election success of the party in Ejisu-Juaben”, the group warned.

It questioned why the leadership of the party is eager to reward Madam Serwaa Ejisu-Juaben MCE appointment when she is from Effiduase in the Sekyere East district and can be offered a DCE in that area.

“We find it difficult to rationalize why anybody would want to stir trouble, cause resentment among the rank and file of the party and the people in the municipality by taking such an unpopular decision,” the group said.

They have thus threatened to embark on series of massive demonstrations should the government go ahead and appoint a ‘wrong candidate’ for them as MCE.Spokesperson for the group, Bridget Akosah-Antwi, said that they are not against the other four nominees to the President because all of them are from the constituency and they cast their ballot there.

“We fought in the trenches to bring the party to power and we remain unwavering in our determination to go every length to ensure that the government puts its right foot forward” she stated.

The group said they want the right people to be put in the right position to assist Nana Akufo-Addo to succeed in building a nation that works for everybody.

By Ibrahim Abubakar|TV3|3news.com|Ghana

Bongo: NPP supporters against constituency chairman as DCE

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Supporters of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) in the Bongo District of the Upper East Region have called on President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo not to appoint the Bongo Constituency chairman of the party as District Chief Executive.

They claim the appointment of the constituency chairman as DCE could create cracks and breed unproductivity in the District.

At a press conference in Gowrie on Wednesday, the NPP supporters cited Peter Awinbisa as cause of the party’s defeat December 7 elections in the constituency.

They said Mr Awinbisa’s bad leadership as the chairman of the party in Bongo was the reason for the party’s defeat.

Addressing the press, spokesperson of the supporters Jonas Apikiya referred to the constituency chairman as a dictator, a divisive leader, not transparent, mismanager of party resources, a mole and arrogant.

He said it will be a disaster if the constituency chairman is appointed as the DCE because the policies of the President will never be achieved.

NPP polled 6,800 votes in the 2016 elections with the National Democratic Congress winning the seat with 18,442 votes.

The Progressive People’s Party (PPP) polled 2,932 votes and the Convention People’s Party (CPP) polled 259 votes.

According to the supporters, the NPP chairman supported the NDC candidate in the elections.

By Rabiu Tanko Mohammed|3news.com|Ghana

Prez’s nominee for AMA boss receives massive endorsement

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President Akufo-Addo’s nominee for the position of metropolitan chief executive, Mohammed Adjei Sowah has received massive endorsement from assembly members of the Accra Metropolitan Assembly.

He obtained 109 votes representing 100 percent of the total votes cast on Thursday.

Although 126 assembly members and government appointees were expected to cast their ballot for the exercise, some did not turn up.

According to TV3’s Michael Addo, who covered the election, the usual chaos that characterizes such events was absent as assembly members comported themselves throughout the exercise.

Mohammed Adjei Sowah is a former Greater Accra Regional Secretary of the New Patriotic Party (NPP).

Mohammed Adjei Sowah is among the first batch of chief executives named by the president for four major cities – Accra, Kumasi, Tamale and Sekondi-Takoradi

Osei Assibey Antwi who was nominated for the Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly (KMA) was this week endorsed by his assembly.

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Source: 3news.com|Ghana

Parliamentary bribery scandal: Final report to be presented ‘next Wednesday’

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Leadership of the Appointments Committee

The final report of the ad hoc committee set up by Parliament to look into the bribery allegations against leadership of the Appointments Committee is expected to be presented on Wednesday, March 29.

The five-member committee is currently considering its draft report, according to the Acting Director of Public Affairs of Parliament, Kate Addo.

In a statement issued on Wednesday, March 22, Ms Addo said evidence were taken from three more witnesses.

The committee chaired by Member of Parliament for Essikado-Ketan Joe Ghartey had been given 30 days within which to complete its investigations.

But the time has elapsed.

The committee in its sittings heard first from Chairman of the Appointments Committee Joe Osei-Owusu before hearing from members Alhaji Mohammed Muntanka Mubarak, Mahama Ayariga and Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa.

The report by the committee will be presented on the set date “subject to approval by the Business Committee”.

Source: 3news.com|Ghana

Parliament approves over GHC 34m for Chieftaincy Ministry

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Parliament has approved thirty four million, three hundred and twenty eight thousand, seven hundred and ninety eight cedis (GHC 34,328,798.00) for the Ministry of Chieftaincy and Religious Affairs.

It is the second ministry to get budgetary approval after the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development on Tuesday.

Before the approval, the Minister for Chieftaincy and Religious Affairs, Kofi Dzamesi said the president’s idea to re-designate the Ministry of Chieftaincy to add Religious Affairs has increased the responsibility of his outfit.

He also assured the Members of Parliament that the ministry will not interfere in religious activities but rather work towards promoting consensus.

The Chairman of the Parliamentary Select Committee on Chieftaincy, Alex Agyekum presenting their report to the house, outlined the vision of the ministry: to preserve, sustain and integrate the regal and traditional values and religious practices to accelerate wealth creation and harmony for total national development.

He said the ministry exists to operate primarily as the apex body in the policy formulation, implementation and co-ordination in the chieftaincy and religious sectors.

Ranking member of the committee Kobla Woyome seconded the chairman in recommending the approval of the budget and called on government to even increase their budget allocation because the ministry needs funds to execute the number of projects.

By Owoahene Omari Acheampong | Onua 95.1|3news.com