Process to the establishment of a Parliamentary Assurances Committee begins

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The Parliament of Ghana has initiated a process that would see it establishing a Parliamentary Assurances Committee to track all assurances made by parliament during the cause of their work.

The initiative is under the leadership of the current Speaker of the House, Professor Aaron Michael Oquaye, who has been championing some reforms within the legislative arm of government in order to enhance its image and to keep it abreast with the times.

As part of these reforms, it has been proposed that parliament sets up a Parliamentary Assurances Committee which would either be merged with the already existing Government Assurances Committee or be a stand-alone committee.

To this end, a working Committee has been put in place by the Speaker to shepherd the idea through a consultative process which will deliver value for the institution and the public as a whole.

This Committee is expected to be a self-regulatory measure by the legislative body to ensure that all assurances made in the name of Parliament is accounted for and delivered as envisaged.

The working committee, which is being chaired by the Majority Chief Whip and MP for Sunyani East, Kwasi Ameyaw-Cheremeh, has up to the 15th of December, 2018 to conclude its work and submit its report.

Briefing the Members of the Parliamentary Press Corps (PPC) in Parliament on Wednesday, November 28, 2018, the Chairman of the Working group expressed concern about the tight schedules that has been given to the group to go through a consultative process and deliver its report.

He therefore indicated that the group may have to apply for an extension of its mandate, if that becomes necessary.

According to Mr. Ameyaw-Cheremeh, as part of the consultative process, the group is scheduled to have consultative meetings with some stakeholders including the Center for Democratic Development (CDD-Ghana); Institute for Democratic Governance (IDEG) and Ghana Integrity Initiative (GII) as well as other governance institutions and the Parliamentary Press Corps (PPC).

The working Committee’s task is to listen to stakeholders to collate their views on the establishment of such a committee, flesh out the ideas and give recommendations for the implementation of the committee’s work when it is established.

Source: Clement Akoloh ||

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