POLICE DEPARTMENT NEED TO GO THROUGH THE CORRECT PROCEDURE IN INVITING: professor Aaron Michael Ocquaye

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The speaker of parliament Mike aaron ocquaye has directed that the members of parliament whose homes were raided at dawn in connection  with the Ameri deal need to be properly treated devoid of any harassment.

This came to bare today when the minority leader  and majority leaders of the house called on the speaker alertting him on a court warrrant that was left in the homes of the Mps in question to appear before the police on monday for questioning.
The leaders pleaded with speaker to use his poweres to withdraw the police warrant so members can come to the house on Monday since parliament will have to sit on Monday to consider the mid year budget review.

It was to this that the speaker directed that police department need to go through the correct procedure in inviting members of parliament to police station as enshrined in the constitution in order to ensure that their rights as members of parliament is protected.

Meanwhile The Minority  described the recent dawn raids on Members of Parliament by the Police as an affront to the dignity of parliament.Minority Chief Whip, Muntaka Mubarak contends,even though the Minority is willing to co-operate with government,the recent dawn invasion of privacy of MPs is not only a threat but a cause of panic.

Within the past week,the house of three NDC MPs have been raided over the controversial AMERI deal.Addressing the house,the Minority chief whip Muntaka Mubarak called  on the speaker to act in protection of MPs.

GH₵157M SPENT ON PLANTING FOR FOOD & JOBS CAMPAIGN: Hon. Akoto Afriyie

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The Ministry of Food and Agriculture has so far spent an amount of GH₵157,023,174.00 on the government flagship program, ‘Planting for Food and Jobs’ campaign, the sector Minister, Dr. Owusu Afriyie Akoto has revealed.
The amount, he said, was spent on the campaign for the major season in the Southern Sector and the three northern regions.

Inputs distribution for the minor cropping season in the Southern Sector, he adds, is on-going.
Out of the amount, GH₵24,963,981.00 was spent on seeds whilst GH₵132,059,193.00 was spent on fertilizer and haulage.
Dr. Owusu Afriyie Akoto made this observation when he appeared on the floor of Parliament on Thursday, July 27, 2017, to answer a question which stood in the name of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) Member of Parliament (MP) for Asunafo North, Eric Opoku.
Hon. Opoku had asked the Agric Minister “what is the expenditure, participation and status of the ‘Planting for Food and Jobs Program’.
The ‘Planting for Food and Jobs Program’ was unveiled by Dr. Owusu Afriyie Akoto on January 9, 2017, at the New Year School of the University of Ghana.

It was officially launched by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo at Goaso in the Brong Ahafo Region on April 19, 2017.
The primary objective of the project is to transform the agriculture sector by increasing the productivity of farm resources centered on small holding activities.
It is also to provide job opportunities for the teeming unemployed youth and to provide raw materials for industry.
The project focuses on four key stable food and vegetables commonly grown in the country. These are maize, rice, soyabean and sorghum, tomato, onion and pepper.
The campaign has five main pillars of intervention namely the provision of seed, fertilizer, extension services, marketing and e-agriculture platform.
Under the campaign, selected farmers are supported with farm inputs such as improved seeds of the targeted crops, fertilizers and extension services directly from the ministry whilst other pillars are to be implemented with the private sector partners.

FORMER SPEAKER OF PARLIAMENT WANT TO CONTROL PARLIAMENT: Osei Kyei-Mensah Bonsu

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The Majority Leader and Minister for Parliamentary Affairs, Osei Kyei-Mensah, says despite the former Speaker of Parliament, Rt. Hon. Edward Doe Adjaho, gone on retirement, his (Adjaho’s) presence could still be felt in the House.
Hon. Adjaho, the Majority Leader alleges, is “still trying to control Parliament” using the Minority National Democratic Congress (NDC) Members of Parliament (MPs) as conduit.

“I will tell you, the man [Hon. Doe Adjaho] is behind the scenes. He still wants to control Parliament. Do you know what happened yesterday? Yesterday, he even called them [NDC MPs] when we were meeting the Electoral Commissioner [Charlotte Osei] and told them they should not agree for us in the Committee of the Whole for you the press to be present. That man [Adjaho] thinks he is still in control,” he alleged.
Mr. Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu made this allegation on Thursday, July 27, 2017, when reacting to concerns raised by the Minority NDC MPs over the conduct of the Speaker.

The NDC MPs had threatened to impeach the Speaker if he does not change his attitude towards them when presiding over the business of the House.
One of the numerous available options to them, the group noted, was to trigger an impeachment process against the Speaker.
In the view of the NDC MPs, the Speaker has since the inception of the 7th Parliament of the 4th Republic, been bias against them, cataloging a number of critical moments where the Rt. Hon. Prof. Oquaye has denied them to either voice out their displeasure or question ministers of state that appear before the legislature to answer to issues relating to their ministry.

But the Majority Leader responding to the concerns of the Minority said, their actions were uncalled for.
He said if they (NDC MPs) had any concern with regards to the conduct of the Speaker, they should come with a substantive motion, referencing Order 93(5) of the Standing Orders of Parliament to buttress his point.

Order 93(5) of the Standing Orders of the House states that “The conduct of Mr. Speaker, Members, the Chief Justice and Judges of the Superior Court of Judicature shall not be raised, except upon a substantive motion, and in any amendment, Question to a Member or remarks in a debate on a motion dealing with any other subject, any reference to the conduct of the person mentioned shall be out of order.”

WE’LL IMPEACH THE SPEAKER – NDC MPs threaten

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The conduct of the Speaker of the Parliament of Ghana, Rt. Hon. Prof. Aaron Michael Oquaye, has come under severe criticism, with the Minority National Democratic Congress (NDC) Members of Parliament (MPs) threatening to initiate impeachment process against him.

In the view of the NDC MPs, the Speaker has since the inception of the 7th Parliament of the 4th Republic, been bias against them, cataloging a number of critical moments where the Rt. Hon. Prof. Oquaye has denied them to either voice out their displeasure or question ministers of state that appear before the legislature to answer to issues relating to their ministry.

“The day before yesterday, when we were doing the motion about the non urgency of the Office of the Special Prosecutor Bill, 2017 and the Zongo Development Fund, I stood up and if you noticed, for a long time he refused to call me. What I wanted to say was that the process we were using was wrong. Because the constitution under Article 106 (13) says that it has to be done by a committee but they wanted us to do was to ask the House whether they agree or not. The constitution didn’t say that the House has to decide but rather the Committee that has to do that. So, I decided to draw his attention to that.

When that failed, yesterday in the morning, I went to him and when he came I raised these things that
Mr. Speaker we are not happy about the way things are going. We argued and ended it and I thought he has taken a cue. Mine was not the first.

If you remember it is the same problem when Hon. Haruna Iddrisu, the Minority Leader stood up for almost fifteen minutes and the Speaker will not call him. We raised this objection with him in-camera in his holding room. How many times must we remind and I remember in one instance, the Majority Leader, Hon. Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu had to lead the Minority to talk to the Speaker about our displeasure over the way he is handling our issues.
How many times do we have to do that? When we respect the chair and we come to you in your holding room and for the past six months we are just being frustrated. We have used all avenues to address it but it is failing. So we are left with no other option than to vent our anger on the floor.

So, you have to understand us. Just yesterday we drew his attention to it and in less than 24 hours, he is repeating it. What else does he want us to do? It is out of respect for the chair that we are not using all those avenues that we have.
But if we are pushed to the wall, we will be left with no option than to trigger all the avenues that are available to Members of Parliament – that if the Speaker is not being mindful, we will use any of them. If you look at our Standing Orders, there are many avenues and we will use it. We have the numbers to do whatever that we want to do,” Minority Chief Whip, Hon. Mohammed Mubarak-Muntaka noted.

AND MRS. CHARLOTTE OSEI SWEAT AT PARLIAMENT 


Electoral Commission chair person madam Charlotte Osei has answered some controversial question that generated heated debate in Parliament that was posed by a member of parliament for Subin Constituency, Mr Eugene Boakye Antwi.

The Chair Person Mrs Osei first of all apologized for her mute voice, and further stated that she is not here to speak for the Commission but rather herself. She told  the members that the Commission sold  ID cards to protect journalists who covered the elections.
Notwithstanding those cards are very expensive, so the Commission together with the president of Ghana journalist association Mr Affail Monny decided to take 10gh in other to prints enough accreditation for theme.

Mr Eugene further probed the commissioner as to the  number of  media houses that showed interest to that effect. The said number of people that was quoted by the chair person is 2,271 for the interested media houses that applied for the  accreditation. In all the coated amount is 4,534 Ghana CEDI’s 
Further more madam Charlotte Osei disclosed to the members of parliament that the said amount is still intact at the accounts of the Commission.

Teacher Inserted a Broken Broomstick” into my Daughter Vagina as Punishment.

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Gifty Sannie told Chief Jerry Forson on Accra100.5FM’s breakfast show, Ghana Yensom, on Friday, 21 July that the management of the school is attempting to cover up the incident.

The mother, a second-year nursing student at the university, who has three children enrolled in the University Basic School, said the incident happened on 19 July.

She narrated that she reported the case to the Ghana Police Headquarters because she did not trust the Adenta Police Command enough to lodge a complaint with them, even though the alleged incident happened within their jurisdiction.

“It is the elder twin [Panyin] that was defiled,” she told Jerry Forson, alleging that the school has been using juju against her and her children – which gets them to fall sick almost every time.

Ms Sannie urged the Domestic Violence and Victims’ Support Unit of the Ghana Police Service (DOVVSU) to get involved to ensure that the lady teacher is arrested and dealt with according to the law.

“The school authorities are protecting the teacher and trying to cover it up but I will never allow it to rest. Enough is enough!” she said.

“It was deliberate so that I could take the kids out of the school … this has been going on for a very long time, enough is enough, Valley View University and Valley View University Basic School, you are evil people, God will punish you.”

Apart from the alleged sexual assault, Ms Sannie also alleged that the same female teacher cut her daughter with a blade and “sucked her blood”. “You cut a little girl’s finger and suck her blood, are you a vampire?” she wondered. That incident, she claimed, happened about three weeks to a month ago.

She said there was no need reporting the incident to the authorities because they have also committed “more atrocious crimes” which they are “covering up”.

Ms Sannie claims the management of the school has sacked the only teacher who witnessed the assault of her daughter as part of the cover-up scheme.

According to a police medical report, the little girl suffered from “medile vulva mucosa, bilaterally”.

Pastor Joe Hagen, Senior Registrar of Value View University (VVU) said: “… I can tell you that all the allegations she made are not true. It’s not true that anybody inserted broom into the little girl’s vagina.”

He, however, said the station should have made “adequate enquiries” and “cross-checked the facts” of the matter before going ahead to air the story. “Did you check? Do you know whether the woman is mentally sick or not, did you check?” he asked.

Source: Ghana/AccraFM.com/100.5FM

STOP DISGRACING YOURSELF AND LEARN FROM FREDDY BLAY’ Wontumi tells Portuphy

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The Ashanti Regional Chairman of the ruling New Patriotic Party, Bernard Antwi Boasiako has heavily descended on Kofi Portuphy, National chairman of the opposition NDC, describing him as weak political leader who is allowing himself to be ordered around by the ‘boys in their party to engage in trivialities in the name of politics.’

Further describing the opposition party leader as disappointing and unassertive leader, Chairman Antwi Boasiako therefore, charged Mr. Portuphy to learn from Mr. Freddy Blay, acting national chairman of the ruling NPP how to responsibly lead a party in opposition.

Speaking to newsmen after the NDC had held its press conference to counter that of the President’s media encounter, the NPP regional chairman, popularly called Wontumi, expressed sadness that the NDC chairman still allows himself to be used as a puppet by ‘these so-called babies with sharp teeth’ to advance their political ambitions at the detriment of he (Portuphy) reputation.

According to him, the hurriedly organized press conference by the NDC led by Mr. Portuphy clearly shows that he never learnt from his counterpart in the NPP, reason why he is being used ‘disgracingly’ to do the dirty works for the party, stressing “the NPP has been in opposition for eight years and the NDC saw the kind of responsible opposition leadership that we shown, however, sad to note that they did not learn from us.”

He continued: “well…they were busily stealing from Ghanaians so they did not see the kind of civilized and responsible opposition we gave them, especially, coming from Freddy Blay in the round up to the 2016 elections. If the NDC and Portuphy want to be taken seriously by the good people of Ghana, then they should be start learning from our chairman Mr. Blay.”

To Chairman Wontumi, it was difficult for the party to push Mr. Freddy Blay around into doing things that was contrary to his conviction, let alone to address something of which he was not privy to.

“This is what I call accountable, responsible and focused leadership”, the regional party chairman stated, urging Mr. Kofi Portuphy to challenge himself and lead his party well in ensuring that the country have a standard and credible opposition political party who can constructively check the government and put it on its toes.

Muntaka clashes with Majority Leader over Office of the Special Prosecutor Bill

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The Minority Chief Whip, Hon Mohammed Mubarak Muntaka, Wednesday clashed with the Majority Leader, Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu, over the Office of the Special Prosecutor Bill, 2017.

Muntaka had called for the immediate withdrawal of the Bill from Parliament insisting that it did not follow due process before it was laid on the floor on Tuesday, July 18, 2017.

According to him, per the standing orders of the House, the Bill should have been gazetted 14 days prior to its laying on the floor.

That aside, once the Bill is laid, copies should be made available to members.

However, due process was not followed in the laying of the Bill.

That aside, as at today, copies have not been made available to members.

But the majority leader argued that due process was followed and therefore no illegality was committed.

He also said as at last night he had 30 copies of the Bill in his office but due to the fire outbreak in the Job 600, he couldn’t give them out to the Committee on Constitutional, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs.

Besides, now that the Job 600 has been locked, it will be impossible to give

copies of the Bill to Members.