This Week In Parliament [23-26 January, 2018]

Highlights of what MPs discussed 23 - 26 January 2018

  • Minister of Local Government, Director of Births & Deaths Summoned

House Speaker, Prof Aaron Micheal Oquaye has directed that the Minister of Local Government and Rural Development, Hajia Alima Mahama (MP, Nalerigu/Gambaga), as well as the Director at Births and Deaths Registry come before Parliament and respond to matters around recent public outcry over restriction of some names. Recent media reports say the country’s births and deaths registry do not accept traditional names such as ‘Nana’, ‘Maame’, ‘Papa’, ‘Nii’ among others and will not allow those names to be registered as such. The issue was brought up on the floor by Hon. Haruna Iddrisu (Minority Leader and MP, Tamale North). He said such traditional names reflect who we are as Ghanaians. He also added that the minister as well as Director of Births and Deaths Registry should be invited to respond to the matter.

His comment was agreed by the house eliciting the speaker’s directive.

  • Speaker to be sworn in as Acting President

The Speaker of Parliament Aaron Michael ‘’Mike’’ Oquaye will be sworn in as Acting President on Saturday, 27th January 2018 at 8:30am at a special parliamentary sitting. His swearing, as sanctioned by law, is to ensure that government continues to function as the president will be away to Addis Ababa on January 27th for an African Union Summit and then later to the Republic of South Africa to attend funeral rites of International Icon Hugh Masekela. President Akufo-Addo will return on January 31st, 2018.

  • Special Prosecutor

The Speaker has referred the appointment of Mr. Martin Alamisi Burns Kaiser Amidu to the Office of Special Prosecutor to the Appointments Committee. The committee is yet to decide on a date to sit for the vetting of the nominee.

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