July 25, 2017
The Majority Leader of Parliament and Minister of Parliamentary Affairs, Osei Kyei Mensah-Bonsu has urged Members of Parliament to endeavour to hold the Executive arm of government accountable to the people of Ghana.

In an address read on his behalf during an orientation seminar at Ada for members of the Government Assurances Committee of parliament by second Deputy Majority Chief Whip, Moses Anim, the majority leader cautioned them to stay away from partisan politics in order to discharge their mandates effectively.

“the effective discharge of the Committee’s mandate is one sure way of projecting the relevance of Parliament in the exercise of its oversight over the Executive, It is therefore incumbent on us as Members of Parliament, irrespective of our political divide to hold the Executive accountable” he stated.

Mr OseiKyei Mensah-Bonsu who is the MP for Suame called for a strategic partnership between the Committee, Civil Society Organisation (CSOs) and Development Partners to ensure that assurances, promises and undertakings made on the floor of Parliament are fulfilled.

Chairman of the Government Assurances Committee, Yaw Frimpong Addo and MP for Manso-Adubia acknowledged public displeasure about the performance of Parliament in holding the Executive accountable and assured of the Committee`s commitment to meet the expectations of the general public.

Order 174 of the Standing Orders of Parliament stipulates that the Government Assurances Committee shall consist of not more than 25 members and it shall be their duty to pursue all assurances, promises and undertakings given by Ministers from time to time and report to the House on the extent to which such assurances have been fulfilled.