Parliament reconvenes tomorrow

Prof Mike Ocquaye,Speaker of Parliament (2)

Prof Mike Ocquaye,Speaker of Parliament (2)

Parliament will reconvene tomorrow to commence the Second Meeting of the First Session of the Seventh Parliament of the Republic.

The commencement of the meeting is at the behest of the Speaker, Professor Aaron Mike Oquaye after the House went on a break for the Easter festivities.

The recall is in line with Standing Order 37 of Parliament which gives summoning and dissolution powers to the Speaker of the House.

In a letter dated May 10 and addressed to legislators, the Speaker said the second meeting will commence on Tuesday, May 30, at 10am at Parliament House in Accra.

The first main business expected to be conducted by the House would be the vetting of the newly appointed Chief Justice (CJ), Sophia Akuffo, who has been chosen by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to replace retiring CJ, Georgina Theodora Wood.

During the last meeting, the House contributed immensely to the formation of the Akufo-Addo led government by overseeing the State-of-the-Nation Address, vetting and approval of the 110 Ministers of State and their Deputies.

The House during the 13-week sitting of the first meeting also approved the 2017 budget, passed several bills including the Appropriation Bill, Energy Sector Levies (Amendment) Bill, the Value Added Tax (Amendment) Bill, amongst others.

It was also rocked by controversies as the Appointments Committee of the House was alleged to have engaged in bribery though it was cleared by an ad hoc committee constituted to investigate the allegation.

By Julius Yao Petetsi

 

 

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