This Week in Parliament [24-27 October, 2017]

Highlights of what MPs discussed 24 - 27 October

  • MPs call for permanent Africa representation at the United Nations

The member of parliament for North Tongu, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa has called on the United Nations (UN) to give Africa an equal representation at top United Nations (UN) councils to make its voice heard on key decisions by the global entity. He said this in his comment to a statement presented by Ms. Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey (MP, Anyaa Sowutuom) and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration on the occasion of UN Day, which was marked on Tuesday October 24th.

Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee, Frank Annor Dompreh (MP, Nsawam Adoagyiri) lauded the UN for its efforts in preventing further outbreak of world wars.

He also added that past leaders of the UN have “blazed a trail” and future leaders of the entity should guard this reputation.

  • Major Mahama Trust Fund Bill

The House Speaker, Rt Hon Aaron Micheal Oquaye has referred the Major Mahama Trust Fund Bill, 2017 to the Interior, Defence and Finance Committees for consideration. This bill is in fulfillment of President Akufo-Addo’s promise to establish a trust fund of GH¢500,000 in honour of the deceased soldier Major Maxwell Mahama, who was murdered by some youths in Denkyira Obuasi earlier this year. The trust will take care of the widow and his children.

  • Zongo Development Fund Bill, 2017

The Zongo Development Fund Bill has been referred to the committees on local government and rural development, and finance for consideration and report after going through first reading — first stage in the process of lawmaking.

  • MPs unite in support for Office of Special Prosecutor Bill

The bill establishing a new office of special prosecutor was read for the second time and debated in Parliament after it was moved by the Attorney General Gloria Afua Akuffo on Thursday. Some MPs on the majority side reiterated the appointment of the Special Prosecutor will not be reserved in the President.

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