Parliament will resume sittings from today, May 24, 2022.
This will be the second meeting of the second session of the 8th Parliament, with proceedings expected to start at 10 am on Tuesday.
“Pursuant to Standing Order 32(2) of the Parliament of Ghana, I, Cyril Kwabena Oteng Nsiah, Clerk of Parliament, hereby notify MPs that the second Meeting of the Second Session of the Eighth Parliament of the Fourth Republic Shall Commence on Tuesday, May 24, 2022, at 10 am in the forenoon at Parliament House, Accra,” the notice said.
Parliament is expected to consider several government programmes and bills before it goes on another recess in August 2022.
The Finance Minister, Ken Ofori-Atta, would equally deliver the mid-year budget review in July to the House.
In the previous meeting, the Minority accused President Akufo-Addo of constant breaches of the law despite his much-touted status as an advocate of the rule of law.
North Tongu Member of Parliament (MP), Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, insisted that the President has not complied with a constitutional provision to furnish Parliament with the annual report on the staff at the presidency.
Deputy Majority Leader Alexander Afenyo-Markin, incensed over the description, called on his colleague NDC MP to withdraw the words.
The demand threw the House into chaos as members from both sides argued on top of their voices.
SALL residents petition Speaker Bagbin again
Residents of the Santrokofi, Akpafu, Lolobi and Likpe (SALL) have decried the deliberate attempt to deny them representation in the eighth Parliament.
In a new petition to the Speaker, Alban Bagbin, the residents said in May last year that they petitioned the Parliament; however, next to nothing has been done about their plight.
Thus, in a new letter addressed to the Speaker, the Office of the Joint Steering Committee (JSC) of the Lolobi and Akpafu Traditional Areas has asked the leader to intervene.
“Rt. Hon Speaker of Parliament, speak, “Thy Servants” heareth, SALL, Ghana and the world, wait for the collective verdict and action now!”
The aggrieved residents reiterated their plea to get a representation in Parliament.
According to them, it seems some powers that be want to deny the “poor and humble” people of SALL representation.
“It has been 499 days without representation of the people of Santrokofi, Akpafu, Likpe and Lolobi Traditional Areas, also known as SALL, in the 8th Parliament of our beloved country Ghana.
“This situation appears to have been imposed on the poor and humble people of SALL by some state institutions and agencies.
“Otherwise, our persistent cry over the period would have invited rectification and relief from those who have been charged to ensure that fundamental human rights are not trampled upon,” they noted.
While describing the situation as frustrating and mind-boggling, the residents said they will not relent until their request is actualized.