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Parliament begins a 5-day sitting today

By Clement Edward Kumsah

Members of Parliament will today September 24, 2018, commence a 5-day sitting after they were recalled by Speaker Mike Ocquaye.

According to the Speaker of Parliament, the 5-day sitting is meant for Parliamentarians to debate some important bills before the house.

The statement from the Speaker of Parliament read " In exercise of the power conferred on the Speaker by order 42 (3) of the standing orders of the Parliament of Ghana, I, Rt. Hon. Prof. Aaron Mike Oquaye, Speaker of Parliament, do hereby direct that Parliament shall notwithstanding anything to the contrary, be recalled from recess to sit from Monday, 24 September 2018 to Friday, 28 September 2018 at 10 o’clock in the forenoon each day, at Parliament House, Accra, to consider among others, some urgent parliamentary businesses,”

In a related development, Speaker of Parliament, Prof. Mike Oquaye, has expressed confidence in the ability of the house to pass the Right to Information (RTI) bill in the next meeting which would begin in October 2018.

According to him, the considerable work that has been done by the house on the bill should make it easier for it to be passed when the house resumes sitting.

Speaking on the floor to end the second meeting of Parliament for this session, Prof. Mike Oquaye also emphasized the need for members to eschew lateness when the house resumes.

“In relation to the Right to Information Bill, we will steer the process…considerable work has been done and I trust that on our return this will be concluded in no time and the house will proceed in keeping this expectation.”

The Bill, which is expected to increase access to public information has been in and out of parliament for about 18 years without passage.

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