Ghana'sSpeaker, summons, parliament, MaySummons Parliament Amid Majority's Plea to Reconvene

Ghana's Parliament Speaker, Alban Sumana Kingsford Bagbin, has summoned Members of Parliament to reconvene on May 17, 2024, following a request by the Majority Caucus. The session will address critical government business items, including the adoption of the Thirty-Fourth Report of the Appointments Committee and deliberation on additional financing.

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Ghana'sSpeaker, summons, parliament, MaySummons Parliament Amid Majority's Plea to Reconvene

Ghana'sSpeaker, summons, parliament, MaySummons Parliament Amid Majority's Plea to Reconvene

Ghana's Parliament Speaker, Alban Sumana Kingsford Bagbin, has summoned Members of Parliament to reconvene on Friday, May 17, 2024, following calls by the Majority Caucus to resume parliamentary sessions. The Majority Leader, Alexander Afenyo-Markin, had requested the recall of parliament, citing Article 112(3) and Order 53 of the Standing Orders of Parliament, which allows for the recall of parliament upon the request of 15% of its members.

Why this matters: The reconvening of parliament has significant implications for Ghana's economic growth and development, as it will address critical government business items, including the adoption of the Thirty-Fourth Report of the Appointments Committee and deliberation on a motion concerningadditional financing. The outcome of the session will likely impact the country's progress on key projects, such as the Greater Accra Resilient and Integrated Development (GARID) Project and the One District One Factory (1D1F) Programme.

The Majority Caucus aims to address critical government business items during the session, including the adoption of the Thirty-Fourth Report of the Appointments Committee and deliberation on a motion concerning additional financing. The financing motion includes $150 million for the Greater Accra Resilient and Integrated Development (GARID) Project and a request for tax exemption for beneficiaries under the One District One Factory (1D1F) Programme.

Speaker Bagbin's summons aligns with Article 112(3) of the Constitution of the Republic and Order 53(1) & (2) of the Standing Orders of Parliament. In his letter dated May 10, 2024, Bagbin stated: "PURSUANT TO ARTICLE 112(3) OF THE CONSTITUTION OF THE REPUBLIC AND ORDER 53(1) & (2) OF THE STANDING ORDERS OF PARLIAMENT, I, RT. HON. ALBAN SUMANA KINGSFORD BAGBIN, SPEAKER OF PARLIAMENT, DO HEREBY SUMMON PARLIAMENT TO SIT ON FRIDAY, 17TH MAY, 2024 AT TEN O'CLOCK IN THE FORENOON, AT PARLIAMENT HOUSE, ACCRA."

The Speaker's decision to reconvene Parliament comes after its adjournment on Wednesday, March 20, 2024. The Majority's initiative to recall Parliament demonstrates a proactive approach to addressing pressing national issues and ensuring that legislative duties are carried out efficiently and effectively.

Rockson-Nelson Dafeamekpor, Member of Parliament for South Dayi, defended the Speaker's initial decision not to reconvene, stating, "The Speaker has not broken the Constitution or the Standing Orders. So let us be careful of that; the Majority knows what he has to do under the Standing Orders." Dafeamekpor emphasized that if the requirements are met, the Speaker would have to review the Standing Orders, issue a summons, and recall the house within seven days.

The Majority Leader, Alexander Afenyo-Markin, revealed that the petition to the Speaker garnered signatures from over a hundred caucus members, exceeding the required 15% of the total membership of parliament. He stated,"The constitution talks about 15% of the total membership of parliament which if my mathematics is right is 42 but I am able to tell you on authority that we have more than 100 of our members who have signed the said prayer which is titled notice of meeting by request under Article 112(3) and order 53 of thestanding orders."

As Ghana's Parliament prepares to reconvene on May 17, 2024, the nation awaits the outcome of the crucial session. The deliberations on the additional financing for the GARID Project and the tax exemption request for 1D1F Programme beneficiaries are expected to have significant implications for Ghana's economic growth and development. Speaker Bagbin's summons, in response to the Majority's plea, underscores the importance of upholding constitutional provisions andparliamentary proceduresin addressing matters of national interest.