The legislative arm of government will reconvene on June 6, 2023 for its Second Meeting of the Third Session of the Eighth Parliament after breaking off on March 31.
This was announced by Alban Sumana Bagbin, the Speaker of Parliament in a statement that summoned the Members of Parliament back to duty at 10:00am.
The House went on recess for Easter in March 2023 following its approval of three contentious revenue bills presented by the government to enhance domestic revenue mobilisation.
In his closing remarks to the House before adjourning sine die, Mr. Bagbin urged MPs to build more consensus and avoid sudden changes that could affect parliamentary activities in their next meeting.
He said: “We have really endeared ourselves, particularly the leaders, my deputies to try and build more consensus. But we have had some rather sometimes inexplicable U-turns. And that sometimes saddens me. I hope we will not go through this experience in the next meeting. You have shown that Friday you all came prepared to work hard. So are some of the ministers”.
Mr. Bagbin is a veteran politician and lawyer who has been in Parliament since 1993 and has served in various capacities including Minister for Health, Minister for Water Resources, Works and Housing, Minority Leader and Second Deputy Speaker. He is also a member of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) and contested for its presidential candidate slot in 2019 but lost to former President John Dramani Mahama.
He made history on January 7, 2021 when he was elected as Speaker of Parliament for the Eighth Parliament of the Fourth Republic with 138 votes against his predecessor Aaron Mike Oquaye who had 136 votes.
Below is the recall statement from Bagbin