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A Spirit Told Me I Was Going to Win Speakership Election – Alban Bagbin Discloses



Speaker of Parliament, Alban Sumana Kingsford Bagbin, has said he was leaving the political scene to establish a Centre to help Ghana’s democratic growth only to be nominated as a candidate in the election of a speaker for the 8th parliament and eventually, to win the polls.

Mr Bagbin was the National Democratic Congress (NDC) Member of Parliament for Nadowli Kaleo but did not seek re-election in the 2020 general elections.

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He was nominated by his party to contest for the speaker position and eventually defeated former Speaker Professor Mike Aaron Oquaye.

During the election in the chamber on Thursday, January 7, Mr Bagbin polled 138 votes as against 136 for Professor Oquaye.

Speaking at a lecture organized by the NDC in Accra on Monday, January 25 to honour the late former President Jerry John Rawlings, Mr Bagbin said “I have packed bag and baggage and I have just established the Institute of Parliamentary Affairs Africa and got some of our Professors to work with me.

“I was transiting to support the democratic growth and then all of a sudden God smiled on me and used all of you led by H.E John Dramani Mahama.

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“ I couldn’t sleep, but some spirit descended on me that I was going to win. That was why that day I promised you that I will win this battle. I want to assure all of you again that the God who started it all will accomplish it.”

Speaking on the late Founder of the NDC, he said Mr Rawlings was respected by foreigners than his compatriots.

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“Jerry was respected more outside Ghana than in Ghana,” Mr Bagbin said.

He further stated that Mr Rawlings died at a time democracy is in crisis.

He said the democracy of not only Ghana, but the entire world was going through a crisis at the time he died.

Mr Rawlings died in November 2020, at age 73 at the Korle Bu Teaching hospital after suffering a short illness.

A state funeral service is currently being held for him. The 4-day ceremony started Sunday, January 24, 2021.

Speaking at a public lecture on the legacies of the Founder of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), in Accra on Monday, January 25, Mr Bagbin said “Jerry entered at a time there was no democracy and he worked towards building what the Blue Book describes as a true democracy.

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“He exited at a time democracy is in crisis and that is a title of a book that I will recommend to all of you to read ‘Democracy in crisis’. It not only in Ghana but in the whole world. In fact, the supposed mother of democracy is also in crisis.

“So can we say that all he did, all he stood for has come to nothing? It depends on how we gathered here to carry on with the battle.”

The lecture was attended by Former President John Dramani Mahama, his vice presidential candidate in last year’s elections, Professor Jane Naana Opoku Agyemang, General Secretary of the NDC, Johnson Asiedu Nketia, Director of Elections of the NDC Elvis Afriyie Ankrah, former CEO of the National Health Insurance Authority Sylvester Mensah and other stalwarts of the NDC.




What governments all over the world are doing after COVID



What governments all over the world are doing after COVID in 2022.

One of the most important ways that societies intervene to buffer the adverse consequences of socioeconomic disadvantage is through the provision of social assistance. Social assistance refers to government programs that provide a minimum level of income support to individuals and households living in poverty.

When people talk about people receiving public assistance – food stamps, disability, unemployment payments, and other government help – they often have stereotypes and inaccurate perceptions of who those people are and what their lives are like.

This view of some people is affecting policy for the growing ranks of our nation’s poor, says a new report from a joint project from Save the Children and the Center for American Progress. The report compares the U.S. means of measuring economic opportunity and poverty with the experience of other countries, including five peer nations on the same income scale. It shows that people in many peer countries are given assistance as a matter of public policy, and these nations tend to view welfare programs as a short-term emergency measure.

Many countries like the U.S and spend significantly more taxpayer money on assistance than peer countries. After a few years of assistance, people on welfare in the U.S. have a much more difficult time finding jobs, according to the recent National Survey of Transitional Assistance Providers. These programs lend support either in the form of direct cash transfers or through a variety of in-kind benefits (e.g. food stamps and rent subsidies). Social assistance has been shown to strengthen the purchasing power of the poor and raise their material standards of living.

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However, the government does not provide these social assistance programs to ensure marginalized populations are treated fairly, the report says. In fact, U.S. policy determines participation by significant factors, such as the stigma associated with poverty.

Many social programs determine eligibility before a person’s need for support. They include the U.S. Earned Income Tax Credit, which provides an additional tax refund to working families. Similarly, these benefits are made available only to the poor, as with food stamps and Medicaid eligibility. The report finds positive signs.

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Throughout the world, government assistance helps increase your odds of getting a job, incorporates receiving benefits (by lowering the barriers to receive), raises your wages, and reduces the chances of falling into poverty. This means people who receive the assistance are less likely to experience long-term poverty.

Some nations take a deliberate approach to the provision of social assistance because they view the social support system as integral to promoting social and economic mobility. In many cases, straight into the workforce programs and an expansion.

Access to jobs is crucial to moving families out of poverty. Unemployment and disability, for example, only benefit people when they work. A policy reform could make the social safety net more effective.

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Nigeria Warns Of Possible Eid Al-Fitr Bomb Attacks



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Nigeria’s secret police have warned of possible bomb attacks during celebrations for Eid al-Fitr, which marks the end of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan.

In a statement, spokesperson Peter Afunanya said the Department of State Services (DSS) had uncovered a plot by suspected gangs to carry out attacks on critical infrastructure, places of worship and recreation centres.

The warning comes after recent explosions at bars in the north-eastern states of Taraba and Yobe that killed several people.

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A splinter faction of Boko Haram known as Islamic State West Africa Province (Iswap) said it carried out the attacks.



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Russia Cuts Off Gas Supplies To Bulgaria And Poland



Russia Cuts Off Gas Supplies To Bulgaria And Poland

The Russian energy giant Gazprom says it has cut off all gas deliveries to both Bulgaria and Poland after both countries refused to start paying for the supplies in roubles.

Earlier, both Polish and Bulgarian energy providers said they had received official notices from the Russian gas supplier that deliveries were due to be cut.

Gazprom’s announcement comes after some confusion earlier this morning, when data showed gas supplies into Poland through Belarus temporarily reduced to zero before resuming.

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Bulgaria’s gas network had also said the country was still receiving Russian gas as of this morning.

We are yet to see any data of gas volumes into Poland or Bulgaria since Gazprom’s announcement just now.




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