We’ll not wait on gov’t before we act - Speaker
Speaker of Parliament, Prof. Mike Aaron Oquaye has promised to ensure that laws are promulgated by the seventh Parliament deal with issues of galamsey.
According the Speaker of Parliament, the seventh Parliament will not wait for the government or its ministers before it passes laws to deal with galamsey, and other societal problems such as women’s rights.
His resolve follows a set of reforms and visions he intends to carry out during his tenure as the Speaker of parliament.
“There are a number of things for example, galamsey, this Parliament is not going to wait until a minister conceptualizes a law on galamsey before we start talking about it. We are going to do it. If you consider women’s rights, affirmative action where today, Ghana we are at the lowest ebb, talking about Africa only, I don’t think our people expect us to wait for government because a law to enhance the rights, respect and dignity of women is not going to be a charge on public funds.”
“If you look at laws on children, maltreatment and other things, it is not a matter of going to impose tax on anybody and we are going to do it,” he added.
According to him, the move is expected to allow Members of Parliament to sponsor bills that concern and affect the populace without the executive.
At an interaction with members of the Parliamentary Press Corp, Rt. Hon. Speaker indicated that the encounter was expected to be the first of many between leadership and the press.
“It is society that will empower Parliament so that Parliament will serve society and when men and women of the media buy into this, by your joint effort, we will receive the appropriate support to make our Parliament stronger”
He urged the media to keep them on their toes and hold them to account in both negative and positive ways.
Prof. Mike Oquaye who used to be a former Member of Parliament for Dome-Kwabenya also added that in terms of responsiveness, accountability, capacity, and in terms of making things their business, so that anything that concerns the people of Ghana; “Parliament will look into it, we are setting ourselves to do more about that and give better delivery with time”.
Furthermore, he also reiterated the need for Parliament to have a new chamber and a modern library,as they attract donor corporation in order to serve the citizens better.