The Member of Parliament for Builsa South constituency, Dr. Clement Apaak has filed a suit at the Supreme Court in his capacity as the citizen of Ghana over the issuance of the $2.25bn bond.
The bond he argues ought to have been approved by Parliament but was not.
He is therefore praying the court to, among other reliefs, declare the sale of the bond null and void.
The Minority in Parliament has insisted that the Finance Minister cooked US$2.25bn bond for cronies
According to the Minority, the US-based firm Franklyn Templeton Investment Limited, which bought almost 95 percent of the domestic bond, has private dealings with Mr Ofori-Atta.
At a press briefing some few months ago, the Minority said: “Information that is now available in the public domain appears to indicate that Hon. Trevor G. Trefgarne is not just Board Chairman of Enterprise insurance Limited, a company owned partially by the current Finance Minister’s company, Data Bank Limited. Hon. Trevor G. Trefgarne is also a Director of Franklyn Templeton which is the main participant in the recent Bond issuance.” “Putting these apparent facts together, we have reason to believe that there is a relational interest between our Finance Minister and Trevor G. Trefgarne which creates a potential lack of transparency and conflict of interest. As we all know, the Constitution provides unequivocally that public officers shall not put themselves in a situation in which their private interest conflicts with their public obligations. There is no record available to us to the effect that the Finance Minister made known publicly this relational conflict of interest. “In other words, he failed and/or neglected to declare his relationship with Trevor G. Trefgarne and the extent to which that relationship might have potentially affected the decision to sell majority of the bonds to Frankly Templeton. Furthermore, there is no disclosure as to the extent to which the determination of the price of the bonds could also have been affected by this relationship between the Finance Minister and Franklyn Templeton. “Now that a good link has been established between the Finance Minister and his friend Trevor, it is clear that the finance minister issued this bond in a way that will favour his friend, family and business partners. This situation is best described as cronyism and nepotism, cooked for his friend and associates, and not transparent. “Under these circumstances, we wish to call for a full-scale parliamentary inquiry into whether, and the extent to which, this situation of lack of transparency and conflict of interest has adversely affected the welfare of the people of Ghana. Failing such Parliamentary inquiry we the minority shall have no option but to resort to using the conflict of interest jurisdiction of the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ). Furthermore, we also intend to exercise the option of filing a report/petition with the Financial Services Authority of the U.S.A to investigate Franklyn Templeton. “We also wish to point out that this Bond issue is clearly an international economic/business transaction within the meaning of article 181 (5) of the Constitution. Therefore, we expected that the bond issuance would have been brought to parliament for approval. This is because although the transaction appears as to be a domestic sale of bonds, it is in truth a “private placement” and an international economic transaction given the fact that Franklyn Templeton is a United States registered company and, therefore, qualifies as a foreign entity under article 181 (5) of the constitution. We, therefore, call on the Finance Minister to provide parliament with the full complement of documentation on this transaction for scrutiny and ratification,” the Minority noted.
Majority Leader Osei Kyei Mensah Bonsu has accused the former Speaker of Parliament for remote controlling the Minority’s side.
His allegation followed a chaotic situation in Parliament today [Thursday] following the Minority’s outburst on the Speaker of Parliament, Prof. Mike Oquaye.
The Minority says the Speaker since his appointment being biased their side.
Speaking to journalists after the chaotic situation in parliament, the legislator who doubles as the Minister of Parliamentary Affairs said, the former Speaker tried to convince the Minority to stop a live coverage of the sitting with the Chairperson of the Electoral Commission.
The MP wondered why Mr. Doe Adjaho will still want to influence parliamentarians when he was no longer a leader in the House.
“The conduct of [Doe] Adjaho…the man is behind the scenes and still wants to control parliament. Yesterday he even called them [minority] and was telling them that, – when we were meeting the Electoral Commission – they should not agree for the press to be present. “That man thinks he is still in control,” the Suame Member of Parliament said Thursday.
But Minority Chief Whip Muntaka Mubarak has disputed the allegation saying, the accusations by the Majority Leader, are false adding, if he can’t be leader he should say it so he will be changed.
The Minister of Agriculture, Dr Afriyie Akoto has said the impact of the fall army worm is not as dire as reported since its invasion.
He made the comments when he appeared before Parliament on Thursday.
According to the Minister, the invasion has been dealt with
The Minister said: “The total hectares affected by the army worm came to 112,812 hectares. That is what was affected. There is a difference between affected and destroyed and this is where a lot of people were confused. The total number destroyed was only 14,430 hectares. It is not even up to 2% of the total area under maize alone never mind the total area under all crops in Ghana, so there is a huge exaggeration of the total impact of the army worm invasion.”
He added: “I would like to use this opportunity to assure that nation that the fall army worm has been defeated by the government, totally defeated. The impression being created by some people that the armyworm is consuming planting for food and jobs is not correct, it’s wrong” “This is why in anticipation of the surpluses we are expecting, we are making frantic efforts to ensure that not one single grain or bean is affected because of lack of markets” he said.
The Minister was speaking on the floor of Parliament when he was called to answer urgent question filed by Asunafo South, Eric Opoku on the status of the Planting for Food and Jobs.
The Minority Caucus in Parliament has hinted if impeaching the Speaker of Parliament, Prof. Mike Oquaye.
Rainbow Radio’s Parliamentary correspondent Naa Darkuah Dodoo reported that the House became chaotic after the Minority was livid because they felt the Speaker failed to give their side an opportunity to probe the Minister of Agriculture.
The Minority told the media that the Speaker is biased towards their side.
Minority Chief Whip Muntaka Mubarak speaking to the media on why they were livid today [Thursday] said since the Speaker came, they have been treated with disrespect.
He described the incident that occurred today [Thursday] as unfortunate.
The Speaker he stressed failed to allow them to interrogate the Minister on government’s Planting for Food and Jobs programme.
Hon. Muntaka said he personally drew the attention of the Speaker on their concern but he repeated what he complained today during proceedings in the House.
Ranking Member of the Communications Committee of the house, ABA Fuseini, also said “For want of a better term, the Speaker has exhibited gross levels of bias that is unbelievable. In the annals of the history of parliament, I have never seen this kind of behaviour. There is always reverence and respect for the leadership and when it comes to the leadership there is a special dispensation Speakers give to the leadership and this is not the first time the Speaker has treated our side with this level of disrespect and I think that we are reaching the end of the rope with that kind of behaviour.
“We are going to be forced to take maybe an unprecedented action that has never happened in the annals of our fourth republic. …We are very close and there are a number of options available to us as Minority to exploit including the impeachment of the Speaker. … [Impeachment] is an option available to us to exercise and when we deem it fit, we are going to exercise it if things don’t change,” Mr Fuseini warned.
The Executive Director for the Institute of Democratic Governance (IDEG), Dr. Emmanuel Akwetey has charged those campaigning for him to be appointed as the Chairperson for the Electoral Commission (EC), to desist from doing so.
Dr. Akwetey with experience in policy analysis, international relations, foreign policy, governance, democracy and public policy says he’s aware some individuals are advocating for him to be appointed as the Chairperson of the Electoral Commission, but he will only appeal for that campaign to end.
He was responding to the suggestion for the electoral commissioner, Mrs. Charlotte Osei and her two deputies Amadu Sulley and Georgina Opoku Amankwaa to step aside for investigations into the allegations and counter allegations are concluded.
When asked if he will want to be the EC chair someday, Dr. Akwetey answered by firing a question back to the host, is the job as EC chair, the only I can do as a person?
He was asked. ‘’Dr. Akwetey have you heard people say you will be a fine EC chair?
And in answering he said, ‘’yes they’ve been saying and I’ve been discouraging them because those people don’t have the power to appoint the EC chair. They don’t even know what is required to do that work and they have to ask me if I like to be the EC chair.’’
He asked in a jovial manner, ‘’Why do you want to limit my chances?
Dr. Emmanuel Akwetey, was of the opinion that the way Ghanaians have started mentioning names of people who could take over from the current EC chair was problematic since the investigations into the allegations are incomplete.
‘’We shouldn’t put the cat before the house,’’ he said.
According to him, there are seven commissioners and out the number, anyone will be capable to manage the affairs at the electioneering body.
Speculations were rife in 2015 that Dr. Emmanuel Akwetey’s name was among some individuals who were penciled for the EC job after the retirement of the immediate-past chair, Dr. Afari Gyan drew close.
Dr. Afari Gyan, retired in June 2015, having reached the mandatory 70 years as stipulated in the 1992 constitution.
He was succeeded by Mrs. Charlotte Osei who was appointed by former President John Dramani Mahama as the first female EC chair.
A petition has been forwarded to the Chief Justice from the presidency after some aggrieved workers petitioned President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to impeach her for misconduct.
Convener of Energy Watch Ghana Stephen Takyi has commended the Acting Managing Director of the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG), Samuel Boakye-Appiah.
Speaking to Kwabena Agyapong on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm he said, the energy crisis that hit the country under the previous administration, has stabilized over the past 6 months and the key role of the current MD of ECG, cannot be underestimated.
According to him, Mr. Boakye Appiah has demonstrated beyond reasonable doubt that his appointment was premised on competence, diligence and aptness.
He was however quick to add that, the praise singing should not make the MD lose sight of his good works but keep it up until the challenges confronting the ECG are eradicated.
He admonished the Nana Addo led administration to give the MD needed support and resources to work effectively.
‘’We will applaud the new Acting MD for his hard work. We will urge him not to relent in his efforts but keep doing his best, to give the ECG a face-lift. He has done so well, he has outlined a number of innovations that has helped the sector and so we will commend him. We will also use the opportunity to appeal to government to give him [Boakye-Appiah] the needed resources and support to complement his efforts.’’
He further commended staff at the ECG for the support offered the MD, adding he cannot succeed without the help of the staff.
Illegal connections, corruption, ECG’s indebtedness and other rot ongoing at the state institution should be part of the challenges he intends working on.
Engineer Boakye-Appiah joined the Electricity Company of Ghana, (ECG) on 4th January, 1990. He had earlier served as a National Service Person at VRA for two (2) years and later worked as an Assistant Electrical Engineer and Electrical Engineer at Bonsa Tyre Company Limited (1987-1988) and Afridec Limited (1988-1989).
At ECG, he has worked in the Engineering, Network Projects, Materials and Transport Directorates and the Office of the Managing Director in his over 25 years’ work experience. He served in the Engineering Directorate and was attached to the Fifth Power Project (Power Five) from 1990 –1994.
He has a background and experience in Electrical Network Design and Construction, Maintenance, Materials Management, Electric Utility Management, Goods, Works and Services Procurement and Project Management. He has participated in many training programmes both at home and abroad including Electricity Distribution Management Programme in Sweden and Executive Management Training Programme by Electricity Supply Board of Ireland.
The Minister of Education, Hon. Matthew Opoku Prempeh, has disclosed he is yet to sign a new contract after the current administration took over office and was appointed as sector Minister.
He made the disclosure at the Meet the Press today [Thursday], July 27, 2017.
He further stressed that, he has paid contractors that were owed by the state tens of millions and still paying. And that he pays them so far as the government has made the funds available to them.
“The fact that your trousers tears today when you leave here doesn’t mean you won’t buy a new one tomorrow. We will mend the old ones, we will continue with the old ones and we will do with new ones”, he said.
Hon. Prempeh, again expressed that his Ministry is going to continue with any infrastructure works that the previous government started with.
By: Eric Ato Ampiah (Intern, Rainbow Radio)
Residents, patrons and traders at Dome in the Ga East Municipality of the Greater Accra Region will benefit from the “How Well Are You” health screening campaign by the ace musician and Physio Therapist, Philipa Baafi. The Philipa Baafi Foundation is set to hit the Dome Market with the free health screening exercise for as many as those who would troop to the venue.
The maiden edition of the health screening exercise took place at the West Hills Mall on the Accra-Kasoa road of the Ga South Constituency of the same Region. Since the core objective of the foundation is to move the screening to the doors of every Ghanaian, there is the need to move to markets where the bulk of the people congregate, hence the Dome Market.
The “How Well Are You” health screening seeks to address the health needs of the typical Ghanaian women, who form 70% of workers in the informal sector. These sisters and mothers of ours eat every food and consume every medicine which is made available or offered to them. They do not exercise and hardly will they even visit the health facility for a checkup unless they fall sick and the situation is already chronic.
Some sit under scorching sun, in the rains and unhygienic environments for hours without walking. Some market women even sleep in markets with the aim of grabbing the first wears/goods/commodities early at dawn and they have made the markets their place of abode.
It is in line with these and many other reasons that ace and sensational gospel Ghanaian Musician and ‘Occupational Therapist’, Philipa Baafi in collaboration with the Ministry of Health has launched this outreach free health screening and health talk programme dubbed “How Well Are You” for these market women and others across the country.
Aside the screening on Blood Pressure, Glucose/ Sugar level, Malaria and Body Mass Index (BMI) which are noted to be the common ailments among these market women, there will also be health talk for participants to know the need to embark on regular checkups and basic health tips that will enable them stay away from sicknesses. As part of entertainment, Philipa Baafi will take centre stage and perform/dance with the patrons. There will also be singing and dancing competition among all the people present.
The Minister of State in charge of Procurement at the Presidency, Sarah Adwoa Safo who is also the Member of Parliament for Dome/Kwabenya and Deputy Majority Leader in Parliament launched the maiden edition and she is expected to grace the second edition.
Supported by MTN, GOIL Ghana Limited, Tobinco Pharmaceuticals, Anadwo Ye De Mosquito Coil and Tinatette Herbal, the “How Well Are You” free health screening is expected to hit market after market across the country every month.
Dome is a town in the Ga East Municipal District, a district in the Greater Accra Region and as of 2012; Dome is the nineteenth largest settlement in Ghana, in terms of population, with a population of 78,785 people. The Dome Market is a bulk breaking point for market produce from Ashanti and some parts of the Eastern region.
Currently, the Ga East Municipal Assembly (GEMA) is being occupied by Madam Janet Tulasi Mensah, as its new Municipal Chief Executive (MCE) and Hon Sarah Adwoa Safo who is the Member of Parliament for Dome/Kwabenya, Deputy Majority Leader in Parliament and the Minister of State in charge of Procurement at the Presidency.
The appointment of award winning child actor, Abraham Attah as the Ambassador for the Free Senior High School project was met with backlash.
Government was asked to give an explanation of the factors that led to the appointment.
The National Union of Ghana Students (NUGS) in a statement after the appointment was made slammed the Education Minister saying, the decision to choose Abraham Attah, who is currently studying in America was difficult to understand.
"We do not see why the Education Minister should overlook all these five million Ghanaian students, go to the United States and pick someone to come and lead this agenda. That is what we are finding difficult to understand… We have written letters to the Education Minister to clarify the matter because various SRC presidents and various school prefects were calling to find out whether the union was aware of this appointment," he said.
But explaining the rationale behind the appointment at meet the press, the Education Minister Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh said, Abraham Attah is a goodwill ambassador and to him, he has never seen a goodwill ambassador who was not famous.
Abraham Attah he stressed is doing his ambassadorial role for free.
The child actor he added has become an inspiration to many other children.