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1. Yendi Municipal Assembly presents items to disabled

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Yendi Municipal Assembly has presented farm inputs, metal containers, tricycles, and bicycles worth GHC47,630.00 to 53 Persons with Disability (PwD) in the Municipality.


The items included education support of 10 bicycles to 10 PwD students, capital input support; tricycle (Motor King) to a group of five PwDs from Gbungbaliga; a metal container, pockets of roofing sheets each to two PwDs; a deep freezer to one PwD; and fertilizers, seeds and weedicides with ploughing cost to PwD farmers. 


Alhaji Hammed Abubakari Yussuf, Yendi Municipal Chief Executive, who presented the items to the PwDs at Yendi, said they were purchased through the Disability Fund from the District Assemblies’ Common Fund (DACF). 


He advised them to use the items, especially the farm inputs for its intended purpose adding that there is the need for them to adhere to the COVID-19 safety protocols to help contain the disease.


Mr Alhassan Zakari, Yendi Municipal Social Welfare Officer, called on the PwDs to join the PwDs associations in the area so that they would be recognized by their members to enable them to benefit from the Disability Fund. 


Mr Dawuni Abdul-Yakubu, Chairman of Yendi PwDs Association, expressed appreciation to the Assembly for the support saying it would empower them to engage in meaningful income-generating activities.


2. Don’t be like 'that foolish Owusu Aduomi' – Ejisumanhene warns John Kumah

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The Paramount Chief of the Ejisu Traditional Area of the Ashanti region has described the incumbent Member of Parliament of the Ejisu Constituency, Hon. Kwabena Owusu Aduomi who was defeated at last Saturday’s parliamentary primaries of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) as a “fool” who did nothing to develop the area in the 12 years that he went to Parliament.


Oguakro Afrane Okese IV made the comment when a contender and victor in the primaries, John Apontuah Kumah and his supporters thronged his palace after he was declared the winner of the election on Saturday afternoon. 


In a video sighted by MyNewsGh.com, set at the palace of the Ejisumanhene, Oguakro Afrane Okese IV is seen advising John Kumah not repeat the mistakes of the outgoing MP even as he prepares to contest the December 2020 elections on the ticket of the NPP and expects to win and become the Member of Parliamentfor the Ejisu Constituency in January 2021. 


“I will only advise you to be careful and do only what the electorates want; it is true that parliamentarians do not construct roads and other projects, but you can lobby for them to be done if you set your mind to do it; unless you want to behave like that foolish Owusu Aduomi who did nothing for us”. 


Hon. Kwabena Owusu Aduomi entered Ghana’s Parliament in January 2009 after unseating incumbent MP and former Foreign Affairs Minister, Kwasi Osei-Adjei at the NPP primaries in the then Ejisu-Juaben Constituency. 


A civil engineer by profession, Aduomi became a Maintenance Engineer at the Ghana Highways Authority (GHA) in Tamale in the Northern region in 1987–1994; he then proceeded to become a Projects Manager in the Western region in 1994–2002. He became the Regional Director of the GHA in the Ashanti region from 2002–2008, before becoming a Member of the Parliament of Ghana from January 2009 till date.


But in the video, the Ejisumanhene cast doubt on the credibility of Hon. Aduomi’s academic and professional credentials and likened him to a “common mason”. 


“When you go to the highways authority, his civil engineering qualification is considered nothing more than a common mason; he was like a common mason like Saddiq, the northerner who does my work; so all I will tell you is that, if you do not do what the constituents want, you will suffer the same fate and would be booted out with anger and hatred like they did to him; so be careful”. 


However, on his official Facebook wall, Hon Owusu Aduomi in reaction to the chief’s rants said, “I plead with the good people of Ejisu Constituency to stay calm and not react to this video, please. Let love lead. I still respect the Omanehene of Ejisu. God Knows Best. Peace, Shalom.” 


3. 90% of NPP’s polling station executives are useless to the party – Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu

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The Majority Leader in Parliament and MP for Suame, Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu has described the majority of the polling station executives of the ruling New Patriotic Party as useless to the political fortune of the party when it comes to mobilization at the grassroots level, MyNewsGh.com reports.


According to the lawmaker who has been expressing concern about the voting out of experienced legislators saying it impedes effective parliamentary works, the NPP must retake a look at its delegates system as it doesn’t bode well for the party going forward. 


The just-ended NPP parliamentary primaries saw 40 incumbent MPs lose their seats, including some who chaired the various parliamentary committees. Many more would have lost had they not gone unopposed. 


Speaking on Oman FM via phone-in observed by MyNewsGh.com, Kyei Mensah Bonsu said: “only 5% of the NPP’s polling station executives do the actual work they are supposed to do.” 


“You don’t expect John Boadu or Sammi Awuku or Wontumi and Sam Pyne to come and go house to house… It is the polling station executives who are supposed to do that but they don’t do it. […] Even me Osei Kyei Mensah Bonsu if I am doing house to house, how many houses can I enter? It is the polling station executives who must enter every house with the work of the party. But I can say 90 per cent don’t do anything. They don’t add anything to the party... They don’t help us in anyway… They only milk aspirants. It will not help us… Going forward”.. he said. 


Mr. Mensa-Bonsu has previously cited the losses of Ben Abdallah Banda, Chairman of the Judiciary Committee, and Dr Assibey-Yeboah, Chairman of the Finance Committee of Parliament, as bad examples for the country’s parliamentary governance. “We can’t go on like this”.


“Building the capacity of a Member of Parliament is not a four-year matter; it is not even an eight-year matter. The axiom is that in parliament, the longer a person stays the better he becomes.” 


Mr. Mensah-Bonsu, who is the MP for Suame, further suggested that experienced MPs must be protected to ensure continuity in Parliament. 


The ruling NPP will have a lot of new faces as parliamentary candidates during the December polls, following losses to Frederick Opare Ansah, the Chairman of the Communications Committee and Collins Owusu Amankwaah, the Chairman of the Government Assurances Committee. 


Other incumbents who lost their seats are William Quaittoo Agyapong, the Chairman of the Education Committee, and Alex Agyekum, the Chairman of the Youth and Sports Committee. 


4. Use NABCO salary as sanctions for not wearing face mask – Martin Kpebu tells govt

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A private legal practitioner, Martin Kpebu, wants the government to use Nation Builders Corps (NABCO) salary as sanctions for not wearing a face mask.


According to him, the government should lessen the sanctions it has set for persons who fail to comply with the directive for the compulsory wearing of face mask in public as the current sanction regime is too harsh and must be reconsidered. 


“I will prefer we use the NABCO salary as the benchmark, NABCO employees earn about GH¢750 a month so you can look at that. If you say the minimum sentence for not wearing the nose mask is GH¢12,000, it means that a NABCO employee will work the whole year and still not be able to pay. We should look at income levels and bring it down,” he said. 


Executive Instrument (E.I. 164), which signed by President Akufo-Addo on June 15, 2020, as part of measures to curb the spread of the COVID -19, states, per Section 6 of Act 1012, that “a person who fails to comply with the restrictions imposed under the Executive Instrument issued under subsection 1 of Section 2 commits an offense and is liable on summary conviction to a fine of not less than 1,000 penalty unit (GH¢12,000) and not more than 5,000 penalty units (GH¢ 60,000) or to a term of imprisonment not less than four years and not more than 10 years or to both.” 


But according to Martin Kpebu, the amount should be reduced to a rate commensurate with Ghana’s economic status. 


“It is rather draconian so we are calling on the president to look at the sanction regime too. If you compare, at least from the little internet search I have done, across the world you see some countries charge $200, elsewhere $50, $100, £1000 pounds in the UK and so on. Those are smaller sums of monies as compared to what Ghana has.”


Speaking on Eyewitness News monitored by MyNewsGh.com, noted the challenge of drivers being guilty of not wearing a mask even if they are alone in their cars under the relevant Executive Instrument. 


“It is rather draconian so we are calling on the president to look at the sanction regime too. If you compare, at least from the little internet search I have done, across the world you see some countries charge $200, elsewhere $50, $100, £1000 pounds in the UK and so on. Those are smaller sums of monies as compared to what Ghana has,” he added. 


Martin Kpebu also argued that given the level of sanctions some advanced countries are meting out to errant citizens with regards to flouting such COVID-19 directives, Ghana’s sanctions appear to be high-handed. 


At a press briefing on Tuesday morning, the Information Minister, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, argued that “if the sanctions are not deterring enough, we will not get the level of compulsion we are looking for.” 


But on the issue of drivers alone in their cars being sanctioned for not wearing face masks, the government has assured that Ghana Police Service will issue new directives on the matter.


5. CCFC counsels against using children for political gains

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The Christian Children's Fund of Canada (CCFC) has called on political parties to desist from using children to their advantage ahead of the 2020 elections.


It said there is the need to make the environment safe for children to grow and live their dreams, to prepare them better to manage the country's affairs. 


Mr William Anim-Dankwa, the Acting Team Leader of CCFC, speaking at a commemorating event of the Day of the African Child, said Ghana has fragile systems for children to thrive and so using them to beat drums of war will not help them build a better future for the country. 


He said the theme for the Day of the African Child 2020 was: "Access to child-friendly justice in Africa", adding that justice must be accessible to children to enable them age appropriately. 


Mr Anim-Dankwa said there was the need to create a just society which would make children understand the constituents of justice, fairness and equity so that they could pursue them as useful values.


Madam Theresa Baveng, the Programmes Manager for the CCFC, said parents and guardians must not discriminate in providing education and health care for their children. 


She said children should be allowed to participate in decision making that concerns them and be allowed to study courses of their interest at school. 


Mr Felix Afeti, the Cluster Manager of World Vision, said there is the need to maintain peace for children, "because they are the most vulnerable and major losers in times of conflicts".

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