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Parliament adjourns sitting after committee meetings

BY: Enoch Darfah Frimpong

Just after the correction of the votes and proceedings for the last sitting and the presentation of a few papers, the Majority Leader, Mr Benjamin Kunbuor (NDC, Nandom), drew the Speaker’s attention to the fact that almost all committees were sitting at that moment, with some still preparing reports which the House was scheduled to deliberate on.

In his view, continuing with sitting could deprive many of them of their contribution to discussions on the few papers laid, adding that some of the members had declared their intention to make meaningful contributions to discussions on them.

But the Minority Leader, Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu (NPP, Suame), held a contrary view, saying considering how packed the business of the House would be today, sitting should be suspended until about 1 p.m. when the committee meetings would have ended to enable members participate in business on the floor of Parliament.

Otherwise, he said, Parliament would be saddled with so much work today that it would have to extend sitting to the evening.

“If we can suspend sitting and come back, Mr Speaker, we will be making progress,” he said.

The Speaker, Mr Edward Doe Adjaho, after consideration, adjourned the House but said there would be a “marathon sitting” today, considering the volume of work the House had to do before rising on Friday.

He said he had already alerted his deputies about how long sitting was likely to be today and how they might have to take over the Speaker’s chair when he (Adjaho) is tired.

Mr Kyei-Mensah Bonsu grudgingly agreed.

Story by Mark-Anthony Vinorkor