This Week In Parliament [27 - 30 June, 2017]

Highlights of what MPs discussed from 27th - 30th June, 2017

  • Adaklu MP Questions Interior Minister

The Member of Parliament for Adaklu, Mr. Kwame Governs Agbodza asked the Minister for The Interior, Ambrose Dery when he appeared before the house this week when his constituency will have a ‘’full’’ police station. According to Agbodza, his constituents have provided residential facilities for the Police Commander and his officers as they wait for a police station.

In his response, the Minister indicated that the Police Administration is currently embarking on a ‘transformational agenda’ to ensure police stations are available across the country.

The MP for North Tongu, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa asked whether it is government policy to allow residents of a community to provide housing for police personnel, as such action can be perceived as a gesture to compromise the police.

  • Construction of More Offices for MPs

Hon.Rockson-Nelson Dafeamekpor (MP, South Dayi) inquired from the Minister of Parliamentary Affairs and Majority Leader, Hon. Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu (MP, Suame) about the remaining 23 MPs who are without offices.

Hon Mensah-Bonsu said discussions are ongoing to increase the existing number of offices to cover MPs who do not have offices. He also stated that it was a ‘breach of consideration’ on MPs serving as deputy ministers and having offices in the Job 600 building. He assured MPs that construction of additional offices is a priority.

  • MPs on Data Protection

MPs discussed the need for data protection of Ghanaians. This was brought to the fore by Member of Parliament for Juabeng, Ama Pomaa Boateng in a statement read on the floor of Parliament. She said, “it is crucial [for government] to take a look at our privacy protection framework.” She went further to state that not much is being done on e-governance, although the Data Protection Act 2012 is in place to ensure the privacy of citizens.

In contributing to the statement, George Nenyi Andah (MP, Awutu-Senya West) said, “we all have a role to play in ensuring data protection” and encouraged Ghanaians to register with Ghana Data Protection Commission by visiting the portal at dataprotection.gov.gh/register-us .

MP for Wa Central, Dr. Rashid Pelpuo in his contribution said, ''Data is becoming a key part of life” so all should therefore learn how data works.

Anyinamadu-Antwi Kwame (MP, Asante Akim Central) stated that Information Technology (IT) has caught up with our society and it is a reality we cannot run away from.

Sam George (MP, Ningo-Prampram) said,”collection,handling and protection of data is a major challenge in the world”.

Adwoa Safo (MP, Dome Kwabenya) stated that as a country, there is the need for us to prioritize data protection. She also mentioned that the Public Procurement Authority is rolling out an e-service platform as a way of reducing the “human face” in procurement.

Minority Leader and MP for Tamale South, Haruna Iddrisu spoke about the need to harmonise all national IDs into one database and added that the National Data Centre was set up to facilitate the process.

  • MPs on Management of the District Assembly Common Fund(DACF)

Hajia Alima Mahama (MP, Nalerigu) said it is the intention of government to push as many resources that are available to the Metropolitan,Municipal and District Assemblies(MMDAs). She categorically stated that the arrears for the School Feeding Programme have also been paid. However, for this year it has not been included in DACF.

On that note, the House adopted the proposed 2017 formula for the distribution of the District Assembly Common Fund (DACF).

  • MPs on Penalty Charges on low income Ghanaian Students in Tertiary Institutions

Dr. Oko Vanderpuye (MP, Ablekuma South) said it is agreed that not all policies from outside of Ghana need to be imported into our educational system and the time is due for us to put an end to such practices.He also finds it conflicting for tertiary institutions to charge students who default payment as this could also damage the future of the youth and deny them access to education.

  • MPs on Encouraging Citizen Volunteerism

Ahead of the Republic Day Celebration, the Minister for Youth and Sports,Isaac Asiamah who double as MP for Atwima-Mponua, recognized the voluntary contributions of senior citizens towards sports in Ghana and thus, called on follow MPs to encourage the spirit of volunteerism in their respective constituencies.

Sophia Ackuaku (MP, Domeabra/Obom) joined in to congratulate all gallant senior citizens.

  • MPs on Roads

Nii Okai Laryea (MP, Amasaman) asked the Minister for Roads & Highways, Kwasi Amoako-Atta, when the Kojo Ashon-Konkon road of Abehenase will be completed.

In his response, the Minister said that work is ongoing on the Sapeiman Road which is in the Amasaman Constituency with a project cost of GHS61,571,535.50 out of which 50% has been provided.

Etse Kwame Dafeamekpor (MP, South Dayi) also asked when the Asikuman-Have stretch of the Eastern Corridor Road will be completed.The Minister stated that the project is indeed facing some issues;amount spent so far on the Eastern Corridor Road amounts to GHS84,567,296.80 and contractor is still not at site. He also mentioned that, the Asikuma junction to the Have road will be asphalted.

In addition, Kwame Governs Agbodza (MP, Adaklu) inquired about the commencement of the Adaklu Abuadi to Keyime, Waya- Mafi Kumasi Roads .

In turn, Emmanuel Kwasi Bedzrah (MP, Ho West) asked when the Bame-Dzolokpuita-Kpedze Roads,Abutia-Kloe-Juapong and Dzolo Gbogame-Kpedze Sreme Junction will be due for completion. The Minister replied that, the Ghana Road Fund is in serious financial crisis with GHS11.1 billion spent on road as at 2016 but the said road is scheduled to complete on 15th September,2017.

  • Parliament ratifies the treaty on the establishment of Abidjan-Lagos Corridor Highway

The House voted today,to approve the subregional treaty among governments of the Republic of Benin, the Republic of Cote D’Ivoire, the Republic of Ghana, the Federal Republic of Nigeria and the Togolese Republic to construct a super highway through the 5 countries to ease movement of goods and persons and encourage trade amongst these countries.