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Watch Video: 4 Embarrassing Events At dissolution Of 7th Parliament To Begin The 8th Parliament



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On January 8, 2021, history was made in Ghana, as an opposition member was first elected to the country’s third-highest post.

National Democratic Congress (NDC) Alban Bagbin defeated his former boss, Prof. Mike Oquaye of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) to rise to the throne, but that did not come without controversy as the election of the Speaker was marked by a number of dramatic scenes and dented the prestige of Parliament.

Before entering the Chamber, where laws are made to violate the law in the full glare of the public, both sides of the legislative arm of government had stated to be the majority, while they had 137 seats with the Fomena seat held by an independent candidate, Andrew Amoako Asiama.

Indeed, that set the tone for the night of lawlessness, of anarchy, and of chaos.

1. Ursula sits on Akandoh’s laps

NDC MPs had occupied seats on the right side of the House intended for the party with majority members prior to the beginning of proceedings at midnight. The members of the NPP, who said that they knew their counterparts’ intentions to cause chaos, preferred to sit on the left side, but not Ursula Owusu-Ekuful of Ablekuma West. She’d like to be on the right. It was occupied by Juaboso MP Kwabena Mintah Akandoh when Mrs. Owusu got up from her seat to go to the bathroom. She declined to join her fellow NPP MPs and sat on the male MP’s lap instead.

2. Chaos over secret ballot

The NPP instructed them to show their ballot sheets to the Chief Whip before putting them in the ballot box in order to ensure that its MPs voted for the party’s candidate (Prof. Mike Oquaye), a circumstance that the NDC objected on the grounds that it was not in accordance with the Standing Orders of Parliament.

Dr. Nana Ayew Afriyie, NPP MP for Effiduase Asokore, was caught directing a punch by Muntaka Mubarak, NDC MP for Asawase. Muntaka and John Jinapor, Yapei-NDC Kusawgu’s MP, were seen kicking the paper-box voting booth, causing a full pandemonium and disrupting the voting method.

3. Armed military storm Parliament

For the fourth time, NDC MPs have interrupted the current House Speaker’s electoral process. While the chaos ensued, there was a rambo-style military cum police intervention to restore order in Parliament’s proceedings.

Although it is unclear who ordered the army to storm Parliament, the NDC has argued that the act is a violation of the legislative body’s sanctity. But the NPP’s Vincent Ekow Assafuah, who is the MP for Old Tafo, states that “they (the military) are expected to come in to restore order in the house.” They didn’t touch anybody, they didn’t beat anyone, nobody was shot.

4. Carlos Ahenkorah snatching ballot sheets

If the entire nation never envisaged a moment, it was this very case. An ‘athlete’ lawmaker who is involved in voter fraud. When the vote was counted, Tema West MP Carlos Kingsley Ahenkorah confidently snatched the ballot papers from the hands of a Parliamentary official. His search to fulfill his task saw him bolt for the nearest exit. However, luck eluded him as some members and security officials gave him a hot chase. Muntaka Mubarak and other NDC MPs who were chasing him hurled punches at him before the ballots were recovered.

Apart from the fact that the conduct of Mr. Ahenkorah is considered untoward, one does not understand what informed his decision, especially when some ballots that were counted suggested that Alban Bagbin had won the race.




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Federal Government of Nigeria Budgets N10.6bn For Transportation Of COVID-19 Vaccine



FG Budgets N10.6bn For Transportation Of COVID-19 Vaccine Across Nigeria

The Federal Government has budgeted N10.6 billion for the transportation of COVID-19 vaccines to the 36 states of the federation and the federal capital territory.

According to a document seen by PUNCH, a total of N12.7 billion was budgeted as cost of transportation for the vaccine, procurement of PPE and AEFI kits.

In the document containing the budget details, Kano state has the highest budgetary allocation with N685.4million, while Lagos state, the epicenter of the pandemic, earmarked N558.6million for the transportation of the vaccine.

Bayelsa state has the lowest budgetary allocation for transportation with N121 million.

The budget was presented to the Nigerian Governors’ Forum (NGF) alongside representatives of the federal ministry of health, on Thursday, in a meeting.

On Friday, Nigeria commenced its COVID-19 vaccination with doses of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine, which was first administered to health workers in Abuja.

The vaccination has been divided into phases. One of the phases includes the distribution of the vaccines to states that have met the requirements of storage and facilities.

As a result, the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), which is the agency responsible for vaccines distribution strategy, budgeted N1.4billion for procurement of personal protective equipment (PPE) while N373m was set aside for adverse events following immunisation kits (AEFI kits).

However, the NGF appealed to the federal government to support the logistics and inoculation activities to states.

“Following extensive discussions on the vaccine administration, governors called on the Federal Government to take necessary steps to support logistics and inoculation activities in states and resolved to take the following actions to ensure a smooth vaccine roll-out exercise across the country,” Kayode Fayemi, chairman of NGF, noted in a communiqué.


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Ayew Brothers, Partey To Miss Black Stars AFCON Qualifier Against South Africa



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Black Stars coach Charles Kwabla Akonnor is likely to be without some of his key players based in the United Kingdom ahead of the upcoming Africa Cup of Nations qualifier doubleheader against South Africa and Sao Tome later this month.

Black Stars captain Andre Ayew, Crystal Palace duo Jordan Ayew and Jeffrey Schlupp, Thomas Partey, Tariq Fosu are likely to miss the game should their clubs block their move during the international break.

As part of the UK COVID-19 protocols, anyone that returns from countries on the Red List must quarantine in an airport hotel for 10 days, with no exemptions for elite athletes which many Premier League managers and coaches have raised concerns and are unhappy about.

Most coaches at this point in the season are not willing to release players for the upcoming international break due to the COVID-19 risk and quarantine regulations.

Thus clubs have the sole autonomy whether to release players or not which is backed by FIFA’s current regulations on releasing players amid the pandemic.

The Black Stars coach with the possibility of missing out on invited players is preparing with a squad dominated by locally based players ahead of the double-header.

The team broke camp on Wednesday and will reassemble after the league matches this weekend.

Ghana travel away to play South Africa on March 25, 2021.


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FULL LIST: President Akufo-Addo swears in 28 new ministers



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President Nana Akufo-Addo has sworn into office 28 of his 30 nominees for the various ministerial portfolios.

The swearing-in ceremony took place on Friday, March 5, 2021 at the Jubilee House in Accra.

The two sectoral ministers who could not be sworn into office are the Minister-designate for Finance, Ken Ofori Atta and Minister-designate for Chieftaincy and Religious Affairs, Ebenezer Kojo Kum.

Ken Ofori-Atta is yet to attend upon the Appointments Committee to be vetted due to complications from COVID-19 while Ebenezer Kojo Kum was unable to attend the swearing-in ceremony due to ill-health.

Addressing the gathering, President Akufo-Addo said the approval of all the nominees presented to parliament proves the positive cooperation between the Executive arm of government and the legislature, expressing the hope that the relations will remain strengthened.

He further said he is confident that the ministers will work together with him to ensure progress for the country.

“The entire national followed keenly your individual interactions with the Appointments Committee. In those sessions you exhibited your capacity to act as ministers of state for all to see and justify to the county the confidence I have reposed in you to serve in government”

“I am confident that together we will work to realize the vision of the mandate given to me by the Ghanaian people in the victory of 7th Decemenr2020, a victory which yesterday, 4th march was unanimously upheld in the lucid well-considered judgement by a 7-member panel of the Supreme Court presided over by the Chief Justice,” the president said.

Nana Akufo-Addo further urged the new ministers to demonstrate leadership that will move the country forward and help the government achieve its vision.

“I urge you to provide leadership that will ensure that the work which we are embarking on, benefits the progress of our nation and help raise the living standards of our people. That is why we are here and that is why the Ghanaian people voted for us,” the president said.

He encouraged the ministers to always ensure broad consensus in the manner in which they implement decisions while in office.

Prior to delivering his address, Nana Akufo-Addo led the 28 new ministers to take the Oath of Allegiance, Oath of a Minister and the Oath of Secrecy.

The Ministers were subsequently presented with their instruments of appointment to symbolize their appointment before signing the oath book.


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