October 12, 2019

In 2013, the Gambia withdrew from CPA, as the 2016 elections ushered in a new coalition government under President Adama Barrow. Since coming to power, the new government has worked on the restoration of diplomatic ties with partners.

He made this remarks when, he joined the Speaker Professor Oquaye to welcome Speaker of Gambia’s Parliament Rt. Honorable Mariam Jack-Denton and her eight member delegation on a four day study tour to Ghana’s Parliament.

Sharing some useful experience with the Gambia delegation, he noted that the Parliamentary Service Board is a creation of the 1992 Constitution of Ghana established under Article 124 and chaired by the Speaker.

“We have the Majority and Minority Leaders serving on the board, our current Speaker has gone further by allowing the first and second deputy speakers to attend our meetings”.

In addition we operate the hybrid system of legislature where we have majority of lawmakers that is two/thirds being Ministers and our parliament is guided by our standing orders, and every four years both the President and lawmakers seek re-election, he stated.

Mr. Haruna Iddrisu further explained to the delegation that parliament shall have no power to make law in Ghana where the nation would have one party state and there is respect for Minority rights.

He however indicated that Ghana will also learn from the Gambia; indicating that there would be something interesting that Ghana can also pick from Gambia.

Kwaku Sakyi-Danso/ghanamps.com