Hon. Bedzrah to Lead APNAC’s Financial and Strategic Plan Development

African Parliamentarian’s Network Against Corruption (APNAC) has elected the Member of Parliament for Ho West Constituency, Hon. Emmanuel Kwasi Bedzrah at its Board Meeting held in Nairobi, Kenya from July 27 – 30, 2018 to lead the development of a Financial and Strategic Plan for the Association.

The Ho West legislator was elected to serve as West Africa’s representative to APNAC in March this year replacing Hon. Osei Kyei Mensah Bonsu who
served as the Association’s President during his tenure.

APNAC was formed in 1999 and aims at coordinating, involving and strengthening the capacities of African Parliamentarians to fight corruption and promote good governance on the continent.


Hon. Bedzrah Supports Dededo ARS Church

Dededo ARS Church this afternoon received 100 bags of cement from the Member of Parliament for Ho West, Hon. Emmanuel Kwasi Bedzrah.

The donation is to honour a promise the MP made to support the Church’s ongoing chapel construction project.

Comrade Segbedzi Amos, an NDC Branch Executive who received the cement on behalf of the Church thanked the MP for honouring his promise.

In a related development, Tsito Zongo Community also received 20 bags of cement as a support from the MP towards the construction of their place of convenience.


Amissah-Arthur Begins Journey Home Today

The file past of the remains of the late Vice President Kwesi Amissah-Arthur will open this morning at the Conference Centre in Accra.

The public viewing of the body of the former governor of the Central bank will continue to tomorrow July 27, 2018 as part of the state funeral for the departed statesman.

A burial service will be held at the International Conference Centre in his memory after which a cortege will march the remains through some principal streets of Accra before the burial. The internment is strictly by invite.

According to the Accra Regional Police Command, roads such as the Osu Cemetery Traffic Light, on the Lokko Street and the Castle road, from the AU Circle to Osu Cemetery Traffic Light will be closed for the event.
They will be closed from today, Thursday, July 26 to Friday, 27 July 2018.

Traffic from the AU Circle towards the Castle road shall be diverted unto the Abdul Diouf and King Hassan roads.

Mr. Amissah-Arthur died on June 29 at the 37 militray hospital after reportedly collapsing at the Air Force Gym while exercising. He was known for his tolerance and decency in a political atmosphere which is often acrimonious.

Source: Ghana/Starrfmonline.com/103.5FM

EC appointments regrettable, threatens democracy – Mahama

Former President John Dramani Mahama has described the nomination of four new officials to the Electoral Commission as a “regrettable” decision by President Nana Akufo-Addo.

According to Mr. Mahama, the controversy surrounding the removal of Mrs. Charlotte Osei and her deputies and the subsequent appointment of Mrs. Jean Mensa and two other deputy commissioners and a commission member is a potential threat to Ghana’s democratic credentials.

In a tweet, the former President said the turn of events is regrettable.

“Current controversy surrounding removal of EC Chair and deputies and subsequent appointment of new commissioners is regrettable and carries a potential to erode Ghana’s democratic credentials,” the former President said in a tweet.

Mahama boycotted debate by Jean Mensa’s IEA in 2016

It must, however, be stated that Madam Jean Mensa has not been in the good books of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC).

Prior to election 2016, the NDC, which was then the ruling government, boycotted the IEA’s presidential debate, which meant that President John Dramani Mahama, who was the NDC’s candidate, did not participate in the national debate.

Some NDC members who were officials of the government, including a deputy minister of communications, Felix Kwakye Ofosu, had described her as arrogant following her response to the concerns the NDC raised at the time over the debate.

Jean Mensa is anti-NDC

The opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), has already expressed its dissatisfaction with the nomination of Jean Adukwei Mensa saying she’s anti-NDC.

The party in statement said it will in due course provide details of what it calls “open and covert activities of Jean Mensa which makes her unfit to occupy the high position of Chairperson of the Electoral Commission of the Republic of Ghana.”

President Akufo-Addo removes Charlotte Osei, deputies

Last month, President Akufo-Addo removed the Chairperson of the Electoral Commission, Charlotte Osei and her two deputies, Amadu Sulley and Georgina Opoku Amankwaa from office.

This was after a committee set up by the Chief Justice, Justice Sophia Akuffo, pursuant to Article 146(4) of the Constitution, investigated separate complaints of procurement breaches and financial malfeasance brought against the three persons by some Ghanaian citizens including staff of the Electoral Commission.

The Committee recommended their removal on the basis of stated misbehavior and incompetence, pursuant to Article 146 (1) of the Constitution.

Replacements named

On Monday, July 23, 2018, the Presidency announced the nomination of the Executive Director of the Institute of Economic Affairs, (IEA) Jean Adukwei Mensa as the new Chairperson of the Electoral Commission.

Other persons nominated for appointment by President Akufo-Addo to the Commission included Samuel Tettey for the Deputy Chairperson, Dr. Eric Asare Bossman also as a Deputy Chairperson and Adwoa Asuama Abrefa as a Member of Commission.

Meanwhile, the Progressive People Party (PPP), have also accused President Nana Akufo-Addo of failing to consult political party representatives prior to the appointment of the EC officials.

In a statement signed by the National Secretary, Murtala Mohammed, it said the appointment of the new EC officials would have “passed the litmus test of transparency, good governance and best practices” if they were consulted.

By: Jude Mensa Duncan/citinewsroom.com/Ghana

Hon. Bedzrah to Roof Tsito Methodist JHS Computer Lab

Tsito Methodist Basic Schools held an Open Day Ceremony today to among other things raise funds to support the completion of some projects in the school.

Among the projects listed, Hon. Emmanuel Kwasi Bedzrah, MP for Ho West Constituency who was represented at the ceremony by Mr. Worlasi Adom promised to provide the required roofing sheets for the roofing an ICT Laboratory Block under construction.

The Headteacher thanked the MP for his continuous support to the school, noting that, the MP provided the school with sand and bags of cement when the project started.

Mr. Adom admonished pupils to take their studies serious and urge parents not to give-up in supporting education of their wards. Twenty MP’s branded Exercise Books and an undisclosed amount of money were presented to Miss. Semefa Agbenyega, a pupil of the school in honouring a promise made to her by the MP for her unmatched talent in poetry recital.


Jean Mensah is NPP – CPP asserts

Some leading members of the opposition Convention Peoples Party (CPP)and National Democratic Congress (NDC) are taking issue with the nomination of Mrs. Jean Mensah as chairperson of the electoral commission.

A former Convention Peoples Party parliamentary candidate for Jomoro constituency in the Western Region, Francis Tandoh claims Mrs. Mensah is a New Patriotic Party (NPP) member and cannot be fair in her dealings as chairperson of the electoral commission.

According to him, evidence abounds that the newly nominated EC Chairperson is political and will not be neutral in her dealings with all the political parties, adding that she will work according to the dictates of the appointing authority, president Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo and the New Patriotic Party.

In his opinion, Mrs. Mensah worked against former EC Chairperson, Mrs. Charlotte Osei, culminating in the current sorry state of the commission.

Mr. Francis Tandoh was speaking on Accra based radio gold and monitored by MyNewsGh.com.

Speaking on the same platform, leading National Democratic Congress (NDC) member, Anita Desosoo faulted President Akufo Addo for the nomination of Mrs. Jean Mensah as Chairperson of the electoral commission.

She opined that the new EC Chairperson cannot extricate herself from the political tag that has been hanged around her neck, adding that it is common knowledge that she has been in bed with the ruling NPP over the years.

They have vowed to ensure that the appointment does not hold and will not leave anything to chance as far as this matter is concerned.

Free SHS: Double Tracking System Needless – IMANI

Policy think tank, IMANI Africa, has described as needless government’s decision to introduce double tracking system in Senior High Schools to accommodate the surge in students’ population following the introduction of free SHS last year.

A total of 362,118 first-year students from public Senior High Schools across the country are currently benefiting from the government’s fee-free education policy since its inception. Of the above figure, 117,692 are day students with 244,426 being boarders.

Based on last year’s enrollment, the government has projected enrollment figures for 2018 to stand at 472,730 against available seats of 290, 737 leaving a gap of 181, 993 to be created in order to accommodate the expected number of enrollment.

The double tracking system, according to the Ministry of Education will offer students more instructional and contact hours with teachers.

“There is nothing emergency about a double tracking system. It is a system used around the world and it is tested,” Deputy Education Minister Dr Adu Twum told Francis Abban on Morning Starr Monday, July 23, 2018.

For IMANI, however, the new system is needless.

“It doesn’t make sense,” the President of IMANI Africa Franklin Cudjoe stated on Morning Starr.

He continued, “Why don’t you if you really insist on doing this…use a voucher system so that you give vouchers to parents up to a certain amount to choose which schools they [parents] want [their kids] to go to.

“Education is not like vaccination you give, you have to prepare the environment. So what? People go in and then some people sit at home and then what happens? Is it a shift system? At IMANI we are just fed up.”

The Deputy Education Minister, however, disagreed with the position assumed by IMANI, noting that the new system is necessary to contain the surge in enrollment due to free SHS.

“It is a time-tested practice used around the world whenever there’s a surge in enrolment. That’s a stop-gap measure used around the world it is time-tested,” said Dr Adutwum on Morning Starr.

Double Track System

Double Track System will be similar to the semester mode of learning applicable in the universities at the SHS level. With this system, each track will be in school for specific days for each semester and go on vacation and come back for the second semester.

While the first track is in school, the second track will be on vacation and vice versa. The objectives of the Double-track School Calendar are to create room to accommodate the increase in enrolment, reduce class sizes, increase contact hours and to increase the number of holidays.

The Double-track calendar is an intervention that allows schools to accommodate more students within the same facility and is often motivated by its potential to improve overcrowding as well as to save costs relative to new school construction in the short term. It is very popular in Australia, Costa Rica, Japan, some schools in the US and Kenya.

Source: Ghana/Starrfmonline.com/103.5FM

Jean Mensa’s Nomination Senseless, Indecent – NDC

The National Democratic Congress (NDC) has described as “senseless” and “indecent” the nomination of the Executive Director of the Institute for Economic Affairs (IEA) to chair the Electoral Commission.

“We are shocked because until this appointment the president had given assurance to the nation that the persons to be appointed into the Commission would be persons whose integrity and political neutrality would be above board,” bemoaned the largest opposition party in a statement Monday.

The statement signed by the General Secretary of the NDC Johnson Asiedu Nketia added “for President Akuffo-Addo to proceed contrary to his earlier assurances to appoint a known pro-NPP and an avowed anti-NDC person like Mrs. JEAN MENSA to chair a commission which would organize elections involving the NPP and NDC as the main contenders defy all senses of decency, fairness and justice and amount to a gross abuse of the discretionary powers of appointment vested in him by the Constitution of the Republic of Ghana.”

Jean Mensa was nominated by President Akufo-Addo on July 19 as the chairperson of the Electoral Commission (EC).

She is to replace Charlotte Osei who was removed with her two deputies – Amadu Sulley and Georgina Opoku Amankwah – by the President following recommendations by a committee set up by the Chief Justice to probe a petition against them.

Mrs Osei reportedly breached procurement laws in the award of several contracts, prior to the 2016 elections.

A statement announcing the nominations of Mrs. Mensah and three others dated July 19 and signed by the Chief of Staff Frema Opare said the President after seeking the advice of the Council of State in accordance with Article 70(2) of the constitution nominated Mrs. Jean Adukwei Mensah — Chairperson, Mr. Samuel Tettey — Deputy Chairperson,. Dr Eric Asare Bossman — Deputy Chairperson, Ms Adwoa Asuama Abrefa — Member of the Commission.

According to the letter, the “President Akufo-Addo is hopeful that the Council of State will discharge its constitutional duty expeditiously, to enable him to make these critical appointments to this very important institution of State.”

The NDC has thus vowed to “in due course provide further and better particulars of the open and covert activities of Jean Mensah which makes her unfit to occupy the high position of Chairperson of the Electoral Commission of the Republic of Ghana.”

Source: Ghana/Starrfmonline.com/103.5FM

Hon. Bedzrah Honours Promise to Tsito Assemblies of God Church

At the 25th Anniversary Celebration of the New Life Worship Center of the Assemblies of God Church at Tsito last year, the Member of Parliament for Ho West Constituency, Hon. Emmanuel Kwasi Bedzrah who graced the occasion promised to support the Church with 100 Plastic Chairs.

In honouring this promise, the MP procured the chairs and were presented to the congregation during Church Service today.

Presenting the chairs on behalf of the MP, Mr. Edwin Koge asked the Church to put the chairs to good use for the glorification and edification of God.

Receiving the chairs, Presiding Pastor, Samuel Amegboe thanked the MP on behalf of the Church and prayed for God’s continuous support to him and his work.


Abutia Hlove Gets New Classroom Block

Pencils of Promise (PoP), a Non Governmental Organization in partnership with the Member of Parliament, Hon. Emmanuel Kwasi Bedzrah have completed a 3 Unit Classroom Block with ancillary facilities for Abutia Hlove D.A Basic School.

With technical, financial and material support from PoP, the MP provided the needed sand and chippings to ensure the project was completed on schedule.

In a message delivered on his behalf at a commissioning ceremony today at Abutia Hlove, the MP thanked management of PoP for their enormous support for education in the Ho West District. He promised to continue to partner them to deliver decent classroom facilities for communities within the district with the next project set to take off at Abutia Togbave in the coming days.


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