In spite of protest by the minority in Parliament, the agreement between these two countries was finally approved.

The majority side, who were left alone in the floor, accepted the agreement after a while of minutes, after the minority had walked out over the resentment to conditions stated in the agreement.

The House, which was expected to rise on Friday, March 23, 2018, extended its sitting into the late night to among other things, consider the agreement which has brewed a lot of controversies and dominated various public discourse.

Observing the debate that went on after the walked out by the minority, the debate from Hon.member of parliament for Adenta, Boabeng Asamoah, Hon. Minister for Defense, and a few others, indicates that, the conditions in this Ghana-USA agreement, is not different from that of the previous agreements signed by the first NDC administration, headed by Ex-President Jerry John Rawlings in 1998, through to the administration of John Dramani Mahama’s led NDC government in 2016, this agreement has been signed since, with all those conditions, so the majority side in Parliament do not see any wrong deals which should call for these hullabaloo about this very agreement between Ghana and USA by the current NPP Government led by President Akufo Addo.


Where Quality Suit are Sold

Contact us on 0244294488

WhatsApp 0264033655

Payment after Delivery Nationwide


The Defense minister,Dominic Nitiwul, made it clear in his debate on the floor of Parliament, indicating that, even on the day of making a final decision on this agreement, the minority side in Parliament, on the committee were many than that of majority side, and if anything at all, the minority could have cancelled or rejected this agreement, since the minority were 13 in number while the majority were of 10.

He therefore made it known that, this agreement was initiated or accepted by the NPP or the majority in Parliament, but on clear and good grounds.

After a lengthy debate from the majority side alone, the Rt. Hon. Speaker of parliament,Prof. Aaron Mike Oquaye, posed the question of acceptance or otherwise of the agreement, and finally, the majority side won, by accepting this agreement into force.

Story: Richmond Adu.


Speaker Oquaye stresses more Ghana-Czech Republic relations 

Speaker Oquaye stresses more Ghana-Czech Republic relations

The speaker of Parliament Rt Hon Aaron Mike Oquaye has stressed the need for more and enhanced relations between Ghana and the Czech Republic.

He said Ghana is fully committed to bilateral agreements of both countries, and emphasized on the need for the two nations to cooperate more in the areas of science and technology.

Prof Oquaye made the call when Madam Gita Fuchsova the Ambassador of the Czech Republic, paid a courtesy cal on the Speaker at his office at the Parliament House in Accra.


Where Quality Suit and Shirt are Sold

Contact us on 0244294488

WhatsApp us on 0264033655

Payment after Delivery

He reiterated the need to extend the scholarship base that will be a formal recovery process to realize the good relations between the two countries.

Prof Oquaye further talked about women empowerment and the need to consider women in the affairs of major agenda in the national issues.

“Pursuant to women development, it’s important both countries have major interest in order to debunk the growing belief that there is no point in holding women to lead at the fore front.” the Speaker said.

For her part, the Czech Ambassador said next year, Ghana and the Czech Republic will be celebrating 60 years of bilateral relation and it is important to continually deepen their cooperation in the areas of agriculture, internal and external security and trade.

She said her is taking note of the human centred programs and policies of the government, and ready to support with the needed capacity and expertise.

On cultural diversity, Madam Fuchsova said both countries have a unique cultural heritage which must be preserved for generations yet unborn, and said she was very proud to watch the University of Ghana Dancing Troupe display Ghana’s rich culture when they visited Czech Republic last year..

She announced that the Minister of Agriculture will be in the Czech Republic next month on a bilateral mission to between the two nations.

Story by Richmond Adu.

Let’s Strengthen Our Bilateral Relationship – Speaker to Czech Republic

The speaker of Parliament Rt Hon Aaron Mike Oquaye earlier today 22nd March 2018, received a courtesy call from the Ambassador of the Czech Republic to Ghana Gita Fuchsova at his office.

The Ambassador said next year, Ghana and the Czech Republic will be celebrating 60 years of bilateral relation and it is important to continually deepen our agreement in the area of agriculture, internal and external security, trade and relations. She alluded their country have not lost sight of the programs and policies of the government and are ready to support with the needed capacity and expertise soon.

<<<<<<<< RichAlice cloth’s >>>>>>>>

Where quality suit are sold

Contact: 0244294488

WhatsApp: 0264033655


Talking about issues of cultural diversity, she said both countries have unique cultural heritage which must be preserved for generations yet unborn. She remarked how proud she was when the University of Ghana dancing troop demonstrated the rich culture of Ghana when they visited Czech Republic last year.

She was however delighted to announce to the speaker the willingness of the finance Minister to sign trade relations agreement with their country after 70 years of continues meetings just to see it happen.

“On the 7th to 11th of next month, Minister for Agriculture of Ghana will be in Czech Republic to foster and deepen bilateral corporation through sharing of ideas to improve on the activities of the sector” she intimated.

The Speaker however remarked, Ghana is fully committed to the bilateral agreement of both countries although the initial giant step taken earlier between both countries in the area of science and technology did not move as expected and it is important that area is reconsidered again.

He reiterated the need to extend the scholarship base that will be a formal recovery process to realize the good relations between the two countries.
He further talked about women empowerment and the need to consider women in the affairs of major agendas in the daily sphere of life.

“Pursuant to women development, it’s important both countries have major interest in order to debunk the growing believe that there is no point in holding women to lead the fore front of leadership” he said.

Story by: Sylvester Gomado 

You can be political only in your discussions, and not partisan since you are students

The First Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Hon. Joseph Osei-Owusu has sounded word of caution to the students Parliament of the Koforidua Technical University to be political only in their discussions, and not partisan since the students Parliament is not an elected Parliament and does represent any constituency.

He, however, urged them to strive and be loyal to their country, but should ensure that integrity precedes everything they do.

“Strive to be loyal to your country, be smart, intelligence, and above all, you need integrity, let your integrity be your guide, let me also sound a caution; you are allowed to be political in your discussions and not partisan, since this is not an elected Parliament, you don’t represent anybody, you have voluntarily offered to participate in the process, you don’t represent any halls, houses or constituencies.

“Yes, you can be political which means looking at things from different sides, but not to be TESCON, TAIN or any other. You are just students who desire to debate national issues or offer solutions from the students point of view”. He advised.

The 1st Deputy Speaker made this passionate appeal during the inauguration ceremony of the Koforidua Technical University Parliament on Saturday.

Speaker Joseph Osei-Owusu also advised the students to find the formation of the Students’ Parliament, as a call for them to get on board and join the various efforts in national development.

“All of us have a responsibility to protect our Parliamentary democracy and we owe it to posterity to discharge this duty faithfully and conscientiously”. He indicated.

He also encouraged the students to take their education seriously as they prepare to assume the mantle of leadership.

According to him, it is important for the students to adequately prepare themselves in readiness for future roles.

He urged the student Parliamentarians to master their mock on Parliament process which is a preparation ground for greater responsibilities in future, adding that, Twenty five (25) years of uninterrupted Parliamentary democracy, Ghana’s democracy has come of age.

Mr. Kwame Ansah, the Principal Public Relations Officer of the Parliament of Ghana, also indicated that, the establishment of these students parliament will help influence governance in these universities.

He also explained that, views that are expressed out of these students’ parliamentary sittings can be put together in a memorandum that can be submitted to Parliament or the Committee of Education, which can also form part of legislation.

Mr. Ansah also encouraged the students to support the initiative and join the association in their numbers for it to be vibrant.

The Parliament of Ghana has over the years established Students’ Parliament in the various tertiary institutions, both public and private across the country to strengthen Parliamentary process, as well as deepen democratic processes.

Following the launch of the Students’ Parliament, there was a mock Parliament displayed by the students who debated on the theme; ‘National Insecurity in the country’.

Story: Richmond Adu Dwamena

You don’t need Aid but skilled workforce to grow- Hungarian Foreign Minister tells Ghana

You don’t need Aid but skilled workforce to grow- Hungarian Foreign Minister tells Ghana

The Hungarian Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Minister Péter Szijjártó says Ghana doesn’t need Aid nor handouts from European countries to grow but rather a skilled workforce that can make their know-how available to the Ghanaian economy to ensure rapid development.

Addressing a gathering at a ceremony held at the premises of a newly built facility to officially inaugurate and re-open the Hungary Embassy in Ghana, Mr. Szijjártó said the government of Hungary in light of how it values Ghana and the rest of Africa has decided to increase it’s scholarship grants to the country to ensure that more Ghanaians get trained with skills that can be used to transform the economy.

To this end, the Hungarian Foreign Minister announced that his country’s government has decided to increase it’s scholarship grants to 100 slots from the previous 50.

The Foreign Minister of Hungary described as unfortunate the decision by his country to close their embassy in Ghana some 30 years ago. He associated that decision to the socialist regime that was in power then in his country. He added that the reopening of the embassy in Ghana marks the establishment of permanent diplomatic relations with Ghana.

The Vice President, Dr. Mahamudu Bamumia who was special guest of honour at the ceremony in his speech described as welcome news the reopening of the Hungarian embassy in Ghana. He added that the Nana Akufo Addo led administration is looking forward to increased Trade relations with Hungary.

Dr. Bawumia affirmed the assertion by the Hungarian Foreign Minister that Ghana doesn’t need Aid but a skilled workforce. He therefore welcomed the the gesture of the Hungarian government to award more scholarship awards to students of Ghana.

Ghana – Hungary Partnership To Boost Agricultural Production in Ghana.

The Ambassador of Hungary to Ghana, Mr András Szabó has said that innovation know-how and research is essential to the development of the agricultural sector in Ghana.

According to him, the future of our agriculture is dependent on these new innovations, technologies, and through research, give insight into the future extra production rather than the small scale farming.The Ambassador said this when he was addressing participants at the first Ghanaian – Hungarian Agriculture Forum in Accra, yesterday.

Mr András Szabo said a team from the Hungarian National Agriculture Research & Innovation Center is in Ghana to do fact finding and explore the Agriculture sector for a further collaboration with Ghana’s research centres and universities, and also introduce their crops and seeds and the application of different modules from Europe to ascertain the best means of improving agricultural production for mutual benefit.

He noted that his country has also held extensive discussions with some Ghanaian farmers in the poultry and animal breeding industry to strategize on quality meat production.

Mr Szabo disclosed the intention to construct food processing units to support the current government’s ‘One District, One Factory’ (1D1F) program. In his remarks, Mr Victor Oppong Agyei, Chairman of Ghana Poultry Farmers Association, said local farmers are ready for the introduction of modern technological advancement of poultry equipment like processing plants and modern poultry houses to improve and enhance broiler production in the country.

‘My recent visit to Hungary has given me a clear indication of the capabilities and importance of Hungarian Agriculture potential and expertise of modern quality innovative technologies applied to the country’s agriculture and with a collaborative effort Ghana can learn, adopt and implement their technological knowledge to advance the aged methodology of farming for a valuable and desirable improvement of our condition,’ he opined. Mr Oppong Agyei, however, appealed to the Hungarian private sector to consider introducing possible investment opportunities to expand and compete with the influx of imported frozen chicken.

In a statement, Mr Davies Korboe, President of National Farmers and Fishers Award Winners Association, Ghana (NFFAG) has implored the Hungarian government to make useful investment into the Ghanaian agricultural sector by considering value addition/cottage industries and capital injections.
This, he said, will help to address some of the challenges including high post-harvest losses and rural infrastructure, being faced by our farmers to the mutual benefit of both countries.

He has, therefore, proposed the formation of Ghana – Hungary Agricultural Chamber to share various ideas and collaborations on farming and value chain,

Havilahpressforafrica (HPA)


A delegation from Ghana Institution of Surveyors led by their President Mr. Edwin Addo-Tawiah, has donated items including burns bathing machine worth GHC35.000 to the burns department of the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital. Interacting with journalists over the gesture, Mr. Addo Tawiah, said the donation was borne out of a visit they made Korle-Bu last year where they discovered that the department was in dire need of such a facility. This, he noted influenced their thought to buy one for them from South Africa at a cost of GHC35,000. Receiving the items, Head of the Burns Department of the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital, lauded the gesture made by the GHIS and urged all Ghanaians to do same since they are in need of more of such facility. The department, he said, until the donation by the GHIS, had only one burnt bath machine. Mr. Tawiah in a sharp response promised that his outfit will do anything within their might to support the department, urging them to look up to them for more of such facility.

What measures the Ministry is putting in place to prevent non-Ghanaian citizens from acquiring Ghanaian passports. Hon Samuel Okudzato Ablakwa

Ranking Member of the Foreign Affairs Committee and MP for North Tongu, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, had asked hon. Shirley Ayorkor Botchway, what measures the Ministry is putting in place to prevent non-Ghanaian citizens from acquiring Ghanaian passports.

Minister for Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, Shirley Ayorkor Botchway, Thursday, told Parliament that the passport office is seriously embarking on various measures aimed at ensuring that only citizens of Ghana are issued with Ghana passports.

The Ministry, she noted, has consistently taken a number of measures towards enhancing the security and integrity of the Ghanaian passport as well as instituting safeguards to prevent the acquisition of Ghanaian passports by foreigners.

A significant and most important measure in this regard, she added, is through rigorous or physical verification of an applicant as well as their citizenship document by the security agencies and the passport office as well as the Birth and Death department.

She made this observation, Thursday, when she appeared before Parliament to answer to questions relating to what her outfit is doing to prevent the acquisition of Ghanaian passports by foreigners.

The Rt. Honourable Speaker of Parliament led a Parliamentary delegation to the 137th Inter-Parliamentary Union Assembly in St. Petersburg, Russia.

The Rt. Honourable Speaker of Parliament, Professor Aaron Michael Oquaye on Friday 13th October 2017 led a Parliamelntary delegation to participate in the 137th Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) Assembly which took place in St. Petersburg, Russia, from 14th – 18th October 2017.

The Rt. Hon. Speaker as part of his participation, delivered a keynote address at the IPU General Assembly Meeting. He underscored the need for the developed countries to support Africa to consolidate economic and political development.

He described the consolidation of the economic and political development as a second wind of change in Africa and acknowledged the role played by development partners to bring about the change.

The Rt. Hon. Speaker also touched on the need for the developed countries to be concerned about poverty, diseases and misery in Africa. He made it clear that there cannot be a fair global order in which a whole continent of Africa is compelled to gravitate towards Europe in search for greener pastures.

He therefore drew the world’s attention to the need to actively offer quality partnership to African countries to address these challenges. He noted the need for a New World Economic Order that will be mutually beneficial.

The Speaker was accompanied by both the Majority Leader, Hon. Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu and Minority Leader, Hon. Haruna Iddrisu. Other members of the delegation included: Hon. Matthew Nyindam, 1st Deputy Majority Whip, Hon. Ahmed Ibrahim, 1st Deputy Minority Whip, Hon. Mercy Adu-Gyamfi, MP, Hon. Naana Eyiah Quansah, MP, Mr. Emmanuel Anyimadu, Clerk to Parliament and Alhaji Ibrahim Gombilla, Deputy Clerk.

The Rt. Hon. Speaker and the delegation also held a joint meeting with Nigeria’s Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, and the delegation from the Nigerian National Assembly.
The delegation also held an interactive meeting with some Ghanaian students in Russia.

The theme for the IPU Assembly was: “Promoting Cultural Pluralism and Peace through Inter-faith and Inter-ethnic Dialogue.”
Some of the issues discussed at the IPU Assembly included: the draft resolutions on the 20th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration on Democracy (by IPU standing Committee on Democracy and Human Rights), the role of the UN General Assembly in International Governance (by IPU standing Committee on United Nations Affairs), briefing on the parliamentary contribution to the 2017 UN Climate Change Conference and a debate on engaging the private sector in implementing the SDGs, especially on renewable energy (by the IPU standing Committee on Sustainable Development, Finance and trade).

Others were the expert hearing on sustaining peace as a vehicle for achieving sustainable development (by IPU standing Committee on Peace and International Security) and the election of a new IPU President. The delegation was back in the country on Friday 20th October 2017.


Ranking Member of the Committee on Foreign Affairs and MP for North Tongu, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, is urging Parliament to intervene in ending the maltreatment that are meted out to Ghanaian visa applicants by the various embassies in the country.

He wants the legislature to play a front line role in bringing offending embassies to order, noting that Consular courtesies must be fair to all persons and on both sides.

Delivering a statement on the floor of Parliament, Wednesday, on how Ghanaian visa applicants are treated by some embassies in the country, the North Tongu lawmaker said he has taken the pain to visit a number of embassies during their interview appointment periods and what he observed needs much to be desired.

The shabby and dehumanizing treatment many Ghanaian visa applicants are subjected to as well as issues of extortion, he noted, are very rampant in the embassies he visited.

“Mr. Speaker, it is indeed sad to observe that most of these embassies in question have made no provision whatsoever for a decent and safe waiting area where visa applicants may be hosted as they wait their turn during visa interview appointments. You find fellow Ghanaians standing in open places; some left to wait at street shoulders and roundabouts with no one caring about the associated risk posed by motorists; others are left at the mercy of the vagaries of the weather – to these embassies, they couldn’t be bothered if the sun is scorching, if it’s raining or even if there is a category five hurricane – they simply don’t seem to care,” he noted.

“What is even more worrying is the fact that often some of the embassy staff who treat Ghanaian visa applicants with such disdain are fellow Ghanaians. A new trend is also emerging where some embassies, apart from their standard visa processing fees, demand all kinds of extra fees and charges under various guises. These guises range from express fees, early appointment fees, email fees, text message fees and so on and so forth. The sad reality is that in many instances, despite the fact that applicants pay through the nose, the embassies who charge all these extra fees do not keep to their side of the bargain while these vulnerable visa applicants are made to keep paying for the inefficiency and unreliability of the embassies,” he stated.

Apart from the inhumane treatment meted out to Ghanaians, Mr. Ablakwa also raised issues bothering on huge non-refundable sums for the visa services the embassies seek, poor reception, disparaging remarks as well as poor human relations and outright insults, which he said, are becoming rife.

He added “Mr. Speaker, the time has come for all of us to accept that visa applicants from every nation on this planet have rights. Visa applicants deserve respect. Visa applicants do not lose their basic human dignity because they have applied for a visa. These principles must apply whether the visa request will be granted or not.”

Worried about the ordeal Ghanaian visa applicants go through, Mr. Ablakwa said it was about time Parliament steps in and fights for the citizenry.

“Mr. Speaker, I believe now is the time to demand action as the people’s representatives. The people whom we represent demand a change of attitude and a change in how visa applicants are treated and perceived by officials at these embassies.

It is my fervent prayer that this House will consider all available options at our disposal to seek reforms in how these embassies treat our citizens,” he noted.