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Parliament approves over GHC576 million for Railways Ministry



Parliament has approved a total amount of over GHC576 million for the Ministry of Railways Development for the implementation of its programmes for the 2022 fiscal year.

The breakdown of the 2022 budget estimate for the Ministry of Railways Development includes compensations GHC5,291,000.00; goods and services GHC13,037,000.00; capital expenditure GHC557,642,000.00.

Mr John-Peter Amewu, the Minister of Railways Development in moving the motion for the budget’s approval, said the Railways sector continues to be a vital priority of President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo.

To this end, the Minister noted that the 2022 Budgetary allocation for the Ministry of Railways Development would be applied to activities geared towards the revitalization and modernization of Ghana’s Railways system to facilitate the efficient movement of goods and passengers.

He said the focus of the 2022 budget of the Ministry would be the continuation of all the ongoing development works; such as the ongoing works on the Western Line and the continuation of construction works on standard gauge rails on the Tema-Mpakadan line

Mr Amewu said the Eastern Rail Line was also being considered and that the acquisition of new rail stock would also be considered in 2022.

Mr Kennedy Nyarko Osei, Chairman, Parliamentary Committee on Roads and Transport, said the Committee was informed that the new standard gauge Western Railway Line was expected to continue from Manso to Huni Valley in 2022 by Messrs Amandi under a Credit Facility secured by the Government.

He said the Project would include the conversion of the dual gauge tracks between Takoradi and Kojokrom from narrow gauge to standard gauge; the construction of a new standard gauge rail line from Takoradi Station to Takoradi Port in order to have a continuous standard gauge connection from the Port to the Nsuta Bauxite mine and other mines to facilitate the efficient haulage of minerals.

He said additionally, government was providing funds under the Annual Budget Funding Amount (ABFA) for the development of a new six kilometre standard gauge rail line in Kumasi from Adum to Kaase.

He said the contractor, Messrs David Walter Limited had mobilized to site to undertake site clearance works for the construction of the new standard gauge line.

“The Project is expected to be completed over a 12-month construction period,” he said.

Mr Osei said inadequate budgetary allocation and delays in the release of funds over the years had greatly hampered the effective performance of the Ministry of Railways Development.

“To ensure accelerated economic growth and development in the country, it is important for the Ministry to be adequately resourced to enable it to address the challenges in the railway sector.”

Mr Kwame Governs Agbodza, Ranking Member, Parliamentary Committee on Roads and Transport, said once again the bulk of the money allocation given to the Ministry of Railways Development in the 2021 budget was not released; saying the “the bulk of the money they had was what development partners spent in relations to Tema-Mpakadan project so far.

“Mr Speaker, in 2021 the Ministry projected to spend GHC3.7 million on compensation, as at September this year, they’ve drawn down less than 40 per cent. Mr Speaker there must be something wrong. Because by the end of September you should be drawing down about 70 per cent of your compensation. Either they didn’t recruit the people or they refused to pay them.

“So, I don’t know why you should have the situation where your compensation budget is so underutilized? Yet in 2022 you are projecting to spend GHC5.2 million when you couldn’t even utilize much of what you were given in 2021. Mr Speaker it doesn’t add up. I think the Ministry must explain.”

Source: GNA

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National: 2023 Budget: TUC to reject government’s salary projection of ₵44.9m





After several attempts to reach an agreement with government over an increment in their base pay, the Trades Union Congress (TUC) is expected to meet government on Wednesday to finalise a deal.

But before that meeting gets underway, the Trades Union Congress is warning that it will not accept government’s projections in the 2023 Budget.

The Finance Minister, Ken Ofori-Atta, reading the 2023 Budget in Parliament projected compensation of employees at GH¢44,990 million (5.6% of GDP).

Earlier, government also proposed a 12% salary increment during the last negotiation with Organised Labour but it was turned down.


Speaking on JoyNews’ PM Express on Tuesday, Deputy General Secretary of TUC, Joshua Ansah stated that they would not agree to the projected figure.

According to Mr Ansah, government must expect a fight if they turn up at the meeting with the same proposal.

JoyNews/AdomNews · TUC to reject government’s salary projection in 2023 Budget
“There is no way Organised Labour is also going to accept what has been put in the budget. Well, if the government has made up its mind that it is the way it thinks that he can actually force down the throat of workers, then we are in for a big fight, because there is no way government can pay anything below what we are expecting,” he said.

He noted that Organised Labour will not compromise on their demand for 60% increment in their base pay.

Meanwhile, the President of the Ghana Medical Association, Dr. Justice Yankson says government has created a problem by not reaching an agreement with the labour unions earlier.

JoyNews/AdomNews · Dr Yankson on organised labour and government’s negotiations
He believes the current mess could have been prevented.

“These are some of the problems that sometimes we create for ourselves. We had a whole period in which we could have sorted these things, we waited to the last end. Now we can see that we are on a collition course, it is clear,” he said.

Source: Myjoyonline


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Politics: Wenchi High Court throws out petition against NPP MP’s 2020 election victory




A Wenchi High Court has thrown out a petition against New Patriotic Party (NPP) legislator in the Techiman South 2020 election.

The petitioner was seeking the nullification of the poll which saw the NPP candidate, Martin Agyei Mensah Korsah, emerge victorious.

But at the hearing Wednesday, the court explained that the NDC 2020 Parliamentary candidate, Christopher Bayere, who was pursuing the matter, failed to prove the burden of petitioning.

The court was attended by some leaders of the NDC including General Secretary, Johnson Asiedu Nketia.

Wenchi High Court throws out petition against NPP MP’s 2020 election victory
He was sighted leaving the court premises a few minutes before the judgement.

The NDC Parliamentary candidate had contested the EC’s verdict which gave the NPP’s candidate victory with 49,682 votes representing 50.2 percent of the total valid votes cast, whilst the NDC’s candidate had 49,205 votes representing 49.8 percent of the total valid votes cast.

The NDC Parliamentary candidate insisted that the figures were not a true reflection of the election.

According to him, per the pink sheets of the NDC agents at each of the 267 polling stations, he garnered 50,306 votes in the Parliamentary election whilst the 1st Respondent polled 50,013 votes.

Wenchi High Court throws out petition against NPP MP’s 2020 election victory
Electoral Commission fined in 2021

In August 2021, the Electoral Commission of Ghana was fined GH¢4,000 by the court after the Court refused to grant the EC’s request for a stay of proceedings in the dispute on July 30, 2021.

Wenchi High Court throws out petition against NPP MP’s 2020 election victory
The EC’s application for a stay of proceedings was to enable it to file a motion to challenge the ruling of the Court at its previous sitting, when it granted the petitioner a motion to amend the title of the writ.

TCounsel for the EC, Emmanuel Addae said the stay of proceedings was to enable him to file supplementary statements in support of the application filed by the National Democratic Congress (NDC) candidate, Mr Christopher Beyere Baasongti.

However, reacting to the EC’s stay of proceedings, the Counsel for the petitioner, Justin Teriwajah argued that the motion was frivolous and unnecessarily geared towards delaying the adjudication of the case.

Source: Myjoyonline


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Football: Asamoah Gyan’s run, Bagbin’s dance and Black Stars fans’ clean-up as fans celebrate S. Korea win in style




It was the much-needed win for Ghanaians who were largely sitting on tenterhooks for the final quarter of the game.

And from the reactions, after the South Koreans netted a quickfire double between the 58th and 61st minutes, something had to definitely happen.

Kudus rose to the occasion, found himself at the end of a Gideon Mensah cross and curled the ball past the goalkeeper to restore Ghana’s lead and eventually sealed the game for Black Stars.

Asamoah Gyan’s run, Bagbin’s dance and Black Stars fans’ clean-up as fans celebrate S. Korea win in style
The 68th-minute winner triggered a thunderous celebration across the country and on social media.

Despite late attempts from the Koreans, the game ended 3-2 with Ghana earning a vital win in Group H.

Asamoah Gyan’s run, Bagbin’s dance and Black Stars fans’ clean-up as fans celebrate S. Korea win in style
Alban Bagbin

The jubilation started right from Ghana’s legislative arm where the Speaker, Alban Bagbin was caught on camera dancing to one of the goals on the day from his office.

The ecstatic Speaker punched the air while clad in his Black Star jersey in the company of other officials of the House.

Asamoah Gyan runs

Former Black Stars captain, Asamoah Gyan was on punditry duty at SuperSports TV.

However, the ethics of being on a live set could not suppress his excitement when the deciding goal was scored.

Filled with elation, the former skipper run out of the set in jubilation shouting atop his voice.

His iconic goal celebration was his response when asked about his reaction to some moments of the game.

Fans in clean-up mode

Now, supporters of Japan’s national team have been earning praise in Qatar for their zeal toward cleanliness after each game.

This win seems to have presented Ghanaian fans with the opportunity to emulate this off-pitch tradition.

While many celebrated the win at full-time, other fans were seen moving boxes around to collect the waste left by their colleagues.

South Korea’s Son not in selfie mood

Another interesting sight came from an official from the Ghana dressing room posing for a selfie.

The subject Son Heung-min was almost in tears after his team lost at full-time.

Otto Addo’s side will now face Uruguay in their last game looking to secure qualification to the next stage of the competition.

Source: Myjoyonline


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