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MPs urged to approach third meeting with seriousness despite upcoming elections

Speaker of Ghana’s Parliament, Professor Aaron Michael Oquaye has urged lawmakers in the seventh Parliament of the fourth Republic to approach the third meeting of the fourth session with all seriousness despite the upcoming December 7, 2020 presidential and parliamentary elections.    
According to him, regardless of the elections, the third meeting is crucial and all promptness should be attached to it, and Members of Parliament cannot afford to abandon the work of the House.  

In his remarks to welcome MPs for the third meeting, he reminded them that it is important they leave a legacy for the next generation, as MPs were encouraged to submit various thematic areas, they have identified in their constituencies to be used in drafting the Private Member’s Bill.    

He also announced the publication of a well-researched “parliament of Ghana’s, statements on the floor” in an upcoming book.       
The Speaker added that, the Parliamentary Service Board at its twenty-fifth regular meeting August this year approved in principle proposal for the establishment of a virtual parliament, and a committee comprising the first Deputy Speaker and the Minority Leader to assist in realignment of the Standing Orders towards the implementation of the virtual Parliament. 
“Hon. Members, the opportunity to work for our country is a rare one, thus, let us strive for our hard-work to speak for itself, and I wish you all the best”.  

Speaker Oquaye further told the lawmakers that he led a parliamentary delegation to commiserate with the former President Jerry John Rawlings, on the occasion of the demise of his mother, Madam Victoria Agbotui.   

And the House had the opportunity of hosting a twelve-member delegation from the Federal Republic of Nigeria led by the Speaker of the House of Representative, Dr. Femi Gbajabiamila at his invitation.    
Adding that a bilateral discussion held centered on matters pertaining to the relations between the two countries in the wake of the disquiet arising from the implementation of the Ghana Investment Promotion Centre (GIPC) Act, 2013 (Act 865).   

The two speakers expressed their commitment of their respective legislatures to continuously employ legislative diplomacy as tool to complement efforts of the Executive in the promotion of peace, security, economic integration and development between both Ghana and Nigeria and on the African continent as a whole.
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