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Massive ‘Fight’ In Parliament Over Huge GNPC Payments To Okyenhene, Rebecca Akufo-Addo Foundation

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There was a clash between members of the Public Accounts committee in Parliament yesterday, 1st September 2020 after officials of the Ghana National Petroleum Corporation (GNPC) appeared before them to answer to queries relating to their operations.

Honorable MP for Ningo Prampram, Sam George had raised a concern with regards to allocations made by the corporation to support projects by the Okyenhene and the Rebecca Akufo-Addo foundation.

The GNPC, said to be riddled with debts, approved the payment of GHS 1.5 million to the Okyenhene, Osagyefo Amoatia Ofori Panin for a tree-planting exercise. According to the report, the said payment was approved in time for the 20th anniversary of the enstoolment of the Okyenhene.

Mr Sam George said during the sitting that “I am trying to situate how approval for CSRs emanated from the Board Secretary to the Chief Executive and not from the Foundation.

“And this had to do with GH¢120,000 to the Rebecca Foundation, GH¢1.8 million to the Okyenhene’s 20th Anniversary celebration, GH¢50,000 to the Ghana Journalist Association, $30,000 to the Ghana Boxing Association and GH¢400,000 to Damba Festival and GH¢550,000 to EOCO which is also a state entity that is under a Ministry. So I am trying to understand how this did not happen under the auspices of the Foundation.

However, this line of questioning by Mr Sam George did not go down well with the Deputy Ranking Member of the committee, Alhaji Mohammed Hardi Tufero, who is also the NPP MP for Nanton, causing him to enquire from the committee chair, James Klutse Avedzi as to why he allowed such line of questioning.

An obviously unenthused Klutse Avedzi replied sharply, saying “I am the Chair of the Committee. The rules are that we allow public interest questions. I have approved it. If I approve public interest questions, I do not have the responsibility to call the Deputy Public Ranking Member of the committee to tell you that I have approved this public interest question. If you want to take over, come and take over.”

Source: GhanaFeed.Com

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Chaos In Eastern Regional NPP As Akwatia MP Defies Akufo-Addo’s Order Not To Go Independent – Party Chairman Furious

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Massive tension is reportedly brewing in the NPP in the Eastern Region after the incumbent MP for Akwatia, Mercy Adu Gyamfi, popularly known as Ama Sey was said to have defied an order from the President not to run independent.

Ama Sey who was seeking a second term lost the Parliamentary Primaries in June by four (4) votes to a young Legal Practitioner Ernest Kumi. The MP had 223 votes as against 227 polled by her main contender .

Though she asked for a recount, after she complained of being cheated, her request was turned down by the Regional Executives.

The MP’s teeming supporters have consistently alleged that some elements at the National and Regional level conspired to rig the elections against her, thereby urging her to run independent.

The MP has since been Organizing series of events to canvass more support. In one of her recent public events, she told her teaming supporters that “everyone wants quality thing so I’m urging you all to rally behind me so that on December 7, we vote for development in Akwatia. I will come to every community. I will come to every house, I will be in every Church and every group to speak to you. That is where the real issues will be talked about and at the end there will be victory”.

However, reacting to the MP’s intent to run independent on Nkwakaw-based Agoo FM, the Eastern Regional Chairman Kingston Okomeng Kissi dared the MP to go Independent.

“I dare her to go Independent. A seating Member of Parliament and you want to go Independent. Have you heard this before, it can never happen. In all I blame some top NPP gurus in the Region who are pushing her to go Independent. I want to tell them their plans will fall on their heads. At this time that some of us are busy roaming and campaigning then some people are doing this. They get money to support these things ”

“We have done everything possible and spoken to Ama Sey. Even the President has invited her and spoken to her. Our Reconciliation Committee headed by Council of state Paa Kofi Ansong have met her and spoken to her but still she is adamant. What should we do again, a whole President has spoken to you. I wouldn’t want to reveal what the President told her but for that you would have known the real character of Ama Sey in NPP. He added.

Source: GhanaFeed.Com

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Mahama Can’t Be Sworn In As President For The Third Time; It’ll Be Constitutional Crisis – Wontumi

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The Ashanti Regional Chairman of the New Patriotic Party, Mr. Bernard Antwi-Boasiako, also known as Chairman Wontumi has claimed former president John Dramani Mahama cannot be sworn in again as President for the third time.

According to him, the National Democratic Congress (NDC) flagbearer will be breaching the constitution should he be elected and sworn in again as President of Ghana.

He noted that the state sword could only be held for two times which former President Mahama has already done when he was sworn in Parliament after the late former President Mills passed on and when the Supreme Court extended his mandate after the 2012 elections.

Wontumi had always cast doubt on the eligibility of John Mahama to contest as president again and had even threatened to go to the Supreme Court.

“He can’t hold the swearing in sword for the third time. The constitution says it should be held twice and he has already held it”, he said on the Wontumi Morning show.

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After NDC Raised Concerns, EC Now Says It Has Retrieved Most Of The Missing Names

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The Electoral Commission (EC) says it has retrieved most of the missing names that were detected in the newly compiled voters’ register during the exhibitions exercise.

The Commission’s Director of Electoral Services, Dr Serebour Quaicoe on Joy FM’s Newsfile show Saturday, said the Commission is left with 17,000 names more to completely rectify the anomalies identified.

According to him, political stakeholders should not insist that the register is not credible due to the missing or voters identification number duplicates since the exhibition process is to help identify the issues of the register and duly correct them.

“That is why this is a provisional register. A provisional register in the sense that it is not final, there are a lot of things that have to happen including the exhibition exercise to happen and correct the issues found,” he stated.

Source: GhanaFeed.Com

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