The National Democratic Congress’ (NDCs) MP for Banda in the Brong Ahafo region, Ahmed Ibrahim says the Minority is ready for the emergency sitting on Friday, January 5, 2018.
Parliament is being reconvened early after the Minority wrote to the Speaker urging him to call for an emergency sitting over claims that expatriates were charged huge amounts by the Ministry of Trade and Industry in order for them to sit close to the President at the recent Ghana Expatriates Business Awards in Accra.
President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo cleared the Trade Minister, Alan Kyeremanten over the alleged expat charges.
However, the Minority insisted that, clearing the Minister was unfortunate.
Commenting on the issue, Ahmed Ibrahim said the president had no business investigating and clearing the Minister in a matter that he was connected to.
Mr. Ahmed said a Deputy Trade Minister, Carlos Ahenkorah confirmed that the decision to charge the expats was reached at the presidency therefore we should investigate the issue to determine the truth.
The Minority Chief Whip, Muntaka Mubarak, first made the allegation in Parliament.
Mr. Mubarak said the fees charged at the Ghana Expatriate Business Awards (GEBA) were not approved by Parliament, adding that the monies were also not accounted for in the Internally Generated Funds [IGF] of the Ministry’s accounts.
He made reference to the alleged corrupt allegations that rocked the presidency including the one between A Plus and the two Deputy Chiefs of Staff.
In his view, if the CID had done their work well, the two would not have been cleared.
The Nigerian army says more than 700 people held by Boko Haram militants in the north-east of the country have escaped captivity.
An army spokesperson, Col Timothy Antigha, said they had fled several islands in Lake Chad and arrived in the town of Monguno, in Borno state.
There has been no independent verification of the army’s claim.
A BBC correspondent says the escapes are likely to have happened over a period of time, not in one go.
The military says a recent armed forces operation, Deep Punch II, has weakened Boko Haram.
In his New Year address, President Muhammadu Buhari said the group had been “beaten”.
In a post on the HQ Nigerian Army Facebook page, Col Antigha said the 700 comprised “farmers, fishermen and members of their families who were hitherto held by Boko Haram terrorists as farm workers”.
He said the recent operation “was targeted at destroying Boko Haram infrastructure and logistics; such as communication centres, fabrication yards, bomb making equipment, vehicles and other means of sustenance”.
“The ensuing collapse of their command structure and means of survival have therefore triggered the abandonment of the islands and escape of the abductees,” he wrote.
Col Antigha said the escapees were being profiled to ensure there were no militants hidden among them.
He also said two women among the escaped captives had given birth safely at a military holding facility.
Over eight years, Boko Haram’s campaign of Islamist violence has killed more than 20,000 people and displaced some 2.6 million.
Despite the authorities’ insistence that the group has been vanquished, in recent months Boko Haram fighters have stepped up their attacks on military and civilian targets.
President Nana Akufo-Addo has assented to five bills passed by Parliament in 2017.
The Bills include the Office of the Special Prosecutor Bill, the Zongo Development Fund Bill and the three National Development Authority Bills.
The three development authorities will be under the Infrastructure for Poverty Eradication Programme (IPEP), which is expected to receive an annual allocation of $275 million.
Objectives of the development authorities are to provide a framework for accelerated socio-economic development of the country especially rural areas.
The establishment of the Office of a Special Prosecutor is one of the key campaign promises of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP).
The law will create an office to take the power of prosecuting corrupt public officials from the Attorney General to the “Special Prosecutor”.
Chief Executive Officer (CEO), for 233 Fashion, Abena Gyasi has underscored the need for tertiary students to undergo skills training aside their normal courses in school so they can be self employed after graduating from school.
In an interview with Kwame Tutu on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm, she said after school, she was home for almost two years without any satisfying job and because of that, she studied designing at a friend’s shop.
She said when you are skilled, you will become your own boss and you will not have to depend on anyone or think about your job security.
Depending on only a job will not be enough for you hence the need for you to find another source of income by learning a skill so when you lose your current job, you can still depend on your skills.
She told the host that, she has advised her siblings to choose a skill they would want to study after secondary education so they will have something doing before their results are released for them to continue at the university level.
Sharing her successful story as a fashion designer, she said people looked down upon her and wondered why a graduate with a second class upper, will opt to design for people.
Her mother she revealed was highly disappointed because she felt the parents had spent enough to see her through tertiary education.
She said, ‘’at first it was very difficult but I didn’t pay attention to them because I knew what I wanted. My mother was disappointed and my father did not have an idea about it but he is so proud of me today.’’
The General Overseer of the Makers House Chapel International, Dr. Boadi Nyamekye, has underscored the need for the youth to move from job search and think of creating their enterprises.
He said the youth should not sit and down and complain of not getting employed after writing a number of applications to different companies because they may not have been called because they are not worth for anybody, adding, you are supposed to ‘’create employment for other people.’’
Dr. Boadi who was speaking to Kwame Tutu on Frontline on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm stressed that, the youth especially graduates should see themselves as people who are to create jobs for others instead of depending on others for employment.
He was speaking on what the youth can do to make 2018 a successful year and in doing so he said, ‘’if you want 2018 to be successful, you don’t have to sit idle. You don’t waste your time on anything that is irrelevant. You have to stop gossiping and forget about that and use that two hours to even write or do something meaningful.’’
He was also of the view that, there is no nation in the world that has achieved greatness with government creating jobs but rather industrialization by the private sector, has helped shaped their economy.
‘’You have to develop and harness your entrepreneurial skills. You don’t have to also ask what your nation can do for you but what you can do for your nation…If you get to that point, Ghana can be a great nation for everyone to enjoy,’’ he noted.
According to him, we need reformation in the educational system because it does not give room for creativity.
Using the Scandinavian country as an example, he said students are allowed to develop their creativity however, in Ghana; students only chew and pour for their exams.
He said people only chew and pour to pass their exams but when they are employed, they are unable to perform or apply what they studied on the job.
Technical and vocational education he noted should be strengthened and emphasized that, ‘’in every industrialized economy, it is not government that create jobs for the masses but it is the masses that create employment for themselves.
‘’People who are creative will create jobs for other people. That has the been the driven force for every stable economy,’’ he said.