Professor Mike Oquaye for Speaker, Kyei Mensah-Bonsu as Majority leader, Adwoa Sarfo is deputy

January 6, 2017
Source: Norvan Acquah - Hayford/thebftonline.com/Ghana
Professor Mike Oquaye for Speaker, Kyei Mensah-Bonsu as Majority leader, Adwoa Sarfo is deputy

The National Council of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) after consultations with the leadership of the party in the seventh parliament, approved the current minority leader, the Member of Parliament for Suame constituency, Osei Kyei Mensah-Bonsu as majority leader for the next parliament.

The outspoken legislature has been the minority leader of the NPP in the last eight years that the party has been in opposition.

The majority leader will be assisted by the third term Member of Parliament for Dome Kwabenya constituency Sarah Adjoa Sarfo.

Meanwhile, a historian and constitutional Lawyer Professor Mike Oquaye has been named as the man to become the speaker of the seventh parliament in the fourth republic.

Professor Mike Oquaye had been the Member of Parliament for Dome Kwabenya constituency for over 12 years bowing out in 2013.

The speaker will have as his first deputy speaker a former boss of the DVLA, now Member of Parliament for Bekwai constituency, Joseph Osei-Owusu.

Joseph Osei-Owusu is credited with having initiated reforms at the DVLA and brought development to the people of the Bekwai constituency who he represents even in opposition.

On his part, Osei Kyei Mensah-Bonsu who is 59-year-old has served in parliament for over 12 years and known as the next longest-serving member of the house after Alban Bagbin who has been in parliament since 1992

His deputy, Sarah Adwoa Sarfo, 35, is the Member of Parliament for Dome Kwabenya constituency and has been in Parliament since 2012.

The majority this time will have as their Chief Whip Member of Parliament for Sunyani East Constituency, Kwasi Ameyaw Cheremeh and he will be deputised by the Member of Parliament for Trobu constituency, Moses Anim for the incoming majority side.

Meanwhile, the NDC side in the seventh Parliament has also agreed to propose the longest serving member of Parliament, outgoing Majority Leader, Alban Bagbin to become the next second deputy Speaker of the House of the Seventh Parliament starting January 7, 2017.

The NDC also has named Alhaji Haruna Iddrisu, Member of Parliament for Tamale South, as the minority leader in the next parliament.

He will be deputised by Member of Parliament for Ketu North, Mr James Klutse Avedzi

Alhaji Haruna Iddrisu who is a 46-year-old lawyer has been the in parliament for over 12 years and is the outgoing Minister of Employment and Labour Relations. He also served once as the Minister of Trade and Industry

While Mr James Avedzi, 52, a chartered accountant by profession, has also served in parliament for 12 years and has been the Chairman of the Finance Committee of Parliament in the last eight years.

The NDC caucus has also appointed the following to the other leadership positions for the minority side, Mohammed Muntaka, MP from the Ashanti Region maintains his position as the Chief Whip, with the Member of Parliament for Banda Ahmard Ibrahim, and the Member of Parliament for Pusiga, Hon. Laadi Ayii Ayamba is serving as deputy chief whips.