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Speaker advocates mutual respect between Parliament, Judiciary

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The Speaker of Parliament, Mr Alban Sumana Kingsford Bagbin, has called for mutual respect between Parliament and the Judiciary in the discharge of their respective duties.

He said it had taken a long period of history, lessons and effort to achieve a cordial and harmonious relationship between the Judiciary and the Legislature, which must be safeguarded.

In a communication read on the floor of the House, Mr Bagbin said his attention had recently been drawn to attempts by some MPs to decline or evade service of court processes, while Parliament was on recess.

He said it had also come to his notice that some members were arraigned and charged with various offences without any notice to the Speaker.

He said that conduct was an aberration and should not be repeated.

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Mr Bagbin, therefore, asked parliamentarians to accord members of the Judiciary and the Judicial Service the outmost respect, decency and decorum they deserve.

Article 117 of the 1992 Constitution provides that “civil or criminal process coming from any court or place out of Parliament shall not be served on or executed in relation to, the Speaker or member or the Clerk to Parliament while he is on his way to, attending or returning from any proceedings of Parliament”. 

That provision, he said, meant that members might only avail themselves of this immunity when Parliament was in session.

He said proceedings of the House had been defined to include sittings, meetings and activities of Parliament and its committees.

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Mr Bagbin, however, noted that the constitutional provision which stated that members should not be served with court processes while Parliament was in session had in some instances been disregarded by some court officials.

“In a letter dated February 19, 2021 and addressed to the Chief Justice and Head of the Judicial Service, I indicated my strongest reservations with the attempt by officers of the Judicial Service to serve court processes on some Members of Parliament, the Clerk to Parliament and the Speaker of Parliament, while these office holders were attending to the proceedings of Parliament at the precincts of Parliament when Parliament was in session,” he said.

He said the Chief Justice, in a letter dated February 22, 2021, respectfully acknowledged these breaches of the Constitution by officers of the Judicial Service.

Guidelines

Mr Bagbin subsequently issued some guidelines to ensure that the peculiar rights enjoyed by the House collectively and by members individually, as stated in the Constitution, were respected, while at the same time ensuring that the administration of justice was not obstructed.

“When a Speaker, Member of Parliament or Clerk to Parliament is in the precinct of Parliament, there is a presumption that the Speaker, Member of Parliament or Clerk to Parliament is attending to a proceeding of Parliament and cannot be served a process from any court or place out of Parliament.

“But when Parliament is on recess, the presumption can be said to be rebuttable and Members of Parliament may be served a process from any court or place out of Parliament whether the member is in the constituency, in the private office outside Parliament or at his residence,” he stated.

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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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