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Parliament Continues Debate On Prez Akufo-Addo’s SONA | Parliament

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Parliament on Friday continued with the debate on President Akufo-Addo’s message on the State of the Nation Address (SONA) he presented to the House on March 30, 2022.

While contributions from the Majority Caucus lauded the President and his government for the strong and bold leadership in transforming the economy, the Minority side accused the government of failing to protect Ghanaians from the current economic hardships.

Mr Moses Anim, Deputy Minister for Fisheries and Aquaculture who took his turn on the floor praised President Akufo-Addo for his transformational leadership which salvaged the economy from its doldrums when assuming office in 2017.

He said despite the huge economic challenges that the President inherited he did not resign himself to complaining but worked to fix the economic difficulties.

“Mr Speaker at the end of 2019 we all knew the status of the economy that the President had brought from the worst situation at end of 2016 to the end of 2019,” he said.

Mr Anim also stated that as a result of the pragmatic measures taken by government the economy at the end of 2019 grew on average by seven percent, reducing the fiscal deficit to 4.5 percent and the banks which were in difficulty saw some appreciable growth.

He said the government was able to roll out its Free Senior School (SHS) policy in addition to providing teacher trainee and nursing allowance among others because the economy was effectively managed by the government and resilient to accommodate the new programmes.

“Mr Speaker before the COVID struck, we were being touted by the IMF and the World Bank and that where Ghana is now is about to leapfrog” he added.

However, Mr Kwabina Mintah Akandor, Ranking Member on Health in his contribution accused the President of providing wrong figures in terms of the COVID expenditures to the House.

He said President informed the House that GH17.7 billion has been spent to contain the pandemic up till 2022 but disputed the claim saying records from the 2021 and 2022 budgets show that GH20.7 was spent on COVID.

He said, “Mr Speaker, with all these expenditures we could not even install simple equipment at the Kotoka International Airport to do antigen test…as I speak to you now, there are frontline health workers that we are still owing in this country”.

Mr Akandor also alleged that for the past two months the service providers of the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) have threatened to withdraw their services if monies owed them are not paid.

He said citizens are complaining that anytime they go to these facilities they are made to pay money and buy their own drugs even though they are carrying the NHIS card.

Mr Speaker, the NHIS is the main health finance scheme in the country and the President did not touch on it, I now understand why he did not touch on it” he added.

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Kwabena Duffuor Rallies Ghanaians For NDC | Politics

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FORMER MINISTER of Finance, Dr. Kwabena Duffuor, who has his eyes on the presidency, has asked Ghanaians to answer calls by his party, the National Democratic Congress (NDC), to register and join the opposition party as active members towards its re-organisation for change in 2024.

According to him, they, as members of the party, know that most “Ghanaians are very sympathetic to our party, the NDC,” but pointed out that “the task of organising to win power and rescue Ghana from the torturing policies of the ruling NPP requires all sympathisers to register to become active members.”

In a statement issued yesterday, the NDC flagbearer hopeful said registering to become active members of the party is an opportunity for people to rise through the party’s ranks and get groomed for political leadership in the present-future.

“Active members also have a stake in the grassroots decision-making process of the party. Most importantly, you get to choose the leaders of the party at branch, constituency, regional and national levels,” he noted.

Dr. Duffuor, whose debut in the NDC presidential poll stoked hopes for his potential, said moreover that a registered, proud and official member of the NDC will have the right to submit policy proposals and ideas for appropriation of the party’s policy document, the manifesto.

He described the NDC as Ghana’s biggest and most progressive people-centered political party, saying, “To be the party’s ambassador and direct agent of the change we all desire, every member of the NDC joins at the branch level.”

“Your membership at the branch is a proud statement of your bold association with the NDC. Don’t remain a mere sympathiser. Become an active member,” he appealed.

Source: Daily Guide

 

 

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Remain United To Ensure Victory In 2024 – Dr Duffuor Urges NDC Members | Politics

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A leading member of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Dr Kwabena Duffuor, has called on members of the party to remain united as the party begins its internal elections.

He said unity was crucial to the party winning the 2024 elections, hence the need for all members to commit to working for the good of the party.

Decorum

In an interview with the Daily Graphic, Dr Duffuor, a former Minister of Finance, also urged those seeking for various positions in the party to do so with decorum devoid of insults and attacks on opponents.

He called on those who might lose in the elections to support the winning candidates to ensure that the party went into the 2024 election in one piece, united in strength to deliver victory for the party.

While the party has fixed June 15 to the end of July this year for the branch elections, the ward elections will take place in August this year, with the constituency elections taking place in September 2022.

The party will hold its regional conference in October 2022 to elect its regional executive members, while that of national executive members will be held in November 2022.

As part of the regulations for the branch elections, nominations shall open upon an official publication or announcement by the general secretary seven clear days before the start of the election.

Critical process

Dr Duffuor said the processes leading to the internal elections were critical for the party to win the 2024 election.

He, therefore, stressed the need for cohesiveness and unity to help the party to recapture power.

He said Ghanaians were suffering and yearning for the NDC to save them from the bad economic policies of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) government.

Dr Duffuor, who is also a former Governor of the Bank of Ghana (BoG), said an NDC government would bring back good governance policies, pro-poor policies to alleviate the difficulties of Ghanaians and also stabilise the economy for businesses to thrive.

 

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Samira Bawumia Receives Top Global Humanitarian Award In Atlanta, U.S.A. | Politics

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The Second Lady, Hajia Samira Bawumia, has been highly honoured with several accolades in the U.S. for her stellar interventions in maternal and child health, education and women empowerment.

She was the recipient of the Ghanaian Women Association of Georgia (GWAG) Global Humanitarian Award for her “outstanding and life-transforming contribution towards the empowerment of women and children, through initiatives that align with GWAG’s causes in healthcare and education”.

Mrs Bawumia was the Special Guest of Honour at the 7th Annual Maternity Fundraising Gala of GWAG held at the Atlanta City Hall, Georgia, where she picked up the award over the weekend.

Hajia Samira Bawumia gracefully received a specially-designed plaque at the programme attended by many dignitaries of the State of Atlanta and several Ghanaians.

Mrs Bawumia will be one of few remarkable Ghanaian achievers to receive the special award.

Her night of glory continued with another honour from the Atlanta City Council.

In a citation bearing the signatures of all members and the seal of the Atlanta City Council, she was singled out for “her tireless work on the many issues that impact families across the globe”.

It didn’t end there as the Macon-Bibb County recognised her tremendous efforts in various sectors.

Mayor of Macon-Bibb County, Georgia, Lester M. Miller, proclaimed and urged the county “to commend her in her efforts to save lives, improve livelihoods, empower women, and protect the environment.”

Adding her own applause was Senator Donzella James, a Member of the Georgia State Senate.

“Be it resolved that H.E Hajia Samira Bawumia is recognised and commended for her many wonderful accomplishments and extended sincere best wishes for continued health, happiness and prosperity,” she said in a written resolution bearing her signature and seal.

GWAG, a global organisation with membership spanning America, Europe, Africa and Asia, and headquartered in Atlanta, U.S., praised Mrs Bawumia for her “selfless sacrifice and devotion to humanity, as well as the remarkable substance and philanthropic spirit you bring to the Office of the Second Lady”.

GWAG crowned Mrs Samira Bawumia out of over 100 personalities from more than 10 countries for her “unwavering and life-saving support for the vulnerable and underprivileged, through various social interventions that transcend the shores of Ghana”.

Through the Samira Empowerment & Humanitarian Projects (SEHP), the Second Lady has transformed the lives of uncountable marginalised women and deprived children and boosted girl child education.

Her ‘Safe Delivery Project’ aims to distribute 100,000 well-resourced birth kits to expectant mothers in deprived communities across Ghana.

Over 6,000 birth kits have been distributed to mothers in deprived and difficult-to-reach communities so far.

SEHP has also resourced 38 health facilities across Ghana.

She has also established the SEHP Skills and Entrepreneurial Development Initiative (SEDI), aimed at improving the socio-economic well-being of women generally through training, provision of capital, start-up kits and the establishment of micro-enterprise schemes.

Over 3,600 rural and urban women have benefitted from various vocational and entrepreneurial skills-sets.

A further 1,200 women have had their capacities enhanced through the Shea Empowerment Initiative, a women’s economic empowerment and rural enterprise project aimed at training 1,600 women in quality shea nut (a major cash crop in Ghana) collection and processing, with access to a ready market for finished shea products.

As part of the initiative, Her Excellency has also constructed four modern, environmentally friendly shea processing factories in the Northern, North East, Upper West and Upper East Regions of Ghana, which will provide about 300 direct and 1,500 indirect employment.

Her Excellency is an advocate for the ‘Combined Maternal and Child Health Record Book Project’ – a Ghana Health Service initiative, with support from the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).

She is also supporting the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) on the ‘Nurturing Care Framework for Early Childhood Development’, a project focused primarily on childcare.

Mrs Bawumia is spearheading a Coalition of People against Sexual and Gender-based Violence and Harmful Practices (CoPASH) in partnership with the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).

The mandate of CoPASH is to bring together agencies, organisations and individuals who are passionate about the rights of women and girls to advocate for better case management for victims of “Sexual and Gender-Based Violence and Harmful Practices” (SGBVs/HPs).

Hajia Samira Bawumia is determined to make Ghana a literary powerhouse.

She has so far distributed about one hundred thousand 100,000 books to over 200,000 pupils in 60 basic schools across Ghana as part of her ‘Get Ghana Reading Campaign’.

She is also the Patron of the Samira Bawumia Literature Prize, a launchpad for aspiring Ghanaian writers to share their art with the world.

Mrs Bawumia is the Chief Trustee of the SEHP Educational Trust Fund, a fund set up to provide scholarships to brilliant but needy students in tertiary institutions.

In October 2017, She was appointed as a Global Ambassador for the Clean Cooking Alliance, a public-private partnership hosted by the United Nations Foundation to save lives, improve livelihoods, empower women, and protect the environment.

Hajia Samira Bawumia was named the first of seven global honourees by Sustainable Energy for All (SEforAll), in partnership with Ashden.

She uses her influence to raise awareness on issues of clean cooking and advocates for the adoption of clean energy solutions on the global stage.

Hajia Samira Bawumia advocates clean cooking solutions at several international conferences and fora as part of her global mandate.

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