A sponsor of the Proper Human Sexual Rights and Ghanaian Family Values Bill, Sam George, has expressed the view that Ghana stands to lose nothing if the United States of America (USA) decides to sever business ties.
He argued that the U.S. benefited more from trade relations with Ghana, making any legislation to terminate such ties a disadvantage for them.
Speaking on JoyFM on Monday evening, he said, “There is more trade coming into Ghana than Ghanaian trade going into the US. We are in a trade deficit doing business with the US.
“If the United States decides to stop doing business with Ghana, it’s the United States that is going to suffer not Ghana.”
His remarks follow the statement from the US Ambassador to Ghana, Virginia Palmer, who expressed concerns that the anti-LGBTQ+ bill could complicate efforts to promote Ghana as an investment and trade destination. Palmer noted that the legislation might result in decreased foreign exchange inflows, negatively impact Ghana’s financial standing, and limit workforce options, affecting businesses.
In response, the Ningo-Prampram MP stated that Ghana has the flexibility to engage in business with other nations. He expressed minimal concern about potential revenue implications, emphasizing the country’s ability to pursue alternative trade partnerships.
“And whatever business we do with them, the US should be well aware that we are in a global world – China is ready to do business with us, Russia is ready to do business with us. Again when the US Ambassador peddles such untruth, someone holding such a high office is unbecoming of her unless she is a lobbyist or spokesperson of the LGBTQ + community,” he said.
Additionally, the legislator contested the US Ambassador’s statement asserting that the best individuals in a workforce come from the LGBTQ+ communities, stating that such a claim was not grounded in facts. Mr. George took the opportunity to remind Madam Palmer that she lacked the authority to interfere in the decisions and plans of her host country.
“That Article 42 of the Vienna Convention, whether she is the US Ambassador or not, cannot conduct herself in a manner that is offensive to her host country and so we are serving notice to her to respect our rules but if she does not respect our rules we are going to organize a demonstration against her and insist that the American government changes her because she is pushing an agenda that is not the official position of the US government.”
He added that if the US decides to end business relations with Ghana, “so be it, they are not the only country in the world.”
Let’s live harmoniously to safeguard Ghana’s peace – Peace Council on recent clashes
The National Peace Council (NPC) has called on Ghanaians to live harmoniously with each other to safeguard the country’s peace.
It has urged Ghanaians to protect “the peace and security of the country by creating and using avenues of tolerance, cooperation, and coexistence to sustain the country’s identity as an oasis of peace in Africa.”
This follows the unfortunate violent clashes in some parts of the country which have resulted in the deaths of some citizens.
Reports from Kintampo in the Bono East Region, Nkwanta in the Oti Region, and Wenchiki in the Northeast Region indicate that violence has led to the destruction of lives and property in these affected communities.
In a statement issued on Wednesday, the NPC reminded Ghanaians “of paragraphs (c), (d) and (i) of
article 41 of the 1992 constitution of the Republic of Ghana which states thus: The exercise and enjoyment of rights and freedoms is inseparable from the performance of duties and obligations, and accordingly, it shall be the duty of every citizen.”
“To foster national unity and live in harmony with others; to respect the rights, freedoms and legitimate interests of others, and generally to refrain from doing acts detrimental to the welfare of other persons. To co-operate with lawful agencies in the maintenance of law and order.”
Read the full statement from the NPC here
Defence and National Security Ministers to appear before parliament today over Kintampo clash
The Ministers of Defence and National Security are expected to appear before the Defence and Interior Committee of Parliament on Thursday, November 23, to provide a briefing on actions being taken by the government to forestall a clash between the Mo and Wangara tribes in the Kintampo North municipality.
This comes on the back of a summons by the Speaker of Parliament, Alban Bagbin.
According to the Member of Parliament for the area, Joseph Kwame Kumah, tensions were high when the Mo tribe requested to perform rituals within the months of November and December, coinciding with the annual Klubi festival of the Wangara community.
In response to calls for a ceasefire by the MP, the Speaker directed that the government must take immediate steps to ensure peaceful coexistence.
“As the first authorities to come to this house to brief the committee on Defense and Interior, this is an urgent matter that should be handled with dispatch. I think Thursday should be okay for the two ministers and their commanders to appear before the committee early tomorrow morning by 9 am to brief the committee. It is an urgent matter.”
“The National Security Council through their regional office should immediately intervene because the chieftaincy institution is one of the cornerstones of the peace and security of our country, and we hold that institution dearly. We will do everything to prevent that institution from falling into disarray,” he stated.
Watch how Quick Credit staff violently raided restaurant over ‘unpaid loan’
Some staff of a popular loan company, Quick Credit Ghana, stormed a local restaurant to recover a loan sum.
Videos available to GhanaWeb and shared on social media showed over half a dozen male workers in violent exchanges with the staff at the restaurant said to be located at Laterbiokoshie, a suburb of Accra.
According to a person videoing the encounter, the staff had forced their way into the facility, packed up the furniture and succeeded in locking up the place before leaving.
The video, shot in the evening, however, did not show any affected customers nor did it show any casualties.
The company has yet to issue an official statement on the development. GhanaWeb is also trying to reach out to the affected businesses.
Watch the video below:
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