Parliament concluded its Second Meeting of the Third Session of the Eighth Parliament of the Fourth Republic, adjourning sine die on Thursday night. The House is supposed to continue sessions in the third seven day stretch of October.
Speaker Alban Bagbin, addressing the closing ceremony, extended well wishes to the lawmakers for their undertakings.
Madam Lydia Seyram Alhassan, First Deputy Majority Whip and Member of Parliament (MP) for Ayawaso Wemisdeed along with Mr. Emmanuel Armah-Kofi Buah, Deputy Minority Leader and MP for Ellembele, presented accounts of their legislative achievements during the period.
During the nine-week session, the House held a total of 33 sittings. Among the unmistakable issues executed were the Ghana Accreditation Service Bill, 2023; the Narcotics Commission (Amendment) Bill, 2023; and Eight Bills that were debated, amended, and passed into law.
These incorporated the Contracts (Amendment) Bill, 2022; Whistle Blower (Amendment) Bill, 2023; Criminal Offenses (Amendment) Bill, 2022 (abolishing the Death Penalty); Criminal Offenses (Amendment) Bill, 2022 (proscribing witchcraft accusation); Armed Forces (Amendment) Bill, 2022 (replacing the Death Penalty with life imprisonment); Wildlife Resources Management Bill, 2022; and the Ghana Commission for UNESCO Bill, 2022.
Mr. Emmanuel Armah-Kofi Buah, Deputy Minority Leader and MP for Ellembele offered thanks for the session’s prosperity and complimented the helpful soul between the two sides of the House, which prompted the entry of remarkable bills, including three Private Member’s Bills.
Mr. Buah praised the Speaker’s leadership and direction and emphasized that more bills were probably going to be passed before the House’s dissolution. He lauded MP Francis-Xavier Kojo Sosu for presenting and accumulating support for the Private Member’s Bills.
Additionally, Mr. Buah featured the inauguration of the Citizen’s Bureau of Parliament as an effort to improve commitment and information sharing between Parliament and Civil Society.