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.”

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.”

Oscar Brown: How Nigerian TikToker was poisoned to death by friend

Nigerian Tik Toker Oscar Brown, has died.

According to the report, he dies shortly after he had been poisoned by a friend.

According to social media sources, the TikTok star died on Monday, May 23, in Asaba, Delta State.

Oscar was poisoned for the second time, according to reports, after surviving the previous attempt on his life.

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Family and friends used social media to express their sorrow over his death.

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Man dies while on a flight to US after coming to Ghana for funeral

Daniel Toffey was a gospel artist who died while on a flight from Accra to Washington after visiting Ghana to honour the funeral of his in-law and to meet his family.

According to Graphic Online, they left Accra on May 22, 2022, late Sunday night.

However, disaster struck onboard United 997 in the middle of the Atlantic when the young Daniel died of a pulmonary embolism.

[A pulmonary embolism (PE) is a blood clot that forms in one of the body’s blood vessels (often in the leg). It then proceeds to a lung artery, where it restricts blood flow abruptly].

According to Dntghana, Daniel Junior died while his father Daniel Toffey Sr. watched helplessly from afar.

Daniel Toffey

“He kept saying ‘Daddy I can’t breathe, Daddy I can’t breathe,’” the senior Toffey narrated to DNT in an interview.

The sufferer was alleged to have attempted to rise up to use the restroom after sitting for a while when his movement got wobbly and he was soon gasping for oxygen.

“We need a doctor, we need a doctor,” one young lady exclaimed. Suddenly, the elder father felt compelled to leap from his business class seat and run to the situation, despite the fact that the flight crew had asked everyone to remain seated.

Daniel Toffey Junior, who worships with PIWC in Columbus North, choked to death in flight despite having as many as seven doctors on board and tools with which those doctors were “impressed” for United Airlines to have aboard.

The flight left around 11 p.m. on Sunday from Kotoka International Airport and was due to arrive at Washington Dulles early the next day.

However, due to the sad incident, the aeroplane was rerouted to Bermuda, where all 178 passengers stayed at Grotto Bay Resort before continuing their journey to Washington.

The departed father was doing well despite the tragic loss, Jesse Lasuer, a business class neighbour, informed DNT. “You can just feel the sorrow in his eyes,” Lasuer recalled, “even though he is holding up pretty great.”

Daniel Toffey Sr. had travelled to Ghana with his wife and son, a Gospel Artist, to attend an in-funeral. law’s The wife stayed behind, while the father and son drove to Pataskala, Ohio, a Columbus suburb.

Junior Toffey was set to release his CD on June 4 in Columbus, with Joe Mettle expected to attend.

Reacting one person who witnessed the incident wrote:

“I was on the flight and I witnessed everything fiilifili. Hmmmm! This world is full of uncertainties. We got stranded at the Bermuda Airport for almost fifteen hours before they got us a flight to Washington Dulles Airport last night. It was a harrowing experience. I have never experienced such a thing in my life. Terrible. Anyway, I pray for the soul of that young man.”

Patapaa reportedly divorces his wife

A yet to be authenticated news that is currently making waves on the local digital space reports the divorce of One Corner hitmaker, Justice Amoah popularly known as Patapaa.

According to the conveyors of the news, Patapaa and his German wife Liha Miller parted ways about six months ago.

Well, the actual cause of Patapaa’s divorce from his wife is yet to be known because he hasn’t reacted to the story yet.

Patapaa and Liha Miller walked down the aisle on Saturday, January 2, 2021, in a very stylish wedding ceremony.

Months after their wedding, Liha Miller sparked speculations about her pregnancy after sharing videos on social media that captured her with a protruding stomach.

It appears they were all lies and framed stories just to be in the news. Stay tuned for more on this developing story.

North Korea fighting Covid with tea and salt water

North Korea is grappling with the spread of Covid in an unvaccinated population, without access to effective anti-viral drugs.

In early 2020, the country sealed its borders to try to insulate itself from the pandemic.

Its leadership has so far rejected outside medical support.

And state media has recommended traditional treatments to deal with what is referred to as “fever”.

Hot drinks

For those not seriously ill, ruling-party newspaper Rodong Simnun recommended remedies including ginger or honeysuckle tea and a willow-leaf drink.

Hot drinks might soothe some Covid symptoms, such as a sore throat or cough, and help hydration when patients are losing more fluid than normal.

Ginger and willow leaf also relieve inflammation and reduce pain.

But they are not a treatment for the virus itself.

Salt water

State media recently interviewed a couple who recommended gargling with salt water morning and night.

A “thousand of tonnes of salt” had been sent to Pyongyang to make an “antiseptic solution”, the state news agency reported.

Some studies suggest gargling and nasal rinses with salt water combat viruses that cause the common cold.

But there is little evidence they slow the spread of Covid.

Mouthwash could kill the virus in the lab, a study found.

But it has not convincingly been shown to help in humans.

Covid is mainly caught by inhaling tiny droplets in the air via the nose as well as the mouth, so gargling attacks only one point of entry.

And once the virus has entered, it replicates and spreads deep into the organs, where no amount of gargling can reach.

Painkillers and antibiotics

State television has advised patients to use painkillers such as ibuprofen as well as amoxicillin and other antibiotics.

Ibuprofen (and paracetamol) can bring down a temperature and ease symptoms such as headache or sore throat.

But they will not clear the virus or prevent it developing.

Antibiotics, meant for bacterial infections not viruses, are not recommended.

And using antibiotics unnecessarily risks developing resistant bugs.

Laboratory research suggests some may slow the spread of some viruses, including Covid.

But these have not been replicated in the real world.

And a study of the antibiotic azithromycin found it made little or no difference to Covid symptoms, the likelihood of hospital admission or death.

There are some approved drugs to prevent people with Covid ending up in hospital:

  • antivirals paxlovid, molnupiravir and remdesivir
  • antibody therapies that mimic the immune system

But their effectiveness is variable.

Health system

North Korea’s health system has been set up to offer free medical care from basic services at village level up to specialised treatment in government hospitals (usually in urban centres).

But the economy has contracted in recent years because of sanctions and extreme weather such as droughts.

Closing the country’s borders and strict lockdown measures will also have had a damaging impact.

Particularly weak outside Pyongyang, the health system is thought to suffer shortages of personnel, medicines and equipment.

A report for the UN, last year, said: “Some of the pharmaceutical, vaccination and medical-appliance plants do not reach the level of good practice of the WHO [World Health Organization] and do not meet local demand as well.”

Many North Korean defectors to South Korea have told of having to pay for medication or finding treatment and drugs limited to privileged members of the ruling party.

But state media says it is now increasing production.

International aid

North Korea turned down three million Chinese-made doses, last year – and reportedly rejected other offers – under Covax, the global vaccine-sharing scheme.

South Korea says it has had no reply to its offer of vaccines, medical supplies and personnel.

North Korea has reportedly recently sent three planes to collect medical supplies from Shenyang.

These had not included “anti-pandemic supplies”, the Chinese foreign ministry said, but it was “ready to work with North Korea… in the fight against the coronavirus”.

Source: BBC

You can be sentenced six months for keeping tigers as pets – Vet Service boss

The Western Region Director of the Veterinary Service Department, Dr. Simon Gbene, has stated that one can be jailed for six months for keeping wild animals like tigers as pets.

Mr. Simon Gbene, who was speaking in an interview with Nhyiraba Paa Kwesi Simpson on Connect FM’s Omanbapa morning show, indicated that it is against the laws of Ghana to keep such wild animals without permit.

According to him, anyone found culpable can be fined or jailed for six months or both.

“Tigers are wild animals and it is very dangerous to keep them as pets. They are capable of killing human beings. Anyone who wants to keep them must secure the needed permit, the person should have the needed training to keep them from causing harm to other persons. It is stated black and white in the laws that anyone who is found keeping tigers and other wild animals without permits can be fined or jailed for six months,” he disclosed.

He adds that people who keep such wild animals must be reported to the police for an arrest to be effected.

“If you are living in a community and you see a neighbour keeping tigers or any other wild animals like snakes, lions etc. in their homes, immediately report them to the police. I will never advise anyone to keep tigers as pets because when they grow, they can be dangerous to even the owner,” he stated.

He says tigers can infect human beings with rabies and other diseases.

“Tigers can also transmit rabies to humans so it is not advisable to keep them at homes.”

His comments follow a move by well-known businessman Freedom Jacob Ceaser to keep seven-month-old wild cats in his home.

He has explained that his decision is to boost the tourism potentials of the country but many Ghanaians seem unhappy about it.

In the meantime, Western Region Director of the Wildlife Division of the Forestry Commission Enock Ashie Amasa indicates that an official statement will be released to spell out the next action of the division.

He says there is a general wildlife regulation on how to keep wild animals domestically.

The African Development Bank Group’s Board of Directors on Friday May 20 approved a $1.5 billion facility to help African countries avert a looming food crisis.

With the disruption of food supplies arising from the Russia-Ukraine war, Africa now faces a shortage of at least 30 million metric tons of food, especially wheat, maize, and soybeans imported from both countries.

African farmers urgently need high-quality seeds and inputs before the planting season begins in May to immediately boost food supplies. The African Development Bank’s $1.5 billion African Emergency Food Production Facility is an unprecedented comprehensive initiative to support smallholder farmers in filling the food shortfall.

The African Emergency Food Production Facility will provide 20 million African smallholder farmers with certified seeds. It will increase access to agricultural fertilizers and enable them to rapidly produce 38 million tons of food. This would be a $12 billion increase in food production in just two years.

African Development Bank Group President Dr. Akinwumi Adesina said: “Food aid cannot feed Africa. Africa does not need bowls in hand. Africa needs seeds in the ground, and mechanical harvesters to harvest bountiful food produced locally. Africa will feed itself with pride for there is no dignity in begging for food…”

The African Emergency Food Production Facility has benefited from stakeholder consultations, including those with fertilizer producers and separately with African Union agriculture and finance ministers earlier this month.

The ministers agreed to implement reforms to address the systemic hurdles that prevent modern input markets from performing effectively.

The price of wheat has soared in Africa by over 45% since the war in Ukraine began. Fertilizer prices have gone up by 300%, and the continent faces a fertilizer shortage of 2 million metric tons. Many African countries have already seen price hikes in bread and other food items. If this deficit is not made up, food production in Africa will decline by at least 20% and the continent could lose over $11 billion in food production value.

The African Development Bank’s $1.5 billion strategy will lead to the production of 11 million tons of wheat; 18 million tons of maize; 6 million tons of rice; and 2.5 million tons of soybeans.

The African Emergency Food Production Facility will provide 20 million farmers with certified seeds, fertilizer, and extension services. It will also support market growth and post-harvest management.

The African Development Bank will provide fertilizer to smallholder farmers across Africa over the next four farming seasons, using its convening influence with major fertilizer manufacturers, loan guarantees, and other financial instruments.

The Facility will also create a platform to advocate for critical policy reforms to solve the structural issues that impede farmers from receiving modern inputs. This includes strengthening national institutions overseeing input markets.

The Facility has a structure for working with multilateral development partners. This will ensure rapid alignment and implementation, enhanced reach, and effective impact. It will increase technical preparedness and responsiveness. In addition, it includes short, medium, and long-term measures to address both the urgent food crisis and the long-term sustainability and resilience of Africa’s food systems.

Dr. Beth Dunford, the African Development Bank’s Vice President for Agriculture, Human and Social Development, said: “The Africa Emergency Food Production Facility builds on lessons learned from the African Development Bank’s Feed Africa Response to Covid-19 program. That program has provided a strategic roadmap to support Africa’s agriculture sector and safeguard food security against the pandemic’s impact.”

Over the past three years, the Bank’s Technologies for African Agricultural Transformation initiative has delivered heat-tolerant wheat varieties to 1.8 million farmers in seven countries, increasing wheat production by 2.7 million metric tons, worth $840 million.

Long-term sustainability to wean Africa off wheat and other food imports

A five-year ramp-up phase will follow the two-year African Emergency Food Production Facility. This will build on previous gains and strengthen self-sufficiency in wheat, maize, and other staple crops, as well as expand access to agricultural fertilizers.

The five-year phase will deliver seeds and inputs to 40 million farmers under the Technologies for African Agricultural Transformation program.

In April, UN Secretary-General António Guterres appointed Adesina to a select Steering Committee of the Global Crisis Response Group.

The U.S. Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on State and Foreign Operations recently invited Adesina to make a presentation about the African Emergency Food Production Facility.

Address emerging food crisis situation in Ghana – Gov’t told

The Government of Ghana has been told to immediately institute measures to forestall food crisis from occurring in the country.

Private legal practitioner, Mr Kwame Jantuah said it is unthinkable that Ghana is experiencing high prices of tomatoes whereas the produce can be cultivated in the country in large supplies and sold at less cost to feed the population.

He explained that the political challenges in Burkina Faso is affecting the supply of tomatoes to Ghana, hence leading to shortage of the commodities.

This, in his view, would not be happening if Ghana were to be producing tomatoes on a large scale.

Speaking on the New Day show on TV3 with Berla Mundi on Friday May 20, he said “we are sitting by water but we are using spit to wash our face. Why are we having problems with tomatoes in this country the mian ingredeint of food? Because of the challenges in Burkina Faso. We have land and we are not growing.

“We are going into food crisis and nobody is saying Ghanaians, is high time you started growing food in your onw homes. Because of the challenges in Burkina Faso the prices of tomatoes had gone up, how can we be sitting by water and be using spit to wash our face? wouldn’t it be nice of the Agriculture Minister came and said look the way we are going, in the next couple of years it is going to be very challenging , we are bringing in a policy for everybody to have a small garden in their homes.”

On the issue of food shortage, the General Secretary of the Ghana Agricultural Workers Union (GAWU), Mr Edward Kareweh, last week told Ghanaians to prepare for hunger this year if immediate steps are not taken by the government to invest in the agriculture sector of the economy.

In his view, there is a deliberate attempt to reduce agriculture output in Ghana due to the low investments in the sector.

Contributing to a discussion on the impact of the ongoing geopolitical tension between Russia and Ukraine on food supply in Ghana, Mr Kareweh said on TV3’s New day show with Johnnie Hughes on Monday May 16 that “As we speak, the food you are eating was not produced in 2022. There will be hunger, already there is hunger and the hunger will be more because I don’t foresee government getting money to support farmers to produce.”

He added “there is deliberate policy to reduce out put. When you refuse to invest what are you doing?”

He further said that Ghana does not have enough food available to feed the people for even one month without importing more food commodities.

The reality is that a lot of food items are imported into the country therefore, when upheavals and other economic challenges occur in those countries, automatically they become Ghana’s issues, Mr Kareweh added.

“The realty is that we do not have enough food in this country. The reality is that we import so much into this country. So if there is a problem in those country you import those problems,” he said.