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Parliament has summoned four Ministers of State to appear before the House to answer urgent questions on various developmental issues posed by Members of Parliament.

The sector Ministers expected to appear in Parliament next week are the Minister for Finance; Ken Ofori-Atta, the Minister for Health, Kwaku Agyeman-Manu, Minister for Transport; Kwaku Ofori Asiamah and the Minister for Youth and Sports; Mustapha Ussif.

Out of the four questions, two of them are standing in the name of Minority Leader, Haruna Iddrisu, who is also Member of Parliament (MP) for Tamale South and two other National Democratic Congress (NDC) MPs.

Presenting the Business Statement on behalf of the Majority Leader, the Deputy Majority Leader, Alexander Kwamina Afenyo-Markin, said the four ministers are expected to appear in the House to answer MPs’ questions.

On Wednesday, June 19, 2021, a question in the name of Minority Leader (Tamale South): “To ask the Minister for Finance the total amount of temporary advances from the Bank of Ghana to government for the 2020 Financial Year” as captured by the Business statement.

Issues concerning the agricultural sector, Eric Afful (Amenfi West): “To ask the Minister for Food and Agriculture when the Government will release money to pay the affected cocoa farmers whose farms have been engaged by the Ghana COCOBOD for the programme of rehabilitation of over-aged cocoa farms in Ghana having regard to the season.”

On Thursday, 10th June, 2021 Mr Iddrisu: “To ask the Minister for Transport how much has accrued from the contract between the Ghana Airports Company and Frontiers Healthcare Services for the conduct of Covid-19 Testing at the Kotoka International Airport as at end of December 2020, and what is the breakdown of the distribution/utilisation of the said amount to the respective contracting parties?”

On the same day, the Minority spokesperson on Youth and Sports, Kobena Mensah Woyome (South Tongu): “To ask the Minister for Youth and Sports what steps the Ministry is taking to ensure that the country hosts successfully the All African Game, 2023, including time lines of completing key tasks/activities leading to the event.”

Apart from the four urgent questions, other sector ministers are expected to provide answers to 25 oral questions.

The Defence Minister, Dominic Nitiwul, is also expected in Parliament to answer a question on agitations by La Traditional Council and their Youth over alleged invasion of Military officials on their stool lands.

The MP for  Dadekotopon, Rita Naa Odoley Sowah: “To ask the Minister for Defence what steps the Ministry has taken so far and what further steps the Ministry plans to take to resolve the issues of a land dispute between the Military and the La Traditional Council as well as the Youth of La.”

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Accra: Disaster looms as articulated truck skids off Kwame Nkrumah Circle overpass [Video]

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An articulated truck with registration number GT 8387 X said to be carrying gallons of engine oil has skidded off the Kwame Nkrumah circle flyover.

The accident occurred on Friday, June 11 at about 9 PM.

Andrew, an eyewitness, told TV3’s Johnnie Hughes that the brakes of the truck failed, forcing the vehicle to recess.

The driver, in an attempt to navigate the vehicle towards the rail, burst a rear tyre and lost control.

The fire service and police were at the scene as of the time of filing this report.

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Source: 3News.com

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Green Ghana: Bole becomes green under the NHIA

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The Bole District Branch of the National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA) has today Friday June 11, 2021 planted sixty (60) trees as part of the National tree planting exercise led by the President of Ghana.

The Green Ghana project, which is a Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources initiative spearheaded by sector Minister Samuel Abu Jinapor, aimed to plant five million trees in a single day.

The Bole branch of the National Health Insurance Authority planted 60 various types of tree species on the premises of the NHIA led by the scheme Manager Mr. Mohammed Suraj-Deen and his staff.

Mr. Suraj-Deen, speaking to the media following a brief event to plant seedlings at the NHIS complex, noted that “in line with the President’s directive that government institutions and individuals should assist in greening Ghana, we have gone ahead to implement our own version of greening Ghana on the NHIS compound”.

“We planted trees which included acacias, thick and others. Already, we have started our own afforestation before the coming of greening Ghana and we are going to continue NOT only to plant trees but to take good care of them until they become matured and needs no care” Syrah-Deen added.

Earlier in June, 2021, President Akufo-Addo called on Ghanaians to plant more trees to preserve the country’s forest cover and the environment.

The President stressed that “We cannot sit by and watch as our trees, flora and fauna are wiped out. Our very existence is tied directly to the survival of trees. Without the oxygen produced by trees, we cannot survive as humans.

“Lend your support to the Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources as it executes this ambitious national assignment. I will be planting a tree and I expect you too to plant one. Let us make Ghana green.

Story by: Osman Abubakari-Sadiq

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“Ghana is going to create 10,000 millionaires within the next 10 years” – Gov’t projects

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The govt of Ghana has projected that in the next ten years, Ghana will produce ten thousand millionaires.

This was made known by John Ampntuah Kumah, the Deputy Minister-designate for Finance following the policies the govt has implemented so far which is believed that in the coming years, it will yield good fruit.

According to him, this will be made possible through youth entrepreneurship, adding that tenure as Chief Executive Officer of the National Entrepreneurship and Innovation Programme (NEIP), the government provided funding to more than 9,000 businesses that can scale up to employ more people with further support.

While addressing the Parliament’s Appointment’s Committee on Wednesday, June 9, 2021, to be vetted as a Deputy Minister for Finance.

“As the Chief Executive Officer of NEIP, I oversaw the training of 45,783 businesses on various business management practices under the Presidential Business Support Programme and also disbursed funds ranging from GHC 2,000 to GHC 100,000 for 9,350 businesses. These businesses are all doing well and if more capital is injected into their businesses they can scale up and become giants in their areas,” he said.

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