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Parliament reconvenes for emergency meeting today

Parliament is today, Friday May 17, 2024 having an emergency meeting to consider some urgent government issues.

The Speaker of Parliament, Alban Bagbin, earlier on May 10, summoned the Parliamentarians to converge today for parliamentary business after a petition by the Majority Leader, Alexander Afenyo-Markin who invoked Article 112(3) and Order 53 of the Standing Orders of Parliament, allowing 15 per cent of the House members to request an early recall of Parliament.

It is expected that key among the businesses to be considered would be the approval of the Ministers and deputy Ministers vetted for various portfolios.


Evolution of Majority Leadership in Ghana’s Fourth Republic: A Chronicle

Ghana’s journey through its democratic epochs has been marked by the ebb and flow of political tides, with the Majority Leader playing a pivotal role in navigating the parliamentary landscape. From the inception of the Fourth Republic in 1992 to the present day, the Majority Leaders have wielded influence, negotiated alliances, and steered legislative agendas.

2nd Parliament (1999-2001): Kwabena Adjei and the Transition

The 2nd Parliament saw Kwabena Adjei assuming the mantle of Majority Leader from 1999 to 2001. His tenure witnessed the nuances of coalition building and the delicate balance of power within the parliamentary framework. In 1998, Korbly Doe Edward Adjaho emerged as a significant figure in the transition, marking a shift in the political dynamics of the time.

3rd Parliament (2001-2005): Felix K Owusu-Agyapong and the Consolidation

As Ghana moved into the 21st century, Felix K Owusu-Agyapong took the reins of Majority Leadership from 2001 to 2005. His tenure symbolized the consolidation of democratic processes and the refinement of parliamentary protocols. Under his stewardship, the legislature grappled with emerging socio-political challenges, setting the stage for future leadership transitions.

4th Parliament (2005-2009): A.O Aidooh to Papa Owusu Ankomah – Transition Amidst Continuity

A.O Aidooh’s leadership from 2005 to 2009 marked a period of transition, paving the way for Papa Owusu Ankomah to assume the mantle of Majority Leader. This transition highlighted the resilience of Ghana’s parliamentary system, wherein leadership changes seamlessly adapt to the evolving political landscape. Ankomah’s tenure underscored the importance of adaptability and strategic foresight in steering legislative affairs.

5th Parliament (2009-2013): Alban S.K. Bagbin and the Coalition Dynamics

Alban S.K. Bagbin’s tenure as Majority Leader from 2009 to 2013 epitomized the intricacies of coalition politics and the art of consensus-building. His collaborative approach, coupled with the astute leadership of Cletus Aplu Avoka in 2009-2010, navigated the complexities of a multi-party system, ensuring the smooth functioning of the legislature amidst divergent ideologies.

6th Parliament (2013-2017): Benjamin NY Kunbour and the Quest for Reform

Benjamin NY Kunbour’s leadership from 2013 to 2017 witnessed a renewed focus on legislative reform and institutional strengthening. His tenure heralded a period of introspection, as Ghana sought to align its parliamentary practices with global standards of governance. Kunbour’s pragmatic approach laid the groundwork for future advancements in parliamentary efficiency and transparency.

7th Parliament (2017-2021): Osei Kyei-Mensah Bonsu – Navigating Uncertainties

Osei Kyei-Mensah Bonsu’s tenure from 2017 to 2021 unfolded against a backdrop of political uncertainties and shifting power dynamics. His adept navigation of parliamentary intricacies solidified his reputation as a seasoned statesman and consensus-builder. Bonsu’s leadership exemplified resilience in the face of adversity, as Ghana charted its course through turbulent waters.

8th Parliament (2021-2025): Osei Kyei-Mensah Bonsu to Alexander Kwamena Afenyo-Markin – Passing the Baton

Osei Kyei-Mensah Bonsu’s stewardship from 2021 to 2025 witnessed a smooth transition of power to Alexander Kwamena Afenyo-Markin. This transition underscored the institutional continuity and democratic ethos that define Ghana’s parliamentary system. Afenyo-Markin’s ascension heralds a new chapter in Ghana’s legislative journey, as the nation continues its quest for progress and prosperity.

In retrospect, the evolution of Majority Leadership in Ghana’s Fourth Republic reflects the resilience of democratic institutions and the adaptability of political elites in navigating the complexities of governance. As Ghana strides forward into the future, the legacy of its parliamentary leaders will continue to shape the nation’s democratic narrative, inspiring generations to come.

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Hon. Joseph Henry Owusu-Acheampong: 1st Majority Leader of the 1st Parliament of the 4th Republic of Ghana

Hon. Joseph Henry Owusu-Acheampong, a towering figure in the nation’s political arena, whose impact reverberates through generations. From his humble beginnings to his remarkable ascent to the corridors of power, Owusu-Acheampong’s journey epitomizes dedication, service, and unwavering commitment to Ghana’s progress.

Born in 1941, Owusu-Acheampong’s passion for public service ignited at an early age, setting the stage for a remarkable career marked by integrity and leadership. A founding member of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), he embodied the values of social democracy and tirelessly advocated for the welfare of Ghanaians.

Owusu-Acheampong’s political journey saw him serve in various capacities, leaving an indelible mark at every turn. From his role as the Regional Secretary for the Brong-Ahafo Region to his tenure as Majority Leader and Minister for Parliamentary Affairs, his leadership reshaped the landscape of Ghana’s legislative branch.

As one of the few members of the 1st Parliament of the 4th Republic with prior parliamentary experience, Owusu-Acheampong played a pivotal role in mentoring his colleagues and rebuilding parliamentary institutions. His astute guidance and dedication to strengthening the legislative branch earned him widespread admiration and respect.

Throughout his tenure, Owusu-Acheampong championed initiatives aimed at fostering accountability and checks on the executive branch. His tenure as Minister for Food and Agriculture underscored his commitment to agricultural development and food security, laying the groundwork for sustainable growth in the sector.

Even after his party lost power in 2000, Owusu-Acheampong remained a steadfast advocate for political renewal and reorganization. His pivotal role as campaign manager during the 2008 elections, which brought the NDC back to power, exemplified his enduring commitment to his party and the nation.

Beyond his political contributions, Owusu-Acheampong’s legacy extended to the Council of State, where he served from 2009 to 2013, providing invaluable counsel and insight into matters of national importance.

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Akim Oda MP fulfills promise; gives out 10 out of 30 drive and own taxis

Member of Parliament for Akim Oda, Alexander Akwasi Acquah has fulfilled his promise to drivers in Akim Oda as he gave out ten taxis to the GPRTU chairman in the constituency under a work – pay, and own agreement.

As part of ensuring that his work in the constituency becomes easy for him whiles he focuses on his legislative work, he set up Committees in the Constituency to address various sectors of need of his constituency.

The Finance Committee on Monday, April 22, 2024, presented ten taxis out of the thirty that was promised the drivers who appealed to the MP to provide them with one under the aforementioned arrangement.

Hon Alexander Akwasi Acquah in an interview pointed out that he is doing this to empower his constituents and help them to own their own taxi. He urged the drivers to work hard and pay on time adding that per the arrangement within two months they would be able to gather funds and buy different set for others who have shown keen interest.

According to him, the interesting thing about the agreement is that the cars are sold to the drivers at the amount with which the vehicles were purchased unlike the typical market situation where others double or triple the prices making it difficult to pay back. More so, no collateral is needed under this arrangement.

He further urged the Finance Committee to be on the lookout to ensure those who currently have the vehicle pay on time to ensure others also benefit.

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Leadership of the 8th Parliament of Ghana

On January 7, 2021, the 8th Parliament of the Fourth Republic of Ghana commenced its term as 275 elected Members of Parliament took their oaths of office. These MPs were duly elected in the December 7, 2020 Presidential and Parliamentary elections.

Before their swearing-in ceremony, in accordance with Articles 95, 96, and 100(2) of the 1992 Constitution of Ghana, the 275 MPs-elect participated in the election of the Speaker of Parliament and the two Deputy Speakers.

The 8th Parliament of Ghana has emerged as a symbol of dynamic leadership, fostering a spirit of democracy, collaboration, and progress within the nation’s legislative landscape. Under the stewardship of Speaker Alban Bagbin, the Parliament has navigated complex challenges with resilience and unity, demonstrating a commitment to the principles of accountability, transparency, and inclusivity.

Since its inception, the 8th Parliament has been characterized by a diverse array of voices representing various political ideologies and constituencies across Ghana. This diversity has enriched parliamentary debates and deliberations, fostering a culture of robust discourse and constructive engagement on issues of national importance.


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Ghana’s Longest-Serving MP- Hon. Collins Dauda

Hon. Collins Dauda, the Member of Parliament (MP) for Asutifi South Constituency, stands as a distinguished figure in Ghana’s political landscape, embodying a legacy of service and dedication that spans decades. As one of Ghana’s longest-serving MPs, Hon. Dauda’s contributions to parliamentary proceedings and community development have left an indelible mark on the nation.

With a tenure that surpasses two decades, He served under the 1st, 2nd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th and the current 8th Parliament. Hon. Collins Dauda’s journey in politics is a testament to his unwavering commitment to the welfare of his constituents and the advancement of Ghana as a whole. Representing the people of Asutifi South with passion and integrity, he has championed various initiatives aimed at improving the socio-economic conditions of his constituency.

Throughout his tenure, Hon. Dauda has been a vocal advocate for rural development, infrastructure improvement, and social welfare programs. His efforts have led to significant advancements in education, healthcare, and access to basic amenities for the people of Asutifi South. Additionally, he has played a pivotal role in shaping legislative policies that address the needs of marginalized communities and promote inclusive growth across the nation.

Click on the link to view his profile. https://ghanamps.com/mp/collins-dauda/

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Hon Alex. Kwamena Afenyo-Markin Majority Leader in Ghana’s 8th Parliament

In a significant stride for Ghana’s political landscape, Alexander Kwamena Afenyo-Markin has assumed the prestigious position of Majority Leader in the 8th Parliament of Ghana. The appointment of Afenyo-Markin to this crucial role underscores both his political acumen and the recognition of his leadership within the governing party.

Afenyo-Markin, known for his eloquence and strategic prowess, steps into this role with a wealth of experience garnered over years of service within Ghana’s political arena. His journey from a young, promising legal mind to a formidable political force has been marked by determination and a steadfast commitment to the advancement of his country.

The Majority Leader’s responsibilities are multifaceted, requiring adept negotiation skills and a deep understanding of parliamentary procedures. Afenyo-Markin’s track record suggests he is more than capable of steering the legislative agenda towards the government’s objectives while ensuring robust debate and representation of diverse interests.

Born in Winneba, Afenyo-Markin’s rise to prominence began with his education in law, culminating in a successful legal career before venturing into politics. His tenure as a Member of Parliament for the Effutu constituency has been characterized by an unwavering dedication to his constituents and a tireless pursuit of development initiatives.

As Majority Leader, Afenyo-Markin assumes a pivotal role in shaping legislative priorities, fostering consensus among parliamentarians, and overseeing the effective functioning of the House. His leadership will be instrumental in driving forward the government’s agenda, addressing key national challenges, and advancing Ghana’s socio-economic progress.

Click the link below for the profile of Alexander Kwamena Afenyo-Markin


MP donates hospital equipment to Mamprugu Moagduri District

The Member of Parliament for Yagaba/Kubori and Minister for Youth and Sports, has spearheaded an initiative that promises to revolutionize healthcare delivery in the Mamprugu Moagduri District. Partnering with Supplies Overseas (SOS) International in the USA, the MP donated a substantial 40ft container filled with essential medical equipment.

Accompanied by the District Chief Executive (DCE), Abu Adams, traditional rulers and local officials, the MP symbolically handed over the donation to the District Health Directorate for distribution to hospitals and health centres across the district.

The container consists of a treasure trove of medical supplies ranging from state-of-the-art equipment to everyday essentials. From diagnostic tools, and anaesthesia machines to life-saving apparatus, the donation is said to be “a testament to the power of collaboration and compassion.”

Speaking during the donation exercise, the MP said, “Together, we are not only improving healthcare provision but also strengthening the fabric of our community. This is a tangible demonstration of what we can achieve when we come together for the greater good.”

The District Health Director, Dr Suleimana Abdul Rauf, said, “This medical equipment will not only impact the people of Mamprugu Moagduri District, but it will also serve the neighbouring districts and beyond. With improved access to quality healthcare, residents can look forward to a brighter and healthier future.”

“Some of these machines will be used for the first time in this district”, he added.

In the spirit of gratitude and solidarity, the Mamprugu Moagduri District through its District Chief Executive and traditional rulers extended their heartfelt appreciation to the MP for Yagaba/Kubori, the Supplies Overseas (SOS) International, and all those who played a role in making this transformative donation a reality.


Jirapa MP cuts sod for construction of male, female wards at Hain Polyclinic

The Member of Parliament for the Jirapa constituency in the Upper West Region, Mr. Cletus Seidu Dapilah, has cut the sod for the construction of male and female wards at the Hain Polyclinic.

This move will expand the hospitals capacity to make it more accommodating and spacious for patients.

On April 1, 2024, the lawmaker donated 100 bags of cement for the construction and pledged to provide all the necessary materials needed for the completion of the project.

Mr. Dapilah further promised to work towards upgrading the facility to full-fledged hospital status.

He appealed to everyone to join forces to ensure that the Polyclinic receives the needed upgrade and expansion by providing communal labor.

Mr. Dapilah later visited all the patients admitted to the hospital and gave them gifts to celebrate the Easter festivities.

Receiving the items on behalf of the Polyclinic, Mr. Ayarigah, the medical superintendent, thanked the lawmaker for his consistent donations to the facility and pledged to use the materials for their intended purpose.


Stephen Amoah reassigned to Finance Ministry

Following the demise of Mr. John Kumah, one of the deputy ministers at the finance ministry, president Akuffo-Addo has reassigned Dr. Stephen Amoah to the Finance Ministryas deputy Minister.

Dr Stephen Amoah, until this latest move was the Deputy Trade and Industry Minister.

Per the press statement from the Communications Director at the Presidency, Eugene Arhin, the decision took immediate effect from Tuesday, April 2, 2024.

Part of the statement reads: “The President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has reassigned the Deputy Minister for Trade and Industry and Member of Parliament for Nhyiaeso, Hon. Stephen Amoah, as Deputy Minister for Finance.”

“Hon. Stephen Amoah, until his re-designation, was the Deputy Minister for Trade and Industry, and he takes over from the late Hon. John Kumah, who passed away on 7th March 2024. His appointment takes effect immediately.”

Meanwhile, the President has also nominated Mr. Kofi Ahenkorah Marfo, Member of Parliament for Achiase, as Deputy Minister-designate for Trade and Industry subject to parliamentary approval.

And the President also called for expedite vetting and approval process for the nominee to ensure swift commencement of duties.