President John Dramani Mahama will on Thursday, December 22, deliver to Parliament, the State of the Nation address.
His visit will be in pursuant to Article 67 of the Constitution which states “the President shall, at the beginning of each session of Parliament and before a dissolution of Parliament, deliver to Parliament the message on the state of the nation”.
The President’s message is expected to cover the economic, social, security and financial state of the country, as well as issues relating to the just-ended general elections.
It will be the last time President Mahama will be addressing the House before its dissolution on mid-night January 6, 2017.
The House is expected to reconvene from recess on Tuesday, December 20, to deal with outstanding issues before dissolution.
A statement signed by the Speaker of Parliament, Edward Adjaho, recalled the members from recess to complete the last meeting of the Fourth Session of Parliament.
“In exercise of the power conferred on the Speaker by Standing Order 42 (3) of the Parliament of Ghana, I, Rt. Hon Edward Doe Adjaho, Speaker of the Parliament of Ghana, do hereby direct that the Parliament of Ghana shall, notwithstanding anything to the contrary, be recalled from the recess which commenced on Thursday, 3rd November 2016 on account of the 2016 elections,” the statement said.
In another development, registration by members-elect into the next Parliament is expected to commence on Monday December 19.
By Yaw Kyei