The Speaker of Parliament, Rt. Hon. Dr. Edward Doe Adjaho, says the news that Parliament postponed its reconvening date for a week due to financial constraints is false. He has therefore urged the media to always cross check their facts on stories before publishing because the public depends largely on them for information.
The Speaker raised the issue in an address to welcome Members of Parliament from their Christmas break. According to him the reconvening date for the House at the end of the last meeting of Parliament was inconclusive.? He said only one notice of reconvening of parliament was issued and that only one date has been gazetted and that is February 3, 2015.
Rt Hon. Dr. Doe Adjaho, informed the House that the agenda for this meeting is packed and that the cooperation of the Ministries, Departments and Agencies are needed in fulfilling the timetable. He urged them to ensure early submission of proposed legislations and other proposals so the House can have enough time to work on them.
This meeting is expected to last for the next eight weeks. Some of the businesses expected to be conducted by the House in this meeting include the State of the Nation?s Address by the President, the consideration of the Right to Information Bill; the Property Rights of Spouses Bill, among others.
The Minority Leader, Osei-Kyei Mensah-Bonsu and the Majority Leader, Alban Kingsford Sumana Bagbin highlighted on the need for punctuality by members which according to them will be a major contributing factor to the House fully exhausting its agenda. They also hinted about a possible relook at the 2015 budget either through a total review or through the presentation of a supplementary budget.
Alban Bagbin appealed to the public to desist from calling Members of Parliament on their mobile phones during Parliamentary sittings between especially between the hours of 10:00 am and 2:00 pm.
He said this when done will enable MPs to concentrate fully on their core responsibilities of making laws and keeping government officials in check.
Source: Clement Akoloh , Spy News Agency