MPs urged to be punctual

Mr. Barton-Odro

Mr. Barton-Odro

Mr. Ebo Barton-Odro, First Deputy Speaker of Parliament, on Friday urged Members of the House to be punctual.

“Honourable Members, let’s try as much as possible to be in the chamber on time,” the First Deputy Speaker said.

His call was in response to a request by Dr Kojo Appiah-Kubi, Member of Parliament (MP) for Atwima Kwanwoma, requesting for proceedings of the House to commence exactly at 10 am so that much work could be done before the scheduled closing time at 2pm in order to avoid extended sitting.

However, the First Deputy Speaker who was chairing proceedings, answered that they did form a quorum at 10am.

Sitting for the day started at about 11:30 am instead of the scheduled 10am.

For the second week running and next week, the Business Committee had scheduled for extended sittings for much work to be done before the House goes on recess possibly by the end of July.

However, the House has closed for some days within time, prompting Dr Anthony Akoto Osei, MP for Old Tafo, to query last week why the proceedings had closed early, without the extended sittings when members had psyched themselves to work for extended periods.

Commenting on the Business Statement for next week, Mr Osei Bonsu Amoah, MP for Akwapim South, suggested to the Business Committee to design a tracking system to monitor compliance of directives from the House.

He recalled assurances from the Business Committee for weeks running, to schedule the Finance Minister to brief the House on the project between the Government and the Conti Group of Companies of the United States of America, on a signed 660 million dollars for the commencement of the much -anticipated Conti Project.

The Conti Project, a five-year project to be conducted at three different stages, is expected to tackle the Accra flooding and some sanitation and environmental challenges bedevilling the city.

Deputy Majority Leader, Mr Alfred Kwame Agbesi, advised members to draw the attention of the Business Committee to such matters to be featured in the business statements for subsequent weeks.

Meanwhile, the Business Committee has scheduled for the Committee of the Whole to be briefed on the recent demolition exercise at Old Fadama (Sodom and Gomorrah) by the Minister of Local Government and Rural Development, the Minister of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation, and the Accra Metropolitan Chief Executive.

-GNA

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