Hon. Sarah Adwoa Safo has stepped down from Pan African Parliament.


The Member of Parliament (MP) for Dome/Kwabenya, Sarah Adwoa Safo has stepped down from serving as a Member of the South Africa based Pan African Parliament.

Her resignation follows her appointment as a Minister of State in charge of Procurement.

She has, therefore, been replaced by the honourable Member for Agona West Constituency, Cynthia Maamle Morrison following a decision by the Parliament of Ghana on Friday, April 7, 2017.

The replacement of Ms Safo comes under Rule 8 (4) of the Rules of Procedure of the Pan-African Parliament, where a member loses his or her seat or when he or she is appointed to executive or judicial position.

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GO AND SIN NO MORE.

Speaker of Parliament, Rt. Hon. Prof. Aaron Michael Oquaye, has told the honourable Member of Parliament (MP) for Bawku Central, Mahama Ayariga, to go and sin no more after lawmaker rendered his so much anticipated unqualified apology to the House.

The Speaker cited several contempt cases in other jurisdictions and concluded that indeed the Bawku Central MP was culpable of the contempt charge brought against him by the Joe Ghartey-led Special Committee.

However, he (Speaker) exercised his prerogative of mercy on the Member, urging him not to repeat same in the near future.

Hon. Mahama Ayariga, Thursday, March 30, 2017, rendered a horrid apology to the Speaker, Rt. Hon. Prof. Aaron Michael Oquaye, after the Ad Hoc Committee tasked to investigate the alleged bribery allegation against the Appointments Committee found him guilty of contempt of Parliament.

The Bawku Central legislator who was so emotional but unremorseful in his approach, challenged the verdict of the Committee chaired by Hon. Joe Ghartey before going ahead to render the horrid apology to the Speaker.

The Committee had found Hon. Ayariga guilty of contempt of Parliament on the strength of Article 122 of the 1992 Constitution, Section 32 of the Parliament Act, 1965 (Act 300) and Orders 28 and 30(2) of the Standing Orders of Parliament.

The Committee therefore recommended to the Speaker to reprimand him in accordance with Section 35 of the Parliament Act, 1965 (Act 300).

But being a first time offender, the Committee recommended that Hon. Ayariga rendered unqualified apology to Parliament, purging himself of contempt.

Hon. Joe Ghartey’s Committee came to this conclusion having established that Hon. Mahama Ayariga failed to prove that “indeed Hon. Boakye Agyarko gave money to Hon. Joseph Osei-Owusu to be distributed to Members of the Appointments Committee with a view to bribe them.”

But the Speaker of Parliament who looked not convinced to have accepted the apology postponed his ruling on the matter.

At a sitting on Friday, April 7, 2017, a calm looking Ayariga stood on his feet and told the House that he was sorry for putting the name of Parliament into disrepute.

In a letter addressed to Speaker headlined ‘Apology pursuant to the recommendations of the Special Ad Hoc Committee of Parliament’, Hon. Ayariga said “Pursuant to paragraph 141 of the report of the Special Committee to investigate the bribery allegation to the decision of this Honourable House adopting the report, I hereby, render an unqualified apology to this Honourable House of Parliament. Thank you.”

Speaker Oquaye who looked more convinced this time around with the apology from Ayariga ruled that having reviewed the matter, he has come to a conclusion that “Hon. Ayariga should be shown the quality of mercy on this occasion. May he go and sin no more. ”

“He is warned never to peddle such expensive rumour anymore in his attempt in this House,” he added.

He therefore appealed to the 1st Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Hon. Joseph Osei Owusu and the Minority Chief, Hon. Mohammed Mubarak-Muntaka to also forgive Ayariga and put the matter to rest.

​Regulate sale of ‘sex enhancing’ Alcoholic drinks- Ashiaman MP charges Parliament.


Member of Parliament for the Ashiaman Constituency in the Greater Accra  region,  Ernest Norgbey has charged Parliament to regulate the sale of Alcoholic beverages which are being a advertised as improving sexual prowess.  
According to the MP, these drinks have mushroomed in the Ghanaian markets and with their main in target being the youth.  This, he said, have made the Ghanaian youth resort to drinking and mindless  sexual escapades. 
According to MP Norgbey, in other jurisdictions,  the lowest age for drinking alcohol is 18yrs. Thus he wants amendment of the 18yrs in Ghana as the age for consuming alcoholic drinks. 
He lamented that 60 years after independence,  the nation is still battling with social cankers like teenage pregnancy and juvenile drunkenness. 
The NDC MP lamented on the NMC and the Advertising Council inability to clamp down and or regulate the sale of such drinks in the markets .

​YOU GIVE ME HOPE – FIRST LADY TELLS YOUNG WOMEN UNDERGOING TRANING IN ELECTRONICS

The First Lady Mrs. Rebecca Akufo-Addo has encouraged young women undergoing training in electronics, at the Pentecost Vocational Training Institute (PVTI), under the “Female Professionals in Electronics” project, not to waver in their quest to acquire skills in an area largely dominated by men, being mindful of the importance of electronics in Ghana’s development and the positive influence they will have on other women with similar ambitions.
Giving the keynote address at the open day of graduating females in Electronics of the Pentecost Vocational Institute, the First lady said the project enables girls to fully participate in the labour market and be financially independent.  She also encouraged the trainee ladies to learn and succeed in a male dominated profession.

 

 

The First lady further commended the partnership among Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA), the German Development Agency and their private sector partner Samsung for the project, noting that the project will make girls participate “meaningfully in the labour market and make them locally productive and globally competitive. ”
The “Female Professionals in Electronics” project, provides holistic training for girls, comprising theoretical and intense practical competency-based trainings, with work place experience.