This Week in Parliament [3-6 October, 2017]

Highlights of what MPs discussed from 3-6 October 2017

  • Teachers of Ghana Celebrated

Members of Parliament praised Ghanaian teachers for their dedicated and passionate service to the country. Reading from a statement on the floor of Parliament to mark ‘World Teachers Day’, Peter Nortsu-Kotoe (MP-NDC, Akatsi North) commended all teachers and congratulated award winners on Thursday for their immense contribution to improving learning outcomes in the country.

In her contribution to the statement, Hajia Laadi Ayamba (MP-NDC, Pusiga) called for better support for teachers.

  • Northern Development Authority and Middle Belt Development Authority Bills go through second reading

Drafts of the Northern Development Authority and the Middle Belt Development Authority bills (2017) went through a second reading in Parliament. These bills seek to foster development and alleviate poverty in Northern Ghana, the middle belt and coastal parts of the country. However, a section of MPs are objecting the passage of these bills on the ground of sustainability in terms of funding, and also consider them a duplication of the development mandate of Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs).

Access report of the committee on employment, social welfare and state enterprises on the Northern Development Authority Bill (2017) here: https://tinyurl.com/y9ofboxs

  • Admission quotas for prospecting Nurses & Midwives-in-training is open

The Minister of Health, Dr. Kweku Agyeman-Mensah, on Friday answered questions on whether his ministry has established admission quotas for nursing and midwifery training institutions for 2017. The question were asked by Dr. Augustine Tawiah (MP, Bia West). The quota system is a mechanism that allows for uncapped admission into public health training colleges in the country.

According to the minister, in 2017, the total number of trainee nurses and midwives admitted are 2,306: an increase of previous year’s figure of 817. He also added that the reinstated nurses’ trainee allowance will be formally launched on Tuesday, October 10th in Sunyani.

Access the Health Minister’s full response here: https://tinyurl.com/yc6wyo3y

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