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Alban Bagbin hails hung Parliament; Says It’s the best

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The 8th Parliament comprises 275 members, including 137 from the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) and 137 from the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), as well as one independent candidate. Mr Bagbin, who has served in Parliament since the 4th Republic's founding in 1992, stated that a hung house is "very difficult to manage," but that it best prevents leaders from becoming potential tyrants by allowing them to have their way through Parliament.

Alban Sumana Kingsford Bagbin, the Speaker of Parliament, has stated that Ghana’s 8th Parliament under the 4th Republic is the greatest of the bunch.

According to him, the hung Parliament has stopped the governing party and the government from bulldozing its policies, projects, and initiatives on Ghanaians.

Addressing a public forum in Ho, the Volta Regional capital, to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the 4th Republic’s Parliament, he urged Ghanaians to constantly strive to ensure that both the majority and minority sides of the House had equal numbers.

The 8th Parliament comprises 275 members, including 137 from the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) and 137 from the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), as well as one independent candidate.

Mr Bagbin, who has served in Parliament since the 4th Republic’s founding in 1992, stated that a hung house is “very difficult to manage,” but that it best prevents leaders from becoming potential tyrants by allowing them to have their way through Parliament.

“This hung parliament is not like the other parliaments, and I would want to urge all of you to let us continue along this path, and with time you will see the difference. We take time to take decisions, but we build consensus in taking the decision. We don’t push it down the throat of many people.

I have heard some other voices say we should not vote that way again. I don’t want to see any party with a huge majority in parliament. I am sharing my experiences with you. If you think against this, do it and see what will happen”, he stressed.

Despite the fact that the 1992 constitution has played an important role in safeguarding parliamentary democracy over the previous three decades, he believes it requires extensive reform to suit the contemporary dynamics of democracy.

Togbe Afede XIV, the Agbogbomefia of Asogli State, who presided over the event, stated that national goals outlined in the 1992 constitution had not been met in the previous 30 years.

He said that the government had failed to exploit its natural riches to serve its citizens, and that the economic crisis, which had intensified unemployment among other things, had generated youth desperation.

“There are several graduates of six years standing who are still looking for jobs. What it means, therefore, is that we have not achieved the objective of our people. You’ve not realized the dreams of our founding fathers, and of course, we have not realized the aspirations that are enshrined in our 1992 constitution”, he stressed.

“This forum would not have been happening at a better time than now, time to take stock, time for parliament to look back and ask, how much have we done to facilitate the development of the country? How much have we done to raise living standards? How much have we done to bring business to our people? That is the essence”, he indicated.

Minority Chief Whip Kwame Agbodza urged stakeholders to cooperate to repair the country’s economy in order to prevent future coups.

James Etornam Flolu, the District Chief Executive of Afadzato South and the Dean of Municipal and District Chief Executives in the Volta Region, encouraged Parliament to work to define the role of MPs in local development.

The public’s questions and concerns centred on the modification of the constitution, underdevelopment, corruption, and education, among other things.

Following Ghana’s restoration to constitutional governance in January 1993, the first Parliament of the Fourth Republic was inaugurated. This followed the ratification of the 1992 Constitution in a referendum in April 1992.

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‘The 24-hour economy is the solution to Ghana’s economic difficulties – Mahama

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John Dramani Mahama, the flagbearer of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), has declared that his planned 24-hour economy proposal is the solution to Ghana’s financial and economic problems.

In a unique live broadcast titled ‘Mahama Conversations,’ the former president stated that the planned 24-hour economic project is the solution to Ghana’s current and future concerns.

Mr. Mahama stated that the effort will provide an enabling and supportive environment for enterprises, companies, and government agencies to create more jobs and hire more people.

He detailed the benefits of the 24-hour economy project, which he claims would raise and increase the standard of life for many more Ghanaians.

“The 24-hour initiative is the answer for now and in the future. It will create an enabling environment with deliberate policies for businesses, companies, and government institutions to operate 24/7 in a three-eight-hour shift system.

“In addition to the traditional 8-hour shift system, the two additional work shifts that my administration will introduce will double and sometimes triple the number of jobs that participate in public and private entities that we currently have.

“This is the 24-hour economy optimization strategy: giving more to society, providing efficient service delivery, and generating decent and well-paying jobs. The benefits of this system will include but not limited to; 24-hour port and harbour services, 24-hour customs services, 24-hour DVLA services, 24-hour agro-processing factories, 24-hour manufacturing industries, 24-hour construction companies and many more.”

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Mahama: My administration will retrieve riches taken via corrupt methods

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Making reference to former Sanitation Minister Cecilia Dapaah's controversial stashing of over $1 million in her Abelemkpe residence, which was stolen by her domestic staff, Mr. Mahama pledged in a live broadcast titled 'Mahama Conversations,' that he will foster collaborations in his quest to recover every Cedi that was illegally taken from taxpayers. "Despite all of these socioeconomic challenges, the young people continue to witness the affluence of the [New Patriotic Party] administration's leaders and their families chartering private aircraft for $20,000 per hour for journeys that our own Falcon Executive Jet could have completed.

John Dramani Mahama, the National Democratic Congress (NDC) flagbearer, has pledged that if elected president in the upcoming December 7 general elections, his administration will work with relevant authorities and partners to recover funds and properties obtained through corruption.

Former President Mahama lamented the mounting incidences of corruption and apparent contempt for fiscal discipline by the Akufo-Addo administration, promising to do his utmost to guarantee that any funds wrongfully gained are recovered if he wins the forthcoming elections.

Referring to former Sanitation Minister Cecilia Dapaah’s controversial stashing of over $1 million in her Abelemkpe residence, which was stolen by her domestic staff, Mr Mahama pledged in a live broadcast titled ‘Mahama Conversations,’ that he will foster collaborations in his quest to recover every Cedi that was illegally taken from taxpayers.

“Despite all of these socioeconomic challenges, the young people continue to witness the affluence of the [New Patriotic Party] administration’s leaders and their families chartering private aircraft for $20,000 per hour for journeys that our own Falcon Executive Jet could have completed.

“And as the Minister for Defence explained, it [the Falcon Executive Jet] had no shower for a presidential bath. Ghana’s youth have further experienced how a minister could stash millions of dollars in her home and only God knows the full extent of Ghanaian taxpayers’ money that has been stashed away by many others.

“But I say to the good people of Ghana that, working with Ghanaians and international anti-corruption partners, we shall do all that is humanly possible to retrieve such wrongly acquired wealth.”

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Mahama promises 20% salary incentive for rural teachers if voted

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This adds to Mr Mahama's various plans and pledges made to Ghanaians ahead of the December 7 election.

John Mahama, the flagbearer of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), has vowed that if elected President, teachers who agree to serve in a rural school will receive a 20% wage increase.

The former President believes the idea would motivate more teachers to accept posts in rural regions.

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Mr Mahama revealed this in a Facebook post.

This adds to Mr Mahama’s various plans and pledges made to Ghanaians ahead of the December 7 election.

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