This Week in Parliament [30th May -2nd June, 2017]

Here are highlights of what MPs discussed this week - starting Tuesday, 30th May:

  • Preparedness of NADMO in the wake of natural disasters

MPs on debated the readiness of NADMO [National Disaster Management Organisation] upon the event of a natural disaster. MP for Ashaiman, Ernest Henry Norgbey bemoaned of the dangers that workers suffer anytime there’s rainfall in Accra; and Ghana as a whole.

MP for Builsa South, Clement Abas Apaak believes that NADMO can do more to carry out on its mandate considering the organization’s impressive track record in the past. He added that it is in the best interest of Ghana to ensure that NADMO is well-resourced as disasters are often unpredictable.

  • Parliament summons Finance Minister

The house [Parliament] invited Mr Ken Ofori-Atta - the Minister of Finance to answer questions on the recent $2.25 billion Bond sale by the Government of Ghana through his ministry. The invitation is for minister to present in full details processes that government followed in the issuance of those bond notes. Majority Leader and Minister for Parliamentary Affairs, Mr Osei-Kyei Mensah Bonsu (MP, Suame) told the house that Mr Ofori-Atta will be out the country this week and would not be able to honour Parliament’s invitation; Speaker Michael Aaron Oquaye gave Mr Ofori-Atta a week from Wednesday to appear before the house.

  • MPs condemn the murder of Captain Maxwell Adam Mahama

The members of parliament on Thursday took turns to speak against the gruesome murder of Captain Maxwell Mahama who was deployed to Denkyira-Obuasi as the leader of a military task force against ‘galamsey’ in that town. Mr Ras Mubarak (MP for Kumbungu) begun the discussion when he rose to give his statement. He called the act “barbaric” and said the late captain Mahama died a hero.

MP for Gomoa East, Mr Kojo Asemenyi called for civic education of Ghanaians on human rights in the event that when a person is accused of a criminal act, appropriate and humane response will be meted out.

Alhaji Inusah Fuseini (MP, Tamale Central) said, “what happened at Denkyira-Obuasi is neither cultural nor moral”.

Many other MPs stood up to contribute to this discussion; with leadership - minority and majority having the final say on the matter. Ranking member on the Defense Committee of Parliament, James Agalga (MP, Builsa North) called for an investigation into a statement that was made by DCE of Denkyira-Obuasi after the murder which apparently contradicted the account given by the military high command.

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