Mr. John Kwabena Oti Bless, the Member of Parliament for Nkwanta North, who has been nominated for the position of Deputy Minister for Local Government and Rural Development, has been urged to render an apology to the Judiciary for making disparaging remarks against the Chief Justice.
The Speaker of Parliament, Edward Adjaho, urged the nominee, whose nomination was yet to be approved by Parliament, to render a public apology to the Chief Justice, Mrs. Georgina Theodora Wood.
“One of the last things that I will do is to have this House and the head of another arm of government having problems. I have, therefore, behind the scenes, taken some steps in consultation with some members of the leadership of the House to see how this matter can be resolved.
“As a result of those consultations, it is important that the member who made those statements must apologise, otherwise it will serve as a dangerous precedence. I am not in charge of government business but it is my duty to guide this House on any business that will put us in difficulty,” Mr Adjaho said.
The law makers, two days ago, approved the two other nominees of President John Mahama for deputy ministerial positions, leaving out Mr. Bless.
They are Emmanuel Bombande, Deputy Minister-Designate for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, and Joseph Tetteh Agmor, Deputy Minister-Designate for the Eastern Region.
In another development, Parliament went on recess yesterday after sitting for about fifty days, passing 19 bills.
Mr. Adjaho, in his closing remarks, said the House is committed to approving key bills such as the Right to Information (RTI) Bill before the dissolution of Parliament.
While wishing the members the best in their campaign ahead of the general elections in December, the Speaker urged them not to engage in any activity during the campaign that would bring the House into disrepute.
“I urge all honourable members of this house to uphold the dignity of this House during the upcoming election campaign period by exhibiting the highest level of maturity and restraint in the face of any provocation.”
“I advise all aspirants to conduct their campaign devoid of acrimony, insults, and vile attacks. I also advise members to desist from any physical and verbal attacks on constitutional bodies as this causes our citizens to lose confidence in our governance institutions thereby creating instability and undermining our democratic credentials,” he said.
The Majority Leader, Alban Bagbin, commended the members for dedicating themselves towards the approval of the business brought before them.
“I am aware the Rt. Hon Speaker may be minded to recall the House for the third meeting before the general elections but this may be for a brief period,” he said.
The Minority Leader, Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu, described the meeting as eventful and acknowledged the diligent efforts of members in ensuring the effective execution of parliamentary business.
By Yaw Kyei