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Parliament Okays Government to Spend Over GHC 98 Billion For 2020

Parliament on Monday December 23, passed the Appropriation Act 2019, giving Government the green light to spend up to the sum of Ninety-Eight Billion, Thirty-Six Million, Six Hundred and Ninety-Two Thousand, Three Hundred and Fifty-Eight Ghana Cedis                (GHC 98,036,692,358.00) for the 2020 financial year commencing January 1. --Read more--

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NOTICE OF COMMENCEMENT OF THE FOURTH SESSION OF THE SEVENTH PARLIAMENT OF THE FOURTH REPUBLIC

KNOW YE ALL MEN that in exercise of the powers conferred on the Speaker by clause (1) of article 112 of the Constitution, I, Joseph Osei-Owusu, First Deputy Speaker of Parliament, by this Constitutional Instrument, appoint Parliament House, Accra, to be the place, and ten o'clock in the forenoon of Tuesday, 28th January, 2020 to be the time at which the Fourth Session of the Seventh Parliament of the Fourth Republic shall commence.

Given under my hand this 14th day of January 2020, in the office of the Speaker.

Hon. Joseph Osei-Owusu
(First Deputy Speaker)


14-01-2020    




PROCEEDINGS - PLENARY





IN THE THIRD SESSION OF THE SEVENTH PARLIAMENT

OF THE FOURTH REPUBLIC OF GHANA

 

ORDER PAPER

 

FOR THE FORTY-SECOND SITTING OF THE THIRD

MEETING OF PARLIAMENT

Monday 23rd December, 2019

 

BEFORE THE COMMENCEMENT OF PUBLIC BUSINESS

 

 

 

1.         PRAYERS

 

 

 

2.         CORRECTION OF VOTES AND PROCEEDINGS AND OFFICIAL REPORT

 

 

 

3.         STATEMENTS

 

 

 

AT THE COMMENCEMENT OF PUBLIC BUSINESS

 

 

 

4.         PRESENTATION OF PAPERS

 

 

 

            The following Papers to be presented:

 

 

 

            By the Chairman of the Committee

 

(i)         Report of the Finance Committee on the Customs (Amendment) Bill, 2019.

 

 

 

(iii)       Report of the Finance Committee on the Appropriation Bill, 2019.

 

 

 

5.         MOTION

 

 

 

That this Honourable House adopts the Report of Leadership on the constitution of the membership of the ECOWAS Parliament.

 

 

 

            (Hon. Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu, Majority Leader)

 

            (Hon. Haruna Iddrisu, Minority Leader)

 

 

 

6.         RESOLUTION

 

 

 

            WHEREAS:

 

 

 

             1.        Under article 5 of the Protocol relating to the Community Parliament of ECOWAS, a total of eight (8) seats have been allotted to the Parliament of Ghana out of a total of one hundred and fifteen (115) seats for the entire fifteen (15) Member ECOWAS Community;

 

2.         Under sub-clause (ii) of clause 1 of article 7 of the said Protocol, elected Representatives to the Community Parliament of ECOWAS shall be drawn from the National Assemblies of Member States or their equivalent institutions or organs which shall elect such Members from amongst themselves;

 

 

 

3.         Under sub-clauses (i) and (ii) of the clause 2 of article 7 of the said Protocol, the term of office of Representatives to the Community Parliament of ECOWAS shall be four (4) years, except where a representative ceases to be a member of his/her national Parliament, whereupon he/she shall remain in office during the transition until a new member replacing him/her takes his/her seat.

 

           

 

            NOW THEREFORE THIS HONOURABLE HOUSE HEREBY RESOLVES THAT

 

 

 

The representation of Members of Parliament of Ghana to the Community Parliament of ECOWAS be re-constituted as follows:

 

 

 

i.          Hon.    Kwasi Ameyaw-Cheremeh     Leader

 

            ii.         Hon.    Ama Pomaa Boateng              Member

 

            iii.        Hon.    Wahab Wumbei Suhuyini (Alhaji)   Member

 

            iv.        Hon.    Collins Owusu Amankwah     Member

 

            v.         Hon.    Ebenezer Kojo Kum               Member

 

            vi.        Hon.    Clement Kofi Humado           Member

 

            vii.       Hon.    Mahama Ayariga                     Member

 

            viii.      Hon.    Samson Ahi                             Member

 

 

 

            (Hon. Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu, Majority Leader)

 

            (Hon. Haruna Iddrisu, Minority Leader)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

7.         MOTION

 

 

 

That this Honourable House adopts the Report of the Finance Committee on the Finance Contract Agreement between the Government of the Republic of Ghana (represented by the Ministry of Finance) and the European Investment Bank, Luxembourg for an amount of Twelve Million, Five Hundred Thousand Euros (€12,500,000.00) as additional financing for the Kpong Generating Station Retrofit Project (Kpong Dam Retrofit).

 

 

 

                        (Chairman of the Committee)

 

 

 

 

 

8.         RESOLUTION

 

 

 

            WHEREAS

 

 

 

1.         By the provisions of Article 181 of the Constitution and Sections 55 and 56 of the Public Financial Management Act, 2016 (Act 921), the terms and conditions of all government borrowings shall be laid before Parliament and shall not come into operation unless the terms and conditions are approved by a resolution of Parliament in accordance with article 181 of the Constitution;

 

 

 

2.         Pursuant to the provisions of the said Article 181 of the Constitution and Sections 55 and 56 of the Public Financial Management Act, 2016 (Act 921), at the request of the Government of the Republic Ghana acting through the Minister responsible for Finance, there has been laid before Parliament a Finance Contract Agreement between the Government of the Republic of Ghana (represented by the Ministry of Finance) and the European Investment Bank, Luxembourg for an amount of Twelve Million, Five Hundred Thousand Euros (€12,500,000.00) as additional financing for the Kpong Generating Station Retrofit Project (Kpong Dam Retrofit).

 

 

 

THIS HONOURABLE HOUSE HEREBY RESOLVES AS FOLLOWS:

 

 

 

In accordance with the provisions of the said Article 181 of the Constitution and Sections 55 and 56 of the Public Financial Management Act, 2016 (Act 921), this House approves, by resolution, the Finance Contract Agreement between the Government of the Republic of Ghana (represented by the Ministry of Finance) and the European Investment Bank, Luxembourg for an amount of Twelve Million, Five Hundred Thousand Euros (€12,500,000.00) as additional financing for the Kpong Generating Station Retrofit Project (Kpong Dam Retrofit).

 

 

 

                                    (Minister for Finance)

 

 

 

9.         MOTION

 

 

 

That this Honourable House adopts the Report of the Finance Committee on the On-Lending Agreement between the Government of the Republic of Ghana (represented by the Ministry of Finance) and the Volta River Authority (VRA) for an amount of Twelve Million, Five Hundred Thousand Euros (€12,500,000.00) as additional financing for the Kpong Generating Station Retrofit Project (Kpong Dam Retrofit).

 

 

 

                        (Chairman of the Committee)

 

 

 

10.       RESOLUTION

 

 

 

            WHEREAS

 

 

 

1.         By the provisions of Article 181(5) of the Constitution the terms and conditions of any international business or economic transaction to which the Government of Ghana is a party shall not come into operation unless the said terms and conditions have been laid before Parliament and approved by Parliament by a Resolution supported by the votes of a majority of all Members of Parliament;

 

 

 

2.         Pursuant to the provisions of the said Article 181(5) of the Constitution, and at the request of the Government of Ghana acting through the Minister responsible for Finance, there has been laid before Parliament the terms and conditions of an On-Lending Agreement between the Government of the Republic of Ghana (represented by the Ministry of Finance) and the Volta River Authority (VRA) for an amount of Twelve Million, Five Hundred Thousand Euros (€12,500,000.00) as additional financing for the Kpong Generating Station Retrofit Project (Kpong Dam Retrofit).

 

 

 

THIS HONOURABLE HOUSE HEREBY RESOLVE AS FOLLOWS:

 

 

 

In accordance with the provisions of the said Article 181(5) of the Constitution, this House approves, by resolution, the On-Lending Agreement between the Government of the Republic of Ghana (represented by the Ministry of Finance) and the Volta River Authority (VRA) for an amount of Twelve Million, Five Hundred Thousand Euros (€12,500,000.00) as additional financing for the Kpong Generating Station Retrofit Project (Kpong Dam Retrofit).

 

               

 

                                                (Minister for Finance)

 

 

 

11.       MOTION

 

 

 

That notwithstanding the provisions of Standing Order 80(1) which require that no motion shall be debated until at least forty-eight hours have elapsed between the date on which notice of the motion is given and the date on which the motion is moved, the motion for the adoption of the Report of the Joint Committee on Finance and Mines & Energy on the Amendments to the Petroleum Agreement as Amended among the Government of the Republic of Ghana, Ghana National Petroleum Corporation (GNPC), and AKER Energy Ghana Limited (formerly Ameralda Hess Ghana Limited) in respect of Deepwater Tano/Cape Three Points Contract Area Offshsore Republic of Ghana dated 8th February, 2006 may be moved today.

 

 

 

(Chairman of the Committee)

 

 

 

12.       MOTION

 

 

 

That this Honourable House adopts the Report of the Joint Committee on Finance and Mines & Energy on the Amendments to the Petroleum Agreement as Amended among the Government of the Republic of Ghana, Ghana National Petroleum Corporation (GNPC), and AKER Energy Ghana Limited (formerly Ameralda Hess Ghana Limited) in respect of Deepwater Tano/Cape Three Points Contract Area Offshsore Republic of Ghana dated 8th February, 2006.

 

 

 

                                    (Chairman of the Committee)

 

 

 

13.       RESOLUTION

 

 

 

WHEREAS

 

 

 

  1. By the provisions of Article 268 (1) of the Constitution, any transaction, contract or undertaking involving the grant of a right or concession by or on behalf of any person or body of persons howsoever described, for the exploitation of any mineral, water or other natural resource of Ghana made or entered into after the coming into force of the Constitution is made subject to ratification by Parliament.

 

 

 

2.   In pursuance of the said Article 268 (1) of the Constitution, the Government of Ghana has caused to be laid before Parliament through the Minister responsible for Energy the Amendments to the Petroleum Agreement as Amended among the Government of the Republic of Ghana, Ghana National Petroleum Corporation (GNPC), and AKER Energy Ghana Limited (formerly Ameralda Hess Ghana Limited) in respect of Deepwater Tano/Cape Three Points Contract Area Offshsore Republic of Ghana dated 8th February, 2006.

 

 

 

Now Therefore, this House in accordance with the said Article 268 (1) of the Constitution hereby resolve to ratify, by resolution, the said Amendments to the Petroleum Agreement as Amended among the Government of the Republic of Ghana, Ghana National Petroleum Corporation (GNPC), and AKER Energy Ghana Limited (formerly Ameralda Hess Ghana Limited) in respect of Deepwater Tano/Cape Three Points Contract Area Offshsore Republic of Ghana dated 8th February, 2006.

 

 

 

(Minister for Energy)

 

 

 

14.       MOTION

 

 

 

That notwithstanding the provisions of Standing Order 80(1) which require that no motion shall be debated until at least forty-eight hours have elapsed between the date on which notice of the motion is given and the date on which the motion is moved, the motion for the adoption of the Report of the Joint Committee on Finance and Mines & Energy on the Amendments to the Petroleum Agreement as Amended among the Government of the Republic of Ghana, Ghana National Petroleum Corporation (GNPC), GNPC Exploration and Production Company Limited and AGM Petroleum Ghana Limited in respect of South Deepwater Tano Contract Area dated 10th September, 2013 may be moved today.

 

 

 

(Chairman of the Committee)

 

 

 

 

 

15.       MOTION

 

 

 

That this Honourable House adopts the Report of the Joint Committee on Finance and Mines & Energy on the Amendments to the Petroleum Agreement as Amended among the Government of the Republic of Ghana, Ghana National Petroleum Corporation (GNPC), GNPC Exploration and Production Company Limited and AGM Petroleum Ghana Limited in respect of South Deepwater Tano Contract Area dated 10th September, 2013.

 

 

 

                                    (Chairman of the Committee)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

16.       RESOLUTION

 

 

 

WHEREAS

 

  1. By the provisions of Article 268 (1) of the Constitution, any transaction, contract or undertaking involving the grant of a right or concession by or on behalf of any person or body of persons howsoever described, for the exploitation of any mineral, water or other natural resource of Ghana made or entered into after the coming into force of the Constitution is made subject to ratification by Parliament.

 

 

 

2.   In pursuance of the said Article 268 (1) of the Constitution, the Government of Ghana has caused to be laid before Parliament through the Minister responsible for Energy the Amendments to the Petroleum Agreement as Amended among the Government of the Republic of Ghana, Ghana National Petroleum Corporation (GNPC), GNPC Exploration and Production Company Limited and AGM Petroleum Ghana Limited in respect of South Deepwater Tano Contract Area dated 10th September, 2013.

 

 

 

Now therefore, this House in accordance with the said Article 268 (1) of the Constitution hereby resolve to ratify, by resolution, the said Amendments to the Petroleum Agreement as Amended among the Government of the Republic of Ghana, Ghana National Petroleum Corporation (GNPC), GNPC Exploration and Production Company Limited and AGM Petroleum Ghana Limited in respect of South Deepwater Tano Contract Area dated 10th September, 2013.

 

 

 

(Minister for Energy)

 

 

 

17.       MOTION

 

 

 

That notwithstanding the provisions of Standing Order 80(1) which require that no motion shall be debated until at least forty-eight hours have elapsed between the date on which notice of the motion is given and the date on which the motion is moved, the motion for the adoption of the Report of the Committee on Mines and Energy on the Supplementary Information to the 2019 Work Programme of the Ghana National Petroleum Corporation relating to Loan Facilities to Pay for Heavy Fuel Oil (HFO) Purchases from Litasco SA and Sankofa Gye-Nyame Contractor Gas Take-or-Pay Obligations may be moved today.

 

 

 

(Chairman of the Committee)

 

 

 

18.       MOTION

 

 

 

That this Honourable House adopts the Report of the Committee on Mines and Energy on the Supplementary Information to the 2019 Work Programme of the Ghana National Petroleum Corporation relating to Loan Facilities to Pay for Heavy Fuel Oil (HFO) Purchases from Litasco SA and Sankofa Gye-Nyame Contractor Gas Take-or-Pay Obligations.

 

 

 

                                    (Chairman of the Committee)

 

 

 

19.       MOTION

 

 

 

That this Honourable House adopts the Report of the Committee on Local Government and Rural Development on Monitoring Visits to Selected Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies in the Country.

 

 

 

                        (Chairman of the Committee)

 

 

 

20.       MOTION

 

 

 

That notwithstanding the provisions of Standing Order 80(1) which require that no motion shall be debated until at least forty-eight hours have elapsed between the date on which notice of the motion is given and the date on which the motion is moved, the motion for the second reading of the Customs (Amendment) Bill, 2019 may be moved today.

 

 

 

                                    (Minister for Finance)

 

 

 

21.       MOTION

 

 

 

That the Customs (Amendment) Bill, 2019 be now read a second time.

 

 

 

                                    (Minister for Finance)

 

 

 

22.       MOTION

 

 

 

That notwithstanding the provisions of Standing Order 128(1) which require that when a bill has been read a second time it shall pass through a consideration stage which shall not be taken until at least forty-eight hours have elapsed, the consideration stage of the Customs (Amendment) Bill, 2019 may be taken today.

 

 

 

                                    (Minister for Finance)

 

 

 

23.       CUSTOMS (AMENDMENT) BILL, 2019

 

-           At the Consideration Stage

 

 

 

24.       MOTION

 

 

 

That notwithstanding the provisions of Standing Order 131(1) which require that when a Bill has passed through the Consideration Stage, the third reading thereof shall not be taken until at least twenty-four hours have elapsed, the motion for the third reading of the Customs (Amendment) Bill, 2019 may be moved today.

 

 

 

                                    (Minister for Finance)

 

 

 

25.       MOTION

 

 

 

That the Customs (Amendment) Bill, 2019 be now read the third time.

 

 

 

                                    (Minister for Finance)

 

 

 

 

 

26.       MOTION

 

 

 

That notwithstanding the provisions of Standing Order 80(1) which require that no motion shall be debated until at least forty-eight hours have elapsed between the date on which notice of the motion is given and the date on which the motion is moved, the motion for the second reading of the Appropriation Bill, 2019 may be moved today.

 

 

 

                                    (Minister for Finance)

 

 

 

27.       MOTION

 

 

 

That the Appropriation Bill, 2019 be now read a second time.

 

 

 

                                    (Minister for Finance)

 

 

 

28.       MOTION

 

 

 

That notwithstanding the provisions of Standing Order 128(1) which require that when a bill has been read a second time it shall pass through a consideration stage which shall not be taken until at least forty-eight hours have elapsed, the consideration stage of the Appropriation Bill, 2019 may be taken today.

 

 

 

                                    (Minister for Finance)

 

 

 

 

 

29.       APPROPRIATION BILL, 2019

 

-           At the Consideration Stage

 

 

 

30.       MOTION

 

 

 

That notwithstanding the provisions of Standing Order 131(1) which require that when a Bill has passed through the Consideration Stage, the third reading thereof shall not be taken until at least twenty-four hours have elapsed, the motion for the third reading of the Appropriation Bill, 2019 may be moved today.

 

 

 

                                    (Minister for Finance)

 

31.       MOTION

 

 

 

That the Appropriation Bill, 2019 be now read the third time.

 

 

 

                                    (Minister for Finance)

 

 

 

32.       MOTION

 

 

 

That notwithstanding the provisions of Standing Order 80(1) which require that no motion shall be debated until at least forty-eight hours have elapsed between the date on which notice of the motion is given and the date on which the motion is moved, the motion for the second reading of the Electronic Communications (Amendment) Bill, 2019 may be moved today.

 

 

 

                                    (Minister for Communications)

 

 

 

33.       MOTION

 

 

 

That the Electronic Communications (Amendment) Bill, 2019 be now read a second time.

 

 

 

                                    (Minister for Communications)

 

 

 

34.       MOTION

 

 

 

That notwithstanding the provisions of Standing Order 128(1) which require that when a bill has been read a second time it shall pass through a consideration stage which shall not be taken until at least forty-eight hours have elapsed, the consideration stage of the Electronic Communications (Amendment) Bill, 2019 may be taken today.

 

 

 

                                    (Minister for Communications)

 

 

 

35.       ELECTRONIC COMMUNICATIONS (AMENDMENT) BILL, 2019

 

-           At the Consideration Stage

 

36.       MOTION

 

 

 

That notwithstanding the provisions of Standing Order 131(1) which require that when a Bill has passed through the Consideration Stage, the third reading thereof shall not be taken until at least twenty-four hours have elapsed, the motion for the third reading of the Electronic Communications (Amendment) Bill, 2019 may be moved today.

 

 

 

                                    (Minister for Communications)

 

 

 

37.       MOTION

 

 

 

That the Electronic Communications (Amendment) Bill, 2019 be now read the third time.

 

 

 

                                    (Minister for Communications)

 

 

 

38.       COMMITTEE SITTINGS

 

 

 

NOTICE OF COMMITTEE SITTINGS

 

 

 

APPOINTMENTS COMMITTEE

 

 

 

Date:               Monday, 23rd December 2019

 

Time:               9:00 a.m.

 

Venue:             Committee Rooms 1 – 3 (Administration Block)

 

Agenda:           To consider H.E. the President’s nominee for appointment as Chief Justice.

 

 

 

 

 

FINANCE COMMITTEE

 

 

 

Date:               Monday, 23rd December 2019

 

Time:               9:00 a.m.

 

Venue:             Committee Room 7W (West Wing, 7th Floor, Job 600)

 

Agenda:           To consider the Customs (Amendment) Bill, 2019.

 

 

 

 

 

COMMITTEE ON SUBSIDIARY LEGISLATION

 

 

 

Date:               Monday, 23rd December 2019

 

Time:               10:00 a.m.

 

Venue:             Committee Room 10E (East Wing, 10th Floor, Job 600)

 

Agenda:           To consider the draft National Development Planning Commission Regulations, 2019.

 

 

 

 



 

              

            

             

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