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‘We’ve written history’ in creating 6 new regions – Akufo-Addo touts

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‘We’ve written history’ in creating 6 new regions – Akufo-Addo touts

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has patted his government on the back for successfully implementing the proposals for and the creation of six new regions, describing it as historic.

“We have written some Ghanaian history,” he stated Tuesday, explaining that it is the first time under Ghana’s 1992 constitution that the provision on the creation of new regions have been “invoked and successfully been implemented”.

In the run up to the 2016 general elections, then candidate Nana Akufo-Addo pledged to facilitate the creation of four regions from the Western, Northern, Brong Ahafo and Northern regions on the back of proposals from the chiefs and people in the area.

On assumption of office he established the Ministry of Regional Reorganisation and Development primarily to spearhead the creation of the new regions which according to the government was at the heart of the people in the areas.

Since June 2017, the government has through the Ministry championed all the constitutional processes required in the creation of the regions including the December 27, 2018 referendum which allowed the people to overwhelmingly endorse the creation of six new regions.

With at least 80 per cent vote, the people of voted for Ahafo, Bono East, Savannah, North East, Western North and Oti to be created out of Brong Ahafo, Northern Region, Western Region and Volta Region.

In line with Article 5(8) of the 1992 Constitution, President Akufo-Addo on Tuesday held the first of a series of ceremonies at the Jubilee House in Accra to issue a constitutional instrument to give effect to North East region.

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Speaking to at the event, Nana Akufo-Addo said he was struck by the overwhelming endorsement of key people from the political divide of the need to create the region.

“It was clear that the process was demand driven and reflective of the will of the people as the constitution so intended,” he observed.

‘Raw political courage’

Minster of Regional Reorganisation and Development, Dan Botwe who could not hide his excitement for the successes achieved, said Nana Akufo-Addo exhibited what he termed “raw political courage” to be able to create the new regions.

This, he explained, was because he had to navigate the difficult political, economic and social terrain before he was able to make the creation of the new regions a success.

“There were doubts when president Nana Akufo -Addo embarked on the venture to create the new regions to reflect and fulfil the deeply and long held aspirations of our citizens in the affected areas.

“There were even predictions of national tension and attempts were made to delay the longheld desires of our fellow citizens,” he stated.

Despite these challenges, Mr. Botwe said such doubts and hand rigging, the President mustered courage and quality leadership to ensure the new regions were created.

“Mr. President, when we are all long gone and the history of our beloved country comes to be written, alongside all the things that made Ghanaians proud will stand the courage of a president who dare to believe, dare to let his deepest democratic instincts result in action, dare to keep a promise made and dare to take stand,” he said of Nana Akufo-Addo.

Source: 3news.com

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Shisha is illegal in Ghana – FDA

The Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) says water pipe tobacco smoking popularly known as ‘shisha’ is illegal in Ghana.

A Senior Regulatory Officer at the FDA, Juliana Amankwah-Marfo, told the Ghana News Agency, that, “By law FDA has to regulate its usage. Operators must come to us to register before offering it to the public but no one has come to us to register.”

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the water pipe tobacco smoking which is also known as “hookah or narghileh” is a form of tobacco consumption that utilizes a single or multi-stemmed instrument to smoke flavoured or non-flavoured tobacco, where smoke is designed to pass through water or other liquids before reaching the smoker.

It consists of a head or tobacco bowl in which tobacco is placed, a body, a water bowl, a hose and a mouthpiece.

Operators of most pubs and drinking spots in the urban areas make the water pipes available to their customers who openly inhale the flavoured tobacco smoke emanating from it. Mrs Amankwah-Marfo urged the public to report operators of pubs, restaurants, drinking spots among others who offer it to their customers as well as shops that trade in it.

She disclosed that officials of the FDA had seized a number of the water pipes in some big malls and supermarkets with administrative sanctions handed over to them.

According to her, they also visited pubs and other places unannounced to check the use of such illicit drugs and seized their equipment and subsequently issued sanctions adding that those who refused to adhere to the sanctions were put before the courts.

She appealed to the general public to help the FDA to clamp down on activities of operators and smokers of illicit drugs especially shisha by reporting them to the Authority.

She pleaded with the youth to stay away from it and any other tobacco product as engaging in it predisposed them to cancer regretting that “now it is the trend among the youth as they wrongly believe that because the tobacco is flavoured, their health is secured”.

A fact sheet from the WHO indicated that shisha was becoming more popular among the youth due to its flavoured tobacco. The erroneous perception that drawing tobacco smoke through water made it less harmful than cigarette smoking.

The WHO stated that shisha smoking was dangerous to human health as laboratory analyses of the smoke revealed measurable levels of carcinogens and other toxicants which smokers absorb in appreciable amounts.

Other effects of water pipe smoking included elevated heart rate and blood pressure, acute cardiovascular effects, impaired lung function, increased lung inflammation, low birth weight, cancers and male infertility.

Source: Ghana News Agency

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Number of Akufo-Addo’s ministers high – NPP MP

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Number of Akufo-Addo’s ministers high – NPP MP

The Member of Parliament for New Juaben South Dr. Mark Asibe Yeboah has said the number of ministers in the Akufo-Addo government is high, adding a lesser number could have been enough to run the affairs of the country.

He was however quick to add that the performance of the government after the 4-year tenure will justify the size of the government.

Dr. Asibe Yeboah was one of the critics of the 80 Ministers who worked in the previous John Mahama government describing the number of ministers as too high

When quizzed on Koforidua-based Kingdom FM whether he still stands by his position given that the NPP government has over 123 ministers following the creation of new regions, he said “well, I still think that the 124 Ministers might be on the high side but the President’s explanation is that he must be judged on the work they will do at the end of the four years. If the number of Ministers in his government do not commensurate with the work done. So we are waiting to Judge him at the end of the four years based on the assessment of work done by the 124 ministers”.

“So I still stand by my comment made at the time the ministers were 80 that it was on the high side. I think we can do with less. But the President [Akufo-Addo] has been asked time and again and he has defended it over and over that let us wait the end will justify the numbers”.

The New Patriotic Party (NPP) then in Opposition chastised the number of persons serving as Ministers in the Mahama-led government arguing that a lesser number could have been ideal for the country if the government was willing to cut down cost to save the public cost.

However, the NPP government shocked Ghanaians when it appointed 110 as Ministers, a number which has been increased to 124 following the creation of six new regions.

The main opposition National Democratic Congress and Civil Society Organizations have criticized the government for the large size accusing it of creating needless Ministerial portfolios for” family and friends”.

Source: starrfm.com.gh

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Former clerk of Parliament presents books to Rawlings

A former clerk of Parliament, Samuel Ntim Darkwa, has presented copies of two books he has co-authored on Parliament, to former President Rawlings.

The revised edition of the books, titled “The Evolution of Parliament in Ghana” and “How Our Parliament Functions” were presented by Mr. Darkwa when he called on the former President last Thursday.

Mr. Darkwa told the former President that having worked for decades with the Parliamentary Service he thought it wise to “put something down for posterity.” The books, he stated, are dedicated to the Constituent Assembly which drafted the 1992 constitution.

In a hearty discussion with the former President, Mr. Darkwa said when the 1992 constitution was promulgated he and a colleague prayed regularly for it to be sustained.

The former Clerk of Parliament commended the former President for his role in sustaining the Fourth Republic recalling that when the constitution was first presented to the then Head of State, he called on all to ensure that it was a lasting legacy for Ghana.

Former President Rawlings said he was honoured to have received the books and stated he will endeavour to read them and take some notes for his autobiography. He commended the former Parliamentary Clerk for writing the book and noted that not many are writing, allowing some to skew the history of Ghana’s political development.

Mr. Samuel Ntim Darkwa has the enviable record of having worked in the parliament of all four Republics He was also the clerk to the Constituent Assembly which drafted the 1992 constitution.

Co-author K. B. Ayensu was Ghana’s first Clerk of Parliament.

Source: Office of JJ Rawlings

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