by Ernest Ashitey Armah Posted on July 14, 2017 at 12:00 AM
Highlights of what MPs discussed from 11-14th July, 2017
The Speaker has asked leadership to meet and report back to the House on when to invite-in an Accra-based businessman Sydney Casely-Hayford, for questioning over an incriminating remark that he made about MPs and the work they do in Parliament on a radio station. According to Ras Mubarak (MP, Kumbungu) who brought the issue to the House, Mr. Casely-Hayford is in contempt of Parliament.
MPs praised All Nations University for the successful launch of Ghana’s first satellite into space orbit. The MPs made their remarks after separate statements were presented by George Mireku Duker (MP, Tarkwa-Nsuaem) and Ras Mubarak (MP, Kumbungu) respectively. The MPs also called for State support for the institution and all other institutions who initiate such projects.
The House paid a glowing tribute to Hon. Alban Kingsford Sumana Bagbin (MP, Nadowli/Kaleo) and Second Deputy Speaker on his 60th birthday and 25 years as a Member of Parliament. In a statement presented by Emmanuel Kwesi Bedzrah (MP, Ho West), Ghanaians should celebrate their leaders while they are alive, not after they are dead. Mr. Bedzrah also recommended to the House to create an Upper Chamber for retired MPs whose experience and wisdom can be tapped into for policy making. Several MPs took turns to wish the Second Deputy Speaker well. The House gave Mr. Bagbin a standing ovation.
The House adopted a report by the Committee on Selections which Suggested changes to the existing composition of committees. This is as a result of ministerial roles assigned to some MPs who also served as Chairpersons of Committee for their sectors.
The Minority Spokesperson on Health, Joseph Yieleh Chireh (MP, Wa West) was given the floor to ask the Minister of Health, Kweku Agyeman-Manu an ‘’urgent'’ question with regards to when debts owed by the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) will be paid.
The minister in response said ‘’apart from NHIS arrears, the ministry also owes about $100 million to its service providers’’ including donor agencies, and that government is ‘’working tirelessly’’ with Ministry of Finance to settle NHIS debts. When pressed on to give a timeline for the debt payment, the minister said, ‘’it is a little difficult to say when the debts would be paid’’, but [government] is working to get all debts paid. Outstanding debt owed by NHIS to its service providers is GH¢844 million.