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Former NDC Member of Parliament for the La Dadekotopon Constituency, Nii Amasah Namoale, says he saw nothing significant over the past year after President Nana Akufo-Addo, took over the management of affairs in the agric sector.   He opined, government was only good at talking but failed in implementing policies in the sector.   He used the fall army as an example and expressed his disappointment in the way government managed the challenge.   Nii Amasah Namoale said I didn’t see any significant policy in 2017 and so I am expecting that something better will be rolled out in 2018.     On the planting for food and jobs, he said the farmers that benefited were already employed hence it cannot be seen as a successful implementaion.   He has offered to help the Akufo-Addo in improving upon the sector at no cost to the tax payer.   He said, I am willing to assist young graduates, who are ready to go into farming as a full time business by providing them with the needed training. Government he said must provide young graduates with all the needed logistics, inputs and other resources to go into full scale agriculture.   When asked if he will accept a call from Nana Addo, he said I will accept but not on political line rather on a state line.     ‘’I am no longer at the Ministry of Agric but to give those starter kits, I will do it without taking a salary. I will do it for my country. These are ideas that will succeed if we work with young people who are willing to go into full scale agric business,’’ he said.
The Member of Parliament (MP) for Asawase constituency, one of the Minority Parliamentarians who summoned an emergency meeting to request a probe into the cash-for-seat saga, has insisted that, the Trade Ministry breached processes in the collection of an amount of GHc2.6 million raised at the Ghana Expatriate Awards.   Appearing before the five-member committee and answering questions posed to him by Dr. Mark Assibey Yeboah, a member of the committee, the he insisted that, officials at the Trade Ministry breach process in commercialising the Presidential Table at the recent Ghana Expatriate Business Awards (GEBA).   He described it as unethical and added, the responses from the Ministry are inconsistent.   He said the Ministry could have just participated in the event rather than organizing and spending on same. Mr. Muntaka Mubarak referred to Regulation 8, 202, Section, 16, 17 and 18 of the LI which directs that, all non-tax revenue would be collected and kept in the consolidated fund before use.     When asked if any of the participants had petitioned him personally by complaining of an extortion, he said ''we are members of Parliament and we have citizens who have trust in us and offer to give us information.'' At this point, Dr. Yeboah requested he answer by giving a definite answer but Mr. Muntaka stressed, he could not disclose his source of information and it ‘’is beyond doubt that monies have been collected and I have been able to state with the Ministry’s own statement…And as to who petitioned me, who raised the concern when you invite others, you can find out.’’     The Chairman for the committee further stressed on the need for the legislator to answer by a yes or no whether there was an extortion, he answered by clarifying that, he did use the word extortion.
The Minority Chief Whip and Member of Parliament for Asawase constituency, Muntaka Mubarak, has justified why he and Okudzeto Ablakwa, the MP for North Tongu, summoned an emergency meeting over the cash-for-seat saga.   Taking his turn before the five-member committee set up to probe the matter, the legislator disagreed with those who have suggested that, their call was needless.   He also disagreed with suggestions that, they could have used a different approach in dealing with the matter.   Spokesperson for the committee Mr. Buabeng Asamoah asked why the MPs failed to consider the financial cost involved and the inconvenience parliamentarians had to go through due to the emergency call. He also asked why they failed to raise the issue before Parliament went on recess and had to do same when the House was on break. In answering the question, Mr. Mubarak stressed that, they considered challenges and time constraint the House had to go through in discharging their duties at the dying hours of their last sitting. He said it would have been inappropriate for them to have raised the issue at the time because they also considered the presidential probe but were dissatisfied with the outcome. He also added, the constitution of the republic of Ghana, has provided grounds on which an emergency sitting could be summoned and that is the same process we used and so I disagree with those saying that, the process was abused. He emphasized, what we did was the right thing to do as guided by the constitution. Speaker of Parliament Professor Mike Aaron Oquaye last week set up a five-member Committee to probe the alleged sale of presidential seats to expatriates by the Trades Ministry.     The decision followed a thorough debate on the floor after an urgent motion was filed by the Minority and duly signed by 15 percent of its members who demanded a full-scale investigation into the matter.         After “procedural irregularities" in the motion, which led to the suspension of sitting, the Speaker granted the wish of the Minority.     The members include: (a) New Juabeng South MP – Dr Mark Assibey Yeboah (b) Adetan MP - Yaw Buabeng Asamoah (c) Ketu North MP and Deputy Minority leader – James Klutse Avedzi (d) Bolga East MP – Dr Dominic Ayine Th terms of reference given the Committee include: 1). When did the matter under consideration arise. 2). Can it be perceived in terms of what is described as Novus actus interveniens(meaning is this something new that has arisen?). 3). Could the matter have been raised during the regular sitting session with prudent vigilance?   4). Has the matter been raised in any form whatsoever during the session and why raise it in moment Parliament is on recess.      
A group of New Patriotic Party (NPP) supporters at Sefwi Awiaso in the Bibiani Bekwai district have cautioned individuals creating problems for the Managing Director of the Bulk Oil Storage and Transportation (BOST) Company, Alfred Obeng Boateng, to stop.   The irate group alleged that, some NPP insiders are manipulating to cause disaffection for the MD of BOST to get him removed.   Spokesperson for the group, Alhaji Bernard Ali Seaman, told Kwame Tutu that, some of the NPP persons are working closely with pro-National Democratic Congress’ (NDC) papers, to publish fabricated stories about the MD director.   He threatened to invoke curses on individuals or group of persons who are plotting to get the MD sacked.   The new MD he said has distinguished himself well and has also managed to give BOST a facelift within the short period he was appointed.   He however failed to provide any evidence to support his allegation but insisted that, some NPP big shots are not happy with Mr. Obeng’s appointment.     ‘’Allow Mr. Obeng to work. Stop creating problems for him. He is a hard working man and should not be disturbed by one. We are aware that some NPP personalities are behind the situation.’’   He also warned that, if Mr. Obeng is not allowed to work, ‘’we will ensure that, the NPP only rules for 4 years. We will go round and campaign against the NPP and convince people to vote against the party.’’
The Metropolitan Chief Executive (MCE) for Awutu Senya East, Mr. Michael Mensah has announced that residents in Kasoa will start receiving concrete dustbins to help rid the township of fifth.     He said the contractor awarded the contract is almost done with the project and from next week, distribution will start.   The MCE also indicated that the concrete dustbins would be distributed along the major streets in the township.   ‘Borla Police’ would also be appointed to collect the waste every four hours, the MCE told Kwame Tutu on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm. The MCE told Rainbow Radio that the municipality has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), with a Finland based company under the one-district-one-factory, where the company will purchase the waste as a raw material to generate electricity and pavement bricks.    The area will also adopt a spot fine to deter people from disposing waste indiscriminately. Sanitation officers he added are being trained in that regard.   
Rapid Commander for the Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA), Moses Abor has said the decongestion exercise is going smoothly as expected.   He told Nyankonton Mu Nsem that, although AMA has cleared hawkers on the pavements, some motor riders have taken advantage of the situation to ply their trader on the pavements.   He said the exercise will not be a nine day wonder but sustained to ensure that, President Akufo-Addo’s declaration to make Accra the cleanest city will be achieved.   He warned motor riders using their motors for commercial purposes to stay off the pavements.   He said ''we will clamp down on these riders and clear them off the pavements.''   He said the Mayor wants to run Circle on a 24-hour basis with no trading or hawking on the pavements.   The Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA), Monday morning carried out a decongestion exercise across the Central Business District (CBD) of Accra to clear the streets, particularly pavements of traders. The exercise, which started at about 4am saw members of AMA’s Taskforce breaking down unauthorized structures mounted on pavements and other unauthorized places by the traders.    
Ghana has been warned by Rwanda to ban the importation of some food products from South Africa to avert an outbreak of the Listeriosis disease.     According to Accra based Citi Fm, the station has sighted a document which says that, the disease can be transmitted through the consumption of plant and animal products such as meat, dairy products, as well as fruits and vegetables.   The document according to citifmonline.com, warned the Ministry of Agriculture to take the relevant steps to ban the importation of such food products from South Africa, to prevent a possible spread of the disease to other countries as South Africa struggles to bring the outbreak under control.   The Republic of Rwanda is insisting that the ban remains indefinite until South Africa brings it under control—as it urges other countries to do same until the disease is completely eliminated from the continent, the document added.     “In view of recent measures being taken by some African countries to mitigate the spread of Listeriosis, your ministries may be alerted to these actions to inform the formulation of appropriate preventive measures,” the document warned. In addition, it cautioned that it will be in the interest of countries to formulate policies on how the disease will be brought under control since other countries such as Botswana have also issued health alert on the disease.   Listeriosis is a food poisoning infection that can be contracted by eating contaminated foods.     The infection, can result in miscarriage among pregnant women, cause premature delivery, cause serious infection to newborns, and even lead to stillbirth.    
A consultant, Dr. Kwadwo Amoako has called for a total overhaul of the board of the Ghana Broadcasting Corporation (GBC) for the brouhaha surrounding the collection and prosecution of defaulters of the mandatory TV licence fee.   The Governing Board of GBC on Wednesday directed management to halt plans to prosecute defaulters of the mandatory TV licence.   In a statement, the Governing Board said ‘’At an emergency meeting of the Governing Board of the Ghana Broadcasting Corporation on the 10th of January 2018, the Board was apprised of the challenges that had come in the wake of the implementation of the Television Licence Fee. ‘’The Board also noted the outcry, anxieties and apprehensions expressed by the public with respect to possible prosecution for non-payment.   The Board, following an evaluation of the situation, has instructed the Management of Ghana Broadcasting Corporation (GBC) not to pursue any activity, or set of processes, leading to the prosecution of any individual for non-payment of the Television Licence Fee. But responding to the issue, Dr. Amoako called for a total overhaul of the board for the mishap.   He also indicated that, if we cannot overhaul the board, then some key persons should be removed including the chairman. ‘’It will be proper to fire every member of the board or remove the board chairman. In my honest opinion, we have to sack all of them and a new one constituted so they will work effectively,’’ he said.   The consultant told Kwame Tutu that it will be proper for an investigation to be conducted to establish whether there was a breach.   He was however worried over the inability of the state to properly investigate and sanction persons involved in the misbehavior of officials of state.   Meanwhile, the statement from the board concluded that: ‘’ ‘’The Governing Board is assuring the public not to entertain any fear of any such possible prosecutions. With respect to the future of the Ghana Broadcasting Corporation, the Board recommends that the National Media Commission (NMC) drives the processes of engaging critical stakeholders, to resolve the status of GBC, and find a more enduring funding module, that would enable it to discharge its constitutional mandate.’’
Two police officers have been shot dead by unknown assailants Drobonso in the Sekyere Afram Plains district in the Ashanti region.   Confirming the incident, the DCE for the area, Hon. Joseph Owusu, told Kwame Tutu on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm that, the two were shot between 5am and 6am today [Thursday].   He said the two deceased officers were from Kumawu and detailed in the area to maintain law and order.   The two he stated died in line of their duty. The bodies have since been deposited at the morgue.       More soon………………………………..
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