Two groups of unemployed trained teachers on Wednesday embarked on demonstration against the decision by government to have them do their national service.
The two groups were Teacher Trainee Association of Ghana (TTAG), and the Inter College Network (ICON), have embarked on a demonstration against the government.
TTAG’s members say they were supposed to be posted in September this year but the government has asked them to do their one-year mandatory national service, which they are not ready to do.
According to them, this was not part of the initial agreement.
TTAG says its members are not ready to do their national service but rather want to be given permanent appointments.
The demonstration started at the Obra Spot near Kwame Nkrumah Circle and ended at the Hearts Park
Former Electoral Commissioner of Ghana, Mrs Charlotte Osei has been appointed as the deputy head of the sub-regional body’s pre-election mission to Nigeria ahead of the country’s 2019 polls, by the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).
The mission is led by Mohammed N’fah Alie Conteh, Chairperson of the Electoral Commission of Sierra Leone and will stay in Nigeria between 1st and 15 November.
The aim of this fact-finding mission is to meet with all the stakeholders involve in the electoral process, including candidates, Media, leaders of political parties, administrative and electoral authorities, and development partners in order to assess the state of preparedness of the upcoming polls.
Mission will also visit some key cities around Nigeria outside of the capital city Abuja.
Nigeria, which is the biggest economy in West Africa, goes to the polls on February 16, 2019.
A private legal practitioner, Francis Kojo Kwarteng Arthur, has sued the National Identification Authority (NIA).
The lawyer through his suit is challenging the Authority’s requirement of a digital address for the registration and issuance of the Ghana Card.
He wants the Accra High Court to pronounce the digital address requirement as an illegality that should be scrapped from the requirement for the national ID card.
He lawyer has further opined that there was no regulation in the GhanaPost and Courier Services Act that recognizes the digital address system.
“The digital address code is being powered by GhanaPost, so I got the Ghana Post and Courier Services Act and regulations, and looked through it, and there was nothing there operationalizing digital address code in Ghana. I am a lawyer and I’m in denial, so what about the ordinary person on the streets. So I decided to test it in court. My readings show me that there is no act operationalizing the digital address code so I want the court to declare that the digital address code is an illegality hence Ghanaian citizens who are willing and present themselves at the NIA to be registered should not be denied the Ghana card on the basis of not having the digital address code,’’ he stated.
The Minority in Parliament is demanding for the full report on the work done by the Commission for the creation of some six (6) new regions.
According to the Minority Caucus, the matters arising from the creation of the new regions informed their request for the full report by the Justice Brobbey Commission of Inquiry which completed and submitted its work to the President about five months ago.
Speaking to the Parliamentary Press this morning, Minority leader, Mr Haruna Iddrisu, called on President Nana Akufo-Addo to make the report public.
The report he added should be made available for openness, truthfulness and transparency in the ongoing process.
Parliament he lamented has not been given a copy and added that, the report has been shrouded in secrecy.
‘’It’s been almost five months since the commission submitted to government its report containing recommendations to create new regions. Its content however shrouded in so much secrecy that even parliament as a co-equal branch of government, has been officially denied access to the report. So we demand that government publishes the full report…and a copy made available to the Parliament of Ghana.’’
The instrument for the referendum he said has been laid however, the document that will form the basis for the consideration has not been published and a copy made available.
He likened this to a surgical operation done in the dark and stressed on the need for government to a take cue to do the appropriate thing.
The Electoral Commission of Ghana (EC) has set December 27, 2018 for the referendum on the creation of new regions.
The referendum on the proposed creation of four additional regions is estimated to cost the country around GH¢932 million.
Ghanaian highlife musician, Nana Tuffour has supported the decision by government to tax creative arts players.
He was however quick to add that the tax must be reasonable to encourage creative artistes to pay.
Appearing on the Away Bus Show with host, Prince Kwesi Dadzie aka Mr Handsome, the musician said, one couldn’t live a country and fail to pay his or tax.
Creative Arts people have been given two months grace period to prepare themselves towards paying their tax obligations to the state.
A statement issued and signed by the Tourism and Creative Arts Minister, Catherine Afeku said, the decision was reached after some consultations were done with the Finance Ministry and the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA).
She said between now and the end of December, workshops would be organized to educate industry players on their tax obligations.
“In this connection, the Ministry announces for the information of all players in the creative arts sector that it has received assurances from the Ministry of Finance and the GRA to the effect that between now and end of December 2018, workshops will be organized to educate artistes on their tax obligations, generally, and why it is the civic responsibility of every Ghanaian who earns an income to pay tax,” she stated.
Commenting the decision, Nana Tuffour said the tax should be premised on what the players would generate.
‘’We have to pay tax but I believe it should be reasonable,’’ he added.
A lecturer at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Dr. Robert Aidoo, has lauded government’s commodity exchange.
The lecturer who is at the agric department of the school, told Kwame Tutu in an interview on Frontline on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm that, the initiative will benefit Ghana just like it has benefited East African countries who have used this system for years.
Dr. Aidoo said farmers would have an available market to trade especially those who deal in green and cereals.
A well-managed commodity market he added will inure to the country’s benefits.
‘’If we manage it well, we will be able to distribute our products well. It is not only farmers that will benefit but traders and investors in the sector will also benefit.’’
Although he noted the commodity was long overdue, he stressed it is coming at a good time to help players in the agric sector.
President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, on Tuesday, 5th November, 2018, launched the Ghana Commodity Exchange, a platform for buying and selling listed agricultural commodities.
Speaking at the event, President Akufo-Addo noted that the Ghana Commodity Exchange, the first in West Africa, is going to be one of the key drivers of realising his government’s vision of becoming the agricultural hub of West Africa.
Even though Ghanaians farmers are responsible for feeding a nation of some twenty-nine million (29,000,000) people, the President stated that they are amongst a class of workers in the country with no guaranteed incomes for their labour and efforts.
“On their own, some of them have to deal with commodity price volatilities, and many possess little to no knowledge of the true value of their produce. Even worse is the fact that most transactions in the agricultural sector are conducted by word of mouth or handshake agreements. Most often, there are no formal contractual agreements in place, resulting in trade disputes which undermine our marketing system,” he said.
The President indicated that a decision has been made for the Exchange, as a start, to trade in agricultural commodities, specifically with food security crops, with additional commodities set to be traded at the Exchange.
“Government will make sure that the Ghana Commodity Exchange delivers on its mandate, and promotes high productivity, price stability, increased exports, and reduced imports of commodities. The Exchange, in light of the emerging regional and continental free trade area can position Ghana as the premier West African global trading hub,” he added.
With an estimated one million farmers, in the next 18 months set to be integrated into the Ghana Commodity Exchange and Warehouse Receipt System, President Akufo-Addo stressed that Ghanaian farmers will gain access to secured storage for their harvest and good warehousing management practices, substantially reducing their post-harvest losses, and improving their take home sales; affordable short-term loans using their commodities as sole collateral, as well as managing borrowers’ credit and default risks; and daily real time market and price information directly via text messaging.
The Member of Parliament for Agona West, Madam Cynthia Morrison has slammed the Member if Parliament for Kumbugu constituency, Ras Mubarak for riding a bicycle to the legislative house yesterday [Tuesday].
The legislator told Kwame Tutu on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm that the National Democratic Congress (NDC), MP was only engaging in populism.
The minister also opined that the action by her colleague meant that he doesn’t value his life.
She also disputed claims that the MP rode the bike from his residence to parliament because the bicycle was parked at the premises of parliament at around 5:30am same day he was seen riding it to the House yesterday [Tuesday].
She said, ‘’Ras Mubarak was only joking. He did not ride the bicycle from his residence to parliament. He did not also ride it back home. He left it at ordered a Uber back home.’’
Mr Mubarak yesterday (Tuesday) rode a bicycle to Parliament House to register his protest against the unbearable living conditions in the country.
The MP speaking to the media said that he decided to ride the bike to highlight the sufferings that many Ghanaians were going through.
He mentioned increasing cost of fuel which had increased the costs of goods and services and laying of workers as some of the sufferings that people were experiencing.
Democrats on Tuesday captured the House of Representatives and are set to exert a major institutional check on President Donald Trump, while breaking the Republican monopoly on power and ushering in a younger, more female and more racially diverse political generation.
But the GOP solidified their Senate majority after an acerbic midterm election that enshrined America's deep divides and shaped a highly contentious battleground for the stirring 2020 presidential race.
The opposite trends in the House and the Senate underscored a political and cultural gulf among diverse and affluent liberals living in big cities and their suburbs and the mostly, white, working class and rural conservative bloc of voters for whom Trump remains an iconic figure.
In his first reaction to a mixed night, Trump chose to celebrate Republican successes even though the loss of the House meant his record of busting political convention could not defy the traditional first-term midterm curse faced by many of his predecessors.
"Tremendous success tonight. Thank you to all!" he tweeted.
But the new Democratic House will pose a perilous problem for the President, who must now brace for the novel experience of oversight from Capitol Hill with Democratic committee chairs promising constraints on his power that the GOP never attempted.
Nancy Pelosi, the former House speaker who is in position to lead again, pledged that the new majority would work to rein in the White House as well as to improve health care, lower the cost of drugs and protect millions of Americans with pre-existing conditions.
"Today is more than about Democrats and Republicans. It is about restoring the Constitution's checks and balances to the Trump administration," Pelosi said.
Democrats could win more than 30 seats in the House, above the net gain of 23 seats that they needed to take control for the first time in eight years. But they lost significant ground in the Senate, losing incumbents in Missouri and Indiana and North Dakota, where Trump is still wildly popular. With several races too close to call, the GOP advantage was expected to grow.
And liberal hearts were broken in several closely fought marquee races, including Andrew Gillum's failure to become Florida's first African-American governor and rising star Beto O'Rourke's failed bid to unseat Texas Sen. Ted Cruz. O'Rourke's narrow defeat, however, proved his ability to compete even in conservative territory and he will get buzz as a potential 2020 presidential candidate.
Democrats dare to dream again
Two years after the trauma of Trump's shock defeat of Hillary Clinton, Democrats could dare to dream again.
They won the House, which will change hands for the third time in 12 volatile years, by performing strongly in suburban areas where Trump's flaming rhetoric is toxic. They also attracted a higher proportion of younger voters than at the last midterm elections four years ago and will change the face of Washington.
"We have the beginning of a new Democratic Party, younger, browner, cooler, more women, more veterans, can win in Michigan, can win in Pennsylvania, can win in Ohio," said Van Jones, a CNN political commentator.
"It may not be a blue wave, it's a rainbow wave," he said.
One potential pitfall for Democrats will be to hold Trump to account without being seen as overreaching. After all, some presidents, including Bill Clinton and Barack Obama, had tough midterm elections but leveraged attacks by Capitol Hill foes to help them win re-election. Trump, who loves nothing more than to identify new enemies, will be a formidable opponent.
Within minutes of their victory being confirmed, other Democrats were already threatening to go after Trump and to probe his business interests, including his tax returns.
Democratic Rep. Jerrold Nadler, who is slated to steer the House Judiciary Committee, warned that the election was about accountability for Trump.
"He's going to learn that he's not above the law," Nadler told CNN.
The race they ran
The contradictory message sent by voters on Tuesday night recalls Clinton's win in the popular vote but defeat in the Electoral College and underlines the split down the middle of American politics.
Republicans performed strongly in the deep red states where Trump mounted a frenetic final campaign blitz and proved that despite his low approval rating he remains a potent political force among conservatives.
In nearly every state with a key contested Senate or governor's race, the President had a positive approval rating over 50%, according to CNN's preliminary exit poll data.
Keeping hold of the Senate is especially important for Trump, since it will allow him and Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell to press on with one of his major legacy-building initiatives, restocking the federal judiciary with conservatives.
Tuesday's Senate victory marks another triumph for the canny Kentuckian, follow his piloting of Trump's two nominees onto the Supreme Court to construct what could be a generational conservative majority.
Still, Trump will also have to answer for a scorched-earth campaign on immigration in the final days that might have helped tip the House to Democrats, even if he can argue that his magnetism helped push other candidates, such as Rep. Ron DeSantis, who won the Florida gubernatorial race, across the finish line.
Other Trump favorites include Marsha Blackburn, who will capture the Tennessee Senate race, and Mike Braun, who defeated the incumbent Democratic Sen. Joe Donnelly in Indiana. Trump also helped topple another foe, Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill in Missouri.
The loss of the House spells the end of a political era for Republicans who rode into town on a Tea Party wave whipped up by fury over Obamacare and huge government spending in the wake of the Great Recession.
The Republican majority will leave town with Obamacare still the law of the land and with a deficit going through the roof on the back of GOP tax cuts.
In theory, the new Democratic majority would have the capacity to initiate impeachment proceedings against Trump, should there be sufficient grounds uncovered in Robert Mueller's special counsel investigation. Though the Republican gains in the Senate make it even less likely that there would be a two-thirds majority needed to convict a president and evict him from office.
But if they take a cautious approach, Democrats could face a backlash from their own base voters who have been electrified in opposition to Trump. In exit polls, 77% of self-identified Democrats supported impeachment.
What is next for Trump?
Much will depend on how Trump reacts to what is undeniable a rebuke from voters two years into a presidency that has unfolded in institutional chaos, torn at racial and cultural divides and often trampled on truth and facts.
Given his history and personality, it seems unlikely the President will reflect on the cultural warfare that he waged in the dying days of the campaign and change his approach. Indeed, he may conclude that exactly that kind of approach was behind a better-than-expected GOP performance in Senate races.
But critics will argue that his incessant concern with bolstering the support of his most vehement supporters and angry tirades risks deepening the damage suffered among college-educated female voters especially, in a way that could severely compromise his hopes of winning re-election in two years.
The President watched the results after having dinner with his family in the residence of the White House.
He was joined by Republican megadonor Sheldon Adelson, Blackstone CEO Stephen Schwarzman and the President's ex-campaign aides, David Bossie and Corey Lewandowski, a source familiar with the guest list said.
Two other sources close to the White House said that Trump is already blaming retiring House Speaker Paul Ryan for the loss of the House.
"He is really angry at Ryan," one source said, on "everything."
Drew Hammill, an aide to Pelosi, tweeted Tuesday evening that the President called Pelosi at 11:45 p.m. ET "to extend his congratulations on winning a Democratic House Majority."
The President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, left Ghana on Tuesday, 6th November, 2018, to participate in the Africa Investment Forum, which is being held in Johannesburg, South Africa, at the invitation of the African Development Bank.
The Forum will enable invited Heads of State and Governments to engage with the investor community and explore potential investments and financing. President Akufo-Addo will participate, as a panelist, in “Championing Investments: Presidential Investment Chats”, and also at the launch of the EU-AU High level platform on Sustainable Energy Investments in Africa.
On Ghana-specific engagements, the President will meet investors interested in the development, financing and construction of projects such as the Takoradi Refinery Company, which intends to refine some 60,000 barrels of crude oil per day; and the Accra Skytrain Project, which aims to develop an elevated light rail mass transit project for Accra.
He was accompanied by the Minister for Finance, Ken Ofori-Atta; Minister for Railways Development, Hon. Joe Ghartey, MP; Chief Executive Officer of the Ghana Investment Promotion Centre, Mr. Yofi Grant, and officials from the Presidency and Foreign Ministry.
President Akufo-Addo will return to Ghana on Friday, 9th November, 2018, and in his absence, the Vice President, Alhaji Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, shall, in accordance with Article 60(8) of the Constitution, act in his stead.