Blog

The goal of the Blog is to provide users with new resources and insights on what’s happening in parliament. This blog is the home of posts from Odekro staff and invited thought leaders in government.

Appointment Of New EC: Broad Consultation Is Not Sinful, Mr President
Posted on July 9, 2018 by Nii

By Nicholas Opoku The Electoral Commission (EC) Chairperson and two Deputy Chairpersons have been sacked in accordance with the due process for stated misbehaviour. We are ...

Corruption is a Big Issue: A corpus-assisted study of the discursive construction of corruption in Ghanaian parliamentary discourse
Posted on July 6, 2016 by Nii

This research paper examines the discursive construction of corruption by Ghanaian parliamentarians. It uses as dataset a 1.9 million-word corpus of Hansards of debates and committee ...

Invitation to Citizenship (Make Your Voice Heard)
Posted on December 27, 2017 by Nii

Odekro’s mission is to promote transparency, accountability and good democratic governance through citizen action and engagement with the Parliament of Ghana and other government agencies. ...

In the Matter of Ken Agyepong’s Breach of Privilege, Order 164 (4) Emerges as a Big Problem
Posted on July 4, 2018 by Nii

By Ernest Armah On Tuesday 3 July, 2018, the 31-member Privileges Committee had its first public hearing to interrogate contemptuous allegations brought against the contemnor, Hon. ...

Ghana’s Members of Parliament and How They Use Twitter
Posted on July 4, 2018 by Nii

By David Quartey Social Media’s prominence in Ghana’s political space has recently been growing. On Facebook and Twitter, by September 2016, 93 Members of Parliament had ...

Report on the First Session of the Seventh Parliament
Posted on June 13, 2018 by Nii

Ghana ushered in its Seventh Parliament on January 7, 2017, after its general elections the previous year that transferred both Executive and Legislative Control to ...

Ghana’s Most Active Legislators on Social Media
Posted on February 19, 2018 by Nii

Ghana’s Most Active Legislators on Social Media Elections are not won on social media. But gradually Ghana’s population is moving online (35% of the 29 million ...

The Minority’s Brouhaha, Conflict of Interest and the US$2.25billion bond Issue, Is there a case really?
Posted on January 31, 2018 by Nii

A complaint was filed at the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ) by one Mr Yaw Brogya Gyenfi on April 25th, 2017. The ...

6 KEY FINDINGS: AG's Performance Report on implementation of local content in the Oil and Gas Sector
Posted on January 25, 2018 by Nii

At the commencement of public business today, Hon. James Klutse Avedzi (MP, Ketu North; and Chairperson of the Public Accounts Committee) motioned for a debate ...

Contentious Cash for Seats Hearing Begins: Major Highlights of First Hearing
Posted on January 11, 2018 by Nii

Background On December 15 2017, Citifmonline.com reported Hon. Mubarak Muntaka alleging that the Ministry of Trade and Industry charged expatriate businesspersons “between US$25,000 and US$100,000 to ...

Odekro absenteeism report (First & Second Meetings of Parliament, 2017)
Posted on January 11, 2018 by Nii

Regular attendance of MPs to parliament is critical to the functioning of government on at least two important counts. First, it is crucial for the ...

Full list of MPs who approved the 2018 budget for the Ministry of Special Development Initiatives
Posted on December 22, 2017 by Nii

The Ministry of Special Development Initiatives overspent its budget by 587% in 2017. Though it received GHS226,404 for only goods and services, it had an ...

File: Office of the Special Prosecutor Bill, 2017
Posted on September 14, 2017 by Nii

The purpose of the Bill is to establish the Office of the Special Prosecutor as a specialized agency to investigate specific cases of corruption involving ...

The Polio Infection Threat; How The Health Committee of Parliament Can Fix This Once and For All
Posted on July 27, 2017 by Nii

It has been widely reported in the media the likelihood of newborn babies or to borrow our oft-quoted clique “our future leaders” getting infected by ...

Towing Levy and Public Backlash; An Example of Limited Citizen Engagement and Parliament Opacity
Posted on June 21, 2017 by Nii

On 25 February, 2015, the then Minister of Transport Honorable Mrs. Dzifa Attivor was summoned by Parliament to respond to a number of questions. MPs ...