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Work hard; 2020 is a demanding year – speaker urges members of parliament

Professor Aaron Michael Oquaye, Speaker of  Parliament addressing Members of Parliament at the commencement of  the Fourth and Final Session of the Seventh Parliament  has beckoned on them  to sit up for a demanding meeting this year

He charged members to endeavour to work hard so as to enable them to leave a legacy of nothing but posterity.

Welcoming the House back to the First Sitting of the First Meeting of the Fourth Session of the Seventh Parliament of the Fourth Republic of Ghana, the Speaker noted that   2020 is an election year, businesses in the House would be affected hugely since most members will be busy campaigning.

The meeting which is expected to last for nine weeks approximately would be very demanding and therefore members must ensure they put in their best to ensure that a good foundation is laid for the next Parliament in 2021.

In view of this, members of parliament are demanded to put in as much as they can to ensure that Parliament discharged its constitutional duties meaningfully.

According to him, His excellency Nana Addo Dankwa Akuffo Addo is expected to deliver the State of the Nation’s Address covering the economic, social, and financial state of the country on February 20th  in accordance with Article 67 of the 1992 constitution of Ghana.

 A  total 20  Bills and Instruments, Treaties, Agreements and Protocols will be worked on, alongside a number of unfinished businesses during which are at the committee level before going on break for the 2019 Christmas holidays in December.

Among the Bills are the Affirmative Action Bill, 2019, Rent (Amendment) Bill, 2019, Ghana Petroleum Hub Development Corporation Bill, 2019, Community Water and Sanitation Agency Reform (Amendment) Bill, 2019).

Seventeen Bills are at the Committee level including Legal Profession (Amendment) Bill, 2018, Intestate Succession Bill, 2018, Office of the Special Prosecutor (Amendment) Bill, 2019 and Ghana Communication Technology University Bill, 2019.

The Ghana Cocoa Board (Amendment) Bill, 2017 which is with the Committee on Constitutional, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs, and Customs (Amendment) Bill, 2019 with the Finance Committee, will be read a Second time.

The Narcotics Control Commission Bill, 2019, the Corporate Insolvency Bill, 2019, and the Land Bill, 2018 are at the Consideration stage.

The Majority Leader, Hon. Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu, who read the Business Statement for the week, called on his colleague MPs to work expeditiously on the Affirmative Action Bill to ensure more representation of women at the national political front.

Minority Leader Haruna Iddrisu  also urged the House to be firm in discussing issues by  pointing out explicitly what is right or wrong as that is the duty of the House stating that Parliament is a collection of diverse opinions 

He again appealed to his colleagues to ensure they shed excessive partisanship in their work and rather work passionately for the betterment of Ghanaians.

The Minority Leader also called on the security agencies to be neutral in this crucial election year and further urged the press to give fair reportage in their coverage of political activities.

By: Mery Quartey

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