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Hon. Abas Takes A Swipe At Akufo-Addo On Free WASSCE Cost Claims

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Hon. Dr. Clement Abas Apaaks, Member of Parliament Builsa South has released a long statement responding to some assertions president Nana’s Addo’s made in his address to the nation on Sunday.

The president stated that, government’s absorption of the cost for the WASSCE exams for final year SHS students was the first to have ever happened in the country.

The MP for Builsa jabbed the president in a statement he released below.



Read his full statement below:

STATEMENT – COST OF WASSCE EXAMINATION NOT INDEPENDENT OF FREE SHS MR. PRESIDENT

Since March this year, Ghana has had to grapple with the devastating effects and threats of COVID-19. The virus, which has swept many lives across the world and is shaking the foundations of economies, has received international attention with governnments adopting and modifying strategies aimed at handling the global pandemic in a manner that would minimise its impact on their respective countries.

As expected, the government of Ghana, through the President and a handful of his appointees, have engaged the general public in their quest to keep our compatriots updated while providing guides in line with the World Health Organisation’s developed protocols.

Ghanaians have, particularly, waited on specified times to listen to the President, Nana Akufo-Addo for directives and statements meant to provide first hand information on government’s interventions.

Gradually, this important platform, has given way to partisan politics, losing focus on the purpose for which the platform came into existence.

We can all understand that there is election ahead of the President, but, the fight against COVID-19 must remain paramount as it has a clear potential to affect and shift the gears of our population.

Yesterday, June 21st, 2020, the President made an announcement to the effect that government will absorb the cost of examination of final year Senior High School students who are expected back in school to complete their various courses.

Here is what he said: “For the first time in our nation’s history, Government will absorb the WASSCE examination fees of the three hundred and thirteen thousand, eight hundred and thirty-seven (313,837) SHS 3 students who will sit for the exam”. To this end, he stated that some Ghc75.4 million has been budgeted to cater for this line of expenditure.

As far back December 2019, on or about the 15th of that month, Ghanaweb sourced a story from 3News under the heading “Govt absorbs WASSCE fees for first batch of free SHS students”, link provided here (https://mobile.ghanaweb.com/…/Govt-absorbs-WASSCE-fees-for-…). The very announcement yesterday, was contained in this publication of 19th December 2019.

It makes one wonder how this very issue stated some seven (7) months ago, has resurfaced in a COVID-19 update of 21st June, 2020 when Ghanaians are expecting specific measures aimed at fighting the virus.

The fight is clearly giving way to campaign messages, which is very unfortunate for our country at this crucial moment. Ghanaians woke up on Saturdayto a spike in the number of recoveries in COVID-19 from a little above four thousand on Friday, to over ten thousand by evening of Saturday.

The specific cause of this spike, which many have described as a miracle, has not been fully accounted for, nor explained. These are the issues that are of great and significant importance on the platform the president mounts to update citizens on measures taken so far.

Smuggling in issues dealt with many months ago to score political points, rather depletes the interest Ghanaians carry to sit by their television sets each time to listen to the President.

What did our President think the Ghanaian parent who was told is being offered free education expect of him? Was he in any way expecting that they were waiting on him to announce the cost of examination at WASSCE? Was the cost of WASS CE examination excluded from free SHS from day one?

It must be stated clearly that the cost of examination is part of the cost of education. And, having rolled out the free SHS programme, it was expected, a given, automatic, inter alia, that the specific cost of examination is embedded in that and was expected to have been budgeted for as a component of free SHS.

It is for the above reason that yet another announcement seeking to suggest otherwise is insincere. Indeed the free SHS budget, which funds everything to do with the programme, including fees and examination cost, (separate from the budget of the Ministry of Education), was approved by parliament Mr. President. And this hadnothing to do with the COVID-19 pandemic.

Signed.

Dr. Clement Apaak
M.P, Builsa South and Deputy Ranking Member on the Education Committee of Parliament
June 22, 2020

Source: GHANAFEED.COM

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NPP Darling Boy, Prince David Osei Finally Admits Ghana Is ‘Hard’

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Ghanaian actor, Prince David Osei has finally admitted that Ghana is hard under Akufo-Addo after years o claiming all was well.

The actor has been a staunch supporter of the NPP and the cure President, Nana Akufo-Addo.

A few weeks ago when some of his colleague celebrities called on the President to fix the country, the actor took them on claiming that the only thing that needs fixing is the attitude of Ghanaians.

However, after weeks of consistent petrol price increases and its resultant effect on commodity prices, the NPP darling boy has now beat a retreat.

In a recent tweet, the actor called on Ghanaians to keep believing even though things are hard.

Source: GhanaFeed.Com

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‘Looks Like Someone Doesn’t Know The Judges In London’ – Sam George Teases Godfred Dame After His Case Was Thrown Out By A London Court

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MP for Ningo Prampram, Sam George has made a teasing post obviously directed at Attorney General, Godfred Yeboah Dame after a London Court threw out his appeal against a judgement cost that was awarded against the state.

The Commercial Court in London denied the government of Ghana the opportunity to mount a belated challenge to an UNCITRAL award worth over US$134 million in favour of a power contractor.

The AG had argued that national elections and the COVID-19 pandemic, did not afford the state the opportunity to mount their challenge within the stipulated time, however the court ruled the argument as unreasonable.

The case which emerged under the tenure of former AG, Gloria Akufo, traveled into the tenure of current AG, Godfred Dame.

State attorneys, including Helen Akpene Awo Ziwu, Anna Pearl Akiwumi Siriboe and Grace Oppong Dolphy in Accra, have all been mentioned in the case as having failed to beat a 28-day deadline.

The failure of the AG’s department to meet the deadline means the state will be coughing up a significant amount of US$170 million in damages to the claimants; Ghana Power Generation Company (GPGC) located at 1 Airport Square Building, 7TH Floor, Accra.

However, reacting via Twitter, Sam George teasingly wrote,

“Looks like someone doesn’t know the judges in London. We just took a loan of €170m to start a bank from Germany and now we have to pay $170m in judgement debts. Maybe we can start a susu business with the change left. Ghana, my Ghana”.

Source: GhanaFeed.Com

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We’re Working On A Law To Ban LGBTQ+ Activities In Ghana – Bagbin

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Speaker of Parliament, Alban Sumana Bagbin says actions are being taken to enact laws that ban the activities of LGBTQI+ groups in the country.

He made this known in response to a letter from a political activist who had petitioned Parliament to amend Ghana’s laws to fight the phenomenon in the country.

“I appreciate very much your concerns about activities of the LGBTQI+ groups in the country. It is indeed a phenomenon that should not be encouraged or accepted by our society due to its eventual negative impact on society.”

“Urgent actions are being taken to pass a law to eventually nip the activities of these groups in the bud. Stakeholder consultations are also ongoing, and the results will feed into a bill that will eventually be passed into law by Parliament,” he said.

Source: GhanaFeed.com

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