Debates of 27 Jun 2014

MR SECOND DEPUTY SPEAKER
PRAYERS 10:40 a.m.

VOTES AND PROCEEDINGS AND THE OFFICIAL REPORT 10:40 a.m.

  • [No correction was made to the Votes and Proceedings of Thursday, 26th June, 2014.]
  • [No correction was made to the Official Report of Tuesday, 24th June, 2014.]
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    BUSINESS OF THE HOUSE 10:40 a.m.

    Majority Leader/Chairman of the Business Committee (Dr Benjamin B. Kunbuor) 10:40 a.m.
    Mr Speaker, the Committee met yesterday, Thursday, 26th June, 2014 and arranged Business of the House for the Fourth Week ending Friday, 4th July, 2014.
    Mr Speaker, pursuant to Standing Order 56 (2), the Committee accordingly submits its report as follows:
    Arrangement of Business
    Question(s)
    Mr Speaker, the Committee has programmed the following Ministers to respond to Questions asked of them during the week:
    No. of Question(s)
    i. Minister for Energy -- 3
    ii. Minister for Water Resources, Works and Housing -- 5
    iii. Minister for Roads and Highways -- 5
    Total number of Questions -- 13
    Mr Speaker, in all, three (3) Ministers are expected to attend upon the House to respond to thirteen (13) Questions during the week.
    Statements
    Mr Speaker, pursuant to Order 70(2), Ministers of State may be permitted to make Statements of Government policy. Mr Speaker may also admit Statements to
    be made in the House by Hon Members in accordance with Order 72.
    Bills, Papers and Reports
    Mr Speaker, Bills may be presented to the House for First Reading and those of urgent nature may be taken through the various stages in one day in accordance with Order 119. Papers and Committee reports may also be presented to the House.
    Motions and Resolutions
    Mr Speaker, Motions may be debated and their consequential Resolutions, if any, taken during the week.
    Conclusion
    Mr Speaker, in accordance with Standing Order 160(2) and subject to Standing Order 53, the Committee submits to this Honourable House, the order in which the Business of the House shall be taken during the week.

    Public Holiday (Republic Day)

    Questions --

    *109. Mr Frederick Opare-Ansah (Suhum): To ask the Minister for Energy and Petroleum what the Ministry is doing about connecting the following towns in the Suhum Municipality to the National Electricity Grid: (i) Ayisikrom (ii) Akortey (iii) Kromameng (iv) Gamameng (v) Adidiso (vi) Obomofodensua (vii) Obomena Nkatekwan (viii) Oboatumpan (ix) Korasang (x) Simatare (xi) Snar (xii) Suhum Abisim (xiii) Krobomu.

    *110. Mr Isaac Kwame Asiamah (Atwima-Mponua): To ask the Minister for Energy and Petroleum when electricity supply from the National Grid would be extended to the following communities in Atwima Mponua Constituency: (i) Akantansu (ii) Baakoniaba (iii) Akwaburaso (iv) Wansamire (v) Awisesu (vi) Kasotie (vii) Kyekyewere.

    *114. Mr Hennric David Yeboah (Afigya-Sekyere East): To ask the Minister for Energy and Petroleum when will the ongoing electricity projects at the following com- munities in the Afigya Sekyere East Constituency be completed: (i) Kokoteasua (ii) Krakrom (iii) Montosua (iv) Morso (v) Hiamankyene.

    Presentation of Papers --

    Report of the Finance Committee on the On-Lending Agreement between the Government of the Republic of Ghana and the Ghana Water Company Limited for an amount of forty-eight million, one hundred thousand United States Dollars (US$48.1 million) to finance Parts B and D4 of the Greater Accra Metropolitan Area Sanitation and Water Project under the Financing Agreement between the Govern- ment of the Republic of Ghana and the International Development Association for a grant equivalent to one hundred and fifty million United Stated Dollars to finance the proposed Greater Accra Metropolitan Area Sanitation and Water Project (GSWP).

    Motion --

    Adoption of the Report of the Finance Committee on the Financing Agreement between the Govern- ment of the Republic of Ghana and the International Development Association (IDA) for an amount equivalent to one hundred and one million Special Drawing Rights (SDR 101,000,000 [US$156.0 million equivalent) to finance the Ghana Secondary School Education Improvement Project.

    Consequential Resolution
    Majority Leader/Chairman of the Business Committee (Dr Benjamin B. Kunbuor) 10:40 a.m.
    Consideration Stage of Bills --
    Customs Bill, 2014
    Plant Breeders Bill, 2013 (Continuation)
    Committee sittings.

    Questions --

    *118. Mr Frederick Opare-Ansah (Suhum): To ask the Minister for Water Resources, Works and Housing when Akorabo will be provided with a small town water system.

    *119. Mrs Ursula G. Ekuful (Ablekuma West): To ask the Minister for Water Resources, Works and Housing what steps the Ministry is taking to rehabilitate the central sewage systems in the Dansoman Estates.

    *120. Mr Philip Basoah (Kumawu): To ask the Minister for Water Resources, Works and Housing how much has been spent on the Kumawu Water Project as at 31st January 2014.

    *121. Mr Philip Basoah (Kumawu): To ask the Minister for Water Resources, Works and Housing what is the percentage of work done so far on the Kumawu Water Project.

    *122. Daniel Nii Kwartei Titus-Glover (Tema East): To ask the Minister for Water Resources, Works and Housing how soon the Ministry will work on the 5-Beach erosion problem in Tema Manhean.

    Statements --

    Motions --

    (a) Adoption of the Report of the Finance Committee on the On- Lending Agreement between the Government of the Republic of Ghana and the Ghana Water Company Limited for an amount of forty-eight million, one hundred thousand United States Dollars (US$48.1 million) to finance Parts B and D4 of the Greater Accra Metropolitan Area Sanitation and Water Project under the Financing Agreement between the Government of the Republic of Ghana and the International Development Association for a grant equi- valent to one hundred and fifty million United Stated Dollars to finance the proposed Greater Accra Metropolitan Area Sani- tation and Water Project (GSWP).

    Consequential Resolution

    (b) Adoption of the Report of the joint Committee on Finance and Roads and Transport on the Commercial Agreement among the Government of the Republic of Ghana, Lonrho Ports Ghana Limited and Atuabo Freeport Ghana Limited in respect of the Ghana Oil and Gas Freeport Project.

    Consequential Resolution

    Consideration Stage of Bills --

    Customs Bill, 2014 (Continuation of Debates)

    Plant Breeders Bill, 2013 (Continuation of Debates)

    Committee sittings.

    Questions --

    *129. Mr Benito Owusu-Bio (Atwima- Nwabiagya North): To ask the Minister for Roads and Highways when the Barekese - Fufuo - Adugyama road will be completed to reduce traffic on the Abuakwa - Sunyani road.

    *130. Mr Benito Owusu-Bio (Atwima- Nwabiagya North): To ask the Minister for Roads and Highways when the broken culvert bridge on the Bonsua - Worapong road will be replaced before the rains start again.

    *131. Mr Frederick Opare-Ansah (Suhum): To ask the Minister for Roads and Highways what the Ministry is doing about tarring the remainder of the Suhum town roads.

    *132. Mr Frederick Opare-Ansah (Suhum): To ask the Minister for Roads and Highways what the Ministry is dong about tarring the following roads in the Suhum Municipality: (i) Suhum - Ateebu (ii) Suhum - Adarkwa - Nankese (iii) Akorabo - Oboatumpan (iv) Akorabo - Simatare (v) Brondensuso - Obomena Nkatekwan - Oboatumpan (vi) Kukua - Asarekrom - Afanso Dedewa.

    *133. Daniel Nii Kwartei Titus-Glover (Tema East): To ask the Minister for Roads and Highways what effort the Ministry is making to create additional access roads into Tema Manhean to avoid heavy traffic congestion on the old road.

    Statements --

    Consideration Stage of Bills --

    Customs Bill, 2014 (Continuation of Debates)

    Plant Breeders Bill, 2013 (Continuation of Debates)

    Committee sittings.

    Mr Speaker, there is an ongoing exercise for the biometric registration for the National Health Insurance. It is being done now with the staff of Parliament and we intend that from 30th onwards, Hon Members, their families and dependants can avail themselves for the re- registration.

    Mr Speaker, we also expect that there would be training programmes for both Caucuses, so we have adjusted the Business of the House to suit these training programmes that would take place.

    Respectfully submitted, Mr Speaker.
    Mr Benito Owusu-Bio 10:40 a.m.
    Mr Speaker, I asked an Urgent Question some weeks ago regarding 25 classes under trees in my constituency-- [Interruption.] Yes. They are holding the classes under trees; that is it. They are classes; it is not classroom. If you say classroom -- how can classroom be without walls? They are classes. [Interruption.]
    Mr Second Deputy Speaker 10:40 a.m.
    Hon Benito Owusu-Bio, address the Chair. Please, let there be order.
    Mr Owusu- Bio 10:40 a.m.
    Mr Speaker, it is still raining and they are still sitting under trees. I thought that it being very urgent and important, the Business Committee could have added it to their business for next week.
    Mr Second Deputy Speaker 10:50 a.m.
    Hon Member, have you filed the Question? This is because the Business Committee cannot --
    Nii Kwartei Titus-Glover: Not yet, Mr Speaker. I am in the process to file an Urgent Question.
    Mr Second Deputy Speaker 10:50 a.m.
    Hon Majority Leader?
    Dr Kunbuor 10:50 a.m.
    Mr Speaker, I think we should get these things about the Job 600 clear. There are two aspects of it. The civil works is what is being handled by the Ministry of Water Resources, Works and Housing. The furnishing and furniture is

    what is being handled by the Parliamentary Service Board. From all the information that I have, the civil works are almost complete but there is a linkage between the civil works, the Information, Communication and Technology (ICT), and the furnishing.

    There is going to be a Committee meeting of the House Committee, in which all these details would be made available. This is because, these are welfare matters, we prefer that they should be discussed a bit differently because there are some details that we think we cannot say here. But those who have been following this would know that, we all thought it was a straight forward issue until we got into the mechanics of it and noticed that, commitments were made as far back as 2008/2009 which we are now coming to terms with.

    So, we would certainly make all the information available but where it comes to the furnishing, the Minister for Water Resources, Works and Housing would not be the appropriate person to answer a Parliamentary question on it. But we would make the detailed information available and make sure that all Hon Members come to terms with where we have reached. A lot of work has been going on and the final meeting of the Parliamentary Service Board was concluded on this matter last week. So, we have reached a point now that is fiscal implementation.
    Mr Second Deputy Speaker 10:50 a.m.
    Hon Bedzrah.
    Mr Emmanuel K. Bedzrah 10:50 a.m.
    Thank Mr Speaker.
    Mr Speaker, I need your guidance on this issue. There is a letter in our pigeon holes, I was expecting the Business Committee to programme the entire House
    to discuss it. If you would permit me, Mr Speaker, I would want to quote from the letter. It is a letter from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration signed by one Akwasi A. Agyare, Chief of Protocol which has the heading: Control Measures Intended to Reduce the Running Cost of the London Mission”.
    Mr Speaker, the stated categories of people are supposed to receive attention from our Mission in London and they include: Ministers; Deputy Ministers who conduct Government Businesses in London; Chief Justice; Mr Speaker himself; the Vice President and spouse; the President and First Lady; Former Presidents and spouses; the Leadership of Parliament; this excludes Members of Parliament who are supposed to do Government Business in London.
    I was expecting the Business Committee to call Hon Members for us to discuss this extensively.
    I need your guidance on this.
    Thank you, Mr Speaker.
    Mr Second Deputy Speaker 10:50 a.m.
    Hon Majority Leader.
    Dr Kunbuor 10:50 a.m.
    Mr Speaker, this correspondence came to our attention last week. The Minority Leader, the Speaker and I discussed it. We have put in some administrative measures to make sure that an appropriate response to this letter is done. In the interim, the Leadership has agreed that no leader would take advantage of this until all Members of Parliament are included. [Hear! Hear!] We intend to send the message that, if this letter is not discussed and withdrawn; no leader who is travelling to the London office should take advantage of the courtesy inasmuch as it includes Hon Members.
    We are putting in the processes to handle this matter. But for those of you
    who are old in this House, you would know that, this is not the first time that this matter has come up and we would advise the Director of Protocol seriously that, it is a path that we have walked before in this House, that, some discussions needed to have taken place before this type of correspondence is sent.
    So, we are actually handling aspects of this matter.
    Mr Second Deputy Speaker 10:50 a.m.
    Hon Owusu-Bio, I have received the assurance of the Clerks-at-the-Table that, they are working on your Question. So please liaise with them. I am sure that the Hon Majority Leader would be pleased to treat it with urgency.
    Mr Owusu-Bio 10:50 a.m.
    Thank you, Mr Speaker.
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    Mr Second Deputy Speaker 10:50 a.m.
    Thank you very much.
    Hon Member?
    Mr Annoh-Dompreh 10:50 a.m.
    Thank you, Mr Speaker.
    Mr Dominic B. A. Nitiwul 10:50 a.m.
    Mr Speaker, I thought we would deal with the issue that has been raised by the Hon Member first.
    Mr Second Deputy Speaker 10:50 a.m.
    Unless Leadership is not satisfied with the indication given by -- [Interruption.]
    Mr Nitiwul 10:50 a.m.
    I think there are other suggestions coming from other Members because somebody behind me just whispered something into my ears.
    Mr Second Deputy Speaker 10:50 a.m.
    Do you think that -- [Interrruption.]
    Mr Nitiwul 10:50 a.m.
    I think I share that view. So, it is good to let us hear what he has to say. In my view, especially people from this side of the House, would share that view, then we can move on from there because this cannot continue to happen.
    Mr Second Deputy Speaker 10:50 a.m.
    I would permit one person to comment, after that, Leadership would handle it. We do not want to spend too much time on it. So I would permit one person to comment from the Minority side. So choose who should comment.
    Hon Akoto Osei is commenting?
    Dr Anthony Akoto Osei 10:50 a.m.
    Mr Speaker, I would want to crave the indulgence of Leadership to summon the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration to come and explain to this House why such a directive that is written by a Director, not even a Minister -- This is the type of disdain they have for this House and we should not tolerate this. We are no less than anybody in the Executive.
    I think they should come and explain themselves here, otherwise, nothing from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration should be tolerated. After all, they travelled with the Committee on Foreign Affairs and they expect them to do their work and they went and wrote this letter for the Minister.
    Mr Second Deputy Speaker 10:50 a.m.
    I see the Majority Leader nodding his head and I think that Leadership would discuss it and take all these sentiments into account.
    Hon Annoh-Dompreh, let us move on.
    Mr Frank Annoh-Dompreh 10:50 a.m.
    Thank you Mr Speaker.
    Mr Speaker, last Friday --
    Mr Second Deputy Speaker 10:50 a.m.
    My attention has just been drawn to the fact that the Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee wants to pass a comment; the Ranking Member is also here. Let us hear the Ranking Member before we hear the Chairman, that is, if the Ranking Member has something to say.
    Mr Isaac Osei 10:50 a.m.
    Thank you Mr Speaker. I share the views expressed by Hon Akoto Osei. Leadership talked about talking to the Director. We do not talk to the Director, it is the Minister who has to explain why this decision has been taken. There are other implications of the decision which I believe they have not taken account of and if they were to consult us, we would probably have given them some more information.
    I think the right thing is what has been suggested that the Minister should be summoned to explain. If it is only an explanation of cost, then that cannot be justified under any circumstance because there are other reasons why people in positions such as ours should be accorded these protocols by various embassies.
    Mr Second Deputy Speaker 10:50 a.m.
    Ranking Member, I recalled that, you were once the High Commissioner to the Court of St James and in your experience, was this the norm in the past or it is -- [Interruption.]
    Mr I. Osei 10:50 a.m.
    No, I think Members of Parliament were taken care of; but the things which really increase cost are other people: party functionaries, and so on who claim the attention of these Missions.
    If it is people going on Government Business, I do not see why the Government cannot facilitate their Business by offering them protocol services.
    Mr Second Deputy Speaker 10:50 a.m.
    The Chairman of the Committee before the Majority Leader.
    Hon Majority Leader, I want you to have the last word.
    Chairman of the Committee.
    Mr Emmanuel Kwasi Bandua 10:50 a.m.
    Mr Speaker, I wish to support the position taken by Hon Akoto Osei. Indeed, when I saw the letter, I was amazed, because at least, if anything of that sort was going to happen, they could have consulted me informally before bringing up such a matter.
    I was so disgusted that, in fact, I felt that something urgent needed to be done. It boils down to the fact that, the Executive does not respect Parliament and for this reason, I would even say that whenever that Bill comes before us that there should be separation, we should separate, so that if the Executive does its own thing, we would also do our own thing here. Then we can hold them to account when these issues arise.
    Yes, we must take a serious note of this matter and then anytime we are dealing with -- in fact, even Hon Members of the House, Hon Members of Parliament even do not respect ourselves, those who are Ministers; and these are issues that arise when such matters arise. So I will urge Hon Members, we should always insist on our rights and ensure that the right things are done always.
    Mr Second Deputy Speaker 11 a.m.
    You know, that is why I wanted to cut this issue short. I would just let the Hon Majority Leader speak and then, nobody else would speak on it.
    Dr Kunbuor 11 a.m.
    Mr Speaker, we certainly are proceeding at the level at which the Hon Member for Tafo has indicated. In fact, I am aware of a draft letter on this matter on Mr Speaker's table and one of the paragraphs there is to find the appropriate mechanism to bring the Hon Minister to this House for a discussion on it. As to whether it would come by way of an urgent Parliamentary Question or a Committee of the Whole, Mr Speaker would direct on it.
    Mr Second Deputy Speaker 11 a.m.
    Hon Annoh-Dompreh, you have two issues, choose one.
    Mr Annoh-Dompreh 11 a.m.
    Mr Speaker, respectfully, last week Friday, your good self was in the seat when the Hon Deputy Minister for Roads and Highways attended upon the House to answer Questions.
    There was a particular Question from the Hon Member for Asunafo North of which a follow-up Question, the Hon Deputy Minister answered among other things, that the contract was terminated.
    He was asked to provide reasons for the termination of that contract and the Hon Minister had said that the House should give him a week and your goodself, respectfully, Mr Speaker, ruled that the Business Committee should take notice and programme the Hon Deputy Minister to attend upon the House to provide Answer.
    I have read through the Business Statement, it is conspicuously missing and I wish to find out from the Business Committee why the Hon Deputy Minister, or the Hon Minister for Roads and Highways was not programmed to answer that Question-- it is in relation to the termination of the contract. Mr Speaker, I ask this because --
    Mr Second Deputy Speaker 11 a.m.
    Hon Annoh-Dompreh, thank you. Take your second issue. Do not tell me why; take your second issue.
    Mr Annoh-Dompreh 11 a.m.
    My second issue has to do with a Question filed to the Ministry of Youth and Sports. Even though my Question appeared on the Order Paper, somehow, Mr Speaker, I was not allowed to ask that very Question. In the wake of the seeming poor performance of the Black Stars at the world stage, I wish to seek your guidance because as it appears, I was not allowed to ask the Question and I do not know what to do.
    Mr Second Deputy Speaker 11 a.m.
    I think that Hon Majority Leader, you were not here last week when a Deputy Minister was standing in for his Minister. And in quite a number of his Answers, he said that --
    “I will bring the information; I will bring the information.”
    I remember asking around that what the procedure is when somebody, in answering a Question says -- he could have said that, if you ask a question on this particular issue, I will answer it. But he kept on saying “I will bring the information.” So, I remember I asked Hon Papa Owusu-Ankomah and a number of Hon Members what the procedure was when an Hon Minister comes and says “I will bring the information in a week's time”.
    Does it bind the Business Committee to list it? Is it Government Assurances? I think that is what Hon Annoh-Dompreh is raising and the issue came up quite a lot last week. What is your view, Hon Majority Leader?
    Dr Kunbuor 11 a.m.
    As a matter of procedure, if the Question specifically to the Hon Minister is whether he wants to assure the House that this information would be

    brought, that is a matter for the Assurance Committee. But if it is this loose thing that “I will bring the information”, the Hon Member who asked the Question should have pressed, this is because there are forms in which information comes to the House. So once we have not had that clarification, we would get in touch with the Table Office and see the most appropriate way.

    On the second issue that he raised, please, let us get our procedure right. Your Standing Orders provide the processes in terms of how Mr Speaker rejects or admits Questions. And if the Question is not admitted, there are processes we can use to deal with it. It could be the wording, it could be another thing. Mr Speaker would normally guide us as to how to go about it. But once it has been rejected, it cannot come before the Business Committee. That is why we do not find it in the Business Statement.

    What he is talking about in relation to the Hon Minister for Youth and Sports -- I said that, there were about three issues that he raised -- specifically, has to do with the fact that, the Hon Minister had been out already. We all know the normal processes and challenges we have been going through for the past few weeks. Then the Deputy is not too clear in our minds what exactly the situation is.

    We would want to clear these things in a week's time so that we get it. It is not because we do not want the Hon Minister to answer the Question. If there is a challenge, there is a challenge.
    Mr Second Deputy Speaker 11 a.m.
    Hon Annoh-Dompreh, is that the situation? I did not understand it that way. Was your Question advertised?
    Mr Annoh-Dompreh 11 a.m.
    Mr Speaker, respectfully, yes, it was advertised.
    Mr Second Deputy Speaker 11 a.m.
    It came on the Order Paper?
    Mr Annoh-Dompreh 11 a.m.
    Yes. And I was told that I was supposed to be given a Written Answer. As I speak with you Mr Speaker, I do not have that Answer. And it is more than a fortnight. So answers have to be provided, Mr Speaker.
    Mr Second Deputy Speaker 11 a.m.
    I thought it is common knowledge that all the Hon Ministers for Sports and the Deputies are in Brazil -- [Interruption] -- They cannot come back, we only lost yesterday; it is not possible for them to come back today. It is for Sports?
    Mr Annoh-Dompreh 11 a.m.
    Rightly so Mr Speaker.
    Mr Second Deputy Speaker 11 a.m.
    And you want a Written Answer? It cannot come from -- Hon Annoh-Dompreh, when a Director in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration communicated to us, we were not too pleased about it. Even though the responses are given -- [Interruption] -- I want to understand what is going on.
    Mr Nitiwul 11 a.m.
    Mr Speaker, it was the very day that we had the altercation. When the Question was asked, he demanded a Written Answer because it was not starred. And for a Written Answer, he should have had it on the same day. As we sit today, the Hon Member has not had the Written Answer. So after almost one and a half weeks, the Hon Member is asking why he has not had that Written Answer that he was supposed to have; that is all.
    Mr Speaker, we do not accept that the Hon Minister and his Deputy are in Brazil, because of that -- [Interruption] -- that
    is the information you are giving us. In fact, it should have come from the Chairman of the Business Committee, but you have volunteered that information. We do not accept that at all, that the Hon Minister and thhe Hon Deputy are all in Brazil. It cannot be possible and it should not be possible.
    Mr Second Deputy Speaker 11 a.m.
    Hon Deputy Minority Leader, in court, there is something they call “Judicial Notice”. That the judges take notice of notorious facts. I think in Parliament too, the Speaker is entitled to take notice of notorious facts. I do not know about the Deputy, but the Hon Minister -- I have been seeing his pictures in newspapers. The man is in Brazil, is he not? Anyway, you say I should not say it, so maybe the Hon Majority Leader would --
    Dr Kunbuor 11 a.m.
    What we are indicating is that, if we see the nature of the Written Answers, a number of them are major policy issues that the Hon Minister himself needed to see. My directive was that, it should be possible for them to send electronically, the Questions for his comments and then they would be transmitted to the House. I do not know what the exigencies in Brazil are like, but the real fact is that, we have not received the Written Answers; we have to be candid with this House.
    We will take all the necessary steps to find out why the Written Answers have not come even if the Hon Minister was not here physically himself to take a look at it.
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    Mr Second Deputy Speaker 11:10 a.m.
    Is it on the same issue?
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    Mr Second Deputy Speaker 11:10 a.m.
    Yes, Hon Muntaka?
    Alhaji Muntaka 11:10 a.m.
    Mr Speaker, whereas I perfectly sympathise with the Deputy Minority Leader for the frustration of not getting the Answer, but he definitely knows that, the Standing Orders of this House perfectly disagree with him on some of his choice of words, and I think it
    is not fair to the Hon Minister and his Deputy for him to describe them in the manner that he did.
    Mr Second Deputy Speaker 11:10 a.m.
    He is gesticulating to me that he would withdraw.
    Mr Nitiwul 11:10 a.m.
    Mr Speaker, I would take that one out. I would take the “running of the mouth” out and I would take the issue that they were drinking coconut, but the people of Ghana would judge that one, not me. I would take that out.
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    Mr Second Deputy Speaker 11:10 a.m.
    As I recognise Hon Yieleh Chireh, I thought somebody would raise the issue that when a Minister is not there, another Minister is supposed to be responsible, but if you do not raise the issue, I cannot raise it for you. Hon Yileh Chireh?
    Mr Chireh 11:10 a.m.
    Mr Speaker, I would want to raise the issue -- If you look, the Business Committee has indicated that we would continue with the Plant Breeders Bill at the Consideration Stage. But you know that there have been petitions to the Hon Speaker which have been considered by the Committee. I thought that they would have brought the Report of that Committee for a debate before we can continue.
    Mr Speaker, the other issue is that, the Chairman of the Constitutional, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Committee moved two Motions yesterday, and they were all put on hold invariably because, people who seconded were told they would have the opportunity to debate it. I am surprised it is not listed anywhere in the -- and these are very important issues, one about
    corruption and the other is a Report of the Human Right Commission.
    I think that the Business Committee should properly schedule these debates for consideration, not that, one morning, we would all come and see that it has been listed for “continuation of debate”. It must be properly done, so that we debate it fully.
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    Mr Second Deputy Speaker 11:10 a.m.
    Yes, Hon Member?
    Mr Ntim 11:10 a.m.
    Hon Speaker, last week I submitted an Urgent Question and I have just gone through the Business Statement, it is not -- I am coming under Order 64.
    Mr Speaker, the Question relates to a serious development of arrays of pot- holes in some sections of the Offinso North -- Techiman asphalt road, which is causing serious accidents, claiming lives.
    Between January to date, Mr Speaker, over 30 accidents have been recorded, and several human beings -- serious injuries, and I thought that it would be programmed for hearing but I have gone through the Business Statement, there is no indication. So, Mr Speaker, I am just seeking your guidance.
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    Mr Second Deputy Speaker 11:10 a.m.
    Hon Member for Offinso South?
    Mr Banda 11:10 a.m.
    Mr Speaker, pursuant to the concerns raised by Hon Yieleh Chireh, I happened to be on the Committee, and the current state of affairs in respect of
    the petitions is that, it is true that certain people petitioned the Hon Speaker just at the time when we had got to the Consideration Stage, and the Hon Speaker rightfully referred the petitions to us.
    Last week, for the Information of the House, we met and dealt with the various petitions. They were about three, one came from Dr S. K. B. Asante. We have dealt with the petitions and the Report is being prepared. I believe that by the close of next week, or in the course of next week, the Report would be made available to the entire house.
    Mr Second Deputy Speaker 11:10 a.m.
    I thought you were also going to comment on the Motion you seconded yesterday. You secon ded t he Mot ion on An t i - Corruption --
    Mr Banda 11:10 a.m.
    Yes, that is true. I believe that, that issue remains within the purview and the jurisdiction of the Business Committee because yesterday, the consensus was that, I should second but suspend my submission with liberty to come back, and I have done my part. So, it is for the Business Committee to programme when the submissions would be made by Members who are interested in doing so.
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    Mr Second Deputy Speaker 11:10 a.m.
    Hon Prempeh?
    Dr Prempeh 11:10 a.m.
    Mr Speaker, this is a personal issue that I am raising with the Business Committee.
    Mr Second Deputy Speaker 11:10 a.m.
    It is not part of the --
    Dr Prempeh 11:10 a.m.
    As part of the Business Committee -- [Interruption] -- It is personal and affects a lot of Members.
    Dr A. A. Osei 11:10 a.m.
    Mr Speaker, while I do not disagree with the Hon Member, the fact is that, a letter has come from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and Regional Integration so, that must be dealt with. Now, if you want to go to State Protocol and re-define our services as in the conditions of service, that is a different matter. I am referring to this meeting because it was written by the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, and we have to deal with that.
    Mr Second Deputy Speaker 11:10 a.m.
    Hon (Maj) Oduro (retd)?
    I would take one more.
    Maj. Derick Oduro (retd): Mr Speaker, I would want to make a suggestion to the Business Committee if they can invite the Minister for Interior and Regional Integration to come and brief the whole House, and for that matter, the entire country about the security situation in Bimbilla. We are told so many people have been killed in Bimbilla including a chief, and there are accusations and counter accusations, threats and counter threats within the region. So if -- [Interruption] -- the Minister could be brought to the House to brief us.
    Mr Second Deputy Speaker 11:20 a.m.
    Hon Majority Leader, if you have nothing to say, I would adopt it.
    Dr Banjamin B. Kunbour 11:20 a.m.
    We have taken note of most of the concerns, and we would make sure that those that are useful for plenary, we would handle them at plenary and those that we need to be handled in close sitting, we would do that.
    So, the concerns have been noted.
    Mr Second Deputy Speaker 11:20 a.m.
    The Business Statement for the fourth week ending Friday, 4th July, 2014, is hereby adopted.
    Majority Leader, Item number 4.
    Dr Kunbuor 11:20 a.m.
    Item 4, Mr Speaker.
    Mr Speaker, as is known to this House, already in terms of this Ministry, we would want to ask that the Hon Deputy Minister answers the Questions because the last time this matter came up on the floor, we
    Dr Kunbuor 11:20 a.m.


    Mr Speaker, when we are craving your indulgence, we are asking for you to exercise a discretion out of the normal; and that is the context in which these applications are made.
    Mr Second Deputy Speaker 11:20 a.m.
    Hon Deputy Minority Leader, you do not oppose it, do you?
    So since you do not oppose it, I have granted the indulgence. Hon Hennric David Yeboah? I have granted the indulgence, he does not oppose it.
    ORAL ANSWERS TO QUESTIONS 11:20 a.m.

    MINISTRY OF ROADS AND 11:20 a.m.

    HIGHWAYS 11:20 a.m.

    Mr Isaac Adjei Mensah 11:20 a.m.
    Mr Speaker, the Bepoase-Daban Road forms part of the Bepoase-Daban junction Daban- Muntukwa feeder road. The Bepoase- Daban Junction road is bituminous surfaced in fair condition. Daban junction
    to Daban Muntukwa is a gravelled road in poor condition.
    The Daban-Junction to Daban- Muntukwa section has been planned for engineering studies this year. The outcome of the studies will determine the type of intervention that would be carried out on the road.
    Meanwhile, routine maintenance works would be carried out on the road this year.
    Mr Speaker, the Funifuni to Daban- Muntukwa forms part of the Daban Junction to Daban-Muntukwa Feeder Road.This section has also been planned for engineering studies this year and the outcome would determine the necessary intervention to be carried out.
    Routine maintenance works would be carried out on the road this year.
    Mr Speaker, the Bepoase-Nobesu road is an engineered feeder road which forms part of the Bepoase Junction-Bepoase- Nobesu-Amponsakrom (15.7km) feeder road.
    The first 6.1km from Bepoase Junction to Bepoase was awarded for bitumen surfacing in 2011 and was completed in
    2012.
    The Bepoase -Nobesu section is a gravelled road and was also awarded for spot improvement in 2012 and has since been completed.
    As part of the future programme, the road has been programmed for routine maintenance.
    Mr Second Deputy Speaker 11:20 a.m.
    Yes, Hon Member?
    Mr Yeboah 11:20 a.m.
    Mr Speaker, I would want to know from the Hon Deputy Minister -- he said, maintenance works would be carried out on the road this year. I want to know when, because when it rains, the people there are kept indoors.
    Mr I. A. Mensah 11:20 a.m.
    Mr Speaker, when the rains recede, then work would continue on that road.
    Mr Second Deputy Speaker 11:20 a.m.
    Hon Member?
    Mr Yeboah 11:20 a.m.
    Mr Speaker, I would want to ask the Hon Deputy Minister to do grass-cutting to open up the road so that if the road is not motorable people could walk from village to village.
    Mr I. A. Mensah 11:20 a.m.
    Mr Speaker, this would form part of the routine maintenance works to be carried on the road.
    Mr Second Deputy Speaker 11:20 a.m.
    Hon Hennric Yeboah -- Question 75.
    Wiamoase-Bepoase-Kofiase Feeder Road
    (Tarring)
    Q.75. Mr Hennric David Yeboah asked the Minister for Roads and Highways why the 200m section of road at the outskirts of Wiamoase on the Wiamoase - Bepoase - Kofiase feeder road had not been tarred?
    Mr Mensah 11:20 a.m.
    Mr Speaker,
    Background
    The Agona-Wiamoase-Kofiase feeder road is 27.6 km long. It is engineered road and starts from Agona through Wiamoase
    to Kofiase. The road is located in the Afigya Sekyere East District of the Ashanti region. The bitumen surfacing of Agona to Kofiase has been programmed in two phases.
    The first 10.5km section from Agona to Wiamoase was bitumen surfaced in 2011. The bitumen works ended just after Wiamoase towards Kofiase town.
    The road connecting Wiamoase to Kofiase town is a straight one.
    About 200m from where the tarring works ends is a branch road to Bepoase town. This 200m gap actually forms part of the Wiamoase-Kofiase road which forms part of the phase two programme.
    Future Programme Engineering studies have been
    conducted on the Wiamoase - Kofiase road which included the 200m gap. The type of intervention would be bitumen surfacing, but subject to availability of funds, the road would form part of the 2015 budgetary programme.
    Mr Yeboah 11:20 a.m.
    Mr Speaker, the Deputy Minister said, ‘availability of funds'. When it rains the gravels are washed up to silt and flow into the side drains. Does he not think it is causing another financial loss to the state?
    Mr I. A. Mensah 11:20 a.m.
    Mr Speaker, I do know that there are some consequences, therefore, this would be factored into the 2015 programme and the expectation should be that there should be financial availability to resolve this problem.
    Mr Second Deputy Speaker 11:20 a.m.
    Question 126 in the name of Hon Yaw Afful.
    Mr Ignatius B. Awuah 11:20 a.m.
    Mr Speaker, Hon Yaw Afful is currently with the Committee on Local Government and Rural Development on duty in the northern part of the country. He has therefore asked me to ask his Question for him.
    Mr Second Deputy Speaker 11:20 a.m.
    Yes, go ahead.
    Work on the Drobo-Sampa Trunk (Resumption)
    Q. 126. Mr Ignatius Baffour Awuah (On behalf of (Mr Yaw Afful) asked the Minister for Roads and Highways when the contractor working on the Drobo - Sampa trunk road in the Brong Ahafo Region would resume work?
    Mr Second Deputy Speaker 11:30 a.m.
    Hon Deputy Minister?
    Mr I. A. Mensah 11:30 a.m.
    Thank you, Mr Speaker.
    Background
    The Drobo-Sampa trunk road forms part of the Berekum-Sampa road designated as route IR9. In view of the strategic importance of the Berekum- Sampa road which links the Jaman South and Jaman North Distr icts to neighbouring Cote D'Ivoire, 56 kilometers of the stretch including the Drobo- Sampa section was awarded for reconstruction to a double Bituminous treated surface on 29th March, 2007. The works commenced on 2nd May, 2007 and was scheduled for completion on 1st May, 2010.
    Ninety per cent (90%) of the road has been primer sealed while fifty per cent (50%) has received first seal?

    The project's completion date was reviewed up to 2nd November 2012, but the contractor failed to complete the works. The contractor has been cautioned to move to site and resume works.
    Mr Second Deputy Speaker 11:30 a.m.
    Hon Member?
    Mr Awuah 11:30 a.m.
    Mr Speaker, I would want to know from the Deputy Minister- the Question was specifically about when the contractor is going back to site.
    He said that the contractor has been cautioned. I would want to know from the Minister when the contractor was cautioned.
    As he also said, the project was supposed to be completed in 2012. What is the new completion period?
    Mr I. A. Mensah 11:30 a.m.
    Mr Speaker.
    The contractor failed to perform, that is why he was cautioned and asked to move to the site to resume work immediately. The expectation is that, he would move to site and commence work as appropriate.
    Mr Second Deputy Speaker 11:30 a.m.
    Hon Minister, he also asked when the new completion date was? Could you answer that?
    Mr I. A. Mensah 11:30 a.m.
    Mr Speaker, because the road per the contract -- in deed, the performance of the contractor has not fitted itself into the completion date. The expectation is that, the contractor resumes work and completes it on time.
    Mr Speaker, I am not in the position to be able to tell exactly when he would be able to complete it, but my expectation is that, in line with the appropriate con- tractual discipline; and because of the fact that he has not been able perform and has been cautioned he would complete this project as soon as possible.
    Mr Awuah 11:30 a.m.
    Mr Speaker, the Minister in his Answer rightly observed that, the Drobo-Sampa road is part of the Brekum- Sampa trunk road which links Brong Ahafo to neighbouring Cote d'Ivoire --
    Mr Second Deputy Speaker 11:30 a.m.
    Your Question, please.
    Mr Awuah 11:30 a.m.
    Mr Speaker, I would want to know from the Hon Minister whether even before the Drobo-Sampa portion was completed, the Brekum- Drobo part of the road had already started deteriorating? What is he going to do about that?
    Mr Second Deputy Speaker 11:30 a.m.
    That is another Question, and I overrule that Question.
    Mr Awuah 11:30 a.m.
    Mr Speaker, thank you and I accept that.
    Mr Second Deputy Speaker 11:30 a.m.
    Standing Order 69 must guide you.
    The next Question is for --
    Mr Awuah 11:30 a.m.
    Mr Speaker, I have three supplementary questions and the second one was declined.
    Mr Second Deputy Speaker 11:30 a.m.
    But you asked a two-in-one Question. The fact that you asked it in one breath does not mean that it is one Question. You asked two distinct Questions.
    You have your last supplementary question so ask your last Question.
    Mr Awuah 11:30 a.m.
    Mr Speaker, we were told in the Answer that primer seal is 90 per cent and the first seal is 50 per cent, but the road is supposed to be a double seal. So, I would want to know from the Minster, what is the total percentage of work done on the road so far?
    Mr Adjei Mensah 11:30 a.m.
    Mr Speaker, we determine this in percentage wise, that, is why I did indicate that, 90 per cent of the road has been primer sealed while 50 per cent has received first sealing. These are in percentage determinations.
    Mr Second Deputy Speaker 11:30 a.m.
    The next Question is in the name of Mr Kwame Govers Agbodza, the Member of Parliament for Adaklu.
    Adaklu Waya-Ho (Construction)
    Q127. Mr Kwame Govers Agbodza (Adaklu) asked the Minister for Roads and Highways when the road between Adaklu Waya (the District Capital) and Ho (the Regional Capital) would be constructed.
    Mr I. A. Mensah 11:30 a.m.
    Mr Speaker. The Adaklu Waya to Ho road comprises the Adaklu Helekpe to Ho which is part of the Ho-Adidome road and the Adaklu Helekpe - Adaklu Waya which branches off the Ho - Adidome road at Adaklu Helekpe.
    The Adaklu Helekpe - Ho road forms part of the Ho - Adidome road which is 48 km in length. It is graveled surfaced and was awarded for construction on 22nd
    April, 2010 for completion on 16th March,
    2011.
    The Adaklu Helekpe -Adaklu Waya road is a graveled surfaced road which is 17km in length. The first 5km of this road from Adaklu Helekpe is being constructed under the contract for the construction of Ho - Adidome road.
    The remaining 12km of the Adaklu Helekpe to Adaklu Waya has been programmed for routine maintenance.
    The delay in completion of the project is due to the following reasons:
    i) Excessive rainfall in the project area
    ii) Difficulties in acquiring borrow pits
    The completion date of the project has been reviewed up to 31st December, 2014 and the contractors have been cautioned to ensure that works under the project are completed before the scheduled date of 31st December, 2014.
    Mr Speaker, as part of the current programme the remaining 12 Kilometres of the Adaklu Helekpe to Adaklu Waya has been programmed for routine maintenance this year.
    In the future, indeed provision has been made for the upgrading of the roads in the 2015 budget.
    Mr Agbodza 11:30 a.m.
    Mr Speaker, I am satisfied with his response.
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    Mr Second Deputy Speaker 11:30 a.m.
    Hon Chief Whip?
    Mr Botwe 11:30 a.m.
    Mr Speaker, I would want to find out from the Hon Deputy Minster, whether this road forms part of the roads that should have been constructed before the rehabilitation of the Adome Bridge, which got the chiefs and people of the Volta Region very upset when the President went there?
    Mr Second Deputy Speaker 11:30 a.m.
    Hon Minister?
    Mr I. A Mensah 11:30 a.m.
    Mr Speaker,it is not part of the road.
    Mr Second Deputy Speaker 11:30 a.m.
    Thank you very much.
    The last Question is in the name of Hon Benito Owusu-Bio.
    Abuakwa- Mfensi Speed Ramp (Construction)
    Q.128. Mr Benito Owusu-Bio (Atwima Nwabiagya North) asked the Minister for Roads and Highways when speed ramps would be constructed on the Abuakwa - Mfensi stretch of the Kumasi-Sunyani Highway to prevent frequent pedestrian knock downs.
    Mr Second Deputy Speaker 11:40 a.m.
    Hon Minister?
    Background
    Mr I. A. Mensah 11:40 a.m.
    Mr Speaker, Abuakwa-Mfensi is on the Kumasi- Sunyani Road in the Atwima-Nwabiagya North District of the Ashanti Region. Accident reports in the towns on the entire road have revealed frequent
    Mr I. A. Mensah 11:40 a.m.


    pedestrian knockdowns in the towns. A careful analysis of these reports has identified over speeding and reckless driving as the major cause.

    Current Programme

    Following further studies on the road, sets of rumble str ips have been constructed in Mfensi Town this year. Additional speed tables would be added and continued to Pokukrom and Potrikrom under our programme for this year. The contractor is scheduled to move to site before the end of July, 2014.
    Mr Owusu-Bio 11:40 a.m.
    Mr Speaker, in the Hon Minister's Answer, he said that, following, further studies on the roads, sets of rumble, strips have been constructed in Mfensi Town this year. Additional speed tables would be added and continued to Pokukrom and then Potrikrom. Mr Speaker, my question was when speed rumps would be constructed on the Abuakwa to Mfensi stretch of the Kumasi-Sunyani Highway.
    The Minister's Answer, after carefully reading it, I understand that they are planning to construct speed rumps from Mfensi to Potrikrom and Pokukrom which is not the Answer to my Question -- [Interruption] -- Yes! So, he has gone beyond Mfensi; that is where they are going to start from. I am talking about Abuakwa to Mfensi, but they are heading from Mfensi to Potrikrom.
    Mr Second Deputy Speaker 11:40 a.m.
    Hon Minister, if I understand him then it means the Question has not been answered. He is talking about Abuakwa to Mfensi, but you are talking about from Mfensi going.
    Mr I. A. Mensah 11:40 a.m.
    Hon Speaker, indeed, Abuakwa forms part of the stretch that is scheduled for further provision of tables to be covered this year.
    Mr Owusu-Bio 11:40 a.m.
    Mr Speaker, precisely, the locations I am talking about are Abuakwa, Manhyia-BKC, Atwima- Koforidua and Ntensere-Tabere to Mfensi. These are precisely where I am talking about.
    Would the Hon Minister assure me that these towns would be included?
    Mr I. A. Mensah 11:40 a.m.
    Mr Speaker, indeed per our programme, all these communities are covered. Therefore, the provision of additional speed tables would cover these communities.
    Mr Owusu-Bio 11:40 a.m.
    Mr Speaker, the frequent knockdowns on this road is not only due to speed rumps or tables but rather also due to the fact that, the Sofoline to Abuakwa interchange has not been completed. As a result of this -- [Interruption.]
    Mr Second Deputy Speaker 11:40 a.m.
    Hon Member based on your own theory -- [Laughter.]
    Mr Owusu-Bio 11:40 a.m.
    Drivers after being delayed for over two hours, as soon as they go beyond Abuakwa decide to overspeed to catch up; to make up the time.
    Mr Second Deputy Speaker 11:40 a.m.
    Hon Owusu-Bio!
    Mr Owusu-Bio 11:40 a.m.
    That is why they are killing my people.
    Mr Second Deputy Speaker 11:40 a.m.
    Hon Owusu-Bio!
    Can you resume your seat please? Based on your own previous admonition that when we are talking about Abuakwa to Mfensi, we should not talk about Mfensi going. I would also not allow you
    to start from Sofoline. You want to go further this way, I would not allow you to start from Sofoline, please.
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    Mr Second Deputy Speaker 11:40 a.m.
    I would not recognise Hon Afenyo-Markin; I would not recognise him for this one. I think he stood up all right, but I would recognise the Hon Member for Atwima- Nwabiagya South.
    Please, we are not going to Sofoline neither are we going to;-- We are not going out of Abuakwa Mfensi.
    Mr Anthony O. Boakye 11:40 a.m.
    Mr Speaker, I would want to ask the Hon Minister for Roads and Highways in respect of the type of road rumps to be built on the stretch of roads being asked. How much would each cost?
    Mr Second Deputy Speaker 11:40 a.m.
    Hon Minister? You have listened carefully, I hope you would answer carefully as well.
    Mr A. Mensah 11:40 a.m.
    Mr Speaker, I think I would need notice on the specifics regarding the costs. But the speed rumps or the rumble strips and the speed tables are there to ensure that accidents are being controlled.
    Mr Boakye 11:40 a.m.
    Mr Speaker I do not think he has answered the Question.
    Mr Second Deputy Speaker 11:40 a.m.
    He said that with regard to the quantum he would need notice and I agree with him. The second one, Hon Minister, you answered that, did you not? -- Rumple strips and speed tables; I have a problem with -- what speed tables are?
    Mr Boakye 11:40 a.m.
    Yes, because I know that -- [Interruption.]
    Mr Second Deputy Speaker 11:40 a.m.
    I have always said that, especially, your areas are rather technical. So perhaps next time, you would explain some of these things and some of the questions could come out, or you would want to just tell us what speed tables are maybe? Because there are different kinds of these rumps; there are some which are very high, some which are strips.
    Yes?
    Mr I. A. Mensah 11:40 a.m.
    Mr Speaker, the rumble strips are the tiny stretches painted white that when you drive on them it gives that noise “brrrrrrm”, then the speed tables are a bit larger. So they are like tables on the roads.
    Mr Second Deputy Speaker 11:40 a.m.
    Hon Minister, I do not know how they would record this ‘brrrrrrm' -- [Laughter] -- I do not know how they would record this ‘brrrrrrm' in this thing.
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    Mr Second Deputy Speaker 11:40 a.m.
    Hon Afenyo-Markin?
    Mr Afenyo-Markin 11:40 a.m.
    Thank you, Mr Speaker.
    I would like to know from the Hon Minister, from his earlier Answer on the state of the road the Answer as provided for in the records. Has he subjected it to any verification or this is what was provided him by the technical men? I would want to know from the Hon Minister.
    Mr Second Deputy Speaker 11:40 a.m.
    Hon Minister, do you want to answer that Question? Well, I would call you; I have to call you, I have confidence -- Yes, Hon Minister?
    He said have you personally verified it or is it just what the technical men gave you? I think it applies to all the Questions.
    Mr I. A. Mensah 11:40 a.m.
    Mr Speaker, all these information I have provided this House is from my office; the Ministry of Roads and Highways.
    Mr Second Deputy Speaker 11:40 a.m.
    Thank you, that would be all.
    Hon Minister, thank you very much. You would sit down and then I discharge you. [Interruption] -- Which definition is that?
    Mr Owusu-Bio 11:50 a.m.
    Mr Speaker, in the Minister's Answer to the Question one of our Colleagues just raised, the Minister defined the speed ramps as the white markings that when the vehicle passes on, it does reeeehhhhh, -- I would want to find out --
    Mr Second Deputy Speaker 11:50 a.m.
    No, you have changed it; the Minister said “brrrrrrrr”, you have said “reeeeeehhhh”. We understand.

    That brings us to the end of Question time.

    There are no Statements, at the commencement of Public Business, Majority Leader; Presentation of Papers.
    Dr Kunbuor 11:50 a.m.
    Mr Speaker, we can take item six.
    Mr Second Deputy Speaker 11:50 a.m.
    Item number six, Chairman of Committee.
    PAPERS 11:50 a.m.

    Dr A. A. Osei 11:50 a.m.
    Mr Speaker, I was trying to catch your attention before the commencement of Public Business.
    If you look at the presence of Members in the House, there is obviously a reason and I need your guidance on how this matter can be handled. The apparent shortage of petrol is causing a lot of Members of Parliament, in fact, they have been sending messages.
    Next week, we have important business; I think Leadership should look at how this matter can be solved. Those of us who drive diesel, the problem is not as much but I think it is a real problem so that Members in this House can have a way to conduct our business.
    Mr Second Deputy Speaker 11:50 a.m.
    Majority Leader?
    Dr Benjamin B. Kunbuor 11:50 a.m.
    The point is well noted. I think I myself had a challenge with petrol this morning, so the point is well noted.
    In the light of that, Mr Speaker, to give us enough time to be able to comb round the town and find enough petrol for our Parliamentary activities and the fact that there are a number of other commitments of Members over the weekend, I beg to move, that this House do adjourn till next week Wednesday, the 2nd of July, at 10.00 o'clock in the forenoon.
    Mr Second Deputy Speaker 11:50 a.m.
    Hon Chief Whip?
    Mr Dan Botwe 11:50 a.m.
    Mr Speaker, I beg to second the Motion.
    Question put and Motion agreed to.
    ADJOURNMENT 11:50 a.m.

  • The House was accordingly adjourned at 11.54 a.m. till Wednesday, 2nd July, 2014 at 10.00 a.m.