Ghana’s Speaker of Parliament, Rt. Hon. Edward Doe Adjaho has urged leadership of the Majority side to impress on Ministers to respect the timetable of the House.
Welcoming Members of Parliament (MPs) from recess, the Speaker entreated Ministers to respond promptly to invitations to answer parliamentary questions and also carry through government business outline of the agenda of the business of the House, relating to their respective ministries, departments and agencies.
The Speaker reminded the Lawmakers that ‘this year is an election year and the timetable as well as the time available to the House is limited, adding that he hopes the MPs’ preparation towards the general elections later this year will not significantly affect attendance during sittings of the House.’
He also drew the MPs’ attention to the fact that ‘the agenda for this current Meeting is a tall one hence entreats them to attend up on the business of the House with punctuality and seriousness to facilitate expeditious consideration of programmed business.’
The Speaker further indicated that Leadership of the House was extremely concerned about the recent spate of attacks on some MPs, which had resulted in the death of a former MP for Abuakwa North Constituency, JB Danquah-Adu but was quick to urge the Lawmakers to take all necessary security precautions in their respective homes, whilst the matter was being addressed.
‘We need to give priority to the consideration of the Right to Information Bill, which is at the Consideration Stage’, the Speaker charged the MPs.
This is the Second Meeting of the Fourth Session of the Sixth Parliament of the Fourth Republic, after the august House had been on recess for almost three months.
Many bills are expected to be passed before the end of the Second Meeting of the House.