May 16, 2018

Ghana’s quest to ensure gender parity in its democratic dispensation for an enhanced socio-economic development has received a major boost following the introduction of an Affirmative Action Bill before Parliament for consideration.

The Affirmative Action Bill, 2018 is one of the new Forty-Nine (49) Bills among others as well as Instruments, Motions, Referrals and Directives outlined for consideration as Parliament reconvenes Tuesday, 15 May, 2018 for the Second Meeting of the Second Session of the Seventh Parliament.

Some of the Bills are the Ghana Railway Development Bill, 2018, Occupational Safety and Health Bill, 2018, National Commission for Tertiary Education Bill, 2018, Renewable Energy(Amendments) Bill, 2018, Creative Arts Bill, 2018, the Disability Bill 2018 and the Ghana Meteorological Agency (Amendment) Bill, 2018 among others.

Eight (8) other Bills which are currently at the Committee stage are the Legal Aid Commission Bill, 2017, Witness Protection Bill, 2017, Land Bill, 2018, Right to Information Bill, 2018 and the Legal Profession (Amendment) Bill, 2018

Others are the Ghana Integrated Bauxite and Aluminum Authority Bill 2018, Ghana, Cocoa Board (Amendment) Bill 2017, Technical Universities (Amendment) Bill 2017.

In a press release announcing the Agenda for the meeting, Acting Director of Public Affairs, Kate Addo noted that Twenty Five (25) Instruments of which one is already at the Committee Level will be presented to Parliament.

The release mentioned also that Fifty Three (53) Papers will be presented whiles four major Motions have been tabled for debate during the Meeting.

The Second Meeting is also expected to consider Nineteen (19) Directives to Committees by the Speaker even as notices of questions to be answered by various sector Ministers will also form part of the Agenda for the 2nd Meeting.

By Christian Kpesese/