Debates of 08 February 2017

MR SPEAKER

PRAYERS

VOTES AND PROCEEDINGS AND THE OFFICIAL REPORT

Speaker
Mr Speaker

Hon Members, item numbered 3 -- Correction of Votes and Proceedings and Official Report. The Votes and Proceedings of Tuesday, 7th February, 2017 -- Page 1 …8 --

Speaker
Mr Emmanuel Kwasi Bedzrah

Mr Speaker, our Colleague, the Hon Eric Opoku, Member for Asunafo South was in the House yesterday. So, if they could amend it.

Speaker
Mr Speaker

Thank you very much, Hon Member.

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Mr Frank Annoh-Dompreh

Mr Speaker, my name has been captured as an absentee. Yesterday, I was here.

Speaker
Mr Speaker

Page 9, 10 --

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Mr George Nenyi K. Andah

Mr Speaker, page 10, the item numbered 7, line 4, it should read: “…the traffic congestion around the Kasoa toll booth and the Winneba roundabout …” Page 11, 12 --

Speaker
Mr George Nenyi K. Andah

Speaker
Mr Andrew Kofi Egyapa Mercer

Mr Speaker, page 12, paragraph 13 (ii), I believe the nomination of Ms Otiko Afisah Djaba is for appointment as Minister for Gender, Children and Social Protection and not Minister-designate.

Speaker
Mr Speaker

Hon Members, the Votes and Proceedings of Tuesday, 7 th February, 2017, as corrected are hereby adopted as the true record of proceedings.

[No correction was made to the Official Report of Tuesday, 31st January, 2017.]

Speaker
Mr Speaker

Hon Members, item numbered 4 -- Statements. I have admitted one Statement by Hon Alhaji B. F. Alhassan, Member of Parliament for Sagnarigu on violence and destruction of property in the Sagnarigu District and the Tamale Metropolis.

Speaker
Mr Haruna Iddrisu

Mr Speaker, I probably have to persuade you. The Hon Alhaji B. F. Alhassan is not in the Chamber presently. He was in my office shortly before I came for the pre- Sitting. It appears that at the pre-Sitting you considered two Statements. If it is only one, then we would have a difficulty. I have asked the Whips to get him into the Chamber. But if he is not available, you probably may defer that to tomorrow.

Speaker
Mr Speaker

Very well. Thank you very much, Hon Minority Leader. At the Commencement of Public Business -- item numbered 5. Hon Majority Leader, any indications?

Speaker
Majority Leader (Mr Osei Kyei- Mensah-Bonsu)

Mr Speaker, the Fifth Report of the Appointments Committee on His Excellency the President's nomi- nations for Ministerial appointments is not ready, so, it cannot be laid. Indeed, we are still considering some nominees, and it is envisaged that they would be through by Friday and then submit a Report on that. Mr Speaker, there are committees that are required to meet. We also need to have a joint caucus meeting. I would plead that we take an adjournment and have the joint caucus meeting, as has already been pleaded by the Hon Minority Leader and possibly create room for the presentation of that Statement tomorrow, or perhaps, the day after tomorrow. Mr Speaker, in that regard, I beg to move that this House adjourns till 10.00 o'clock tomorrow in the forenoon.

Speaker
Minority Leader ( Mr Haruna Iddrisu)

Mr Speaker, I beg to second the Motion for adjournment, noting that as indicated, the Fifth Report of the Appointments Committee on His Excellency the President's nominations is not ready, and we would continue Sitting in the consideration of Ministers-designate.

Speaker
Mr Speaker

All right. Before I put the Question, I will want the public to understand that at this time of the year, we are now putting into place Ministers and setting out businesses. We were discussing some of these prior to our coming in at this time. So, sometimes, when the House is late in Sitting at this time of the year, especially at the beginning of a new Session, it means that there is a lot of work. This could not be finished; that is why at one stage, we were nevertheless compelled to come in. So, tomorrow, we shall continue. Meanwhile, there will be committee sittings as was indicated. Question put and Motion agreed to.

ADJOURNMENTP

The House was accordingly adjourned at 12.08 p.m. till Thursday, 9th February, 2017 at 10.00 a.m.