Cluster on Decentralisation and Citizens’ Participation call for passage of Affirmative Action Bill

By Patience Gbeze, GNA

Accra, Aug. 13,
GNA – Civil Society Organisations Cluster on Decentralisation and Citizens’
Participation has called on the Minister for Gender, Young children and Social
Safety to lay the Affirmative Motion Monthly bill prior to Parliament as soon as it
resumes from recess.

It also named
the President Nana Addo Dankwa Akuffo Addo to use his position as the African
Union Gender Champion and Co-Chair of the Sustainable Improvement Plans to
double his efforts to reaching the established targets by passing the Affirmative
Motion Monthly bill.

“We have experienced
guarantees, assurances, pronouncements and proclamations produced in election yr
soon after election yr with quite very little action taken to deal with the systemic
inequalities that avert women staying aspect of the choice-making procedures,”
Ms Efua Edith Chidi, the Co-Convener, CSOs Cluster on Decentralisation and
Participation, said.

She was
speaking at a media briefing organised by the group to categorical their
displeasure about the inactions of federal government to aid the passage of the
Affirmative Action Monthly bill for the previous 13 several years.

She said the
Bill when handed would accelerate Ghana’s efforts at assembly Sustainable Improvement
Aim 5 goal of Gender Parity in conclusion generating by 2030 and the African Union
Gender Agenda of 50-50 illustration of each males and females in determination-producing.

“Also, women’s
illustration in public provider, impartial constitutional bodies, boards of
point out establishments and political get-togethers will be tremendously enhanced. This will
call for our authorities to be certain gender representation at all levels of
governance and decision–making and as perfectly handle social and financial gaps or

“We want to
remind government that 1992 Structure gives the foundation for affirmative
motion legislation Report 17, clause 4a states that ‘Nothing in this Short article shall
stop Parliament from enacting legislation that are moderately important to offer
for the implementation of guidelines and programmes aimed at redressing civil and
political, cultural, social, econo0mic and instructional imbalance in the
Ghanaian society”.

Ms Chidi mentioned
they had been extremely worried that the Affirmative Motion Monthly bill which was stated
as 1 of the charges on the agenda for the past session of Parliament did not
see the light of the working day considering the fact that it was not laid right before Parliament went on recess
this August.

She stated a few
weeks ago, they issued a assertion calling on the Minister of Gender to do the
needed because of diligence and present the bill to Parliament once again but nothing at all
was finished.

She mentioned lots of
African countries these types of as Rwanda, Uganda, Malawi and Guinea Bissau who commenced
the Affirmative Action journey afterwards than Ghana have passed the monthly bill and
started off implementing with impressive progress.

“In June this
year, Guinea Bissau handed their Gender Equality Law and subsequently appointed
50 for every cent girls and 50 per cent adult men to cupboard positions. Other African
nations have demonstrated how their governments have been dedicated to
making certain gender equality in their political space”.

Ms Chidi explained
soon after more than a 10 years of action and attempts by the liable Ministry and other
stakeholders, it is quite disappointing that the Invoice has in no way been laid in
Parliament, including that Ghana has the demanded technical and resource capacity
to have concluded, handed and implemented the Bill.

She named on
govt to prioritise the Affirmative Action Monthly bill so that they nation would
not drop out from the anticipated gains of the Bill.

She said the
group would embark on a walk on August 30 in Accra and September 7 in Tamale to
press even more their demands and draw awareness of the general public and the authorities
to accelerate the passage of the Affirmative Action Bill and called for media
assist to accomplish that target.

Ghana has
dedicated to Affirmative Action by signing and endorsing numerous conventions
including the Convention on Elimination of all kinds of Discrimination towards
Gals (CEDAW), Beijing Platform for Motion, the SDGs and the Commonwealth Prepare
of Action on Gender Equality which established a least concentrate on of 30 per cent of gals
in selection earning posture by 2015, among others.

Ms Eunice
Agbenyadzi, the Gender Equality Social Inclusion Manager, Star Ghana
Basis, stated Affirmative action consists of steps that assist leveling the
taking part in industry for people or teams to take part in choice-creating
method and known as for consented initiatives to make certain that there is inclusion in
all factor of governance.

“We comprehend
that it is on the concern of electric power, but we also realize that it gains all
and if a single segment of the inhabitants is remaining behind, then we are missing out in
the discourse,” she explained.

Mr Frank Wilson
Bodza, the Programme Supervisor for Governance – Women in Law and Development in
Africa (WILDAF Ghana), claimed community curiosity rules have develop into a mantra for
political functions in Ghana and named on all to be a part of the campaign to aid
the passage of the Invoice.


Foreign Ministry, ECOWAS Sensitize Citizens On Free Movement

Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) have commenced a two-working day sensitization and aid programme for citizens in West Africa on ECOWAS nationwide biometric card.

It seeks to amid other items raise awarenesses amongst citizens in the subregion on different regional devices on free motion on migration.

International Minister, Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey, talking at the opening ceremony, explained regardless of current protocols on travels in the area, the ECOWAS area ongoing to face challenges which hold off the actualization of free movement as envisaged by its founders.

These worries, she explained, contain lack of information of the rights and duties enshrined in the ECOWAS No cost Motion Protocol and relevant texts,
irregular migration, transnational crime, such as human trafficking, vulnerability of ECOWAS Community Citizens, migrants and travelers inside the ECOWAS area.

According to her, deficiency of valid journey documents and identification cards for neighborhood citizens, migrants and travelers, high level of harassment and extortion of dollars at the border posts and vulnerability of cross-border traders and entrepreneurs.

She mentioned that “after around 6 many years of independence of ECOWAS member states, this ought to not be our story. We ought to chart a route to serious regional integration which should guide to the development, prosperity and wellbeing of our persons.”

The Intercontinental Corporation for Migration (IOM) has meanwhile pressured the want to defend migrants touring across the ECOWAS subregion.

IOM Ghana Chief of Mission, Sylvia Lopez- Ekra, built the statement in Accra at a different two-working day advocacy, sensitization and assist programme on the implementation of the ECOWAS nationwide biometric card.

The IOM Main of Mission thanked the Authorities of Ghana and ECOWAS for holding the town corridor meeting.

Touching on the migration scenario all over the entire world, she stated “we stay in an era of unparalleled human mobility.”

Now, she unveiled, 1 in just about every 7 particular person is a migrant.

She therefore noticed the require for migrants defense.

In Africa, she explained, young individuals possibility their life by the Mediterranean to travel to Europe.

Youthful girls, according to her, are deceived by some vacation organizations in their quests to get domestic employment overseas.

“Stories of abuse are abound in our newspapers and on our television,” she said.

The have to have to shield all migrants traveling by means of ECOWAS location is critical, she said.

ECOWAS officials, civil society and the media, according to her, have a purpose to engage in in increasing public recognition on cost-free motion in the region.

She said that migration has generally been and will normally be it is below to remain and will generally be aspect of the environment we live”

Migration is essential for socioeconomic growth and advancement, she observed, incorporating that migration is fascinating when it is very well governed.

BY Melvin Tarlue & Donny Morrison

Luxurious $200m Chamber Brouhaha: Parliament ‘Begs’ Citizens

Parliament has appealed to citizens to be conscious of the guidelines and polices governing the conduct of the community in its gallery, even as they convey their grievances over the prepared development of the magnificent $200 million Chamber for lawmakers.

The Home produced the attractiveness in a assertion signed by its Performing Director of Public Affairs, Kate Addo, in response to the disruption brought on to proceedings in the gallery on Friday, July 5, 2019.

3 folks protesting the building of the new chamber experienced shouted in the Property “Drop that Chamber, ” throughout proceedings of the household.

One of the protesters, Ernesto Yeboah, Convenor of the Financial Fighters League, was arrested in Parliament alongside one another with two other people for shouting “drop that Chamber.

Ghanaians have opposed options to build the new Chamber at an approximated expense of $200 million.

Mr. Yeboah and the two other individuals have been in custody at the Parliamentary Security Device as at the time of submitting this report.

DGN Online’s Parliamentary correspondent, Thomas Fosu, indicated that their arrests adopted a protection breach in the Chamber of Parliament.

The 3, according to our correspondent, in the middle of deliberations in Parliament, started off shouting ‘drop that chamber’.

They had been arrested all around 11:00am on Friday, July 5, 2019.

Mr. Yeboah is the former Youth Organiser of the Convention People’s Get together (CPP) and his tension team, the Financial Fighters League is main the crusade in opposition to the development of the Chamber.

Our correspondent says they were arrested by Police in the Dwelling immediately they began shouting ‘drop that Chamber.’

In accordance to the statement from Parliament, ” the rule is that any stranger admitted to the general public gallery is not allowed to consider element in deliberations on the flooring of the Property.”

It additional that “they are not allowed to interact in debates, clap nor choose section in the proceedings in any type or condition.”

It additional noticed that Standing Get 30 supplies that these kinds of items represent a contempt of Parliament.

BY Melvin Tarlue

FEATURE: When Ghanaians truly become citizens!

There is a change in the political landscape of Ghana and this change for when has occur about due to the fact the voice of the people today was listened to loud and very clear across the size and breadth of the Nation. About the past week, the condescension on how our taxes are applied arrived to the fore when Ghanaians stood their floor and identified as for a public rejection of a proposed new Chamber for Parliamentarians created by Sir David Adjaye, the same designer of the proposed Nationwide Cathedral Project.


Several took to social media to voice their disapproval of the explained project. Inside a number of hrs the hashtag #Dropthechamber was trending. Voices from significantly and in close proximity to drowned the struggling voices of the ‘Parliamentary Mugabes’ who experimented with desperately to protect the defenseless. Soon, national fascination took around. Ghanaians who for so extended sat on the fence and watched as challenge just after project was determined by our representatives in Parliament observed this pill as well bitter to swallow. A new citizen was born. Instagram, Fb, Twitter and WhatsApp were being inundated with photos, videos, textual content and cartoons. The sleeping citizen experienced turn out to be prolific in his condemnation of this undertaking.


So, what are the specifics of the existing Parliamentary Chamber? The Background of Condition Property dates back again to the colonial era. State Home encompasses all the space behind what is acknowledged as Occupation 600, wherever currently the Places of work of the Condition Protocol and the Ministry of Chieftaincy are situated. It housed the residences and offices of the Governor of the Gold Coast from the time of Gordon Guggisberg to the previous Governor Lord Listowel. It was regarded as the safest compound in Ghana and almost certainly nevertheless is. (When the new Presidential Palace was staying constructed by President John Agyekum Kufuor, lots of assumed that would be the internet site chosen). When the very last Governor remaining on July 1, 1960 a handful of hours immediately after Ghana turned a Republic, Condition House was deserted for a couple yrs. It was supplied a lifeline in 1965 with the Task 600 project. The project bundled the design of what was then Ghana’s flagship constructing to residence delegates for the 1965 OAU Summit. The task also arrived with a banquet corridor and a meeting centre sitting down on the two sides of the previous Governor’s business office (Speaker’s Places of work). Currently, the key Occupation 600 developing properties the offices of our parliamentarians.

Akufo-Addo considers bill to allow dual citizens to hold public office

President Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo on Wednesday opened the Ghana Diaspora Celebration and Third Homecoming Summit, with an assurance that the authorities would quickly put before Parliament a invoice that would permit Ghanaians with twin citizenship to hold public office.

“The question of the political legal rights of dual citizens is a matter for Parliament and an possibility is heading to be presented before long Parliament to tackle this problem,” he explained to the accumulating, which included African and Ghanaian Diasporans in Accra.

The summit was aspect of the 12 months of Return to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the arrival of the 1st 20 West African slaves in the United States.

Tracing the contribution of Diasporans to their household international locations all around the environment, the President expressed enjoyment at the selection fo the Business of Diaspora Engagement Policy Monthly bill.

He discussed that the bill would deal correctly with all issues affecting abroad Ghanaians, noting that over and above the remittances they send back, they have a very important job to perform towards the advancement and development of the region.

He reported he predicted the monthly bill to be brought in advance of the Cabinet to be labored on expeditiously and laid right before Parliament.

He gave the example of China, with an immigration populace of 60 million, regarded the 25th major country in the planet, with property worthy of extra than $2.5 trillion, introducing that in the 1970s when international organizations lowered their investments in China, t was the Chinese Diaspora that shored up the economic climate of that region.

Quoting from the Washington DC-dependent Migration Plan Institute (MPI), the President explained 50 percent of the international immediate investments of $426 billion that reworked China into a production powerhouse in the 1990s originated from the Chinese Diaspora.

Parliament to consider Bill to allow dual citizens to hold public office

Parliament to consider Bill to allow dual citizens to hold public office

The authorities will before long lay a Bill right before Parliament that lets people with dual citizenship to keep public place of work, President Nana Akufo-Addo has claimed.

The Invoice is has been explained as the Diaspora Engagement Plan Monthly bill and is staying labored on by the Business office of Diasporan Affairs.

The structure excludes twin citizens from keeping specific specified places of work in Ghana but the President claims twin citizens really should not be restricted in their ability to provide.

“We know from the example of various nations around the world wherever a truthful collaboration among their overseas nationals and their governments can deliver for their countrywide advancement and prosperity. Enable us emulate them,” the President explained at the Diaspora Household Coming Celebration in Accra on Wednesday.

He cited nations like China, Israel, Kenya and Ethiopia as acquiring leveraged bonds with the diaspora for development.

The President more mentioned, “the issue of the political legal rights of dual citizens is a make a difference for Parliament and an possibility is likely to be supplied soon for Parliament to deal with this problem.”

“I am joyful about the choice taken by the Business office of Diasporan Affairs headed by just one of your own Akwasi Awuah Ababio, to function on the Diaspora Engagement Coverage Bill. This Invoice will assistance offer correctly with all matters impacting abroad Ghanaians.”

Constraints for dual citizens

Between the constraints outlined in the regulation, Ghanaians with dual citizenship cannot be Customers of Parliament, Chief Justice and Justices of the Supreme Court, Ambassador/Substantial Commissioner amid many others.

Ghana’s Constitution for case in point in Write-up 94 (2A) states that “a particular person shall not be experienced to be a member of Parliament if he – (a) owes allegiance to a nation other than Ghana”. This and a number of other provision of the structure spots constraints on dual citizens from political participation in Ghana, in particular, in public elections.”

The Supreme Court of Ghana has previously reasoned that men and women with twin nationality can not keep community places of work mainly because of the situation of conflict of fascination, countrywide security, and state allegiance to Ghana and confidentiality.

Other offices dual citizens can not maintain involve:

  • Secretary to the Cabinet
  • Main of Defence Employees
  • Inspector-Standard of Law enforcement
  • Commissioner of Customs, Excise and Preventive Company
  • Commissioner, Worth Additional Tax Provider
  • Director of Immigration Support
  • Director-Common, Prisons Provider
  • Main Fire Officer
  • Main Director of a Ministry
  • Rank of Colonel in the Army or equal in other security products and services
  • Any other community business that the Minister may perhaps prescribe by Legislative Instrument

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Ghana barring dual citizens from holding appointments is discriminatory – Prof. Kwaku Asare

A US-based Lecturer, Prof. Kwaku Asare
A US-dependent Lecturer, Prof. Kwaku Asare

Non-public lawful practitioner and US-based Ghanaian Professor at the College of Florida, Kwaku Asare, has urged the federal government to end discriminating in opposition to individuals with dual citizenship when it will come to appointments and political participation in Ghana.

Kwaku Azaar, as he is commonly named, claims there is the want for the legal guidelines of Ghana to be relaxed to cater for people living on dual citizenship.

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Talking in an job interview on Asempa FM’s Ekosii Sen exhibit, Prof Asare explained the tolerance for persons with twin citizenship in Ghana as a way of creating and producing the region.

“I will urge president Akufo-Addo to bring Ghana to the relaxation of the world by bringing a regulation that lets dual citizenship,” he mentioned.

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“An individual’s possession of twin citizenship does not undermine the allegiance of a human being and it is illogical to declare individuals with dual citizenship are not patriotic. Who determines who is patriotic,” he quizzed.

According to him, the mere possession of the citizenship of an additional nation is no proof that a person cannot serve in Ghana as nicely.

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Australia Issues Terror Alert To Citizens In Ghana, Pledges AU$75K Anti-Terrorism Support

Andrew Barnes – Australian Substantial Commissioner to Ghana 

Australia gets to be the third region soon after Canada and Uk to situation an alert to it citizens in Ghana

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The Australian govt has reported it will support Ghana with 75,000 Australian dollars to enable establish the capability of area stability staff at the Kofi Annan Worldwide Peacekeeping Training Centre.

The purpose is to improve the country’s ability to fight terrorism, notably in the wake of terror threats against Ghana.

The First Assistant Secretary, Overseas Affairs and Trade, at the Superior Fee, Ms H. K. Yu, revealed this at the ongoing West Africa Mining Safety Meeting in Accra on Tuesday, 11 June 2019.

Ms Yu and the Australian Large Commissioner to Ghana, Mr Andrew Barnes, also spoke about the travel assistance issued on Tuesday to their citizens dwelling in or travelling to Ghana.

Mr Barnes explained: “We’ve just, this morning, up-to-date our vacation assistance here in Ghana but we haven’t lifted the degree. We place a little bit much more emphasis on advising Australians travelling and living in Ghana to be a lot more mindful of their particular safety and we have stated that they should be watchful of employing public transportation and taxis and Ubers and that sort of factor. Just a reminder for everyone to just exercising because of caution and acquire basic basic safety decisions.”

Ms Yu included: “If I could increase, one of the important features that the Office of International Affairs and Trade have out is to offer current vacation tips to all Australians overseas. So, this is section of usual organization where we truly keep an eye on the situation in every single region extremely carefully in close cooperation with the police and when new bits of facts turn into offered to us since of events taking place in other nations, then we immediately update the content of travel tips to draw the consideration of Australians likely overseas to the data.”

Canada issues kidnapping alert to its citizens in Ghana

Normal News of Thursday, 6 June 2019


Canada   Ghana   Kidnap AlertThe Embassy has cautioned its citizens residing in Ghana to be careful of their surroundings

The Canadian authorities has issued alert to its citizens in Ghana to move up their security in the wake of Tuesday’s kidnapping of two of its nationals in the Ashanti regional capital, Kumasi.

3News on Wednesday broke the information of the two Canadian females kidnapped at Ahodwo on Tuesday at about 8:25pm. The women, just one of whose title has been offered as Lauren, have been pressured into a auto just when they stepped out of their apartment at Silver Spring Avenue.

The Police have confirmed the incident, stating investigations have commenced in earnest in a bid to rescue the two volunteers who are in the region on the ticket of Youth Problem Worldwide, a nongovernmental organisation.

But the govt on Thursday, June 6 issued a new “violent crimes” warn for Ghana, stating armed theft and kidnapping may well occur.

“Be informed of your environment and keep away from going for walks by yourself or displaying indicators of wealth. Guarantee that windows and doors in your residence are secured,” the Canadian govt tweeted on June 5.

It has due to the fact June 6 up to date its protection and safety inform on Ghana on its official web site to include the most recent data.