This Week In Parliament [13-16 February, 2018]

Highlights of what MPs discussed 13 - 16 February

  • MPs debate SONA

Throughout this week, members have been debating President Akufo-Addo’s State of the Nation address which was presented in Parliament on Thursday, February 8th. The motion to commence debate was moved by Yaw Buaben Asamoa (MP, Adentan) and seconded by Rockson-Nelson Etse Kwami Dafeamekpor (MP, South Dayi). In her contribution to the debate, Laadi Ayii Ayamba (MP, Pusiga) challenged employment figures put out by the President and questioned his praise of the Food and Agriculture minister for job creation in that sector wondering what constitutes employment if family members help a relation out on the farm.

Hon Kwame Anyimadu-Antwi (MP, Asante Akim Central) on his part praised the works of the government to bring about economic development, but added that government should improve infrastructure to enable private sector thrive since it is seen as the engine of growth. Debate continues next week.

  • Parliament vets Martin Amidu

The nominee for the Office of Special Prosecutor, Mr Martin Alamisi Burns Kaiser Amidu came before Parliament’s Appointments Committee in an 8-hour vetting where he was asked questions about his personal and professional life. The committee’s report on the vetting is expected to be presented before the House by Tuesday, February 20th. Mr Amidu was unanimously approved by the Committee.

  • Special Petroleum Tax

The house has passed the Special Petroleum Tax (Amendment) Bill, 2018 under a certificate of urgency pursuant to [Standing] Order 119. This bill comes off the heels of ‘’rising cost of petroleum products, or indeed anything impacting businesses negatively’’. According to Finance Committee of Parliament’s report read on Thursday by its Chairman, Dr Mark Assibey-Yeboah (MP, New Juabeng South), the bill when passed is expected to reduce the ex-pump price of petrol by 3.39% ‘’whilst that of diesel would also go down by 4.14%.’’ The committee has observed that this new regulation would cause the Government to lose GH¢47.90 million per annum in revenue losses. The bill was passed regardless of the Minority’s apprehension. Read full report here:

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