New chamber: Parliament shockingly irresponsible – Casely-Hayford
A member of pressure group, OccupyGhana, Sydney Casely-Hayford has lashed out at Parliament for planning to put up a new complex.
Speaking on The Big Issue, Mr. Casely-Hayford said a new complex should not even be under consideration for Parliament.
Citizens are “alienated and disaffected with the way Parliament is carrying on,” the social commentator remarked.
“When I heard this for the first time, I couldn’t believe how irresponsible Parliament could be. This is just crass irresponsibility.”
Explaining Parliament’s misplaced priorities with an example he said “You give people money to spend and instead of going to buy food, they go and by an engagement ring. That is irresponsible; which is the similarity we have here.”
There has been a justification of the plans from key figures in the legislature like the Majority Leader, Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu.
He has argued that a new chamber with a 450-seater capacity, will make engagement in Parliament easier and offer more space for MPs, among other reasons.
But Mr. Casely-Hayford rubbished the argument saying “none of them washes for me.”
“Parliament should rather be trying at this stage to try and get the citizens of this country to respect them. We’ve had so many things going on in Parliament that just have not made sense,” he stated.
The plans for a new complex sparked protests from within Parliament and the public.
A campaign, #DropThatChamber, was started on social media and is expected to translate into a demonstration on July 13.
MPs from both sides of Parliament have also come out in opposition to the deal.
Civil Society groups have also insisted that constructing a new complex for Parliament will be a misuse of resources.
Dissent over the plans sparked controversy in Parliament on Friday after the Commander-in-Chief of the Economic Fighters League, Ernesto Yeboah, and two others were detained by the Parliamentary Protection Unit.
Ernesto Yeboah yelled, “drop that chamber” as an MP argued in favour of the new complex on the Floor of Parliament.
NDC Primaries: Over 30 pick forms in Western Region
At least 31 members of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) in the Western Region have picked forms to contest the party’s upcoming parliamentary primaries.
The party opened nominations from Wednesday, July 10 to Friday, July 12, 2019.
The NDC’s Parliamentary Primaries has been scheduled to take place on 24th August 2019.
The filing of the nomination forms has been scheduled for July 18 and July 19.
The cost of forms is GH¢2,000 with the filing fees fixed at GH¢25,000 for all contestants. Women and Persons with Disability (PWDs) paid GH¢12,500.
The Western Regional Communications Officer of the party, Richard Kirk-Mensah who confirmed this to GhanaWeb Correspondent said 3 women out of 31 persons picked nomination forms at the close of nominations on Friday, July 12, 2019, to contest various parliamentary seats in the region.
The three women include Dorcas Afo Toffey (Jomoro), Hon. Charlotte Odum (Sekondi) and Hon. Betty Busumtwe Sam (Sekondi).
The Communications Officer emphasized that the incumbent MP for Wassa East, Hon. Isaac Adjei Mensah and the former District Chief Executive of Prestea Huni-Valley, Hon. Wisdom Cudjoe were going to run unopposed because they were the only people who picked nomination forms to contest at the close of nominations.
He also confirmed that his Deputy Regional Communications Officer, Ebenezer Essien has also picked nomination forms to contest for Ahanta West.
Essikado, Takoradi, Kwesiminstim, Evalue-Ajomoro Gwira, Tarkwa-Nsuaem, Amenfi East Constituencies have been put on hold.
Below is the full list of the Aspirants in Western Region
1. Hon. ISAAC ADJEI MENSAH (incumbent MP/ unopposed)
PRESTEA HUNI VALLEY
1. Hon. WISDOM CUDJOE (unopposed, Former DCE)
1. CHARLES HAGAN
2. Hon. CHARLOTTE ODUM
3. Hon. BETTY BUSUMTWE SAM
1. MICHAEL OTOO (Former Aspirant)
2. PETER AVORKADZI
3. MOHAMMAD ALI
1. ALEA MIEZA
2. JOSEPH AKPOR
3. KOFI ANAMAN
4. SYLVESTER ENUMI CUDJOE
5. OBED BUAH
6. HON EMMANUEL ARMAH KOFI-BUAH (incumbent MP)
1. Hon. ERIC COBBINAH
2. Hon. E. KOJO APPIAH
3. JAMES MENSAH ESHUN
4. Hon. GABRIEL KOJO ESSILFIE (Former MP)
1. ERIC KWEKU KYEREMAH (Former Aspirant)
2. ANTHONY AWORTWE
1. DORCAS AFO TOFFEY
2. NDAH BLAY
3. ACKATIAH KWADU
1. Hon. EBENEZER ESSIEN (Dep. Regional Communications Officer)
2. EBENEZER AIDOO
3. Hon. DR GEORGE KWAME ABOAGYE (Former MP)
1. Hon. PETER KWAKYE ACKAH (incumbent)
2. ELIJAH YAW JONES
3. GEORGE KOFI ARTHUR
1. Hon. ERIC AFFUL (incumbent)
2. GORDON KOFI SARFO AIDOO
ON HOLD CONSTITUENCIES
4. Evalue Gwira
6. Amenfi East
Source: Daniel Kaku
Nigerian real estate mogul, Dr. Onwumere to speak at YAWC 2019
Dr. Jayne Obioma (OJ) Onwumere, the Group Managing Director of The PWAN (Property World Africa Network) GROUP and a real estate mogul is set to speak at the 4th Young African Women Congress (YAWC) in Accra, Ghana.
She will address a controversial issue which seem to overwhelm the women empowerment agenda and gives room for lack of will power on the part of political leaders and policy makers to prevail.
She will deliver an insightful presentation on the topic, “Women in Leadership: Beyond Quota Systems, Where are the Women?” on Monday 22nd July, 2019 as part of major sessions of the congress.
Having received numerous awards in real estate and women empowerment including that of The 2018 Most Influential Real Estate Woman of The Year in Nigeria and an Honorary Doctorate Degree, Dr. OJ Onwumere leads a team of 12 Managing Directors with over 150 Direct Staffs spread across the 12 Affiliate Companies that make up the PWAN Group and over 30 thousand Independent Real Estate Professionals generally called Partners/ Consultants who are greatly empowering and changing lives in Nigeria and beyond.
She owns and manages over 350 estates all over Nigeria and regularly empowers women to start their own Businesses or improve existing ones through her Empowerment for All Women Program.
A Lifelong Learner, Dr. OJ Onwumere is an Alumni of Lagos Business School, Nigeria and is presently participating in the Owner President Management Program at the Prestigious Harvard Business School, Boston Massachusetts, USA.
YAWC is opened to young women of Africa within the age limits of 18 and 45 who wish to be a part of the biggest platform for women empowerment in Africa.
The platform promotes knowledge sharing and intellectual discourse and most importantly, engenders a strong sense of belonging which propels participants to become change makers in their immediate environments while affecting the continent as a whole. These are achieved through keynote presentation, panel discussions and group brainstorming sessions as well as fun trips among others.
Registration is currently on-going and interested participants can log on to the official website for the Young African Women Congress 2019, www.yawcafrica.org to register and join the biggest gathering of women in Africa.
Source: ExLA Group
Let’s boldly deal with lawlessness to avert violence in 2020 – Asantehene
The Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II has warned of imminent political disturbances in the 2020 general elections if existing laws are not enforced to deal with vigilantism and other related crimes.
He has therefore admonished national leaders to adopt bold and honest attitudes to speak against issues that have the tendency of affecting the peace and stability of the country.
The Asantehene raise these concerns when a delegation from the National Peace Council paid a courtesy call on him at the Manhyia Palace.
He bemoaned the fact that unhealthy politics has taken over the Ghanaian society and citizens have been divided along political lines.
Asantehene who did not mince words said political parties must take the blame for the increasing menace of vigilantism in Ghana’s political landscape.
He indicated that anyone who has the intention to commit crime joins a political party so they can hide under the parties to perpetrate such crimes.
He expressed concerns over why existing laws that frown on vigilantism and other related crimes are not enforced and discussions were still ongoing to make new laws to deal with the menace.
The disturbances that characterized the Ayawaso West Wuogon by-elections and the killing of a young man at the NDC party’s office in Kumasi by persons suspected to be members of a pro-NDC vigilante group, The Hawks, have raised concerns of the possibility of violence in the 2020 general elections.
These disturbances have been widely condemned and a bill has been sent to Parliament to deal with political party vigilantism and related offences.
Although the National Peace Council is still working on a roadmap with the leadership of political parties to ensure the total disbandment of vigilante groups, the Asantehene says the activities of may arise if there is no truth and honesty when dealing with such matters.
“Is it not possible to identify those who caused the disturbances during the Ayawaso Wuogon by-elections or those who engaged in the shooting at the NDC party’s office? We are all in this country and those people also live with us, so why can we talk the truth on those matters too? Even with all these, we still say we are making laws. Is there not already an existing law in the criminal code that if someone should either shoot another person with a gun or use a machete on another they are arrested and taken to court? If we are discussing such issues, we need to approach them with the truth.
The Asantehene added that “we are all afraid of name-calling and being tagged. So if we are living in a nation where things are going wrong and no one can boldly say it, I don’t think it will help us all. I will only plead that you have been mandated to ensure there is peace and before we can achieve that we have to approach the issues with the truth. Whether a Government in power or opposition, so long as they do the wrong thing, let’s be bold and say it.”
Ghana existed before politics came into being, but it is politics that has now dominated and because we are not able to approach the issues with the truth, things are not going so well. If we fail to speak against this menace openly, by next year during the elections, these issues will come up again. We will definitely hear of gunshots or people snatching ballot boxes during elections. It will happen. All these people engaging in such activities are doing that for the political parties they belong to. So if we fail to speak the truth on such matters and also fail to enforce existing laws, the lawlessness will continue in this nation. If there will be peace, there must be the truth, if there is the truth, everything will be okay”, he emphasized.
The Asantehene also said he is doing a lot in the background to consolidate the peace in Dagbon since there are some outstanding chieftaincy issues that still remain unresolved in the area.
The board of the National Peace Council led by the council’s Chairman was at the Manhyia Palace to thank the Otumfuo for his role in fostering peace and stability not only in the Asante Kingdom but Ghana as a whole.
The visit was also to show gratitude to the Asantehene for leading the Committee of Eminent Chief to restore peace to Dagbon after nearly two decades of conflict between Andani royal families.
The council also commended the Asantehene for the tireless efforts he played in restoring peace in the Dagbon traditional area.
Chairman of the Peace Council, Most Reverend Professor Emmanuel Asante told Citi News that the council was committed to ending the menace of vigilantism in the country.
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