I’m In Charge As Speaker, Never Counter What I Say Again – Alban Bagbin Blasts Majority Leader

The Speaker of Parliament, Rt. Hon. Alban Bagbin has warned the Majority Leader and Suame MP, Osei-Kyei Mensah-Bonsu to desist from publicly countering his pronouncement as Speaker.

Alban Bagbin

His comment follows the Majority in Parliament accusing him of impatience for asserting the Legislature is broke.

The speaker on Thursday cautioned the Finance Minister, Ken Ofori-Atta not to treat Parliament like Ministries, Departments, and Agencies by asking for budget cuts and starving the institution of funds.

Addressing the media Friday morning, Majority Chief whip Frank Annor-Dompreh revealed that 25 million cedis allocation for goods and services for Parliament which had been outstanding had been released while going through paper works while the Speaker was telling the whole world the institution was broke.

According to the Nsawam-Adoagyiri MP, a little restraint from the speaker would’ve been better.

The Majority Leader Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu has also made similar comments in media interviews on the matter.

But speaking on the floor of the House on Friday, Speaker Bagbin did not take such accusations lightly, explaining that his revelation Parliament was broke caused the Finance Minister to immediately release the funds yesterday.

He warned the Majority Leader not to ever counter his (Speaker’s) comment publicly saying “enough is enough”.

“…It is important that when the Speaker speaks from the chair, the Leader of the House that is the Leader of the Members of Parliament (Majority Leader) is not seen to be the one countering what the Spokesperson of the Arm of Government (Speaker) says. If they want us to give documentary evidence about the non-funding of the House for this year we’ll provide them. So when I heard that the Leader of the House had gone on air to say that what I said is not true, it saddens me. In response to what I said yesterday, the government proceeded to quickly release money yesterday to the House for the House to function. There’s evidence to that and that is on record.”

He added: “I will not take the Majority Leader always going on air to counter what I say particularly when I say it on the Chair. I will not take that, I am in control here and I will continue to be in control until my term of office ends or you decide otherwise as Members to remove me as the Speaker of the House by the votes of three-quarters of the Members of the House. Please, this is the last time I will refer to it and this is enough notice to whoever thinks that he has the same authority as the Speaker. I will take this in a conclave when the House convenes Tuesday, we’ll discuss it as Leaders in a pre-sitting meeting before we sit on Tuesday. Enough is enough.”

We sent formal letter to Adwoa Safo’s email, Whatsapp line and to her office – Joewise

Chairman of the Privileges Committee, Joseph Osei Owusu (Joewsie) has said that he has been informed about a claim by Dome-Kwabenay Member of Parliament Sara Adwoa Safo to the effect that she has not been served by the Committee to appear before them.

Joewise who described the development as interesting, told TV3’s Evelyne Tengmaa in interview in Parliament on Friday May 27 that the committee duly sent a formal letter to her through her email, whatsapp number and her office.

As for as the committee is concerned, she has been served, he said.

Adwoa disclosed on Accra-based Joy FM Thursday May 26 that she any summon from the Privileges Committee of Parliament.

“I am not aware such a thing has been given to me. I am just hearing it from you. As we speak, I don’t know that I have been invited.”

“I have to be served,” she added.

“I have read that, that is interesting. Let me confirm that we have written a formal letter, sent one to her email , sent one to her whatsapp address and we delivered one to her assistant in the office , that was about three weeks ago. Subsequently when we changed the date we sent another letter.

“As to whether she has received them or not I cant confirm but what I can tell you is that the committee has formally written to her , sent her a letter through her email address, through her whatsapp number and through her office. Because she has not responded to us we will send a reminder,” the Bekwai lawker who is also First Deputy Speaker said.

The Speaker of Parliament Alban Bagbin referred Kennedy Agyapong, Assin Central, Sarah Adwoa Safo, Dome Kwabenya and Henry Quartey, for absenting themselves from Parliament without permission for more than fifteen sittings.

The Committee’s scheduled meeting with Henry Quartey on Thursday May 26 been rescheduled indefinitely due to time constraints.

The Committee scheduled to start hearing today Thursday May 26 but that did not happen even though Mr Quartey showed up, TV3’s Evelyne Tengmaa reported.

Ranking Member on the Committee, Kwaku Rickets-Hagan is ranking member of the com

He said “We did have what we will call a very short or brief meeting with Honourable Henry Quartey this afternoon. Basically, he was scheduled to be with us this morning, the original time was 11O’Clock. Because of activities in the house, we pushed it to to mid day but it also happened that the Second Deputy Speaker is not around. So the First Deputy Speaker is working together with the Speaker in terms of taking terms in the House.

“We have some visitors with us from Canada that the Speaker is interacting with, so then, Honourable Osei Owusu who is First Deputy Speaker and Chairman of the Privileges Committee was meant to be on standby to take over from the Speaker at a moment notice. So we planned to reschedule the time to 2PM, Honourbale Quartey was already in, I was the first person to go in there at exactly 11 O’Clock but Honoruable Quaryey came in. So, I had to inform the Chairman that this is what is happening.

“So when we asked him to come at 2PM, as you know he is also the Greeter Accra Minister, he informed us that he has something to do at 2PM. So then we had to meet up with him so Honurable Osei Owusu came and we started the meeting.

“As I said, he had an appointment at 2 PM so even if we start the meeting, he might not be bale to finish it, depending on what happens. On the other side, the chairman himself might have to come back into the Chamber to sit, so he too cannot guarantee his being there, and of course, constitutionally, I cannot chair the meeting, so then, the best way out was to try and adjourn the meeting for a future date.

“The Honourable Minister will also be out of the jurisdiction, he will be traveling, as he indicated to us, for about a week so then we had to, in the end, agree that we will covey a new date to him.”

High price volatility makes crypto assets such bitcoin unattractive as a mean of payment – BoG

The Governor of the Bank of Ghana, Dr Ernest Addison, has said within the Ghanaian payment and financial ecosystem, the rapid adoption of digital financial technology, technological innovations, increasing interconnectedness among payment service providers and banks and the existence of an enabling regulatory environment has stimulated the growth and participation of non-banks financial institutions within the payment and financial ecosystem.

The participation of these entities to offer exciting digital technologies to meet customers’ derived demand for safe, convenient and reliable digital financial products and services is overwhelming, Dr Addison indicated.

Discussions, he said, on the future of money and how the digital revolution is impacting on currencies and the financial sector would be deemed incomplete without some remarks on the emergence of crypto currencies.GOVERNORS-REMARKS-AT-INSTITUTE-OF-CHARTERED-ACCOUNTANTS-EVENT-25-05-2022Download

“The advent of digitisation also witnessed the emergence of a fully decentralized digital asset in 2009.

“Subsequently, he said there have been over 2000 newly issued crypto-assets with unique characteristics which include amongst others; a distributed ledger technology (blockchain), anonymous issuers and are not denominated in sovereign or fiat currency.

“Despite several recommendations by academia and industry watchers for Central Banks to leverage on existing and newer technologies to issue digital currencies as alternatives to banknotes, few countries have actually introduced CBDC with most countries in exploration stages.

“The rapid decrease in the use of bank notes and coins coupled with a less fully developed infrastructure to support the issuance of banknotes have invigorated interest in policy makers and financial sector authorities in the introduction of CBDC.

“Despite the excitements that surrounded its adoption and potentially a replica for central bank fiat currency, high price volatility makes these crypto assets such bitcoin unattractive as a mean of payment. Crypto assets continue to remain essentially speculative and attractive to smaller unit of investors.

“The use of any privately issued form of currency generally lack a strong consumer-base needed to create the network externalities which is capable of dethroning a fiat currency or legal tender,” Dr Addison said in a statement read on his behalf at an event organized by the Institute of Chartered Accountants.

Mane delays Liverpool transfer decision amid interest from Bayern, Barcelona and Madrid

Sadio Mane has thrown his Liverpool future into doubt after admitting that he will give an update on contract talks following Saturday’s Champions League final against Real Madrid.

The Senegal international has just one year remaining on his current contract, which means he would be available for a cut-price fee this summer.

The Mirror report that Bayern Munich have made Mane one of their priority transfer targets, while there is also interest from Barcelona.

The report also states that Real Madrid could turn to the 30-year-old after missing out on Kylian Mbappe.

NSMQ 2022: WASS beat former champions Aquinas to make regional final

2018 National Science & Maths Quiz finalists West Africa Senior High School (WASS) are fired up for this year’s competition after booking a place in the finals of the Greater Accra Championships.

The team had already booked a place in the national contest after seeing off Tema Senior High School, Accra Girls’ SHS and Frafraha Community SHS in the preliminary contest on Wednesday, May 25.

In the first semi-final clash on Friday, WASS came face-to-face with perennial qualifiers and 2013 champions St Thomas Aquinas Day SHS as well as St Mary’s Girls’ SHS and St Margaret Mary SHS.

With 45 points at the end of the contest, the Wassarians became the first finalist of the Greater Accra Championship. St Aquinas amassed 36 points while Mary’s and St Margaret had 14 and 8 points respectively.

There will be three more semi-final contests involving giants Presbyterian Boys’ SHS and dark horses Accra Academy.

The regional finals will be held on Saturday, May 28.

It’s refreshing to hear from Adwoa Safo – Amaliba

Director of legal Affairs of the National Democratic Congress, Mr Abraham Amaliba has said he will not fault the Dome-Kwabenya Member of Parliament Sarah Adwoa Safo for travelling out of the country to attend to family affairs, leaving her ministerial functions for almost one year.

He however blamed President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo who, in his view, did not manage the situation well.

The Gender Minister who is one of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) lawmakers who have been referred to the Privilege Committee of Parliament by the Speaker for absenting themselves without permission, broke her long silence on Thursday May 26 while speaking to Accra-based Joy FM.

She said among other things that “I will be returning definitely to serve my people. I lead and serve the people of Dome-Kwabenya and I have done that for the past 12 years and I know exactly what my responsibilities are and I am definitely going to do that. As you know, my son is unwell and has to transition to school, so I have to ensure that all that is settled before I can resume my duties and that is exactly what I am doing,” she said.

She added, “I have been doing a lot to take care of my children which the law requires and as you know here in the foreign land, I have to comply with whatever I am directed to do and until all that is sorted out, I have to do what I have to do and then I will return to my duties.”

Speaking on this development on the New Day show on TV3 with Johnnie Hughes, Friday May 217, Mr Amaliba said “Its refreshing to hear from Adwoa Sarfo … Yesterday, she was clear, concise and I realized that this is a person who is normal.”

“I will fault the appointor for this matter, why will the president keep her for almost one year when the president knows that she is out there.”

‘Save the date” – Is Diana Asamoah getting married to Dada KD?

Gospel singer Diana Asamoah has left her fans in the loop after sharing a post which has heightened their curiosity.

This was after the vivacious singer shared a Facebook post with the caption”Save the date.”

The post presupposes that the 56-year-old Diana Asamoah has found love and could be getting married soon.

Diana Asamoah shared the post with accompanying photos that had highlife/hiplife sensation Dada KD featured.

Is Diana getting married soon to Dada KD? Are they on a project? What does the save the date mean?

These are the questions on the minds of her fans as they reacted differently to the post.

Barima Sidney vows to release song against Nana Akufo-Addo gov’t

Ghanaian musician Barima Sidney has hinted at releasing a song that exposes the ills of the current Nana Akufo-Addo government.

According to him, the current hardship and poor governance structure have birthed the song which he would release against the government.

Ghanaian musician Barima Sidney has hinted at releasing a song that exposes the ills of the current Nana Akufo-Addo government.

According to him, the current hardship and poor governance structure have birthed the song which he would release against the government.

“The administration needs to look outside the box and turn things around.” 

In the past, the likes of Sarkodie were forceful in churning out songs to address social problems and to speak truth to power. The situation has changed since the NPP took office in 2017.

However, Barima Sidney has intimated that he has decided to go hard on the government judging by the current economic troubles faced by Ghanaians.

“I’ll be releasing a song about the current events soon.” It will be a hotly debated topic. The title is ‘Power,’ and it will be released in August of this year. “That music is going to shake the world,” Barima Sidney said

Salaries of Ghana Commercial Bank staff leaked online

Have you ever seen the salary of anyone who works at the Ghana Commercial Bank or any of the public financial institutions?

I bet your answer was ‘No”.

Well, the salaries of staff of the nation’s most profitable bank, the Ghana Commercial Bank have been leaked online.

Per the content of the leaked document, while the Bank Manager at GCB takes home a whooping GH¢10,300 excluding allowances, a clerk takes a paltry GH¢1,640 excluding allowances.

Other highly-paid officials at GCB are;

Bank Regional Manager (GH¢10,900),

Bank Operational Risk Manager (GH¢9,670),

Bank Operations Head (GH¢10,900),

Credit Portfolio Manager (GH¢9,990),

Bank Project Manager (GH¢8,260).

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Pity Wontumi and vote for him – Lecturer begs NPP delegates

A Lecturer at the Kumasi Technical University (KsTU) Dr. Samuel Afriyie has begged the New Patriotic Party (NPP) delegates in the Ashanti Region to show pity on Bernard Antwi-Boasiako known as Wontumi, by voting for him to continue his good works.

According to him, Wontomi has contributed much to the NPP party and however needs to be appreciated.

Dr. Afriyie speaking on Oyerepa Breakfast Time hosted by Akua Aseiduaa stated that, though he is not a politician but he can attest to some good works of Wontumi during his era, which he would like the delegates to vote for him based on that.

“I’m not a politician; I’m not qualified to vote. But I will endorse Wontumi to the qualified delegates. he’s the man that will help the party break the 8 successfully in the upcoming 2024 elections.” He said.