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Roads Minister’s Directive On Road Tolls An empty Boast – Alban Bagbin

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Parliament Breaks Silence On Alban Bagbin’s Accident

The Speaker of Parliament, Alban Bagbin has described as an empty boast a directive by the Roads and Highways Minister, halting the payment of road tolls across the country.

During parliamentary proceedings on Thursday, the Speaker explained that the payment of road tolls was occasioned by an Act of Parliament, and therefore for the payment to be suspended, the Act must be repealed accordingly.

He, therefore, expressed his reservations about the decision of the Minister, to issue a directive abolishing the tolls without recourse to the existing legal provisions of the House.

Alban Bagbin, therefore, directed the Mininster, Kwasi Amoako-Attah, to withdraw the directive accordingly.

“Until the 2022 budget is approved, all that is contained in it are proposals. We have the authority to approve it and until it has been approved, nobody had the authority to start implementing something that does not exist. It amounts to a disrespect of Parliament.

“The Minister [of Roads and Highways] might have misunderstood or misapplied the law, and so it is for us to draw his attention and tell him that he has no such authority. The law we have now has imposed the fees that we have been collecting. And so I want to clearly direct that what the Minister has released is completely brutum fulmen. It means it’s an empty boast. It has no effect,” Alban Bagbin stressed.

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On Wednesday, November 17, the Finance Minister disclosed the government’s plans to abolish road tolls from January 2022. This was followed by a statement from the transport minister, Kwasi Amoako-Attah, directing the cessation of tolls from 12 am on Thursday, November 18, 2021.

The Minority has also rubbished the directive by the Minister, accusing him of acting outside the confines of the law.

his was accompanied by the Speaker’s directive for him to withdraw the said directive accordingly.

Meanwhile, some drivers and road users have welcomed the directive, applauding the government for helping clear the congestion on the roads.

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Court Issues Bench Warrant For The Arrest Of Francis Sosu

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Court Issues Bench Warrant For The Arrest Of Francis Sosu

A bench warrant has been issued by the Kaneshie District Court for the arrest of Member of Parliament (MP) for Madina, Francis-Xavier Sosu.

The warrant was issued on Monday, November 29, 2021.

The warrant comes after his inability to show up in court on Monday, November 29, when the case against him was called.

The court presided over by His Worship Oheneba Kuffour granted a request to issue a bench warrant for his arrest after the prosecution, led by Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Sylvester Asare said Sosu did not want to appear before the court.

The Madina legislator on Tuesday, November 16, 2021 failed to show up in court as he is still out of the jurisdiction on parliamentary duties.

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Meanwhile, Sosu has been spotted in Parliament, after failing to appear in court on two occasions.

His appearance in parliament comes a day after he failed to honour a summons brought against him by the Ghana Police Service.

Sosu was in parliament for the hearing of the 2022 economic policy and budget statement to be presented by Minister of Finance, Ken Ofori Atta.

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NDC’s MPs Vote Against 2022 Budget As Parliament Reject It

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NDC's MPs Vote Against 2022 Budget As Parliament Reject It

News gathered by GhArticles.com indicates that the 2022 year budget dubbed “Agyenkwa Budget” has been rejected by the House of Parliament.

The budget which was debated on today and voted for had 137 against it and 0 votes for it’s approval.

This means that the new policies introduced by government for 2022 can not be implemented.

In a report filed by Mynewsghana.com, the Minority had requested the Finance Minister to scrape the E-Levy and make provisions for the Ketu sea defense project.

Though members of the majority were absence from the chamber for almost four hours, they came back after a call from the minority to Ghanaians to call on their MPs to part take in the debate and voting.

However, after debating the budget, the Minister of Finance appeared before the house and prayed on the Speaker to put on hold the approval of the budget for further consultation with leaders of both side but was met with rejection as those who said No were approved by the Speaker.

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After the approval on the NOs the deputy majority leader rose up and called out the speaker for not pronouncing the right judgement.

He prayed on the Speaker to rely on ‘Division’ in order 114. Subsequent to the implementation of order 114, the majority walked out of the chamber, after the Speaker ordered ministers who are not MPs to leave the House as stated in order 114.

This led to their side recording zero (0) when the Speaker returned to assume proceedings after recusing the House for 5 minutes. It must be noted that this is the first time a budget is being rejected in the fourth Republic.

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Keep Quiet, Gov’t Is Responding To Pressure To Build More Infrastructure – Information Minister Tells Ghanaians

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Keep Quiet, Gov't Is Responding To Pressure To Build More Infrastructure - Information Minister Tells Ghanaians

Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, Information Minister has descended on Ghanaians who are criticizing the government over the new taxes introduced in the 2022 budget to aid in building more infrastructure in the country.

According to him, Ghanaians are always on the streets of the country protesting against lack of roads, lack of infrastructure and other issues.

Addressing the Parliament in their recent meeting, the Information Minister said the government is responding to the pressure from Ghanaians to build more infrastructure in the country in the coming years.

He further noted that MPs tell people in their constituency they are going to Parliament to fight for infrastructure for their area and so believes the new taxes will help government to achieve this dream.

“Everyday we demonstrations in all our constituencies asking for more roads, everyday we see more calls on government to spend money on more infrastructure. Mr Speaker the government has responded by making available in the 2022 budget GHS16billion for infrastructure,” Kojo Nkrumah said.

He said this is another good reason for all Ghanaians to support the government’s agenda.

 

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Earlier on GhArticles.com reported that, the government, as part of strategies to widen the country’s tax net, has announced an Electronic Transaction Levy.

It will be a 1.75 percent charge on all electronic transactions.

This fee, according to the Finance Minister, Ken Ofori-Atta, is to enhance financial inclusion and protect the vulnerable.

Transactions covering mobile money payments, banks transfers, merchant payments, and inward remittances will have the levy imposed on them and will be borne by the sender.

However, the levy will be waived for transactions that amount to GHS 100 or less in a day or approximately GHS 3,000 per month.

The government says portions of revenue collected from the levy will be used to support entrepreneurship, youth employment, cybersecurity, digital, and road infrastructure among others.

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