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Parliament To Partner Experts To Review Procedures | Parliament

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The Speaker of Parliament, Mr Alban Bagbin, has announced the House’s intention to create a platform to partner academia, legal and governance experts to lead detailed discussions on reviewing its composition and procedures.

He said recent Supreme Court decisions and directives among other court cases have affected the way members conduct business in the House.

“We may disagree with decisions but we are bound by those decisions and have to comply and obey. We have been called upon by those decisions to take action in reviewing the composition and procedures of the House. The earlier we do that the better for all of us and the country,” he said.

Speaker Bagbin made the statement in a formal communication to members at the beginning of the Second Meeting of the Second Session of the Eighth Parliament in Accra.

The House resumed sitting on Tuesday after a six-week break.

Speaker Bagbin explained that the deliberations by the experts would focus on the implications and effects of the court decisions on the practice and procedures of Parliament and the relationship between the Judiciary and the Legislature.

That would provide valuable input to enable Parliament to revise and refine its rules, laws and Standing Orders to comply with the provisions of the 1992 Constitution.

Speaker Bagbin said Parliament would also dedicate more attention to its oversight function, put in the legal processes to consolidate its strength, and empower members to perform their duties and responsibilities effectively.

“In this second session, we will take further vigorous steps to strengthen the hand of the House to hold government and state institutions accountable to the people for the power, trust, resources and hope reposed in them.”

“The executive President, assisted by the Cabinet and state institutions, shall be called upon to account for their stewardship of the country”.

The Minority Leader, Mr Haruna Iddrisu, said Parliament must set a rule-of-thumb on borrowing and at no time should it allow any government to borrow beyond 70 percent of Gross Domestic Product (GDP).

He said allowing governments with four to eight years mandate to borrow beyond 80 percent of GDP could spell doom for the nation.

“Therefore, we must make a decision, and this House should be able to do that…we must cap how much any government should be able to borrow not exceeding 70 per pent of GDP per best practice,” he said.

Mr Iddrisu called for public inquiry into the declassification of certain portions of the Achimota Forest Reserve by the Government, saying it must be treated as an urgent matter of concern.

He said the public must be made to know the processes regarding the release of the said lands to the allodial owners.

The Majority Leader, Mr Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu, called for a second look at Article 286 of the Constitution, which relates to assets declaration by public officeholders.

Public office holders like Members of the Council of State, officials of EOCO, the Special Prosecutor, Metropolitan, Municipal and District Chief Executives,  among others do not declare their assets, which did not help the fight against corruption, he said.

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Special Prosecutor Petitioned To Probe Alleged State Lands Belonging To Sir John | Politics

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Special Prosecutor, Kissi Agyebeng has been petitioned to look into the alleged state lands owned by the late Chief Executive Officer of the Forestry Commission (FC) Kwadwo Owusu Afriyie, popularly known as Sir John.

Corruption Watch in a petition dated 24th May 2022 is asking the Office of the Special Prosecutor to investigate:

1. Whether the said lands were owned by the Republic of Ghana at the time of their alleged acquisition by
Kwadwo Owusu Afriyie, Jakaypros Limited, Fasoh Limited, DML Limited and Charles Owusu.

2. The circumstances of the alleged acquisition

3. The Beneficial Owners of the companies implicated in this transaction and compliance with the
reporting requirements of such persons where they are PEPs under ss. 13, 35 and 126 of the Companies
Act 2019 (Act 992)

4. Who authorized the alleged sale or purchase of the lands?

Read the full petition below

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NPP Regional Elections: Check Yourselves First – Nana Akomea Schools Aspirants On How To Avoid Shock | Politics

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State Transport Corporation (STC) Managing Director, Nana Akomea, has sent a word of advice to the Regional executive aspirants of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) ahead of the party’s regional elections on Saturday, 28th May, 2022.

Speaking on Peace FM’s “Kokrokoo” programme, Nana Akomea, an experienced politician who’s held various positions in government, from being a Member of Parliament, Deputy Tourism Minister to Minister of Employment and Labour Relations, advised the aspirants to weigh their chances, whether or not they will win the elections, before they take a leap.

To him, some candidates blatantly go into elections without assessing themselves, hence their electoral fortunes resulting in a fiasco.

Defusing the mantra “Fear Delegates”, to wit one cannot entirely trust delegates because some will sycophantically support the candidates but vote against them during the elections, Nana Akomea believed the aspirants will have no need to fear the delegates if they do their homework well.

” . . find a way to do research. It’s on the basis of that research and when you have carried yourself that you can take a decision on whether to go for the elections or not,” he stated.

Nana Akomea, who is a four-time Parliamentarian representing his constituency, Okaikwei South from 1997 to 2013, showed the aspirants how he was able to win elections almost at ease.

“If you are standing for elections at whatever level, you must carry yourself. That’s the first thing you do. It’s when you don’t carry yourself that you will fear delegates,” he urged.

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