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My First 100 Days In Parliament Has Been A Remarkable One – Akwatia MP Revealed

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The member of Parliament for Akwatia constituency Hon Henry Boakye Yiadom has stated in an interview with _Papa Story TV_ that, his first hundred (100) days in Parliament has been a remarkable and opportunity creation for his constituents.

According to him, education, health and apprenticeship has been his first priority in the Constituency as a member of Parliament. “About 200 students have had financial support from me when school reopened” he added.

*APPRENTICESHIP*

Hon Boakye Yiadom popularly known as Okoyo in his entire life with his experience and proper interpersonal relationship with others, he has enrolled about 100 youths in apprenticeship within the Constituency which is carpentry, hair dressing, barbering, welding, Mason few to mention. He also purchased equipments and other machines for people who have gone through their serve.

*HEALTH*

As human health is the most essential thing on the earth, Mr Okoyo has registered about 600 less privilege and children to the National health insurance scheme (NHIS) across the Constituency.

In his remarks, the member of Parliament for Akwatia constituency Hon Henry Boakye Yiadom popularly known as Okoyo noted that he is father for all and ready to serve devoid his political affiliation.

Source:Modernnewsgh.com

 

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4 years is not enough for any government to function effectively – John Dumelo suggests 5 years

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Ghanaian actor cum politician, John Dumelo has opined that the rate at which the country develops in successive governments is not the best way possible suggesting that the four-year term given as a term of office does not give room for governments to function effectively.

According to him, no president or government can function effectively in a four year period hence changing the term of office to five years from the current four-year term will be the best solution to develop the country.

In a recent post on Facebook, John Dumelo wrote; “4 years is not enough for ANY President/ Gov to function effectively. The first year is used to settle down in the office and the last year for campaign, leaving only 2 years for effective work. We should consider 5 years per term.”

 

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Mahama blew $260m on just ‘Circle Dubai’, I built 3 with $289m; I’m better manager of purse – Akufo-Addo

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President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has said unlike former President John Mahama who spent $260 million on just the Kwame Nkrumah Circle ‘Circle Dubai’, his government has spent $289m to build three interchanges, indicating that he is a better manger of the public purse.

Speaking at the inauguration and official opening of the Pokuase Interchange in Accra on Friday, 9 July 2021, Mr Akufo-Addo said it was “important to put on record that the original contract design” for the project “was for a three-tier interchange”.

“However”, he pointed out, “through efficient management by my government, the interchange was modified to a four-tier interchange within the same contract sum.”

“Indeed, $289 million has been used by the Akufo-Addo government to construct three interchanges, as opposed to $260 million used by the Mahama government to construct only the Kwame Nkrumah Interchange”, the president compared and contrasted.

These are further examples of the fact that we, in the NPP, are good protectors of the public purse,” he noted.

The president also urged the public to use the Pokuase interchange in a safe manner.

“I appeal to the users of this facility, especially drivers, to adhere to the various road safety measures put in place for the safe use of the facility”, adding: “The modernisation of Ghana is steadily gathering momentum, and I entreat all Ghanaians to join hands in building the Ghana we want.”

The Pokuase Interchange connects motorists to Awoshie, Kwabenya, Amasaman and Achimota.

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Mahama kicks against salaries for spouses of Prez, Veep

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Former President John Dramani Mahama has kicked against the payment of monthly salaries to the spouses of the President and Vice President of Ghana, describing the recommendation as inappropriate and unfortunate.

In an opinion shared on his website, www.johnmahama.org, the former President argued that the existing convention of providing spouses of both sitting and former Presidents and Vice Presidents with quarterly allowances should be maintained.

The practice he stated started with the Jerry John Rawlings Administration and “issues in respect of allowances of the spouses have largely been handled administratively and provided for under the budget of the Office of the President.”

“The spouses of the President and Vice President are not captured among Article 71 Office Holders and therefore there is no legal or constitutional basis for it”, he stated.

Providing some further details, President Mahama said, “the practice has also included the payment of quarterly allowances to the surviving spouses of former Presidents, former Vice Presidents and former Heads of State, which practice has been appreciated by the beneficiaries as a token from the State.”

The former President also questioned the decision of the Ntiamoa-Baidu Committee to recommend the payment of monthly salaries pegged at the level of a Cabinet Minister to both the First Lady and wife of the VP, asking, “and why did Parliament also approve this recommendation without a review?”

Below is the full opinion by the former President

The issue of handling spouses of Political office holders is not a new one; it has engaged the attention of all governments since the advent of the 4th Republic.

Under various administrations, considering their sensitive positions, there had to be a consideration of how to support the spouses of the President and the Vice President in fulfilling  the roles that our modern democracies expect them to play, such as empowering women, girlchild education, reproductive health issues, teenage pregnancy, assistance to widows, fighting early marriage, preventing mother to child transmission of HIV, STEM for girls, and even as far as the welfare of grandmothers banished to witch camps.

The practice thus far, has been that some expenses of the spouses of the President and Vice President in carrying out their expected roles are funded by the Office of the President. This includes fueling of vehicles, security, clerical staff, stationery, hosting of local and foreign guests and all such expenditures.

The distinction must be made, however, that this is separate from allowances payable to spouses of the President, Vice President, former Presidents, former Vice Presidents and former Heads of State.

In the first Government of the 4th Republic (the Rawlings Administration), some recommendations were made to provide allowances to the spouses of the President and Vice President and additionally, as a gesture of reconciling with our past, the spouses of former Presidents and Heads of State.

Since this convention was established by the Rawlings administration, issues in respect of allowances of the spouses of the President and Vice President and spouses of former Presidents and Heads of State have largely been handled administratively and provided for under the budget of the Office of the President.

This week, a raging issue that has generated passionate debate among many Ghanaians, both on social media and in the traditional media space – TV and Radio – has been in respect of a report, confirmed by Government that the spouses of President Nana Akufo-Addo and Vice President Dr. Mahamadu Bawumia are to be placed on a monthly salary at the level of a Cabinet Minister.

We are told that the 7th Parliament of the Republic of Ghana, which was dissolved at midnight of January 6, 2021, approved the recommendation in the Report of the Presidential Committee on Emoluments for Article 71 Office Holders (January 2017 to December 2020), chaired by Professor Yaa Ntiamoa-Baidu.

The news, particularly at this time of austerity, has generated some level of outrage among the populace, and I can understand the anger of those opposing the recommendation of the Ntiamoa-Baidu Committee and its subsequent approval by parliament.

It should be made clear, also, that the recommendation in respect of spouses in the Ntiamoa-Baidu Committee report, which covers the years January 7, 2017 to January 6, 2021, is solely in respect of the Spouses of President Akufo-Addo and Vice President Bawumia.

The challenge, however, is that the spouses of the President and Vice President are not captured among Article 71 Office Holders and, therefore, there is no legal or constitutional basis for it.

It should be noted that the recommended salaries for the Spouses in the Ntiamoa-Baidu report are captured as part of the emoluments of the President and the Vice President. This seems like an attempt to sneak the First and Second Ladies into the article 71 office holders’ group. This is clearly problematic.

Indeed, the Ntiamoa-Baidu Committee rightly makes the case on page 51 of its report as follows: “The Committee notes that neither Article 71 nor any of the provisions in the Constitution bestows benefits on spouses of Presidents and Vice Presidents. Similarly, no legislation mentions what the State should provide for spouses of Presidents and Vice Presidents.”

The question then is: if the Committee recognises the above, and therefore appreciates that there can be no legal or constitutional basis for seeking to bestow any such benefits on the spouses of the President and Vice President (VP), why then did it proceed to provide for the payment of monthly salaries pegged at the level of a Cabinet Minister to both the First Lady and wife of the VP who served in the period 2017 to 2020, even if it was conveniently enveloped as part of the emoluments of the President and Vice President?

And why did Parliament also approve, as has been reported, this recommendation without a review

To emphasise this point, let me share a recommendation from the Edu-Bandoh Committee Report: “The future of public sector salary regimes needs to be built on the guiding principles outlined in this report in determining and making recommendations on the emoluments of Article 71 Office Holders for 2013 – 2017. It is important that salary adjustments of all public sector workers take into account such principles as equity and fairness, productivity, cost of living, motivation, ability to pay, as well as accountability, among others. The future of fixing salaries of office holders in the Ghanaian public sector will be strengthened if the guiding principles are upheld in all sectors for the realization of equity and fairness in the public sector salary administration.”

The times are dire, and the economy is under severe stress. Any attempt to broaden the scope and for that matter turn the spouses of the President and VP into permanent office holders, in addition to the support provided to their offices, would appear unreasonable.

I recall that I entered the 4th Republican Parliament in the same year as President Nana Akufo-Addo. As a young MP, I remember we debated an amendment to the Assets Declaration Law to expand its ambit. One of the groups targeted for addition was spouses of public office holders including the President, Vice President, Ministers among others.

Leading those who vehemently opposed the inclusion of spouses was President Akufo-Addo. I remember one of the main thrusts of his argument was that a spouse could not have known that their partner would end up in high office at the time they got married. It would therefore be unfair to subject them to the hazards of an assets declaration regime (it would be in the Hansard somewhere).

Have the chickens come home to roost? A spouse may not have known that their partner would end up in high office at the time of marriage, so would it not be unfair to bestow upon them salaries as part of their husband’s emoluments in office?

Finally, it has also been indicated that the First and Second Ladies have been receiving allowances from 2017 to date. Should the Government choose to ignore the cries of the citizenry, as seems to be the pattern of the day, steps must then be taken to ensure that the Committee’s recommendations are not retroactively applied, leading to double payments.

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