Parliament Resumes Sitting

Parliament resumed sitting yesterday for the 3rd Meeting of the 3rd session of the 6th Parliament of the 4th Republic after several weeks of recess.


Members of the House who have been on recess since July are expected to move into the newly refurbished Job 600 Offices. The House will also play host to Finance Minister when he delivers the 2016 budget in November. Key among the issues to be considered during the meeting includes the Ghana School of Law Bill, Legal Service Bill, Road Safety Bill, Tax Administration Bill, Electronic Communication Bill among others.


Welcoming Members of Parliament (MPs) back to the House, Speaker of Parliament, Rt. Hon Doe Adjaho,  said the meeting was going to a busy one and entreated members to attend upon the business of the House with punctuality and seriousness  to facilitate the consideration of programmed business.


He also expressed concerns about some uncomplimentary public remarks on the House and "appealed to members to consider the development as an invitation to undertake some introspection regarding the effectiveness of their engagement with the public and other stakeholders to prevent further attacks on the House.” Hon. Doe Adjaho also acknowledged receipt of a report from the technical committee appointed to undertake preparatory work on the review of the Standing Orders of the House and expressed gratitude to Star-Ghana for their support.


He also announced that the work on the drafting of the operational manual on ethic and standards for members had begun and urged members of the privileges committee working on the manual to expedite action and completion of the manual. The Speaker was hopeful that the document, when completed would go a long way to guide the conduct of members and the entire House in the performance of their duties.


He also informed the legislators that, “the office of scrutiny would be fully operationalised by the end of 2015," adding that the essence of the office is provide an independent expert advice to assist the House and its committees in the discharge of their functions. Hon. Doe Adjaho said the Parliamentary Service Board (PSB) had approved the establishment of Parliamentary Training Institute (PTI) to facilitate the professional and leadership development of MPs and staff of the House.


He wished members from the majority side contesting the upcoming parliamentary primaries well and was hopeful the event would not negatively affect attendance in the House. He also informed members of the upcoming Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) Africa Region Conference scheduled for  2nd day of November- 6th November, 2015, adding that the conference would bring various Speakers, Presiding Officers etc. from eighteen (18) African countries. The Speaker officially announced the death of the MP for Manfi West, John Gyetuah and observed a minute silence in his memory.


At the commencement of Public business some papers including the interconnection of the Ghana Gas Transmission System with the West African Gas Pipeline to enable Reverse Flow of Gas from Aboadze to Tema as well as the protocol between the republic of Ghana and the Swiss Confederation Amending the Convention of 23rd July 2008 for the Avoidance of Double Taxation with respect to Taxes on income, capital and on capital gain and it's protocol were laid.


The House is expected to work on thirteen (13) Bills currently at the Committee level some of which includes the Companies Bill, 2013, Petroleum (Exploration and  Production) Bill, Whistleblower (Amendment) Bill, 2015, Ghana Aids Commission Bill, Public Procurement (Amendment) Bill, 2015 among others.


The legislators would also conclude work on ten (10) Bills at Consideration stage which include; the Conduct of Public Officers Bill, 2013, Intestate Succession Bill, 2013 ,Right to information Bill, 2013 among others. There are twenty five (25) other instruments to be presented at the meeting,five (5) instruments at the Committee Level and forty (40) Papers to be presented.


Source : ISD (Gilbert Ankrah & Raymond Kwofei)


Created: 28 October 2015
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