The Information Minister Dr. Mustapha Hamid, has strongly stated that, Ghana will not legalize same sex marriage despite pressure from foreign nations.
The Minister at a press briefing held to react to a statement issued by Professor Philip Alston, United Nations Special Rapporteur on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights stressed that, homosexuality is unacceptable in Ghana.
He told journalists that our laws do not only frown on it because it is not accepted based on our cultural and religious beliefs.
He was reacting to statements made by the Professor who indicated at a press conference on Wednesday that, the Speaker of Ghana’s Parliament, Professor Mike Oquaye was living in delusion hence his stance on gay rights.
The speaker of parliament had earlier revealed that homosexuality is not in Ghana and that it is a strange activity that will not be accepted in the country but the UN official says Ghana's speaker of parliament has no idea of what is happening in Ghana. According to the UN official, the number of gays and lesbians in Ghana is overwhelming and that enforcing gay rights could help safeguard the interests of the community. “If you tell me that a man must sleep with a man so as to show his human rights for Ghana, I can assure you that our Parliament is a real micro pause of the rule of Ghana. Ghanaians do not support gay rights and nobody is going to make any law that will support this kind of thing,” he revealed to the media after the UN held a fact-finding visit to Ghana about human rights and administrative justice.
The UK Prime Minister Theresa May has also promised her country’s support to help Ghana decriminalize anti-gay laws.
She suggested that the UK’s role in introducing anti-gay laws in former colonies such as Ghana is responsible for their strong stance against the practice today; reiterating the UK’s readiness to assist such countries repeal anti-gay laws and accept the rights of such persons.
But reacting to issue, Dr. Mustapha Hamid, said ‘’we are uniquely Ghanaian…The law is based on custom and tradition…So the custom of the land is what factions law. So people or the law cannot be divorced from the cultures and traditions of the people. So as far as our cultures and traditions are concerned, gayism and lesbianism are un-Ghanaian.’’
He went on to add: ‘’it is difficult to see how foreign interests can impose foreign cultures on us…It is a non issue. The issues of bread and butter which is what I have been responding to, are more critical. The issue of poverty and how we can eradicate it are the matters that concerns developing nations today. If they’ve gone past the kind of poverty that we have and therefore can afford to talk about other issues, that is fine with them. But for us, we [Ghana] want to stick with the bread and butter issues.’’
Former chef de mission, Mr. Charles Asirifi has expressed disappointment in the recent saga surrounding the Commonwealth Games in Australia.
He has also blamed Sahnoon Mohammed, the chef de mission for the embarrassment. He made this known during an interview with Rainbow Sports.
A chef de mission is the leader of the delegation or a national team at international events.
‘’The chef de mission is the last point of call and before anything happens, the leader of the delegation is supposed to make sure he looks into issues that arise and make sure all that needs to be done is put in place,’’ he stated.
Mr. Charles Asirifi however said that, he does not understand why all that went on in Australia because the chef de mission should not have allowed the embarrassment to occur.
He reiterated that Mr. Mohammed Shaanoon has failed the country and what has happened is even worst compared to the Brazil saga.
“I strongly support the President’s remarks that all persons found culpable in the scandal will be dealt with by the law and when this is done, it will help prevent any likelihood of such things happening.
Mr. Sahnoon Mohammed has been charged to steer all activities leading up to adequate preparations for the Ghanaian contingents ahead of the Commonwealth Games.
By: Adnan Osman (Intern)
Former President John Dramani Mahama is in Ethiopia for the 7th TANA High-Level Forum on Security in Africa, taking place on April 21 and 22 at Bahir Dar, a statement signed by her Special Aide, Joyce Bawa Mogtarai has said.
The statement added that: ‘’Ahead of the Forum, Mr. Mahama this morning met with the Chairperson of the TANA Forum, HE Olusegun Obasanjo, former President of Nigeria, and officials of the TANA Forum Secretariat.Mr. Mahama will also pay a courtesy call on the Ethiopian Prime Minister, HE Abiy Ahmed Ali and the former Prime Minister, Hailemariam Desalegn.
‘’In Bahir Dar, President Mahama will on Friday deliver a lecture on 'Self-reliance in Africa's Peace and Security Sector' at the Bahir Dar University,’’ the statement cconcluded.
The current Deputy General Secretary of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) in the Volta region, Joshua Makubu, has confidently stated that, the region is no longer the ‘World Bank’ for the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC).
He called on the NDC to stop seeing the region as their strong hold because the performance of Nana Addo, has exposed how woefully the NDC performed and how the umbrella family took residents for granted.
He said, ‘’the people of Volta region have not regretted voting for NPP and President Nana Akufo-Addo because comparing the performance so far of the current government against the so called government that sees Volta region as their world bank, I think most people are beginning to realize that, for the past years, we have also wasted our time and we have now started voting for the right party to give us a better governance.’’
On those claiming that the NPP has not performed, he said, no matter what the government does, there are elements that will still attack government based on their expectations.
‘’The NPP is delivering on our campaign promises. We took over office over the past one and a half years but our records have shown that, we are doing our best. In 2016, our major campaign promise was to ensure that every Ghanaian child is admitted into senior high school without any hindrance. We also promised to implement the three percent common fund for persons with disability and we have done that,’’ he touted.
Joshua Makubu stressed, the performance of this administration is good and I am happy and the people in the Volta region are also happy about the performance of Nana Addo and his administration. Nana Addo has shown commitment and that is a positive sign of a visionary leader,’’ he added.
The deputy scribe who is vying to retain his seat said his records have paid off for the party and he has produced an MP and by 2020 he is optimistic to produce more MPs should they retain him in office.
He admonished party delegates to have confidence in his competence and retain him as the deputy scribe.
The Volta regional Deputy General Secretary of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP), Joshua Makubu, has slammed critics who have taken a swipe at government over the implementation of the one-district-one-factory policy.
In an interview with Kwame Tutu on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm, the PhD Finance student said, the policy is not like rain water that easily fall.
The policy he indicated is one that needs proper planning before implementation.
He said, ‘’the one-district-one-factory policy is not like rain water which falls. Even before the rain falls, it will first give a signal. We need to do a feasibility study, invite investors and these are things government is embarking on and doing.’’
Joshua Makubu, went ahead to reveal that ‘’there is no single district in the Volta region consultants have not been sent to meet the people to decide on what they think under the guidance of the consultant, will be feasible for the setting of a factory and it has gone on in every district and so, many reports have been sent to the region which have been forwarded to the ministry and they are working on it.’’
According to him, the Kente Village Project and farming were the major areas residents exploited.
He said, residents in the northern part of the region are predominantly farmers who have vast farm lands and these are the areas we will explore.
The ‘One-District-One-Factory’ programme is aimed at establishing, at least, one factory or enterprise in each of the 216 districts of Ghana as a means of creating economic growth poles that would accelerate the development of those areas and create jobs for the teeming youth.
The policy aims to transform the structure of the economy from one dependent on production and export of raw materials to a value-added industrialised economy, driven primarily by the private sector.
General Secretary of the Industrial and Commercial Workers Union (ICU) Solomon Kotei, has bemoaned the poor work conditions of Ghanaians especially in the private sector.
He also lamented over the activities of recruitment agencies and outsourcing companies who are using their operations to cheat workers.
According to him, the activities of these agencies usually plunge job seekers into trouble as most of them get poor salaries, no SSNIT or medical benefits and job insecurity.
Speaking to Kwame Tutu on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm, he said because of unemployment, workers who are undergoing poor conditions have remained mute and the ICU has demanded for change through petitions and proposals.
The law in Ghana he explained mandates the agencies to search for workers for a prospective company, take their commission from the companies but ‘’what we see today is that these agencies rather receives the salaries of the workers and give them what they want.’’
He has therefore challenged the Labour Commission to conduct serious audit so the agencies violating the laws to be punished.
On 1st October 2011 UK’s Government introduced the Agency Workers Regulations which gives agency workers the right to equal treatment (with permanent staff working at the same organisation).
But Ghanaian employers totally treat agency staff different from permanent staff, he opined.
He said: ‘’several contract workers in Ghana are paid in the margin of 500-800 GHS a month, doing the same job with permanent staff receiving about 3 times this amount.’’
The Nigerian Senate was on high alert Wednesday after armed men interrupted a session at Nigeria’s parliament, stealing its mace.
The men were allegedly led by suspended lawmaker Ovie Omo-Agege who seized the symbol of authority from the upper legislative chambers sitting in Nigeria’s capital Abuja, the Senate said.
The incident was branded “an act of treason” by Aliyu Abdullahi, a Senate spokesman who said the lawmaker was trying to overthrow a branch of the Federal Government of Nigeria.
“This action is an affront on the legislature,” he said in a statement.
“Security agencies must stand on the side of due process and immediately mobilize their personnel to retrieve the mace and apprehend the perpetrators of this act,” Abdullahi said.
Laws cannot be passed by Nigeria’s Senate in the absence of the mace, a symbol of authority binding decisions taken on the Senate floor.
Despite the incident, sessions continued Wednesday in the 109-member assembly with a spare mace, Shehu Sani, a senator representing Kaduna Central said.
“I and others insisted that the Senate must not adjourn. I removed my waist belt and lay to serve as a mace for us to continue.”
“My colleagues seconded. Then a spare mace brought in and the session continued,” Sani added.
The lawmaker who condemned the attack on Facebook called the incident an attempted coup that could fester if not addressed.
“Those who sanctioned,organized and supported this will someday do that to the Presidency or the judiciary,” he added.
Nigeria’s ruling party, the All Progressives Congress, APC, has called Wednesday’s incident an attack on the country’s democracy and called for arrests.
“The APC hereby condemns this action and views it as an attack on our democracy and a desecration of the hallowed institution of the National Assembly, ” Bolaji Abdullahi, a spokesman for the party, said in a statement.
“We therefore call on security agencies to take all necessary actions to recover the stolen mace and ensure that the perpetrators and their sponsors are brought to justice,” he added.
Violent outbursts are common in Nigeria’s parliament but tensions rose last month over the proposed amendment of an electoral act that seeks to shift the presidential election date until after legislators and other branches have been elected.
Omo-Agege, a member of the ruling party was reported to have objected to the move which led to his suspension from the Senate.
President Buhari is seeking for re-election next year and tensions are set to rise ahead of the polls.
Nigerians are clamoring for change in areas including: security, the economy and corruption- promises made by President Buhari during his campaign before he took office in 2015.
Four years on, Buhari has faced criticism over increasing attacks by terror group Boko Haram in Nigeria’s northeast, frequent attacks from Fulani herdsmen in the central region of the country and a growing separatist movement in the east of the country.
A 62 year-old man, Sampson Azorvatsi has allegedly killed his step son, Dzigblor Olava, 23, for reportedly consuming his banku and okro soup.
The deceased reportedly consumed the meal with his friends.
Narrating the incident to Nyankonton Mu Nsem on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm, our correspondent, Kwesi Nyarko said the suspect prepared the meal and left home for fishing.
The suspect had planned to consume the meal after fishing. However, after returning home, he realized the meal had been consumed by his step son.
He is said to have asked Olava why he consumed the meal. But Olava reportedly insulted the suspect for asking him why he consumed the meal.
The 62 year old man angrily hit the step son with a club and he [Olava] died on the spot, Kwesi Nyarko reported.
He was subsequently arrested and arraigned before the Mpaeso Circuit court where he has been remanded in police custody.
He will reappear on May 8, 2018. The incident occurred at Abrapor of the Kwahu East District in the Eastern region.