Posted on May 29, 2020 by Pnafrica
After going on a short recess Parliament reconvened on 19 May to conduct business for the Second Meeting of the Fourth Session of the Seventh Parliament. The first sitting begun with brief remarks from leadership of the House and followed with an announcement of the appointment of Mr. Cyril Kwabena Oteng Nsiah as the Clerk to Parliament. The House is expected to operate under observation of social distancing protocols in order to protect Members and Staff from contracting coronavirus.
The following bills were presented to plenary and read for the first time.
The Borrowers and Lenders Bill, 2020 was presented by the Hon. Deputy Minister for Finance, Mrs. Abena Osei-Asare on behalf of the Hon. Minister responsible for Finance which was referred to the Finance Committee by the Rt. Hon. Speaker with Leadership of the Committee on Constitutional, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs joining in for consideration and report.
The Real Estate Authority Bill, 2020 was also laid by the Hon. Minister responsible for Works and Housing, Mr. Samuel Atta Akyea. The Rt. Hon. Speaker referred the Bill to the Committee on Works and Housing for consideration and report
The Hon. Minister responsible for Parliamentary Affairs, Mr. Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu on behalf of the Hon. Minister responsible for Education presented the Institute of Chartered Accountants, Ghana Bill, 2020. The bill was referred by the Speaker to the Committee on Education for consideration and report.
The Education Regulatory Bodies Bill, 2019 was taken through consideration during the week.
The Ghana AIDS Commission Regulations, 2020 was laid by the Minister of State responsible for the Ghana AIDS Commission, Dr. Kwaku Afriyie and it was referred to the Committee of Subsidiary Legislation for consideration and report.
The Hon. Majority Leader, Mr. Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu laid the Performance Audit Report of the Auditor-General on the Sustainability of Sports Stadia in Ghana. The Rt. Hon. Speaker referred the Report to the Public Accounts Committee for consideration and report.
The Annual Report of the National Road Safety Commission for the year 2018 was laid by the Minister responsible for Roads and Highways, Mr. Kwasi Amoako-Attah on behalf of the Hon. Minister responsible for Transport. The Rt. Hon. Speaker referred the report to the Committee on Roads and Transport for consideration and report.
Again, the Hon. Minister responsible for Roads and Highways, Mr. Kwasi Amoako-Attah on behalf of the Hon. Minister responsible for Monitoring and Evaluation laid the Budget Performance Report in respect of the Ministry of Monitoring and Evaluation for the period January to December, 2019. The Rt. Hon. Speaker referred the report to the Finance Committee for consideration and report.
The Hon. Minister responsible for Roads and Highways, Mr. Kwasi Amoako-Attah on behalf of the Hon. Minister responsible for Inner-City and Zongo Development laid the Budget Performance Report in respect of the Ministry of Inner- City and Zongo Development for the period January to December, 2019. The Rt. Hon. Speaker referred the report to the Finance Committee for consideration and report.
During the week the Hon. First Deputy Speaker and Chairman of the Appointments Committee, Mr. Joseph Osei-Owusu laid the twenty-sixth report of the Appointments Committee on H.E. the
President’s nominations for appointment as Justices of the Supreme Court.
A number of committees met during the week to conduct business. The Appointments Committee met and considered the nominations of H. E. the President of the following persons as Justices of the Supreme Court:
i. Justice Clemence Jackson Honyenuga
ii. Justice Issifu Omoro Tanko Amadu
iii. Mr. Emmanuel Yonny Kulendi
iv. Professor Henrietta J. A. N. Mensa Bonsu
The Committee on Standing Orders met and reviewed the Standing Orders.
A statement was made by the MP for Nsawam-Adoagyiri and Chairman of the Committee on Foreign Affairs, Mr. Frank Annoh-Dompreh in which he urged all to support local treatment practices in the fight against COVID – 19.
The Hon. Majority Leader, Mr. Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu also paid tribute in memory of the late Judge, Dr. Thomas Aboagye Mensah, a world renowned Jurist. The House observed silence for one minute in memory of the late Dr. Thomas Aboagye Mensah.
The Hon. Member for Awutu-Senya West, Mr. George Nenyi Kojo Andah made a statement on increased road accidents in the country and called for creation of awareness on road safety, observing road safety protocols and the enforcement of road traffic laws and regulations.
The Week Ahead
During next week some Ministers of State are expected to appear before the House to answer some questions by MPs bothering on different sectors of the economy. Some bilateral agreements are expected to be presented and approved as well during the week. A number of bills will be taken through second reading and the consideration stage.
Story by Benjamin Opoku Aryeh
Story by Benjamin Opoku Aryeh