After a successful and well deserved two month recess, Members of Parliament (MPs) have bounced back to a crowded agenda. On the list are some Nine major Bills that are expected to be presented to the House by the various sector Ministers for consideration and passage into law.
Businessweek has reliably gathered that there is pressure from the government for most of the documents to get passed under certificates of urgency before the House goes for another recess by the third week of December.
Aside the nine Bills, there are five other major Bills which were presented to the House during the course of the last meeting but were not considered for the want of time. Those documents have been are currently before the various Committees of the House for consideration and report to the plenary.
About 16 Legislative Instruments (LIs) and 10 papers are also expected to be presented to the House during the cause of this meeting which officially begun on October 3, 2017.
This is the Third Meeting of the First Session of the Seventh Parliament of the Fourth Republic and it is expected that the pressure ‘from above’ would result in more attention being given to the legislations with the needed speed so as to help facilitate the business of the government.
Some of the major Bills expected in the House include the Ghana Railway Development Bills, 2017, National Employment Bill, 2017, Companies Bill, 2017, and the Conduct of Public Officers Bill, 2017.
The rest are the Rights to Information Bill, 2017, National Road Safety Agency Bill, 2016, Creative Arts Bill, 2017, Major Mahama Trust Fund Bill, 2017 and the Legal Aid Commission Bill, 2017, among others.
Five of the Bills which are already at the Committee stages of the House include the Office of the Special Prosecutor Bill, 2017, Zongo Development Fund Bill, 2017, Northern Development Authority Bill, 2017, Middle Belt Development Authority Bill, 2017 and the Coastal Belt Development Authority Bill, 2017.
According to the Acting Director Public of Affairs in Parliament, Kate Addo, two of the 16 Legislative Instruments are already with their respective Committees and the House is awaiting reports on them.
She said also that about four major Motions have been tabled for debate in the House and about 28 referrals of Bills.
Source: Jeorge Wilson Kingson