HO WEST MP DONATES TO MUSLIM COMMUNITIES


To mark the end of a month long fasting and prayers by our Muslim brothers and sisters, Hon. Emmanuel Kwasi Bedzrah, MP for Ho West has donated bags of rice and cartons of cooking oil to Muslim communities within the district earlier today. He seized the opportunity to wish Muslims across the country a happy Eid-ul-Fitr.

Speaking on behalf of the MP, Mr. Edwin Koge congratulated Muslims for their determination and sacrifices that saw them through the fasting period successfully. He urged them to continue to be peace loving people and to work hard to support the efforts of stakeholders to ensure the development of their communities.

On his part, the Chief Imam for Kpedze Central Mosque who spoke on behalf of his people thanked the MP for his kind gesture. He prayed to Allah for his victory and that of the NDC in the next Parliamentary and Presidential Elections.

ESKK

Mahama Laments Over Abandoned Projects In Volta Region


The former President, John Dramani Mahama, has decried the abandonment of projects, especially in the road sector, since the assumption of office of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) government.

He said: “We did a lot of work in the extension of water and road construction. All the roads that we started have come to a standstill and my heart bleeds for the Eastern Corridor road.

However long it takes, I assure you that the next NDC government will come and finish that Eastern Corridor road.”

Addressing the last of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) Unity Walk at Aflao Victory Park in the Ketu South Constituency last Saturday, the former President indicated that the next NDC government would have firm focus on the development needs of the region, which continues to be the world bank of the party.

He declared that a new government of the NDC would be committed to the development of the Volta Region.

The region, according to Mr Mahama, deserved a lot attention in terms of development from an NDC-led government for its unfettered support for the party over the years.

“I want to make a commitment to you that whoever leads a new NDC government in 2021 will be committed wholly to the development of the region,” he stated, but touted some key legacies of the previous NDC-led government in the region, including the establishment of the University of Health and Allied Sciences (UHAS).

Party supporters

Several hundreds of party supporters from various constituencies, together with their leadership from the regional and national levels, as well as ex-appointees and parliamentarians, embarked on the over two-hour Unity Walk from Tokor through Denu to the Aflao Victory Park, where they were addressed by some party stalwarts- including the General Secretary, Mr Johnson Asiedu Nketia and Flag bearer hopeful, Dr Ekwow Spio-Garbrah.

Dr Spio-Garbrah took a swipe at the President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo-led NPP administration, describing it as a deceitful government which had failed to fulfil its promises to Ghanaians.

He indicated: “They promised us one-district, one-factory, one-constituency, one-factory; can you point to one of those factories in the Volta Region; what about the one million dollars? These should tell you that the NPP is failing and only bringing hardship to the pockets of Ghanaians.”

He, however, called on the rank and file of the NDC to remain resolute to the reorganisation of the party structures to enable them to recapture power in the 2020 election.

Source: Graphic.com.gh

Ken Agyapong To Face Privileges Committee


The fate of Assin Central MP Kennedy Agyepong hangs in the balance after he was summoned by the Privileges committee of parliament.

Mr. Agyepong is accused of making disparaging remarks against parliament and the Majority leader Osei Kyei Mensah Bonsu describing the the House as “useless” for having Osei Kyei Mensah Bonsu as its Majority leader. He may be sanctioned based on the outcome of the probe by the Privileges Committee.

According to the 1st Deputy Speaker of Parliament Joe Osei Owusu,if indeed Mr. Agyapong made such utterances then he has breached the law and needs to be brought before the House.

“Where complaints is made of a breach of privilege or contempt of Parliament, the Speaker may direct that the matter be referred to the committee of privileges committee and under this circumstance I direct that the honorable member of Parliament for Assin Central, Kennedy Ohene Agyapong appears before the privileges committee for the committee to determine whether indeed he uttered those words which are attributed to him and if so recommend appropriate sanctions to the house”.

Source:Ghana/StarrFMonline.com/103.5FM

Parliament To Probe GFA After #Number12 Revelations


Parliament will set up a select committee to investigate the corruption at the Ghana Football Association (GFA) uncovered by investigative journalist, Anas Aremeyaw Anas.

The Bodi MP, Sampson Ahi, proposed an investigative committee on the floor o the House.

But the official motion was filed by the Minority Chief Whip, Muntaka Mubarak, and seconded by Majority Leader, Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu.

The members of the committee will be decided on tomorrow [Friday].

The Speaker of Parliament, Prof. Mike Oquaye, stressed that “Parliament has the power to make laws to regulate professional, trade and business organisations… for that matter, we are entitled to look into that matter and come to a conclusion one way or the other.”

MP involvement

Two legislators; Assin Central MP, Kennedy Agyapong and Lawra MP, Anthony Karbo, were also seriously tainted by the revelations.

In the video, Kwesi Nyantakyi alleged that Anthony Karbo was his middleman to get potential investors to the presidency.

Anthony Karbo, also the Deputy Minister for Roads and Highways was invited by the CID and interrogated on Monday, May 28, 2018.

There is also the suggestion from Anthony Karbo that Kennedy Agyapong was given control of the Ministry of Transport as a reward.

This is because of the controversial MP’s campaign contributions to the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP).

Kwesi Nyantakyi is also heard telling undercover reporters that the Transport Minister, Kwaku Ofori Asiamah, was the Assin Central MP’s pick.

The extent of corruption in the Anas’ documentary has left Ghanaians stunned.

Several high ranking members in the GFA, including its President Kwesi Nyantakyi, have been implicated in acts of corruption.

“So, he [Karbo] mentioned that they wanted to make him [Kennedy Agyapong] a minister because of the contribution he made to the campaign. [Kennedy Agyapong] says he cannot be a minister because he is not a disciplined person to be a minister.But they [the government] gave him a ministry. They created a ministry and gave it to him and he nominated somebody as the minister. Yes, Ministry of Transport.”

Many Ghanaian FA officials and referees were caught in match-fixing deals.

Top football administrators are also reportedly seen taking money to give footballers call-ups to the national team and more playing time.

Notably, Eddie Doku, the Greater Accra Regional FA boss, has been caught on tape taking a bribe to influence game times for a player in the Black Stars Team B.

Following these revelations, longtime critic of the GFA and Odododiodio MP, Nii Lantey Vanderpuye called for the government to dissolve the entire hierarchy of the GFA.

He views this as the only solution following the rot uncovered.

“The government must dissolve the GFA with immediate effect and face the consequences from FIFA… it is the only thing that will save Ghana Football. Nigeria did it, and today they are reaping the benefits. They incurred a six-month ban for it, but today they are in the World Cup,” Nii Lantey Vanderpuye said on the Citi Breakfast Show.

Source: citinews

Minority Raises Alarm Over Ghana’s Growing Debt


The minority in Parliament has raised alarm over Ghana’s growing debt stock, which, they claim, if not managed properly, could send the country back to HIPC.

According to them, the debt situation was pushing Ghana to a level that could best be classified as debt-distressed state.

“When you have a one-off GDP boom as a result of oil and hide behind it to say the economy is doing well, it is a mistake,” the Minority said through their spokesperson, Mr Cassiel Ato Forson

Mr Ato Forson, the Ranking Member on the Finance Committee, raised the alarm when he spoke to the media in Parliament after the report of the Finance Committee on the annual public debt for 2017 financial year was presented to the House.

Mr Forson also stated that the New Patriotic Party (NPP) administration inherited a debt of GH¢ 122.3 billion as at 31st December, 2016, and that by December 31, 2017 the country’s debt stock had increased to GH¢ 142.6 billion.

He said the amount excluded the recently issued energy sector bond of GH¢ 4.7 billion as well as UT and Capital bank bond of GH¢ 2.3 billion.

He said within the past 12 months the NPP administration added GH¢ 28 billion to the country’s debt stock and stated that despite the government’s increasing debt, they had nothing tangible to show for the expenditure.

He said the government must invest the borrowing into concrete projects that could repay for itself.

“If you go out there and borrow for consumption, the multiplier effect is zero,” he said.

Mr Ato Forson also expressed concern about the government announcing new policies, which were not backed by revenue and that in the long term, it was likely to increase the debt of the country.

He said over GH¢ 5 billion out of the $2.25 billion (GH¢ 9.3 billion), which the Minister of Finance announced was going to be used for debt re-profiling was not used for its intended purpose and urged the various state-owned enterprises (SOEs) to be responsive and responsible to repay their debts to the state.

He said the government secured about GH¢10 billion loans for the SOEs and for now their debt service was overdue for most of them but they were not paying back.

“The SOEs, the way they are going, are also going to drag the nation into the debt distress situation,” he added.

Mr Fuseini Issah, Member of the Finance Committee, in his reaction, debunked the claims of the Minority saying the economy was now in a better shape than in 2016.

He said all the indices in the economy pointed to a better trajectory due the sound macro-economic policies put in place by the government.

He said in 2017, the government focused on five cardinal areas — revenue management, expenditure management, the wage bill, and the debt situation — and also introduced the capping law, which helped to sustain the economy last year.

Mr Issah also stated that the NPP administration inherited an economy with a debt of over GH¢122 billion and the debts were growing at 36 per cent.

He said, however, that in 2017, the country’s debts grew by only 13 per cent, showing marked improvement over 2016.

He said the addition to current stock of debt was GH¢ 20.2 billion, not the GH¢ 28 billion the minority would want the world to believe.

Mr Issah also stated the NPP government had been able to manage the country’s debt much better than the previous administration and also refuted the Minority’s claim that the country was heading back to HIPC, saying the current government had been able to manage the debt situation on more sustainable basis.

Source: Daily Heritage

#Number12: Akufo-Addo Astonished About Nyantakyi’s Claims In Anas Exposé


President Akufo-Addo is astonished about claims made by embattled Ghana Football Association President Kwesi Nyantakyi in a documentary by investigative journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas titled #Number12.

In the #Number12 video which was premiered on Wednesday, June 6, Nyantakyi boasts about his close ties to the Presidency and alleges that Akufo-Addo sold his properties to defray costs accrued after winning the 2016 Elections.

He also stunningly claims that all road contracts in Ghana are inflated, stressing that ‘overpasses’ of the same standard conducted in New York and Ghana cost $70 million and $150 million respectively.

Nyantakyi is also heard telling undercover reporters that the Transport Minister, Kwaku Ofori Asiamah, was the Assin Central MP’s pick.

“The guy who is there [at the Transport Ministry], Asiamah; that is his [Kennedy Agyapong’s] small boy,” Kwesi Nyantakyi said.

“So, he [Karbo] mentioned that they wanted to make him [Kennedy Agyapong] a minister because of the contribution he made to the campaign. [Kennedy Agyapong] says he cannot be a minister because he is not a disciplined person to be a minister. But they [the government] gave him a ministry. They created a ministry and gave it to him and he nominated somebody as the minister. Yes, Ministry of Transport.”

In a meeting with Anas’ Tiger Eye PI collaborators who posed as a businessman, Nyantakyi is captured soliciting sums of money on behalf the President ($5million), Vice President Mahamudu Bawumia ($3million), the Transport Minister, Kwaku Ofori Asiamah ($2 million) and his deputy Anthony Karbo ($1million).

Akufo-Addo has already filed a complaint at the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) of the Ghana Police Service after watching a part of the #Number12 documentary before its premiere weeks ago.

However, in his taped response captured in #Number12, Akufo-Addo is recording saying he “knows nothing” and is “astonished” by Nyantakyi’s claims.

He also categorically denied ever discussing any business with Nyantakyi stressing: “He is completely false, it is completely false”.

Vice President Bawumia also responded in similar vein saying he is “very sad” about the developments and disclosing that he has never sat with Nyantakyi to hold a business-related conversation.

Source: Graphic.com

Ho West need a District Hospital – Hon Bedzrah Appeals to Govt


Hon Emmanuel Kwasi Bedzrah, Member of Parliament (MP) for Ho West in the Volta Region has called on government through the Ministry of Health,to upgrade the Kpedze Health Centre to a District Hospital status.

According to him, the District is facing serious challenges in its efforts to deliver efficient health care services to its numerous residents due to the lack of a district hospital.

In addition, he want the Tsito -Awudome Health Centre to be upgraded to a polyclinic status.

The district currently has an estimated population of 77,265, who depend on a health centre at Kpedze with inadequate structures and facilities including CHPS compounds, and few health staff, to provide health services to residents.

The situation, Mr Bedzrah said, has compelled them to resort to referring their patients to other health facilities in the Regional Hospital at Ho,which comes at a huge cost to both the health centre and patients.

For further effort to reduce the plight of his constituent in accessing good healthcare, the Ho West lawmaker dragged the Health Minister, Mr Kweku Agyeman to parliament to explain when the two health centres would upgraded.

He made passionate appeal to government, through the Ministry of Health, to and come to their aid in order to prevent the needless deaths recorded due to the lack of a referral facility in the district.

Posing two separate questions on the floor of parliament, he said, “Mr. Speaker, I rise to ask the Minister for Health when the Tsito-Awudome Health Centre will be upgraded to polyclinic status,?

Additionally, Mr Bedzrah askedv asked the Minister for Health, “when the Kpedze Health Centre will be upgraded to a District Hospital status.”

In response to the question, the Minister of Health, Kwaku Agyemang Manu given assured that, the Ministry is working with Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning and other stakeholders to improve some selected Health Centres nationwide.

According to the Minister, government is sourcing for funds for the upgrading and rehabilitation of facilities including theTsito~Awudome.

The two facilities would commence as planned when funds are made available, adding that, “The Ministry of Health is aware that the population of Tsito-Awudome is growing and as part of our policy it will require a much wider service package than it has currently. This means that the Health Centre will need to be upgraded to a polyclinic so as to attract the required facilities and staff.”

Mr Agyeman-Manu added that, the Kpedze Health Centre in the same Constituency would also be upgraded to a District Hospital, as soon as funds are available.

“Mr. Speaker, according to the GHS Planning for Hospitals at this Level, Kpedze is currently ranked 7th in Volta Region for the upgrading of facilities into Hospital.”

“The government is currently sourcing for funds for the provision of Hospitals for every District without a hospital, therefore, Ho West will be catered for when funds are secured,” the Minister stated.

Source:the republic news online.com/Felix Engsalige Nyaaba

GO FOR GOLD


Office of the MP for Ho West Constituency Wishes BECE Candidates Best of Luck

It is time for you to give account of your basic school studentship. We have no doubt that you have been well taught, and you have prepared well enough to grab gold.

It is our hope that your performance this year would once again reflect the positive impact of policies and programs initiated by the MP in collaboration with the Education Directorate that are geared towards improving performance of pupils at the basic school level in the Ho West District. We have no doubt that your results this year would even be better.

Evidence abound of the positive impact of these programs some of which include annual quiz competition, VORSA voluntary teaching and logistical support to the Education Directorate to facilitate effective monitoring and supervision of teaching and learning in the district.

As part of his support, Hon Bedzrah donated GHc2,000.00 to the Education Directorate to enable them pay for the administrative expenses of this year’s examination process.

We wish all the candidates good luck as they start the second day’s papers.

ESKK

Psychiatric Hospitals Likely To Start ‘Cash & Carry’ By July – Dr. Akwasi Osei


Ghana’s entire mental health system is being threatened by financial crisis as donor funding, which has been driving the sector, is set to be cut off by the end of June this year.

The situation, according to the Chief Executive of the Ghana Health Authority, is likely to bring back ‘cash-and-carry’ at the three psychiatric hospitals in the country if immediate intervention from government does not kick in.

Also, the Mental Health Authority, which he said has been operating on donor support since the beginning of the year will be forced to shutdown at the end of June this year.

“The mental Health situation in terms of finances is dire; dire in the sense that we are already in the middle of the year and have not had any financial releases by the ministry [of Finance]” Dr. Akwasi Osei told TV3’s Wendy Laryea

He added: “The Mental Health Authority itself has been supported all along by donor partner and the support by the donor partner is coming to an end by the end of June and if it happens that way and we are not getting releases from the ministry, we will be forced to shutdown because we can’t operate without funding”.

Dr. Osei said the budget for the Authority and the three psychiatric hospitals in the country for the year 43 million cedis but said: “if we are not getting anything, that becomes worrisome”.

He said once the donor support is cut and government does not release funding to them, they will not even be able to keep their lights on or even get cleaners to tidy up their offices.

“On the part of the psychiatric hospitals, they will also not be able to admit patients. In their case, not so much because of donor funding being cut but the sense that they are also not getting the support, the releases from the ministry” he stated.

According to Dr. Osei, the hospitals are running out of funds and are now only being supported by benevolent organisations and philanthropists among others.

He, however, observed such benevolence was going down so if they don’t get funds from the government, “they will be forced either to return to cash and carry… or the hospitals will not attend to them”.

Meanwhile, he said the Authority is engaging with the Ministry of Health on the way forward.

Last month Dr. Osei painted a gloomy picture about government support to psychiatric healthcare, stating, “the psychiatric hospitals have received not even a pesewa. So you can imagine how they are surviving,”

According to him, the Authority, which is in charge of mental health delivery in the country, has not received any budgetary allocation from government almost halfway into the year, a situation that has stalled mental healthcare delivery in the country.

But Health minister Mr. Kwaku Agyeman-Manu said the claims by the Dr. Kwesi Osei are hard to believe because they do not reflect the situation on the ground.

“It’s quite unfortunate…if that is what is coming out I don’t know what might have prompted him to have said that. I still do not want to believe that is what he said”, Mr. Manu said on 3FM.

He explained that they inherited a huge debt from the previous administration but the government has since been able to clear some of the debt and is doing all it can to make things work.

“We inherited massive debt from the mental health authority, last year we managed to give them psycho-medications. All we need to do to support mental health; I think government has been playing its part.

“We have cleared virtually some significant portion of the debt that we inherited in terms of feeding and other expenditures that have been made on credit to support mental health patients”, he said.

Source: 3news

Commercial drivers increase fares by 10%

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Road Transport Operators have announced a 10% increase in transport fares across all categories of services, effective today [Monday].

The increase in fares comes after an agreement between the operators and other stakeholders in the transport sector including the government.

They also indicated that import taxes and increase in prices of spare parts among others influenced the increase in fares.
The Road Transportation Operators stated that the initial increment was 15 percent, but upon consultation with the government, they settled on 10 percent.

The National Chairman of Ghana Private Road Transport Union (GPRTU) Kwame Kuma, in a Citi News interview, urged public transport drivers to abide by the approved fares.

“It is not only the fuel. Prices of the cars, spare parts, engine oil and all that. We check all these before we come out with increment. Even at the ports, the amounts you pay. We even consider the bank’s lending rate. I’m pleading with the trotro drivers and passengers; everyone should exercise patience. We have prepared all notice and sent to the local level. If drivers don’t want to charge the new fare, it is fine, but they must not go above the 10%.”

Meanwhile, some members of the public have expressed their displeasure over the increment. They believe the increment will put them in a dire economic challenge.

The last time transport fares were increased was in April 2017. The fares went up by 15%, and it came at the time when the government has deduced the Special petroleum tax rate from 17.5 percent to 15 percent; and also abolished duty on the importation of spare parts.

By: Jonas Nyabor/citinewsroom.com/Ghana

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