The Speaker of Parliament, Prof. Michael Oquaye will on Sunday January 21,2018 be sworn in as Acting President of the Republic of Ghana.
This was contained in a statement issued by the 1st Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Joseph Osei Owusu, said ‘’In exercise of the power conferred on the Speaker by order 42 (3) of the standing orders of the Parliament of Ghana, I, Honourable Joseph Osei-Owusu, First Deputy Speaker of Parliament, pursuant to order 13(2) do hereby summon Parliament to sit on Sunday, 21st January, 2018 at half past two o’clock in the afternoon at Parliament House, Accra for the swearing in of the Right Honourable Speaker as Acting President of the Republic in accordance with article 60(11) and (12) of the 1992 Constitution.
Date in the Office of the Speaker of Parliament, Accra, Ghana, this Friday, 19th January, 2018.’’
The statement is coming after the Vice President was flown to the UK for medical examination on an advice by his medical doctors.
According to the 1992 constitution, the Speaker of Parliament must be sworn in in the absence of the President and Vice President.
An official notice from the presidency has confirmed that Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia has been flown to the UK for medical examination.
The statement signed by the Chief of Staff Frema Opare said the Vice-President is on medical leave as advised by his doctors.
She said the Vice-President was joined by his wife for the UK trip.
Director of Communications at the presidency, Eugene Arhin had denied authoring a statement in that regard after the purported statement went viral on social media.
On Friday, Mr. Eugene Arhin announced that the second gentleman of the land was under medical observation.
The statement issued yesterday read: ‘’ The Vice President of the Republic, Alhaji Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, in the early hours of Friday, 19th January, 2018, reported feeling unwell. He was attended to by his doctors, and is currently undergoing medical tests and observation. Any further information will be duly communicated.’’
The Director In charge of Communications at the Presidency, Eugene Arhin, has vehemently denied authoring a statement to announce that, Vice President, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia has been flown to the United Kingdom for medical observation.
He had authored a statement issued yesterday [Friday] to announce that, Dr. Bawumia was under medical observation after taking ill.
The statement read: ‘’ The Vice President of the Republic, Alhaji Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, in the early hours of Friday, 19th January, 2018, reported feeling unwell. He was attended to by his doctors, and is currently undergoing medical tests and observation. Any further information will be duly communicated.’’
Meanwhile, a purported statement allegedly signed by Mr. Arhin, went viral on social media to claim that, the Vice President’s situation worsened and has been flown to the UK.
But Mr. Arhin denied the statement and described as a hoax.
The National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE) yesterday [Friday] unveiled its activities for 2018.
The activities will be focusing largely on anti-corruption, environmental governance and civic education.
According to the boss at NCCE, the activities are targeted at conscientising Ghanaians against acts that are injurious to the country.
These would include public advocacy and training workshops, Madam Josephine Nkrumah said.
She added, the Commission will intensify its public engagement campaigns on anti-corruption this year.
She said “We cannot afford to back-paddle because the cost will be too high for us,” adding the NCCE’s flagship programme, the Anti-Corruption, Rule of Law and Accountability Programme (ARAP) will be rolled out on a large scale.
She added “We [must be prepared to] shape stronger institution relevant to our national development [and] we must constantly re-engineer our delivery,” she said, announcing in-house training sessions for all officers.
The 2018 activities are anchored on the theme: “Our nation, our heritage, consolidating Ghana’s democratic gains.”
This year marks the 25th-Anniversary of the NCCE since it was established in 1993 under the National Commission for Civic Education Act (Act 452).
The US government has begun shutting down of many of its services after the Senate failed to agree on a new budget.
A bill to fund the federal government until 16 February did not receive the required 60 votes amid a bitter dispute over immigration and border security.
It is the first shutdown ever to happen while the same party, the Republicans, controls Congress and the White House.
The impasse will affect hundreds of thousands of federal workers, and the recriminations have already begun.
The White House accused Democrats of "[putting] politics above our national security, military families, vulnerable children, and our country's ability to serve all Americans".
But the leading Senate Democrat, Chuck Schumer, said President Trump had turned down two bipartisan compromise deals and "did not press his party in Congress".
The last government shutdown was in 2013, and lasted for 16 days.
What is a government shutdown?
As of 00:01 Saturday, many federal agencies are no longer open for business - although essential services will continue to run.
Most staff in the departments of housing, environment, education and commerce will stay at home. Half of workers in the treasury, health, defence and transportation departments will also not be going to work on Monday.
National parks and monuments could face closure, which provoked an angry public reaction during the last shutdown in 2013.
Visa and passport processing could also be delayed.
But essential services that protect "life or human property" will continue, including national security, postal services, air traffic control, inpatient medical services, emergency outpatient medicine, disaster assistance, prisons, taxation and electricity generation.
Former Trade Minister, Dr. Ekwow Spio-Garbrah, has revealed why he abandoned his international appointments to accept a ministerial role under the previous National Democratic Congress’ (NDCs) administration.
The diplomat told Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm that, he saw his entry into public service, and politics as a sacrifice.
The flagbearer hopeful said he sacrificed three international appointments in the bid to serve his country.
The former Chief Executive of the Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation (CTO), who was nominated as Minister for Trade and Industry by President John Dramani Mahama in 2014, vetted and approved by Parliament’s Appointments Committee added, he sacrificed these international appointments in the interest of Ghanaians but some people may overlook that sacrifice.
He said not everybody will appreciate my sacrifice but if you examine the history of Ghana, and try to find out how people have ‘’consciously sacrificed’’ such appointments over the past 60 years, you will not find one.
He said for him to sacrifice the appointments and come to Ghana to earn a local salary; ‘’I am sure you won’t get three (3) to five (5) people.’’
‘’I am the only Ghanaian who in the course of his professional life, has consciously sacrificed three international appointments; two times at the African Development Bank, once at the Commonwealth Organization in order to come and serve my nation.’’
For him, ‘’it was the DNA that Kwame Nkrumah injected into my body when I was a young pioneer at the age 10, and I was indoctrinated with the philosophies of Nkrumah and what he tried to do for Africa.’’
He is hopeful he will beat other potential candidates, which includes former President John Mahama.
According to him, he remains the best candidate for the party compared to the others based on his experience.
He is a former Minister of Communication in Ghana, one-time Ambassador of Ghana to the United States and Mexico, Minister of Education, Minister responsible for Mines and Energy and a member of UNESCO’s Executive Board in Paris.
He served on former President John Rawlings' cabinet between 1994 and 2000.
Spio-Garbrah is a member of the board of directors of South Africa Telekom, AngloGold Ashanti and recently of Vodacom.
He was a member of the International Advisory Board of the African Press Organization (APO).
Dr. Ekwow Spio-Garbrah’s career reflects more than 40 years of top leadership and senior management experience focusing on International Communications and Knowledge Management within the spheres of International Organisations, Government, Banking and Finance, Non-Governmental Organisations, and Private Business and Enterprise with a focus on Africa.