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Present A Revised Budget To Parliament – Bagbin Tells Finance Minister

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Present A Revised Budget To Parliament - Bagbin Tells Finance Minister

The Speaker of Parliament, Alban Bagbin, has called on Finance Minister Ken Ofori-Atta to return to parliament to present a revised version of the 2022 budget statement and economic policy.

Addressing the house upon his first appearance after his return from his medical trip, the speaker stressed that the revisions captured in a letter Ofori-Atta presented to him were only indications of intent and nothing concrete.

He however said the Finance Minister needed to come to Parliament with those modifications, concessions or amendments specifically captured in the documents to make them known.

Per a citinewsroom report, Bagbin said it was important to find a “path that is faithful to law, respects our rules and processes and ensures the governance of the country does not grind to a halt.”

Bagbin also tasked the committees to reconcile the revised estimates with what they have hitherto considered and submit a report for the consideration of the House.

In a related development, the government has maintained the controversial new electronic transaction levy bill as it was laid before Parliament.

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A starrfmonline.com report indicates that the bill still pegs the percentage of deduction at 1.75% despite expectations that the figure will be slashed marginally after minority vehemently opposed it.

The Deputy Finance Minister, Abena Osei-Asare, on Wednesday, December 15, 2021, disclosed that ongoing consultations will influence the content of the final tax instrument that will be laid in Parliament.

Still, in Parliament, Bagbin has stated that parliamentarians who walk out of parliament do not in any way stop the business of the house.

Overseeing proceedings in the House after his return from medical checks abroad, he said the staging of a walkout does not render parliament incapable of performing its functions.

He stated that there are many instances where walkouts and boycotts never succeeded in delaying whatever decision the house wanted to take.

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Kwame A Plus Blames President Akufo-Addo’s ‘Under Performance’ Partly On His Age

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Kwame A Plus Blames President Akufo-Addo's 'Under Performance' Partly On His Age

Controversial Political activist and businessman, Kwame Asare Obeng popularly called Kwame A-Plus has rated the performance of the president as poor claiming his age has affected his ability to govern the country effectively, giving him 20%.

Berla Mundi shared a tweet of what A-Plus supposedly said on TV3’s NewDay about the president’s performance in the last 5yrs saying his age has affected his ability to govern the country effectively.

According to the post, Kwame A-Plus gave the president’s performance  20% and he thinks he’s overwhelmed, and his age has affected his ability to govern the country effectively which has turned him into a pastor now as he’s more lenient than he used to be.

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To A-Plus going by the post Berla Mundi made, the president has become soft and not able to govern the country effectively because he’s overwhelmed and his age is also playing a very vital role in his inefficiency.

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We Can’t Continue To Borrow; E-Levy Is Our Only Option – Ursula Owusu

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E-levy Saga: If You Send MoMo More Than GHS 100, You're Not Poor - Ursula Owusu

Ursula Owusu-Ekuful, Minister of Communications and Digitization, believes Ghana cannot keep begging or borrowing to finance its growth.

As a result, she claims the only way to increase income is to collect the 1.75 percent E-tax on financial transactions.

She said the E-levy would offer Ghana the much-needed resources to carry out its various developmental initiatives during a government town hall gathering in Koforidua, Eastern Region.

The cash must be created domestically or we must borrow, and we cannot continue to borrow to support our progress.

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“To achieve Ghana beyond assistance, we must all support the e-levy and contribute to national development,” she stated.

Ursula Owusu-Ekuful cautioned that continuing to borrow from donors might rob Ghana of its independence and autonomy.

“Donors will control our growth speed as long as we are reliant on them,” she envisaged.

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Fmr Prez John Mahama To Launch Atta Mills Memorial Heritage

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Fmr Prez John Mahama To Launch Atta Mills Memorial Heritage

Former President John Mahama is set to launch a memorial heritage in honour of late former President John Evans Atta Mills.

The establishment named John Evans Atta Mills (JEAM) Memorial
Heritage was announced by a group of academics, professional colleagues, students, family and appointees of the former President.

The launch has been scheduled to take place at the Cedi Conference Centre, the University of Ghana on February 1, 2022.

The Memorial Heritage is a non-profit, independent, non-partisan organization anchored in Professor Mills’ passion and commitment to inclusivity, transparency, accountability, and his relentless quest for peace and a better society.

It will be chaired by Nana Kobina Nketsia V, Paramount Chief of the Essikado Traditional Area in the Western Region.

Senior Economist and elder statesman, Mr Kwame Pianim, is also expected to deliver the main speech at the launch themed The man John Evans Atta Mills – 10 years on.

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There will be thematic presentations by Professor Akua Kuenyehia, former President of the International Criminal Court, the Hague, Professor Francis Dodoo, a former Pro-Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ghana and four-time Olympian.

Dr Esther Ofei-Aboagye, a former Director of the Institute of Local Government Studies will also be present.

These were contained in a statement signed by a former Health Minister, Alexander Segbefia which

A group of academics, professional colleagues, students, family and appointees of President John
Evans Atta Mills today announced the establishment.

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