RECALL OF PARLIAMENT

Parliament will be recalled to sit on Friday the 5th of January to consider a motion filed by the Minority, calling for investigations into the levy and collection   

Read more
Other news items

H

G

M

IN THE SECOND SESSION OF THE SEVENTH PARLIAMENT OF THE FOURTH REPUBLIC OF GHANA 

ORDER PAPER 

FOR THE SEVENTH SITTING OF THE THIRD

MEETING OF PARLIAMENT 

THURSDAY, 8TH NOVEMBER 2018

BEFORE THE COMMENCEMENT OF PUBLIC BUSINESS

 

1.         PRAYERS

 

2.         CORRECTION OF VOTES AND PROCEEDINGS AND      OFFICIAL REPORT

 

3.         QUESTIONS

 

*428.   Mr. Kwame Governs Agbodza (Adaklu): To ask the Minister for the Interior the circumstances leading to the recall of the Ghana Police Unit on United Nations mission in South Sudan on sexual misconduct allegations.

 

 

*429.   Mr. James Agalga (Builsa North): To ask the Minister for the Interior whether there are plans to implement the Arms Trade Treaty which was acceded to and ratified by Parliament in 2015.

 

 

*445.   Dr. Clement A. Apaak (Builsa South): To ask the Minister for the Interior when a District Police Commander will be posted to Builsa South to head the Builsa South Divisional Police Headquarters and what is being done to improve law and order in Builsa South.

 

 

*463.   Mr. Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa (North Tongu): To ask the Minister for the Interior whether a statement from the United Nations Mission in South Sudan, dated February 24, 2018, alleging that UN Peacekeepers from Ghana and part of a Formed Police Unit had engaged in sexual exploitation, has come to the Ministry’s attention and if so, what responsive measures are being taken by the Ministry.

 

 

4.         STATEMENTS

 

AT THE COMMENCEMENT OF PUBLIC BUSINESS

 

5.         MOTION

 

That this Honourable House adopts the Report of the Committee of Selection on the Re-Composition of Committees of the House.

 

(Moved on Wednesday, 31st October 2018 by the Hon. Deputy Majority Leader, Ms. Sarah Adwoa Safo and seconded by the Hon. Deputy Minority Leader, Mr. James Klutse Avedzi)

Debate to continue

 

6.         MOTION

 

That this Honourable House adopts the Report of the Public Accounts Committee on the Performance Audit Report of the Auditor-General on the Disposal of Government Vehicles by the Ministry of Food and Agriculture and the Ghana Health Service.

 

(Moved on Thursday, 25th January, 2018 by the Hon. Chairman of the Public Accounts Committee, Mr. James Klutse Avedzi and seconded by the Hon. Member for Fanteakwa South, Mr. Kofi Okyere Agyekum)

Debate to continue

 

7.         RIGHT TO INFORMATION BILL, 2018

            -           At the Consideration Stage

 

i.          Clause 13   –  Amendment proposed   –     Sub-clause (1), delete

and insert the following:

 

“(1)     Information is exempt from disclosure where the disclosure of the information will reveal

(a)       an opinion or advice given

(b)       a recommendation, consultation or deliberation made to the public institution and is likely to undermine the deliberative process in that public institution.”

 

(Chairman of the Committee)

ii.         Clause 17   –  Amendment proposed   –     Delete

 

(Mr. Kobina Tahir Hammond)

Debate to continue

 

iii.       Clause 17   –  Amendment proposed   –     Opening phrase, line

1, delete “Despite a provision of this Act on exempt information” and insert “Notwithstanding provisions in this Act on information exempt from disclosure”

 

(Mr. Haruna Iddrisu)

 

iv.        Clause 17   –  Amendment proposed   –     Sub-clause (1),

paragraph (a), line 1, delete “a law” and insert “any law”

 

(Mr. Haruna Iddrisu)

 

v.         Clause 17   –  Amendment proposed   –     Sub-clause (1),

paragraph (b), delete and insert the following:

 

“(b)     an imminent and serious risk to public safety, public health or morals, the prevention of disorder or crime or the protection of the rights or freedoms of others.”

 

(Chairman of the Committee)

 

vi.        Clause 17   –  Amendment proposed   –     Sub-clause (2), line 2,

before “criminal” insert “any”

 

(Mr. Haruna Iddrisu)

 

vii.       Clause 18   –  Amendment proposed   –     Sub-clause (1),

paragraph (f), delete and insert the following:

 

“(f)      provide the identification card of the applicant; and

 (g)      be signed by the applicant”

 

(Chairman of the Committee)

Debate to continue

viii.     Clause 18   –  Amendment proposed   –     Sub-clause (3), line 2,

before “officer”, insert “information”

 

(Chairman of the Committee)

 

ix.        Clause 18   –  Amendment proposed   –     Add the following new

sub-clause:

 

“(4)     Where the applicant is illiterate, and the request has been reduced into writing, the information officer shall

(a)       clearly and correctly read and explain the request to the understanding of the applicant in accordance with the Illiterates’ Protection Act, 1912 (Cap 262);

(b)       ask a witness to endorse on the face of the request that “the request was read to the applicant in the language the applicant understands and the applicant appeared to have understood the content of the request; and

(c)       ask the applicant to make a thumbprint on the request.”

 

(Chairman of the Committee)

 

x.         Clause 18   –  Amendment proposed   –     Sub-clause (6), line 2,

before “Braille”, insert “electronic form and”

                       

(Chairman of the Committee)

 

xi.        Clause 19   –  Amendment proposed   –     Line 2, at end, add

“concerned”

 

(Mr. Haruna Iddrisu)

(Chairman of the Committee)

 

 

xii.       Clause 19   –  Amendment proposed   –     Add the following new

sub-clauses:

 

“(b)     The information officers of a public institution shall be appointed by the Minister.

   (c)    The information officer shall be an officer of rank not less than Assistant Director.”

 

(Mr. Frederick Opare-Ansah)

 

xiii.     Clause 20   –  Amendment proposed   –     Sub-clause (1),

paragraph (a), line 1, before “public” delete “the” and insert “that” and in line 2, before “public” delete “the” and insert “that”

 

(Mr. Haruna Iddrisu)

 

xiv.      Clause 20   –  Amendment proposed   –     Sub-clause (1),

closing phrase, line 1, delete “or the designated officer to whom the application is made” and in line 2, delete “ten” and insert “two”

 

(Chairman of the Committee)

 

xv.       Clause 20   –  Amendment proposed   –     Sub-clause (1),

closing phrase, lines 3 and 4, delete “to the other public institution and give written notice of the transfer to the applicant” and insert the following:

 

“(i)      refer the applicant to the relevant public institution; or

(ii)       transfer the application to the relevant public institution and give written notice of the transfer to the applicant.”

 

(Chairman of the Committee)

 

 

xvi.      Clause 20   –  Amendment proposed   –     Add the following new

sub-clause:

 

“(2)     Where a public institution receives a transfer of application under paragraph (b) of subsection (1), the public institution shall notify the applicant of the receipt of the application within three days after the receipt of the application.”

 

(Chairman of the Committee)

 

xvii.     Clause 21   –  Amendment proposed   –     Sub-clause (2),

opening phrase, line 2, after “shall” insert “within three days after the deferment”

 

(Chairman of the Committee)

 

xviii.   Clause 22   –  Amendment proposed   –     Sub-clause (3),

paragraph (a), delete

 

(Chairman of the Committee)

 

xix.      Clause 22   –  Amendment proposed   –     Sub-clause (3), add the

following new paragraph:

 

“(e)      the prescribed fee for the reproduction of information”

 

(Chairman of the Committee)

 

xx.       Clause 22   –  Amendment proposed   –     Add the following new

sub-clauses:

 

“(e)      any fees or charges that may be payable under section 78 before access to information may be granted”

 

(Mr. Frederick Opare-Ansah)

xxi.      Clause 22   –  Amendment proposed   –     Sub-clause (4), line 1,

delete “public institution” and insert “information officer”

 

(Chairman of the Committee)

 

xxii.     Clause 22   –  Amendment proposed   –     Sub-clause (5), delete

 

(Chairman of the Committee)

 

xxiii.   Clause 22   –  Amendment proposed   –     Sub-clause (6), delete

 

(Chairman of the Committee)

 

xxiv.    Clause 22   –  Amendment proposed   –     Sub-clause (9),

opening phrase, line 1, delete “review” and insert “perusal”

 

(Chairman of the Committee)

 

xxv.     Clause 22   –  Amendment proposed   –     Add the following new

sub-clause:

 

“(10)   Where information sought by an applicant does not exist because a duty is not placed on a public institution by any law to hold or collect the information, or the information has been destroyed in accordance with the time frame required by law for keeping the information, the information officer may give a notice to the applicant stating the reasons.”

 

(Chairman of the Committee)

 

xxvi.    Clause 23   –  Amendment proposed   –     Headnote, delete

“cannot be found or” and insert “is”

 

(Chairman of the Committee)

xxvii.   Clause 23   –  Amendment proposed   –     Sub-clause (1),

paragraph (a), delete

 

(Chairman of the Committee)

 

xxviii. Clause 23   –  Amendment proposed   –     Sub-clause (4), delete

 

(Chairman of the Committee)

 

xxix.    Clause 24   –  Amendment proposed   –     Delete

 

(Chairman of the Committee)

(Mr. Haruna Iddrisu)

(Mr. Frederick Opare-Ansah)

 

xxx.     Clause 25   –  Amendment proposed   –     Sub-clause (1),

opening phrase, line 1, delete “An information officer” and insert “The head of the institution”

 

(Chairman of the Committee)

 

xxxi.    Clause 25   –  Amendment proposed   –     Sub-clause (1),

paragraph (a), line 1, delete “quantity” and insert “volumes”

 

(Mr. Haruna Iddrisu)

 

xxxii.   Clause 25   –  Amendment proposed   –     Sub-clause (2), line 1,

delete “fourteen” and insert “seven”

 

(Chairman of the Committee)

 

xxxiii. Clause 25   –  Amendment proposed   –     Sub-clause (2), line 2,

after “made”, delete all the words up to the end of the sub-clause.

 

(Chairman of the Committee)

 

xxxiv.  Clause 25   –  Amendment proposed   –     Sub-clause (3),

opening phrase, line 2, delete “thirty” and insert “seven”

 

(Chairman of the Committee)

 

xxxv.   Clause 26   –  Amendment proposed   –     Sub-clause (1), lines 2

and 3, delete “the public institution has by notice demanded payment of a deposit in relation to the application, and” and further in line 4, delete “deposit” and insert “prescribed processing fee for reproduction of information”

 

(Chairman of the Committee)

 

xxxvi.  Clause 26   –  Amendment proposed   –     Sub-clause (1), lines 2

and 3, delete “the public institution has by notice demanded payment of a deposit in relation to the application, and” and further in line 4, delete “deposit” and insert “prescribed processing fee for reproduction of information”

 

(Chairman of the Committee)

 

xxxvii. Clause 27   –  Amendment proposed   –     Delete

 

(Chairman of the Committee)

 

xxxviii. Clause 28   – Amendment proposed   –     Sub-clause (1),

paragraph (a), after “vexatious” add “and state the reason for which the public institution is of the opinion that the application is manifestly frivolous of vexatious; or”

 

(Chairman of the Committee)

 

xxxix.  Clause 28   –  Amendment proposed   –     Sub-clause (1), delete

paragraphs (c), (d), (e) and (f),

 

(Chairman of the Committee

xl.        Clause 29   –  Amendment proposed   –     Sub-clause (1),

paragraph (a), sub-paragraph (i), line 1, after “reasonable” insert “access and”

 

(Ms. Nana Dokua Asiamah-Adjei)

 

xli.       Clause 29   –  Amendment proposed   –     Sub-clause (1),

paragraph (c), line 2, before “document” delete “the” and insert “a”

 

(Ms. Nana Dokua Asiamah-Adjei)

 

xlii.     Clause 29 – Amendment proposed – Sub-clause (1) paragraph (f)

        delete and insert:

 

“(f) in any other form, electronic, magnetic, optical or otherwise, including computer printouts, various computer storage devices and web portals.”

 

(Mr. Frederick Opare-Ansah)

 

xliii.    Clause 29   –  Amendment proposed   –     Sub-clause (1), delete

paragraphs (f), line 2, delete “diskette” and insert “pen drive” and also delete “downloading” and insert “download link”

 

(Chairman of the Committee)

 

xliv.     Clause 29   –  Amendment proposed   –     Sub-clause 2,

paragraph (b) add a new sub-paragraph:

 

“(i)      the cost of providing the information in the required form has not been explicitly provided for as per section 78 and no equivalent provision can be found for costing purposes.”

 

(Mr. Frederick Opare-Ansah)

xlv.      Clause 29   –  Amendment proposed   –     Sub-clause (2),

subparagraph (i), delete

 

(Chairman of the Committee)

 

xlvi.     Clause 31   –  Amendment proposed   –     Sub-clause (3), line 1,

after “indicate”, insert “the name of the applicant, a copy of the identification card of the applicant and”

 

(Chairman of the Committee)

 

xlvii.   Clause 33   –  Amendment proposed   –     Sub-clause (2),

paragraph (c), delete

 

(Chairman of the Committee)

 

xlviii.  Clause 33   –  Amendment proposed   –     Add the following new

sub-clause:

 

“(4)     Where the applicant is illiterate, and the request has been reduced into writing, the information officer shall

(a)       clearly and correctly read and explain the request to the understanding of the applicant in accordance with the Illiterate Protection Act, 1912 (CAP 262);

(b)       a witness shall endorse on the face of the request that “the request was read to the applicant in the language the applicant understands and the applicants appeared to have understood the content of the request; and

(c)       ask the applicant to make a thumbprint on the request”

 

(Chairman of the Committee)

 

 

xlix.     Clause 34   –  Amendment proposed   –     Sub-clause (2),

paragraph (a), delete “reproduction fee, translation fee or transcription” and insert “prescribed”

 

(Chairman of the Committee)

 

l.          Clause 34   –Amendment proposed   –       Sub-clause (2),

paragraph (c), delete

 

(Chairman of the Committee)

 

li.         Clause 35   –Amendment proposed   –       Transpose to after

Clause 71,

 

(Chairman of the Committee)

 

lii.       Clause 37   –  Amendment proposed   –     Delete

 

(Chairman of the Committee)

 

liii.      Clause 38   –  Amendment proposed   –     Headnote, delete

“High” and insert “Supreme”

 

(Chairman of the Committee)

 

liv.       Clause 38   –  Amendment proposed   –     Sub-clause (1) delete

paragraphs:

 

“(a) and (b) and insert “any reason and has exhausted all rights of internal review and review by the Commission”

 

(Mr. Frederick Opare-Ansah)

 

lv.        Clause 38   –  Amendment proposed   –     Sub-clause (1),

paragraph (b), delete

 

(Chairman of the Committee)

lvi.       Clause 38   –  Amendment proposed   –     Sub-clause (1),

closing phrase after paragraph (b), line 1, delete “High” and insert “Supreme”

 

(Chairman of the Committee)

 

lvii.     New clause   –    Amendment proposed   –     Add the following new

clause after clause 38:

 

39.     Application to the High Court for judicial review

(1)       Where an applicant is refused access to information by a public institution, the applicant may apply to the High Court for judicial review of the decision.

 

(2)       The application for judicial review shall be lodged within twenty-one days after receipt of the notification of the decision.”

 

(Chairman of the Committee)

 

lviii.    Clause 39   –  Amendment proposed   –     Sub-clause (1),

opening phrase, line 1, delete “38” and insert “39”

 

(Chairman of the Committee)

 

lix.       Clause 40   –  Amendment proposed   –     Sub-clause (2), line 1,

delete “access should be given” and insert “the applicant should be given access”

 

(Chairman of the Committee)

 

lx.        Clause 41   –  Amendment proposed   –     Transpose to after

Clause 47,

 

(Chairman of the Committee)

 

 

lxi.       Clause 41   –  Amendment proposed   –     Opening phrase, line

2, delete “concerned” and insert “to which an application is made” and in line 3, delete “a Minister” and insert “the Commission”

 

(Ms. Nana Dokua Asiamah-Adjei)

 

lxii.     Clause 41   – Amendment proposed   –      Sub-clause (1),

opening phrase, line 3, delete “whether before a Minister or a Court” and insert “before the Commission”

 

(Chairman of the Committee)

 

lxiii.    Clause 42   –  Amendment proposed   –     Delete

 

 (Mr. Frederick Opare-Ansah)

 

lxiv.     Clause 42   –  Amendment proposed   –     Sub-clause (1),

line 1, after “body” and insert “corporate”

 

(Chairman of the Committee)

(Mr. Haruna Iddrisu)

 

lxv.      Clause 42   –  Amendment proposed   –     Sub-clause (2), line 3,

before “transaction” and insert “related”

 

(Chairman of the Committee)

(Mr. Haruna Iddrisu)

 

lxvi.     Clause 42   –  Amendment proposed   –     Sub-clause (3), line 1,

before “property” and insert “immovable”

 

(Chairman of the Committee)

(Mr. Haruna Iddrisu)

 

lxvii.   Clause 43   –Amendment proposed   –       Headnote Delete and

insert “Responsibility of Data Protection Commission

 

 (Mr. Frederick Opare-Ansah)

lxviii.  Clause 43   –  Amendment proposed   –     line 1, delete and insert

“the Data Protection Commission shall have responsibility to”

 

 (Mr. Frederick Opare-Ansah)

 

lxix.     Clause 43   –  Amendment proposed   –     Closing phrase after

paragraph (d), line 2, at end, add “and provisions of this Act”

 

(Mr. Haruna Iddrisu)

 

lxx.      Clause 44   – Amendment proposed   –     Sub-clause (1), line 1,

after “Act” and insert “and any other enactment not inconsistent with the Constitution”

 

(Mr. Haruna Iddrisu)

 

lxxi.     Clause 44 –    Amendment proposed   –     Sub-clause (2), after

“functions” and insert “under this Act”

 

 (Mr. Frederick Opare-Ansah)

 

lxxii.   Clause 45   –  Amendment proposed   –     Sub-clause (2),

paragraph (a), line 1, delete “or” and in line 2, after “mediation” insert “or arbitration”

 

(Chairman of the Committee)

 

lxxiii.  Clause 45   – Amendment proposed   –      Sub-clause (1),

paragraph (b), line 2, at end, add “before it”

 

(Mr. Haruna Iddrisu)

 

lxxiv.   Clause 45   –  Amendment proposed   –     Sub-clause (2),

paragraph (d), line 2, before “vexatious” insert “manifestly frivolous”

 

(Chairman of the Committee)

 

lxxv.    Clause 46 –    Amendment proposed   –     Sub-clause (1), line1, “                      delete “To achieve its object” and insert “to execute

its responsibilities”

 

 (Mr. Frederick Opare-Ansah)

 

lxxvi.   Clause 46   –  Amendment proposed   –     Sub-clause (1),

paragraph (g), line 2, before “so” insert “do”

 

(Chairman of the Committee)

(Mr. Haruna Iddrisu)

 

lxxvii. Clause 46   – Amendment proposed   –      Sub-clause (2), delete

 

(Chairman of the Committee)

 

lxxviii. Clause 47   – Amendment proposed   –      Sub-clause (2),

paragraph (a), line 5, delete “raising and education” and insert “creation and educational”

 

(Mr. Haruna Iddrisu)

 

lxxix.   Clause 47   –  Amendment proposed   –     Sub-clause (2),

paragraph (c), lines 3 and 4, delete “if resources are available”

 

(Chairman of the Committee)

 

lxxx.    Clause 47   –  Amendment proposed   –     Sub-clause (2),

paragraph (e), lines 1 and 2, delete “institution or a relevant private body” and insert “institutions or relevant private bodies”

 

(Mr. Haruna Iddrisu)

 

lxxxi.   Clause 48   –  Amendment proposed   –     Sub-clause (1), line 1,

before “any” insert “to be undertaken”

 

(Mr. Haruna Iddrisu)

lxxxii. Clause 48   –  Amendment proposed   –     Sub-clause (2), delete

 

(Chairman of the Committee)

 

lxxxiii. Clause 48   –  Amendment proposed   –     Sub-clause (3), delete

 

(Chairman of the Committee)

 

lxxxiv. Clause 49   –  Amendment proposed   –     Sub-clause (2),

paragraph (a), line 2, delete “with” and insert “by the provisions of”

 

(Mr. Haruna Iddrisu)      

 

lxxxv.  Clause 50   –  Amendment proposed   –     Delete

 

 (Mr. Frederick Opare-Ansah)

 

lxxxvi. Clause 50   –  Amendment proposed   –     Sub-clause (1),

paragraph (c), delete “three” and insert “four” and also delete “one” and insert “two”

 

(Chairman of the Committee)

 

lxxxvii. Clause 50   – Amendment proposed   –     Sub-clause (1), add

the following new paragraph:

 

“(d)     the Executive Secretary”

 

(Chairman of the Committee)

 

lxxxviii. Clause 50   – Amendment proposed   –    Add the following new

sub-clause:

 

“(3)     The President shall in appointing a member of the Board, have regard to the expertise of the person.”

 

(Chairman of the Committee)

lxxxix. Clause 50   –  Amendment proposed   –     Add the following new

sub-clause:

 

“(5)     The members of the Board shall take and subscribe to the official oath and oath of secrecy specified in the schedule.”

 

(Chairman of the Committee)

 

xc.       Clause 51   –  Amendment proposed   –     Delete

 

 (Mr. Frederick Opare-Ansah)

 

xci.      Clause 51   –  Amendment proposed   –     Sub-clause (1), line 1,

delete “Commission” and insert “Board” and in line 2, at end, add “for another term only”

 

(Chairman of the Committee)

(Mr. Haruna Iddrisu)

 

xcii.     Clause 51   –  Amendment proposed   –     Sub-clause (2), line 1,

delete “Commission” and insert “Board”

 

(Chairman of the Committee)

(Mr. Haruna Iddrisu)

 

xciii.    Clause 51   –  Amendment proposed   –     Sub-clause (3), line 2,

delete “Commission” and insert “Board”

 

(Chairman of the Committee)

(Mr. Haruna Iddrisu)

 

xciv.    Clause 51   –  Amendment proposed   –     Sub-clause (4), line 2,

delete “Commission” and insert “Board”

 

(Chairman of the Committee)

 

 

xcv.     Clause 51   –  Amendment proposed   –     Sub-clause (5)

[wrongly numbered (2)], line 2, delete “Commission” and insert “Board”

 

(Chairman of the Committee)

(Mr. Haruna Iddrisu)

 

xcvi.    Clause 52   –  Amendment proposed   –     Delete

 

 (Mr. Frederick Opare-Ansah)

 

xcvii.   Clause 52   –  Amendment proposed   –     Sub-clause (2), line 2,

delete “one-third of the membership” and insert “three members”

 

(Chairman of the Committee)

 

xcviii.  Clause 53   –  Amendment proposed   –     Delete

 

 (Mr. Frederick Opare-Ansah)

 

xcix.    Clause 53   –  Amendment proposed   –     Sub-clause (3) line 2,

delete “or a greater number determined by the Board in respect of an important matter”

 

(Chairman of the Committee)

(Mr. Haruna Iddrisu)

 

c.         Clause 54   –  Amendment proposed   –     Delete

 

 (Mr. Frederick Opare-Ansah)

 

ci.        Clause 54   –  Amendment proposed   –     Sub-clause (2), delete

“shall” and insert “may”

 

(Mr. Haruna Iddrisu)

 

cii.       Clause 55  –   Amendment proposed   –     Delete

 

 (Mr. Frederick Opare-Ansah

8.         COMMITTEE SITTINGS

 

NOTICE OF COMMITTEE SITTINGS

 

BUSINESS COMMITTEE

 

Date:               Thursday, 8th November 2018

Time:               9:00 a.m.

Venue:             First Deputy Majority Whip’s Conference Room (West Wing, 7th Floor, Job 600)

Agenda:          To determine Business of the House for the Third Week.

 

 

FINANCE COMMITTEE

 

Date:               Thursday, 8th November 2018

Time:               2:00 p.m.

Venue:             Committee Rooms 1-3 (New Administration Block)

Agenda:          To consider the Annual Report of the Public Interest and Accountability Committee (PIAC) on the Management of Petroleum Revenues for the year 2017.

 

 

COMMITTEE ON FOOD, AGRICULTURE AND COCOA AFFAIRS

 

Date:               Thursday, 8th November 2018

Time:               12:00 Noon

Venue:             Committee Rooms 1-3 (New Administration Block)

Agenda:          To hold discussions with officials of the Institute for Democratic Governance (IDEG) and representatives of selected cocoa growing districts on the socio-economic challenges in the cocoa growing communities.

 

 

 

 

 


 

SUPPLEMENT

 

ANSWERS TO PARLIAMENTARY QUESTIONS

 

*428.   Mr. Speaker, on 23rd February, 2018 the Ghana Police Service, received a report of Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (SEA) case against some personnel of the Ghana Formed Police Unit (FPU) 1 Detachment at Wau Protection of Civilian (POC) Camp, South Sudan from the Permanent Mission of Ghana to the United Nations. In line with UN practice in such cases, the Detachment of 46 personnel was immediately withdrawn to Juba. The Office of the Internal Oversight Services (OIOS), a UN independent body was commissioned to investigate the allegations.      

 

In line with the Ghana Police Service’s commitment in fighting Sexual Exploitation and Abuse, related cases in the field mission, a three (3) member team of investigators was dispatched to South Sudan on 11th March, 2018 to also investigate the matter.

 

*429.   Mr. Speaker, the Arms Trade Treaty which was acceded to and ratified by Parliament in 2015 came into force for Ghana after the 22nd of March, 2016. The implementation of the treaty requires Ghana to put in place certain measures which includes, designation of a Competent National Authority, a National Focal Point, a National Control List, strategies to prevent and address the diversion of conventional arms to unauthorized end-users, among others.

 

Mr. Speaker, further to this, under Articles 11 and 75 of the 1992 constitution, the provisions of Arms Trade Treaty has to be domesticated. Specifically, Ghana would have to adopt a legislation, develop rules and administrative measures for implementation. Although there are some laws on arms and ammunitions, we need to review our legislation to the UN standard.

 

Mr. Speaker, I wish to inform this august house that steps to implement the Treaty are underway. The Ministry is working on a Cabinet Memo on the matter for submission to Cabinet for approval.

 

*445.   Rt. Hon. Speaker, the Builsa South District has only one Police Station located at Fumbisi which is the District Capital. Apart from the Police Station, there is no office accommodation at any of the communities within the Builsa South District ostensibly for the Police to use as a Police District or Divisional Headquarters.

 

Mr. Speaker, Security in general within the Builsa South District is calm apart from petty crime such as stealing of livestock. No robbery has been recorded in the District this year.

 

Mr. Speaker, the Police Service will consider deploying a District Commander to the Builsa South District when adequate facilities are available for the Police to use as a Police District Headquarters.

 

*463.   Rt. Hon. Speaker, the statement from the United Nations Mission in South Sudan on the alleged misconduct involving UN Peacekeepers from Ghana and part of the Formed Police Unit has come to the attention of the Ministry.  The matter is currently being investigated and in due time the outcome would be made available.

In line with the Ghana Police Service’s commitment in fighting Sexual Exploitation and Abuse, related cases in the field mission, a three (3) member team of investigators was dispatched to South Sudan on 11th March, 2018 to also investigate the matter.

 

Mr. Speaker, again, in line with the UN Zero adherence policy on Sexual Exploitation and Abuse, the detachment of 46 personnel was repatriated on administrative grounds to Ghana on 30th May, 2018.

 

Meanwhile, urgent steps are being taken by the Ministry and the office of the Attorney-General to amend the Ghana Police Service Regulations 2012 (C176) to include Sexual Exploitation and Abuse which are not explicitly captured under the current Regulations.

 

 

 


 

IN THE SECOND SESSION OF THE SEVENTH PARLIAMENT

OF THE FOURTH REPUBLIC OF GHANA

 

PROVISIONAL ORDER PAPER

 

FOR THE EIGHTH SITTING OF THE THIRD

MEETING OF PARLIAMENT

 

FRIDAY, 9TH NOVEMBER 2018

 

BEFORE THE COMMENCEMENT OF PUBLIC BUSINESS

 

1.         PRAYERS

 

2.         CORRECTION OF VOTES AND PROCEEDINGS AND      OFFICIAL REPORT

 

3.         BUSINESS STATEMENT FOR THE THIRD WEEK

(Chairman, Business Committee)

 

4.         URGENT QUESTIONS

 

(a)       Mr. Ras Mubarak (Kumbungu): To ask the Minister for Roads and Highways why the 17.4km Zugu – Satani road, which is in very poor condition, was not graded in the 2017 maintenance programme contrary to assurances to Parliament on June 16, 2017 that the road was programmed for grading in 2017.

 

(b)       Mr. Mathias Kwame Ntow (Aowin): To ask the Minister for Roads and Highways what immediate steps are being taken to make the un-motorable Enchi to Elubo road motorable to alleviate the plight of the people within that catchment area as social and economic activities have virtually halted.

 

(c)       Mr. Thomas Nyarko Ampem (Asuogyaman): To ask the Minister for Roads and Highways whether the Ministry is aware of news reports that bolts and nuts used to rehabilitate the Adomi Bridge are being removed, and if so, what urgent steps has the Ministry taken to address the situation.

5.         QUESTIONS

 

*476.   Mr. Twumasi Kwame Ampofo (Sene West): To ask the Minister for Roads and Highways when the construction of the following roads in the Sene West Constituency will be completed: (i) Atebubu – Kwame Danso (ii) Kwame Danso – Akyeremade Battor (iii) Kwame Danso – Konkonse (iv) Kyeamekrom – Tatto Bator (v) Kyeamekrom – Chababa (vi) Shafa Zongo – Dogondage.

 

*477.   Mrs. Comfort Doyoe Cudjoe-Ghansah (Ada): To ask the Minister for Roads and Highways the current state of the implementation of the refurbishment works on the Ada Foah town roads in the Ada Costituency.

 

*479.   Mr. Kobena Mensah Woyome (South Tongu): To ask the Minister for Roads and Highways when the following roads will be constructed: (i) Kodzi Junction (Gladysco Junction) –  Agbeve (ii) Lolito Junction – Galotse – Hawuii.

 

6.         STATEMENTS

 

AT THE COMMENCEMENT OF PUBLIC BUSINESS

 

7.         PRESENTATION OF PAPERS

 

            The following Paper to be presented:

 

            By the Chairman of the Committee

Report of the Finance Committee on the Financing Agreement between the Government of the Republic of Ghana and the International Development Association (IDA) of the World Bank Group for an amount of Twenty-Seven Million, Nine Hundred Thousand Special Drawing Rights (SDR27,900,000.00) [Equivalent to US40 million] to finance the proposed Tourism Development Project.

 

 

 

8.         MOTION

 

That this Honourable House adopts the Report of the Committee of Privileges on Breach of Privilege and Contemptuous Remarks Allegedly Made by the Hon. Member for Assin Central Constituency, Mr. Ken Ohene Agyapong.

 

                                    (Chairman of the Committee)

 

 

9.         RIGHT TO INFORMATION BILL, 2018

            -           At the Consideration Stage

 

 

10.       COMMITTEE SITTINGS

 

NOTICE OF COMMITTEE SITTINGS

 

SPECIAL BUDGET COMMITTEE

 

Date:               Friday, 9th November 2018

Time:               9:00 a.m.

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

Agenda:          To discuss the preparedness of the Electoral Commission for the impending referendum on the creation of six new regions in Ghana.

 

 

COMMITTEE ON TRADE, INDUSTRY AND TOURISM

 

Date:               Friday, 9th November 2018

Time:               10:00 a.m.

Venue:             Committee Room 6E (East Wing, 6th Floor, Job 600)

Agenda:          To hold discussions with officials of the Ministry of Trade and Industry on the Budget Performance Report in Respect of the Ministry of Trade and Industry for the Period January to December, 2017.

 

COMMITTEE ON ROADS AND TRANSPORT

 

Date:               Friday, 9th November 2018

Time:               12:30 p.m.

Venue:             Committee Room 10W (West Wing, 6th Floor, Job 600)

Agenda:          To consider the Contract Agreement between the Government of the Republic of Ghana (represented by the Ministry of Roads and Highways through Ghana Highways Authority) and Fleck Elektroinstallationen GmbH of Austria in respect of the Enhancement of Road Safety (Phase II)—Turnkey Implementation of Photovoltaic-Based Street Lighting Programme in selected communities.

 

 

Tuesday, 6th November, 2018

Friday, 2nd November, 2018

Thursday, 1st November, 2018

Wednesday, 31st October, 2018



Friday, 2nd November, 2018

Friday, 2nd November, 2018

Thursday, 1st November, 2018

Wednesday, 31st October, 2018

Tuesday, 30th October, 2018




PROCEEDINGS OF PARLIAMENT - PLENARY




VIDEOS