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Disregard the unconstitutional rejection of the 2022 budget – Majority caucus tells Ghanaians

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Disregard the unconstitutional rejection of the 2022 budget – Majority caucus tells Ghanaians

The Majority side in Parliament has called on Ghanaians to disregard the Minority members’ rejection of the 2022 Budget after they (Majority) staged a walkout on the eve of 26th November 2021.

The 2022 Budget Statement and Government Policy presented in Parliament by the Finance Minister, Ken Ofori-Attah met intense public debate on certain components specifically the newly introduced E-Levy which will add a 1.75% levy on mobile money transactions, and the abrogation of the vehicular toll levy in the country.

In a statement issued after the Parliamentary proceedings on 26th November 2021, the Majority Caucus said it “hereby notifies the Ghanaian public to kindly disregard the decision by Speaker Alban Bagbin, that 137 Members of Parliament have the power to make a decision for Parliament and have consequently rejected the 2022 Budget Statement and Economic Policy of the Government of Ghana”.

“Article 104 of the 1992 Constitution and Order 109 of the Standing Orders of Parliament are very clear. The two provisions, read together, require that at least 138 MPs needed to have been present in the Chamber at the time of the purported vote.

“Therefore, the claim that the Budget has been rejected by 137 Members of the House is null, void and of no effect because same is unconstitutional.”

“It is very unfortunate that after making requests to the Finance Minister to reconsider some items in the Budget Statement, the Minority Caucus, assisted by Speaker Bagbin, who had earlier indicated his ability to obstruct government business, refused to give the Finance Minister an opportunity to accommodate their requests and instead hurriedly moved to on their own attempt to vote against the Budget in a bid to subject the Government of Ghana to embarrassment for mere partisan reasons.”

“For the record, the act of the Minority and the decision of the Speaker to endorse it, constitute unconstitutionality and illegality and should be disregarded, as same is void and of no effect whatsoever.

“We assure the good people of Ghana of our resolute willingness to ensure that the 1992 constitution is respected to the letter by Speaker Bagbin and the Minority,” the statement concludes.

What really happened in Parliament on the eve of 26th November 2021?

The Minority Members of Parliament who are made up of 137 members out of the total 275 members in the house on their own with the approval from the Speaker voted to reject the 2022 Budget government through the Finance Minister read in Parliament.

Before the rejection, the Minister appeared in the House with a request asking Parliament to suspend the approval process for the 2022 Budget to give the executive an opportunity to engage the parliamentary leadership over the introduction of the electronic transactions levy (E-Levy) outlined in the 2022 Budget Statement.

After the Minister’s request, Speaker Alban Bagbin asked the only Minority members in the house to approve or disapprove the Minister’s request and the Minority members with one voice responded No.

The Majority side, speaking through the Deputy Majority Leader, Alexander Afenyo- Markin, opposed the Speakers ruling and asked for the vote over the Finance Minister’s request to be taken again through the tallying process known as division.

Ahead of the “division”, the Minority side demanded that the Finance Minister – who is not a Member of Parliament but who has authority under the 1992 constitution to participate in parliamentary processes – step out of the chamber before the vote was carried out.

Upon the departure of the Finance Minister, the Majority side demanded that the general secretary of the National Democratic Congress, Johnson Aseidu Nketiah, who was seated in the Public Gallery of Parliament, should also leave the chamber before the vote was retaken.

The Majority side then staged a walkout after the NDC general secretary refused to leave the Public Gallery of the chamber.

After a short suspension of sitting, the Speaker resumed to continue with the business of the House without the Majority caucus.

Putting the question for approval of the 2022 Budget to a voice vote of the half-empty chamber, the Speaker ruled that: “Clearly, the No’s have it. The motion is accordingly lost.”

 

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Akufo-Addo is no longer my friend – Boakye Agyarko

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Akufo-Addo is no longer my friend – Boakye Agyarko

Most people in the government have already shown their dishonesty to the president and already called themselves out of the game plan. Hon. Agyarko Boakye was a great member of Parliament who was appointed at the early ruling stage of Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo.

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In an interview, Boakye Agyarko has revealed he does not talk to the President anymore. According to him, he trusted the president but he betrayed him.

He declared Nana used to be one of his best pals in Ghana but right now they are no more friends, He emphatically illustrated that even when it comes to marriage, people can marry for about 30 years and still go in for divorce.

He stated emphatically that the last time he spoke with the president was over a year ago and since then he has not spoken with the President again.

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These plants have power to ward off evil spirits from home

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These plants have power to ward off evil spirits from home

Human environments are surrounded by different kinds of spirits that most of us can’t see with our eyes. But nature has its own way of protecting these environments with plants and other creatures that only those with spiritual divinity can foretell.

The Holy Bible even emphasizes that plants have spiritual powers that can redeem mankind from different problems in life. Plants as science have made us understand manufacture their own food for energy by making use of sunlight, water, and carbon dioxide from mankind and bear food and oxygen for humans survival.

This scientific process, therefore, explains the power that lives within plants that can even ward off evil spirits from our environment.

But not all plants have this ability. The following five plants have been well interpreted by people with spiritual divinity to have the potency in driving away bad spirits;

 

1. Saint George’s sword plant

 Saint George's Sword

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This plant has so many spiritual potencies. In Nigerian culture, it is believed that Saint George’s Sword Plant is used in rituals to remove evil eyes. Even apart from this spiritual benefit, the plant also has the potency of filtering the indoor air, removing 4 out of the 5 main toxins involved in the effects of sick building syndrome (Wikipedia). To use this potted plant to ward off bad spirits, it is ideal to place it outside your front door.

 

2. Peace Lily plant

Peace Lily plant

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This tiny potted plant has a unique way of confirming an attack from a bad spirit in the environment. If the plant wilts on its own without any sign of bad care, there are bad energies (spirits) that sucked all of its energy. This plant can be placed in bathrooms in a small vase.

3. Guinea plant

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This powerful plant has the potency in driving out bad obsessive spirits that torment people to death.

 

4. Rue plant (Herb-Of-Grace)

Rue It’s no surprise that this plant is also called herb-of-grace. It serves as one of those plants that guard mankind against spirits of hatred, whether from live humans or spirits who have passed on.

In the Holy Bible, Rue is once quoted in Luke 11:42: “But woe unto you, Pharisees! For ye tithe mint and rue and all manner of herbs”.

This powerful plant is a must-have in all households.

5. Oregano Plant

Oregano

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Oregano Plant is a low-maintenance herb that may be kept both indoors and outdoors. The plant is ideal for growing in drought-prone places because it is native to hot, arid climates.

Evil spirits hate this planet and will never come close to it, no matter where they are planted. Place it on your porch or in a living room nook.

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Tertiary students in Ghana can now apply for student loans with ONLY Ghana Card- as Bawumia launches “No Guarantor Student Loan Policy”

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Tertiary students in Ghana can now apply for student loans with ONLY Ghana Card- as Bawumia launches “No Guarantor Student Loan Policy”

The Vice President, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia has launched the No Guarantor Student Loan Policy at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) in Kumasi, on Wednesday, June 8, 2022.

The No Guarantor Student Loan Policy, a promise by the Akufo-Addo government prior to the 2020 elections, is to make tertiary education accessible to Ghanaian youth, especially graduates from the highly subscribed Free Senior High School policy.

With the No Guarantor Student Loan Policy, the cumbersome and restrictive policy of students providing three SSNIT contributors as guarantors before they could access student loans for tertiary education has been abolished. The No Guarantor Student Loan Policy Dr. Bawumia explained, makes it possible for qualified young Ghanaians to access loans to fund their tertiary education, using their Ghana Card.

REMOVAL OF BARRIERS TO EDUCATION

Speaking at the launch, Vice President Bawumia said, the coming into fruition of the pro-poor policy, will remove barriers and significantly increase inclusive access to tertiary education.

“The removal of the guarantor requirement is a critical first step to ensuring cost is not a barrier to access and participation in tertiary education,” Dr. Bawumia said.

“Indeed, these are exciting times to be a youth in Ghana. One can go through education from basic to tertiary with guaranteed support from Government.”

The Vice President noted that globally, loans have enabled financially challenged individuals to go through Universities and pay after graduation and the government of President Akufo-Addo recognised this need, and the challenges associated with students getting guarantors to secure loans, hence the introduction of the No Gurantor Policy to ease the burden of parents of qualified Free SHS graduates.

Expressing his delight over the launch of the policy and how it will help the poor, Dr. Bawumia gave startling statistics of how many students are unable to access guarantor-required student loans, thus, possibly being denied access to tertiary education.

“Evidence shows that the guarantor requirement poses a barrier to access. Out of the 325,000 eligible students whose details were submitted by all the tertiary institutions on the Student Loans portfolio, only 9.6% could access the loan in the 2019/20 academic year,’ Dr. Bawumia revealed.

“Similarly, only 8.4% of eligible students could access loans in 2016/2017, 9.8% in 2017/18, and 8.6% in 2015/16. Further, in the 2019/20 academic year, 42% of the 7,552 loan applicants could not submit their completed forms because of difficulty finding eligible guarantors,” he added.

“We promised to remove the guarantor requirement as a condition for loan access in the 2020 manifesto of the NPP. In fulfillment of this promise, the Government has revised the policy; hence, tertiary students will not have to present a Guarantor in order to access student loans. Effective this school year, all eligible tertiary students will have to submit their Ghana Card to access the loans,” Dr. Bawumia said.

Dr. Bawumia also expressed delight that the No Guarantor Student Loan Policy has been made possible through the Ghanacard thanks to the investment the government has made in digital infrastructure, which has made the Ghanacard a reliable national identity card for Ghanaians.

“This is one of the benefits we derive as a country by prioritizing digitalization. It is at the core of every serious economic management.”

Various Speakers at the ceremony, including the Vice-Chancellor of KNUST Prof. Rita Akosua Dickson, and the  President of NUGS, Dennis Appiah Larbi,  expressed gratitude to the government of President Akufo-Addo for the policy.

All the speakers agree the policy will open doors for more brilliant but needy students to access tertiary education which they usually miss out due to lack of funding.

Also present at the ceremony was the Minister of Education, Dr. Yaw Osei Adutwum, who expressed his Ministry’s commitment to ensuring the success of the policy.

The No Guarantor Student Loan Policy is another milestone in education after expanding access to secondary education through the Free SHS policy.

Qualified students are required to apply online to the Ghana Students Loan Trust with their Ghanacard and successful students will have their fees paid directly to their tertiary institutions.

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