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Ofori-Atta’s response on Nana Addo’s foreign trips ‘contemptuous and insulting’ – Ablakwa

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Mr.Samuel O.Ablakwa

The Member of Parliament for North Tongu, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, is appalled by the Finance Minister’s response to questions posed to him in Parliament on the cost of President Nana Akufo-Addo’s foreign trips.

Answering questions on the floor of Parliament from the North Tongu MP, Mr. Ken Ofori-Atta, said the Minister for National Security is best placed to provide Parliament with details of the cost of the trips.

The Finance Minister maintains that the cost of the President’s domestic and international travels are handled by the National Security Ministry and not his outfit.

He indicated that he did not make any specific releases to the Chief of Staff for the President’s trips to France, Belgium, and South Africa.

This response came after over one month delay in response to the question.

Reacting to the Finance Minister’s reponse in Parliament on Eyewitness News, Okudzeto Ablakwa said, it was “a very disappointing day. I am very embarrassed.”

He bemoaned the lackadaisical approach of the Minister of Finance towards Parliament’s call.

“This is a minister who was scheduled to respond to these questions on the 17th of June. It was duly advertised on the provisional order paper on the 16th of June. He then rushes to Parliament the morning of the scheduled date and informs the house that he needs more time to respond to these questions.”

“It has been such a struggle to get him to come to respond. Then he eventually comes on Wednesday, only to tell us that we should now be looking in the direction of the National Security Minister. These questions had been admitted since the 1st of June, at what point did the Minister realise that he did not have the answers? He could have gotten the answers if he wanted to. You don’t treat Parliament this way. This is not how we protect the public purse, promote good governance and transparency. This is totally wrong. It is contemptuous of Parliament, and an insult o the people of Ghana.”

He further indicated that he has filed an urgent question to get the National Security Minister to answer the questions.

“The Speaker was left with no choice but to accept his proposal. The next step is to get the National Security Minister to come and respond to the questions, and I can confirm to you that I have immediately filed an urgent question for the Minister to come and provide the answers.”

“I am expecting the Speaker to quickly admit it so that he [National Security Minister] will be dragged to Parliament soon. I hope that he does not come and hide under national security to evade some questions,” he added.

Background

Mr. Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa filed a question in Parliament demanding answers from the Finance Minister about the chartered flights for the President’s foreign travel.

This was after the first part of his question was answered by the Defence Minister on the airworthiness of the presidential jet.

The Finance Minister had been delaying to appear before the House to render accounts of the foreign presidential trips.

Mr. Ablakwa earlier threatened to initiate a vote of censure against the Minister if he fails to come to the Parliament this around.

He also accused the Majority side of the house of shielding the Finance Minister from answering his questions, but Deputy Majority Leader, Alexander Afenyo Markin vehemently denied the allegation.

The Speaker of Parliament, Alban Bagbin, also denied any complicity in the re-scheduling of the question on the cost of President Akufo-Addo’s travels.

Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, who is also a Ranking Member on the Foreign Affairs Committee in Parliament had alleged that the President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, spent an amount of GHS2.8 million on his recent travels to only South Africa and France using the services of a private jet instead of the presidential jet.

Source:citinewsroom

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John Mahama eulogizes Ama Benyiwa Doe

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Former President, John Dramani Mahama, has poured a fountain of laudations on the late Former Central Regional Minister, Ama Benyiwa Doe, who has passed.  According to him, the late party stalwart was not only a politician, but a gender activist.

President Mahama, who took to his Social Media walls on Sunday, September 19, 2021 expressed shock about the passing of madam Benyiwa Doe and praised her for her great service to the NDC and Ghana.

“I have received with deep sadness, news of the demise of one of the most inspirational icons to have served our party, the NDC, and this great nation.” John Mahama stated.

He added that the late Ama Benyiwa Doe was a personality of courage, commitment and served her country with passion.

“Ama Benyiwa Doe was an embodiment of limitless courage, commitment and passion for service.” The Former President observed.

Background:

Family sources said the outspoken politician died during the early hours of Sunday, September 19, 2021 at Tema in the Greater Accra Region of Ghana.

Madam Benyiwa Doe, who was the Central Regional Minister between 2009-2012 died at age 71. She was once a Member of Parliament for Gomoa West and a Former National Women’s Organisation of the Opposition National Democratic Congress.

Our sources said, Madam Ama Benyiwa Doe, popularly known as Am Shavez was unwell for few years until her unfortunate demise on Sunday.

Her death, has seen Facebook and other Social Media platforms flooded with a fountain of messages to eulogize the iconic late member of the NDC.

The National Youth Organiser of the NDC, George Opare Addo, has described the late Ama Benyiwa Doe as a selfless patriot who served Ghana well.

“As a party executive and Minister, she was exceptional, patriotic and served her nation well.” Mr.Opare Addo stated.

An astute NDC Youth and Social Media Activist, Bright Abakosem observed that the late Former Minister’s life deserves celebrations.

“We will celebrate a life well lived. NDC is forever grateful for your commitment, dedication, hard work and above all, long service.” He eulogised.

Source: Nationalistgh.com

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Chereponi: Police move in to prevent demo against purported DCE nominee

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The Chereponi District Police command has foiled a planned demonstration against the purported District Chief Executive nominee, Zuweira Mada Nashiru.

The police in a statement said the demonstration was going to be embarked upon by some members of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) who were aggrieved that their favourite candidate, S. K. Orlando, was not recommended for nomination.

“The Chereponi District Police Command upon receipt of the information quickly invited the constituency chairman, Aliu Sulemana and some of the youth leaders and after discussing, the chairman and the youth leaders realized the need to keep the peace and abide by the advice of the police not to proceed with the demonstration. They also promised to go by the Public Order Act and notify the police accordingly, should they intend to organize the demonstration.”

The police also engaged S. K Orlando who was urged to calm his supporters down.

The district remains calm, however, the police say they are monitoring the situation.

Two patrol teams have currently been deployed to maintain peace in the area, including a standby security team put in place.

Source: citinewsroom

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NDC stalwart Ama Benyiwa Doe passes on at 71; eulogies go viral

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The late Ama Benyiwa Doe

A Former National Democratic Congress’ Central Regional Minister, Ama Benyiwa Doe has passed on, the Nationalistgh.com can confirm.

Family sources said the outspoken politician died during the early hours of Sunday, September 19, 2021 at Tema in the Greater Accra Region of Ghana.

Madam Benyiwa Doe, who was the Central Regional Minister between 2009-2012 died at age 71. She was once a Member of Parliament for Gomoa West and a Former National Women’s Organisation of the Opposition National Democratic Congress.

Our sources said, Madam Ama Benyiwa Doe, popularly known as Am Shavez was unwell for few years until her unfortunate demise on Sunday.

Her death, has seen Facebook and other Social Media platforms flooded with a fountain of messages to eulogize the iconic late member of the NDC.

The National Youth Organiser of the NDC, George Opare Addo, has described the late Ama Benyiwa Doe as a selfless patriot who served Ghana well.

“As a party executive and Minister, she was exceptional, patriotic and served her nation well.” Mr.Opare Addo stated.

An astute NDC Youth and Social Media Activist, Bright Abakosem observed that the late Former Minister’s life deserves celebrations.

“We will celebrate a life well lived. NDC is forever grateful for your commitment, dedication, hard work and above all, long service.” He eulogised.

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Source: Nationalistgh.com

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