Members of Parliament (MPs) are on recess after 46 sittings of the Second Meeting of the Second Session of the Seventh Parliament
The Second Meeting witnessed the approval of
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There were also occasions of disagreements between the Majority and Minority sides on the appropriateness of some loan agreements.
As anticipated, the two sides occasionally slugged it out over the true state of the economy in terms of inflation, depreciation of the cedi, debt stock
One of the major decisions taken by the Minority side was the resolve to boycott the national identification card registration (Ghana Card) because voter identification cards were not considered as one of the primary documents for the registration.
The Privileges Committee also investigated the Member of Parliament (MP) for Assin Central,
But the house deferred the decision on whether to reprimand or suspend
The Majority Leader,
The expectation that the Right to Information (RTI) Bill, 2018 would be passed during the meeting did not
MPs began the consideration of the RTI; they were expected to amend 91 clauses in the bill before its passage into law.
The Minister of Finance,
As anticipated, there was a disagreement as to whether the economic outlook was good or not and whether the economic policies were prudent or not.
Even before the budget was presented, the Minority in Parliament kicked against government's intended decision to increase taxes as it would worsen the plight of businesses and households.
In his presentation,
But the Minority in Parliament would not budge as it accused the government of increasing the Value Added Tax (VAT) through the back door.
And on Friday, July 27, 2018, the house approved the mid-year fiscal policy review of the 2018 budget statement and economic policy of government after a
Some of the loans approved included credit and commercial facilities
The credit facility of €40.6 million is between the government and Bank Hapoalim B.M., while the commercial facility of €6.5 million is also between the government and Bank Hapoalim B.M.
Parliament again approved €93 million loan facilities for the redevelopment and
The facility agreement is between the government of Ghana, represented by the Ministry of Finance, and the Deutsche Bank AG, London branch, and its affiliates.
Parliament unanimously approved the nomination of
The approval of
The Minority Caucus in Parliament threatened to go to court to ensure that the voter identification cards (IDs) were accepted for the national identification registration (Ghana Card).
It said Article 42 of the Constitution specified that citizens of 18 years and above were eligible to register for the voter IDs, and, therefore, removing voter IDs as one of the documents required for the ongoing Ghana Card registration was illegal.
Besides, the Minority Members of Parliament (MPs) said the current Legislative Instrument (LI) on the national ID registration made provision for the voter IDs and other similar documents to be accepted for the Ghana Card registration.
During the meeting, the Women Caucus in Parliament also condemned the attack of a police officer on a woman at Midland Savings and Loans and called for a swift action to be taken against the police officer and the financial institution.
It said it would not relent until the woman got justice for the brutal attack on her.
The Deputy Majority Leader and Chairperson of the caucus,
In his concluding remarks, the Speaker of Parliament, Professor Aaron Michael Oquaye, said the house was expected to pass a number of bills, including the RTI Bill during the Third Meeting.
He said Parliament was working on the establishment of a legal and drafting department to aid the law-making process in the house.
Prof. Oquaye said very soon, Parliament would consider a Private Members Bill for: "Parliament will be seen to be responsive to the needs of the people."
The Majority Leader,
He expressed the conviction that the RTI Bill would be passed during the Third Meeting considering the work done on it so far.
The Minority Leader,
He acknowledged moves by the speaker to improve relations with the Minority side.