There is still so much debate going on as to whether spouses of the president and Vice president should receive allowances. Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, the Information Minister has argued that it was not the Executive that decided this but rather Parliament. Rockson Dafeamekor has however maintained that when it came to Parliament the Minority spoke against it but at the end of the day a voice vote went in favor of the Majority.
The vetting of Deputy Minister designates began yesterday. Already minsters have been vetted, approved and commissioned. The deputy minister designate for finance, Charles Adu Boahen took the floor to answer questions from the vetting committee. One of the intriguing questions dealt with conflicts of interest.
The has been so much brouhaha after it was revealed that the spouses of the President and Vice president will receive salaries. According to Oppong Nkrumah this was an agreement between the parliamentarians and they all agreed to pass the bill. Many Ghanaians are worried that the government complains about low funds and yet pays lavish amounts to people who do almost nothing for the country.
It was an interesting discussion on TV3’s ‘New Day’ morning show as Kamal Deen, an NPP Director of Communications and Rockson Dafeamekor, NDC MP for South Dayi clashed on youth unemployment in the country. According to Johnny Hughes who mediated between the two, NABCO members were promised permanent jobs and up till now most of them are yet to find the promised jobs.
President Akufo-Addo yesterday gave a final ruling to a question that has been bothering most Ghanaians. He made it clear that he swore an oath and will make sure that the oath is kept. According to Akufo-Addo he will make sure he roots out galamsey. He went on to justify the burning of excavators found with 100 meters of water body.
One of the interesting issues that keeps popping up relates to some NDC MPs who took double salaries during the Sixth parliament. Many have argued that the NPP instead of prosecuting the MPs are however allegedly using it as a trump card to counter arguments raised by the NDC in the Eight Parliament.