​NADMO SHOULD PREVENT DISASTER THAN MANAGE IT. MP FOR SHAMA HON. Ato Pamford:

NADMO SHOULD PREVENT DISASTER THAN MANAGE IT: 

The mp for shama constituency Hon.Ato Pamford has said it’s time the govt.takes keen interest to equip NADMO such that it can prevent disaster than manage it.Hon Ato was contributing to a statement read by the MP for Ashiaman that NADMO falls short to prevent
Hon. Eernest Norgbey said it is sad to note that the public confidence in NADMO has faded completely which calls for attention.

He gave an example that it took Hon. Zenator Rawlings-MP for Klortey-Korley and some individuals to assist victims in a disaster though NADMO was the best to do so.

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MINORITY CALLS ON PARLIAMENT TO REVIEW THE 2.25.BILLOIN BOND AGREEMENT:

PARLIAMENT AGREES TO INVITE FINANCE MINISTER FOR FURTHER BRIEFING ON 2.25 BILLION  BOND.

The minority caucus lead by former deputy finance minister Hon. Kaseley Ato Forson has said that it will be necessary for Ghanaians to know the details of the 2.25billoin bond secured in a manner that fraud is suspected. The minority is of the view that if no details are provided it will mean woeful financial laws to the state and  should be probed.
The parliament has today agreed to invite the Finance Minister Hon Ken Ofori Atta for further briefing on the 2.25 billion dollar bond recently secured.The minority is of the view that the bond was secured in a manner intransparent to parliament as raised by minority leader Hon.Haruna Iddrisu.

The majority through the leader Hon.Osei Kyei Mensah Bonsu seconded the matter for the appearance of Hon. Ken Ofori Atta though he is out of the country at the moment but the majority is optimistic the minister will answer the call as the house  is demanding.

The Allege murder of Hon.  JB Dankwa . Is discharged but not acquited, Joseph Osei Owusu MP for Bekwai.  

Hon.  Joseph Osei Owusu first deputy speaker and member of parliament for Bekwai  constituency. Today after sitting of parliament has disclosed to the Boss FM parliamentary correspondent that the alleged murder of the Abuakwa north former MP Hon.  Joseph Boakye  Dwakwa Adu, has not been set free as being speculated. But rather new investigations to be conducted. He continued that Daniel Asiadu is discharged but not acquired. He advised the public to excise patience  for the judiciary to do the necessary investigations before judgment. 

It is recalled that on the 9th of February 2016 the sitting MP was murdered in cold-blood at his own residence at shiashie in Accra. Which led to the arrest of Daniel Asiadu as Prime suspect, the case has been pending till date  that the suspect is discharged today at Accra high court by the sitting judge LL Mensah. Asiedu together with Vincent Bosso have been discharged by the High Court after the Attorney General filed a Nolle Prosequi to terminate proceedings.

A senior state attorney Sefakor Batcha informed the court Tuesday the State can no longer pursue the case which has been in court for over a year.

FINALLY, ALLEGED JB DANKWA MURDERER DISCHARGED  

*ALLEGED JB DANKWA MURDERER DISCHARGED*

Daniel Asiedu, the prime suspect at the centre of the murder of the Abuakwa North MP JB Danquah has been discharged by an Accra High Court.

Asiedu together with Vincent Bosso have been discharged by the High Court presided by Justice LL Mensah after the Attorney General filed a Nolle Prosequi to terminate proceedings.

A senior state attorney Sefakor Batcha informed the court Tuesday the State can no longer pursue the case which has been in court for over a year.

Asiedu was arrested in 2016 after he was alleged to have stabbed the late MP with a knife leading to his death at his residence in Accra. Bosso was standing trial for abetment of robbery.

The lawmaker was killed on February 9, 2016 in his room at his Shiashie residence.

ARMY OFFICE STON TO DEATH. 


A high powered Ghana Army delegation led by the Chief of Army Staff, will Tuesday morning (today) storm Denkyira Boase in the Upper Denkyira West District of the Central, following the killing of a military officer with the 5th Infantry Battalion (5BN) at Burma Camp in Accra, but on detachment duties in the area on Monday dawn.

According to the Director of Public Affairs of the Ghana Armed Forces, Col. Aggrey Quarshie, the move by the Army heirarchy is to urge the soldiers on the ground to remain calm and also call on residents not to be scared but cooperate with the fact-finding team to unravel those behind the dastardly act in order to nab them.

Captain Maxwell Mahama who is Commander of a Military Detachment in the area on Monday dawn went jogging along the main road, but as he stopped running and started walking, two women saw a pistol on him.

Due to an armed robbery incident that had occured in the area the previous day (Sunday), the said women suspected the Soldier who was not dressed in military uniform at the time of being one of the armed robbers and reportedly raised alarm, called the assembly man who organized the youth of the town to lynch him.

According to reports even though Captain Maxwell Mahama pleaded several times that he was not a criminal, the angry residents kept hitting him with cement blocks until he died.

His subordinates who became anxious as their commander had delayed, tried to follow up on the route he took and later got to hear of the sad news and visited the scene.

Captain Maxwell Mahama’s body was subsequently conveyed to a health facility in the area.

Residents especially the youth are said to be fleeing the town for fear of soldiers storming the area to avenge their colleague’s death.

MORE THAN 3,300 DEAD BY DEVOTING THEIR LIVES TO PEACE.

AT THE FLAG­RAISING/WREATH­LAYING CEREMONY TO COMMEMORATE THE  INTERNATIONAL DAY OF UNITED NATIONS PEACEKEEPERS, 29   TH MAY, 2017

It is my honour and privilege to preside over this parade and I am pleased to welcome you all. Since its inception in 1948, United Nations peacekeeping has evolved into one of the main tools used by the international community to manage complex crises that threaten international peace and security. More than one million military, police and civilian personnel have served as UN peacekeepers. While more than 3, 300 have died devoting their lives to peace. 
We have gathered here today to pay tribute to all the men and women who have served and continue to serve in UN peacekeeping operations for their high level of professionalism, dedication and courage. We salute the peacekeepers of today who serve in some of the world’s most volatile and dangerous environments and honour the memory of those who have lost their lives in the pursuit of peace.

The quest for peace has sometimes come at a great cost. Brave and gallant men and women have lost their lives in the pursuit of peace as a result of acts of violence, accidents and diseases while on peacekeeping missions. As we commemorate this Day, let me, on behalf of the Government and People of Ghana, offer our heartfelt condolences to the widows, widowers and bereaved families of our fallen heroes and those who have been permanently maimed or suffered various degrees of injuries while performing this noble duty. It is through the enormous sacrifices of these heroes that many people around the world today are living in some measure of peace and in a fairly secure and stable environment. Their valour and commitment to humanity should indeed, continue to inspire us as a nation, to strive to build and sustain peace in our dear country. 

This year’s International Day of UN Peacekeepers is being commemorated under the theme: “United Nations Peacekeeping: “Investing in Peace around the World”. Since Ghana’s independence 60 years ago, we have kept faith with the tenets of our foreign policy, in line with our vision of pursuing and maintaining peaceful coexistence and cooperation with our neighbours and the world at large. This is evidenced by Ghana’s continuous steadfastness and willingness to answer the call for peacekeeping troops to serve in various conflict zones around the world. Cumulatively, Ghana has served in over 65 United Nations Peacekeeping Missions, including those in Cambodia, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Congo, Liberia, Cote d’Ivoire, Mali, South Sudan and several other special missions around the world and continues to participate in such Peacekeeping Missions. Ghana’s contributions, no doubt, demonstrate her commitment to peace and a better future for those in the conflict­ridden regions of our world.

In demonstration of Ghana’s commitment to international peace and security, Ghana has always concretely and visibly participated in UN peacekeeping operations.  Indeed, for over fifty (50) years, Ghana has maintained an enviable position in the ranking of troop and Police contributing countries to UN Peacekeeping operations. 

The dynamics of conflicts have metamorphosed in our time, the main actors in today’s conflicts are non­state actors, who are now, in certain situations, becoming transnational such as Boko haram, Al­Shabab and Islamic State jihadist groups, adding a new dimension to the challenges faced by UN peacekeepers. That notwithstanding, Ghana’s investment in peace cannot be overemphasised. 

Ghanaians on peacekeeping missions have engaged in humanitarian activities to bring hope and encouragement to several populations by providing social services to some communities they serve and offering free medical treatment to residents. They also care for the less privileged and supply potable drinking water to public health institutions and communities in their areas of responsibility. These humanitarian acts in the midst of turmoil, have struck a chord in the hearts of many who have on countless occasions, commended Ghanaian peacekeepers for their discipline and dedication to the cause of peace. Ghana will continue to cooperate with the UN to assist in maintaining peace, the world over.

The traditional model of UN Peacekeeping Operations, as we all know, was developed during the Cold War era as a means of resolving conflicts between states.  However, the world, since then, has increasingly witnessed intra­state conflicts which have required a multidimensional approach in global attempts to find conclusive solutions. Such approaches have led to an expansion of the non­military component of peacekeeping operations, whose successes are largely dependent on the work of civilian experts in key areas such as human rights, rule of law, gender, child protection and elections. Women form a significant component of peacekeeping missions. The surge in the demand for complex peacekeeping operations, has placed new strains on the international system, troop contributing countries as well as the troops, who are increasingly facing grave threats.  

As a responsible member of the United Nations, Ghana has demonstrated her commitment to the Organisation, by annually organising various activities to mark the International Day for UN Peacekeepers since 2003, thereby bringing this important aspect of the  Organisation’s work close to our people. The annual celebration offers the international community in general and Ghana in particular, an opportunity to reflect and deliberate on important issues affecting the dignity of the human race.

I wish to use this occasion to emphasise the importance of the values of tolerance, unity and respect for the rule of law in our body politic here in Ghana. We can succeed in building a vibrant and stable democracy underpinned by a prosperous economy, only if we work relentlessly to maintain the peace and security that we have enjoyed for decades. 

Speaker Oquaye holds talks with housing, tourism ministers in Rabat


Speaker Oquaye holds talks with housing, tourism ministers in Rabat

One of the main problems that plague most people in big cities in Ghana is that of accommodation. The lack of accommodation affect the wellbeing of many Ghanaians especially those living in slums. It is therefore imperative that political leaders find ways of solving this problem by providing affordable housing to those in the lower income bracket in order to ensure a decent standard of living for the citizenry. These were the thoughts of the speaker of Ghana’s parliament prof. Mike Aaron Oquaye when he held bilateral talks with the Moroccan minister for housing  and urbanization, Mohamed nabil benabdallah in Rabat on Tuesday. 

Speaker Oquaye said Ghana must learn from the Moroccan experience to help solve the eradicate the slums in  the country’s big cities which are mainly as a result of rural  urban migration. 

Majority leader Osei Kyei Mensah Bonsu bemoaned the country’s housing deficit of 1.6 million as against a population of 27million and said issues with shelter, food and education are the determining factors for the selection of governments in the current political dispensation. He emphasized the need for governments and policy formulations to pay close attention to providing the citizenry with these in order to avoid social upheavals. 

Minority leader Haruna Iddrisu in agreement with the majority leader, said these are issues that do not have political colors . He therefore pledged the support of the minority in parliament in helping t find lasting solutions to the plight of those living in slums. He also emphasized the need for public sector housing facilitation to cater to the housing needs of the about 650,000 public sector workers in need of accommodation.

 The Moroccan minister Mohamed nabil Benabdallah urged Ghanaian real estate owners to work closely with Morocco in order to tap into their expertise. He also called for closer collaboration between the policy makers and experts in the filed for easy implementation of an effective housing plan for Ghana. 

Another meeting with the minister of tourism, Mohamed saiid saw discussions being centered on improving Ghana’s tourism potential. To do this, it is imperative that Ghana pays attention to the new trends in tourist demands by providing more seaside resorts and other thrill providing facilities rather than the traditional tourist facilities like sight seeing. 

The speaker and his team are due back in Accra on Friday the 26th of May.

Kate Addo,

Ag. Director, public affairs,

Parliament of Ghana

​Parliamentary delegation holds talks with Moroccan leaders


A delegation from Ghana’s parliament is currently on a working visit to Morocco at the invitation of the president of the House of Representatives, Habib El Malki. The delegation, on Monday held discussions with a number of key high level government official with the aim to fostering closer ties between the two countries for the mutual benefit of the peoples of the two countries.
President of the House of Representatives of the Moroccan Senate commended the democratic credentials of Ghana, saying that it is worthy of emulation by countries in the Africa region. He referred to the spirit of camaraderie between the founding leaders of the two countries and said there was a need to pass on the African dream to the younger generations. He called for closer ties between the legislatures of two countries in this regard and invited members of Ghana’s parliament to interact more with their colleagues in Morocco for development purposes.

The speaker of the Ghanaian parliament, prof mike Aaron Oquaye  referred to the long standing relations between the two countries, citing the collaboration between the founders of the the two countries, dr Kwame Nkrumah and king Mohamed V in post independent Africa. The speaker said the days when politics were based on ideologies are fast becoming a thing of the past and now, the electorate are concerned with issues that affect their livelihood. it is therefore imperative, that issues that confront ordinary citizens are addressed in order to ameliorate, if not totally eradicate the suffering of the masses. Speaker oqauye referred especially to the need for better housing facilities in Ghana in order to reduce the number of slums in major cities in the country.

The majority leader Osei Kyei Mensah Bonsu, in a similar vein, referred to the fact that with a population of about twenty seven million people, Ghana has a housing deficit of 1.6 million and said this rather high deficit needs to be reduced if the quality of life of the electorate are to be improved.

The minority leader, Haruna Iddrisu, mentioned the fact that morocco has a lot of phosphate which aid the production of fertilizers. He therefore urged the two countries to collaborate to improve the agricultural sector especially in Ghana. 

The delegation also called on the Prime minister Mr. Saadine El Othmani where further talks were held with the aim to mutually benefiting the two countries. The issue of affordable housing in Morocco was again discussed and speaker Oquaye mentioned that Ghana could take a leaf from Morocco’s book in this endeavor.

Haruna Iddrisu referred to the return of morocco to the African Union and said that it was a natural development since morocco was one of the founding countries of the OAU which later became the African Union. He said Ghana looks forward to morocco joining the economic community of west African countries. 

Osei Kyei Mensah Bonsu assured the prime minister that Ghana will have continued collaboration with moroccco irrespective of which political party is in Ghana.

The group also held closed door meetings with the foreign minister. Earlier, the group visited the Mohammed V mausoleum where the remains of the the country’s founder are kept.

Kate Addo, 

Ag. Director, public Affairs

Rt. Hon.Speaker Michael Oquaye  leads parliamentary delegation to Morocco


The Speaker of the Parliament of Ghana, Rt. Hon. Prof. Aaron Michael Oquaye, has led a seven-member delegation to the Moroccan city of Rabat for a three day visit to the House of Representatives in the North African country.

While there, the Speaker is expected to hold talks with high profile officials of the Moroccan government, including the President of the Rabat Senate as well various sector ministers.

The visit is at the invitation of the President of the House of Representation, Monsieur Habib El Malki.

The talks are expected to centre around bilateral relations between the two countries.

Ghana and Morocco have a long standing history of friendship and cooperation which dates back to the immediate post independence era of the 1960s.

There was however a brief period of lull in this relationship during the 1970s.

Cooperation between the two countries was, however, restored in 2001.

Since then, the two countries have built very good relations with exchanges of business and political ideas at the ministerial and higher levels of governance.

The Speaker of the 4th Parliament of Ghana, Rt. Hon. Ebenezer Begyina Sekyi Hughes led a delegation on a similar visit to Morocco in 2005.

Various Moroccan delegations, including ambassadors have paid visits to the Ghanaian legislature.

The visit of the Moroccan king to Ghana is the highest level of diplomatic exchanges between the two countries.

The Rt. Hon. Prof. Oquaye was accompanied by the Majority Leader, Hon. Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu, the Minority Leader, Hon. Haruna Iddrisu, the MP for Mpraeso, Hon. Seth Acheampong and some members of the parliamentary service.

GREATER ACCRA REGIONAL HOSPITAL HAS BEEN CLOSED DOWN. WITHOUT REASONS.

The multi-million dollar Greater Accra Regional Hospital which was opened to the public two days ago has been closed down.

This follows the ensuing administrative tension between the embattled medical director  of the facility, Thomas Anaba and the Health Minister, Kwaku Agyemang Manu.

Reports say the brisk activities witnessed at the facility 72 hrs ago is non-existent as patients who visited the refurbished health facility Friday were turned away.

However, no official reasons have been assigned for the closure.

The 420-bed expansion project was financed by the government of Ghana with a credit facility from Exim Bank and HSBC Bank of the United States of America (USA).

Some of the facilities of the hospital are a diagnostic and treatment block with a 24-hour surgery unit, an imaging department, a maternity centre, a national intensive care unit (NICU), an intensive care unit (ICU), an emergency ICU and a burns unit.