Debates of 17 Jun 2008

PRAYERS 10 a.m.


Mr. Speaker 10 a.m.
Order! Order! Correction of Votes and Proceedings of Friday, 13th June, 2008. Pages 1 . . . 4 [No correction was made.]
Hon. Members, we have the Official

Item 3 - Questions - Minister for

Finance and Economic Planning?
Mr. K. A. Okerchiri 10 a.m.
Mr. Speaker, the
hon. Minister for Finance and Economic Planning is unavoidably unavailable and therefore, I would ask your permission, that the Deputy Minister be allowed to answer the Questions in his stead.
Mr. Speaker 10 a.m.
Deputy Minister for
Finance and Economic Planning, Question No. 1314. Hon. Haruna Iddrisu, Member for Tamale South?



Mr. H. Iddrisu 10 a.m.
Mr. Speaker, I would want to find out from the hon. Deputy Minister, whether he would want to authorize an audit into the utilization and disbursement of the allocations as he has indicated to us.
Prof. Gyan-Baffour 10 a.m.
Mr. Speaker,
I do not understand the question because the Auditor-General has the power to audit all these things, and they will rightly audit everything that I have said about the allocations to the various MDAs.
Mr. H. Iddrisu 10 a.m.
Mr. Speaker, maybe, I
should clarify it. I want to know whether you would be inviting the Auditor-General to particularly look into the disbursement of the HIPC allocations that he has made to MDAs.
Prof. Gyan-Baffour 10 a.m.
Mr. Speaker,
I have not thought about particularly authorizing the Auditor-General to do that. I do not authorise the Auditor-General, but maybe, I can invite him to do that.
Mr. H. Iddrisu 10 a.m.
Mr. Speaker, with
your indulgence, I am holding a Civil Society Report on the Ghana HIPC Watch Experience, edited by the same foundation. I believe that the hon. Deputy Minister has seen this document.
I want to refer him to pages 4 and 5 of his own detailed Answer, that is, Office of Government Machinery, he allocated GH¢25 million. Now, compared to Ministry of Food and Agriculture, and in particular, Ministry of Women and Children's Affairs, and also the Ministry of Health, these are institutions that are directly related to the pursuit of poverty alleviation.
Would he want to explain to this House why he gave so much money to Government Machinery instead of these social sectors as required by the HIPC

Prof. Gyan-Baffour 10:10 a.m.
Mr. Speaker, let me first clarify one point. The HIPC allocations are for poverty reduction and growth. It is not for poverty reduction only. That is the first point. So the allocations will not necessarily tilt towards poverty- related expenditures.
Mr. Speaker, the second issue is that, the Office of Government Machinery is a very wide office, with a lot of these institutions that do not fit into any particular sector falling under it. So it is not, for instance, only the Office of the President or only government-related offices.
The National Development Planning Commission (NDPC), where I used to be, falls under the Office of Government Machinery. So many other Ministries fall under that. Therefore, the amount that is allocated to it is actually there, is an agglomeration of all those sectors and not to any particular office under the Office of Government Machinery.
Mr. H. Iddrisu 10:10 a.m.
Thank you, Mr. Speaker, for giving me the opportunity to ask my final supplementary question.
Mr. Speaker, the findings of SEND Foundat ion make very worrying revelations about the utilisation of HIPC allocated funds, particularly to the District Assemblies.
I want to find out from the hon. Deputy Minister, whether his Ministry would want to do an evaluation of all projects awarded and executed under HIPC and the state of those projects.
Mr. Speaker 10:10 a.m.
Hon. Member, this is not a supplementary question. If you have others, ask.
Mr. H. Iddrisu 10:10 a.m.
Thank you, Mr. Speaker.
Mr. J. K. Avedzi 10:10 a.m.
Mr. Speaker, the hon. Deputy Minister indicated in his Answer that the allocation to the Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning includes the domestic interest payments.
I want to find out if domestic interest payment is also a related item for poverty reduction.
Prof. Gyan-Baffour 10:10 a.m.
Mr. Speaker, maybe, I should go back into history and explain to the hon. Member, that at the time that we were preparing the GPRS I, which formed the basis of our poverty reduction strategy, we made a request to the donor community that we were going to use up to 20 per cent of the HIPC allocations to pay the domestic debts. At the time that this thing was done, that was in 2001, the domestic debt was so huge that it was crippling everything. So, without a relief in that area, no effort could have been done. That is why we are using part of it in the payment of domestic debt.
Mr. Alfred Agbesi 10:10 a.m.
Mr. Speaker, I want to know from the hon. Deputy Minister, why the Ministry of Justice, Judicial Service, particularly the Ministry of the Interior, which deals with a lot of security organs, the Ghana Police Service and Ghana Fire Service have been allocated so low an amount from this HIPC operation. What is the basis upon which these Ministries were offered abysmal amounts of money?
Mr. Speaker 10:10 a.m.
Hon. Member, is your
question related to the Ministry of the Interior, or the Ministry of Justice?
Mr. Agbesi 10:10 a.m.
Mr. Speaker, my question relates to the Ministry of the Interior, the Ministry of Justice and the Judicial Service. I see that these three MDAs
have been given so low amounts. I am saying that the Ministry of the Interior particularly, caters for the Ghana Fire Service, the Ghana Police Service, et cetera. I was thinking that, there were areas which so much should have been given to.
I want to know from the hon. Deputy Minister why this has not been done.
Prof. Gyan-Baffour 10:10 a.m.
Mr. Speaker, first of all, we have to look at the allocation that we give to various Ministries and we will see that in proportion to service, for example, the Ministry of Food and Agriculture, the Ministry of the Interior's allocation may not be that big. But more importantly, HIPC allocations are additions to whatever that we give to the Ministries under Government of Ghana (GoG) funding.
In fact, one can see that some Ministries are not even here at all. If for instance, we have been able to take care of our proportion of what we need, we do not have to give them more of the HIPC allocations. So it is an addition to whatever resources that we give under the Government of Ghana (GoG) funding and from other sources. That is not the only allocation that is going to them but in terms of HIPC allocations, that is the amount in addition to whatever they had that is shown here.
Mr. Sallas-Mensah 10:10 a.m.
Mr. Speaker, can the hon. Deputy Minister tell us the basis for the allocation for the various Ministries? They must have a basis for allocating the HIPC resources to the various MDAs. May we know as a House, because they did not just conjure them; they did not get up and said one hundred Ghana Cedis should go here and two hundred Ghana cedis should go there. What is the basis?
Prof. Gyan-Baffour 10:10 a.m.
Mr. Speaker, the

basis is the extent to which the activity of the particular Ministry adds to growth and poverty reduction.
Mr. Speaker 10:10 a.m.
Question number 1355 - hon. Alhaji Sumani Abukari, Member of Parliament for Tamale North?
Agricultural Development Bank
(Government's Shares)
Q. 1355. Alhaji Sumani Abukari asked the Minister for Finance and Economic Planning, whether the majority shares the Government holds in the Agricultural Development Bank were transferred to the Stanbic Bank Limited and if so, why?
Prof. Gyan-Baffour 10:10 a.m.
Mr. Speaker, in August 2006, the Stanbic Bank of South Africa made an unsolicited bid to purchase 100 per cent of the issued shares (or such lesser amount as may be agreed upon), of the Agricultural Development Bank.
Mr. Speaker, Government has also received some offers; however, it may interest you to know that Government has not taken any firm decision on the matter yet or any of the solicitations or in fact, on the matter in general.
Alhaji Abukari 10:10 a.m.
Mr. Speaker, I would want to know from the hon. Deputy Minister when Government will take a decision on this matter. This is because it is very important for those of us who are farmers.
Prof. Gyan-Baffour 10:10 a.m.
Mr. Speaker, the Government is very much concerned about credit to the agricultural sector. Therefore, it is actually looking around for a model that will enable our women, men, farmers and those in the fishing industry to have access to capital. The Government's view is that, we should come out, maybe, use Agricultural Development Bank
(ADB) as a model, which is not yet at where the Government wanted it to be. Therefore, negotiation is ongoing, and as and when the Government comes out with a model that will actually serve the supreme interest of this country, it will decide to end it and make a decision on the matter.
Alhaji Abukari 10:10 a.m.
Mr. Speaker, I want to know whether the Government will take into consideration, the patriotic duty of Government to the people of this country and whether it will not be better to strengthen the Agricultural Development Bank (ADB) to function the way it envisages that it should function instead of divesting it.
Prof. Gyan-Baffour 10:10 a.m.
Mr. Speaker, that is exactly what the Government wants to do to strengthen Agricultural Develop- ment Bank (ADB) but maybe, not as it is, but strengthening it in whatever way that will ensure that when farmers want it, they can have access to it and when fishermen want it, they can have access to it. That is what the Government will do and it would not exclude any possibility of changing the form that it is in at this moment.
Alhaji Abukari 10:10 a.m.
Mr. Speaker, will the hon. Deputy Minister assure this House and the nation, through this House, that the Government in strengthening the Agricultural Development Bank (ADB), will not diversify it, but will rather strengthen it to perform better and encourage farmers to do better.
Prof. Gyan-Baffour 10:20 a.m.
Mr. Speaker, as I said earlier on, strengthening the Agricultural Development Bank (ADB) should not foreclose the possibility of changing the current structure. So I cannot assure him that the strengthening would not involve divesting certain parts of it.
Alhaji Abukari 10:20 a.m.
Mr. Speaker, I would

want to know from the hon. Minister, with the present food crisis around the world, whether it would be in the interest of this country to put our agricultural bank or agricultural affairs into the hands of a foreign bank, instead of nurturing our own bank to take care of it. If he says that it may change its form and may not exclude divestiture, would that be in the interest of farmers?
Prof. Gyan-Baffour 10:20 a.m.
Mr. Speaker, maybe, divesting means that we can sell it to the hon. Member to be part of the shareholding structure of Agricultural Development Bank (ADB); it does not mean that we are going to sell it to foreigners. That is not what I have just said. What I am saying is that, if the structure is to be changed so that it can actually serve the interest of Ghanaians better, that structure should change and that is all, and not necessarily that it should go back to foreigners.
The structure can change by going to the stock market and allowing every Ghanaian to be part of Agricultural Development Bank (ADB). So what I am saying is that we cannot really put anything off the table; everything is right on the table.
Mr. Albert Abongo 10:20 a.m.
Mr. Speaker,
I would like to know from the hon. Deputy Minister, from his Answer, Stanbic Bank, South Africa made some unsolicited bid to purchase Agricultural Development Bank (ADB) and that some negotiations were going on. Does that mean that Government is not open about the divestiture of Agricultural Development Bank (ADB) and would it mean that others are left out in the process of also wanting to buy the facility?
Prof. Gyan-Baffour 10:20 a.m.
Mr. Speaker,
what I said was that, Stanbic Bank Limited
made an unsolicited offer and others had also made offers. For instance, Rago Bank of Netherlands had also made an offer. Other institutions in Ghana had also made offers. I am not saying we are only negotiating with one of them or even negotiating with any individual.
What I am saying is that, we are in consultation with whoever comes and it may not necessarily mean that even those who are making the offers would be the ones to take it. What I just said is that, we are looking for a model that would ensure that when people want credit, they will be given.
If the model should be that we should really get Ghanaians to buy stocks of Agricultural Development Bank (ADB), we will do so. So all that we are trying to do is to make sure that it is in the supreme interest of the farmers and the fishermen of this country.
Mr. Clement Humado 10:20 a.m.
Mr. Speaker, I would like to know from the hon. Deputy Minister, what percentage of shares is Government having in Agricultural Development Bank (ADB) for which Stanbic Bank Limited is applying for its sale.
Mr. Speaker 10:20 a.m.
Your question, please?
Mr. Humado 10:20 a.m.
Mr. Speaker, I know that the shares in the Agricultural Development Bank (ADB) are held by the Bank of Ghana and the Government is represented by the hon. Minister for Finance and Economic Planning, whether it is only the shares of Government that are being affected or those of Bank of Ghana.
Prof. Gyan-Baffour 10:20 a.m.
Mr. Speaker, in fact, when I saw the Question that was what came into my mind, whether my hon. Friend was actually looking at the Government's component of the shares or the one by the Bank of Ghana.
The Bank of Ghana owns 48 per cent of the shares and the Ghana Government

owns 52 per cent of the shares. But when we talk about these, we are always referring to all the shares being held by the Bank of Ghana and Government. So I think Government and Bank of Ghana are being used as one entity here.

But what Stanbic Bank Limited actually made the offer for were the shares that were held by the Bank of Ghana. After the banking law which was passed recently, the Bank of Ghana decided not to hold shares in a bank that it supervises. So it has actually given the 48 per cent to some other entity to handle on its behalf and that is the one that Stanbic Bank Limited asked for. So it is about the 48 per cent of the total shares.
Mr. Alfred Abayateye 10:20 a.m.
Mr. Speaker, in the hon. Deputy Minister's Answer, Bank of Ghana had given out its shares to an entity to handle. Which bank is handling the Bank of Ghana shares?
Mr. Speaker 10:20 a.m.
Which answer are you referring to? Or the answer he just gave?
Mr. Abayateye 10:20 a.m.
In his last answer, he said that Bank of Ghana had given out its shares to an entity to handle because it did not want to interfere with a bank it supervised and I am asking, from his answer, which entity is handling the shares on behalf of Bank of Ghana?
Prof. Gyan-Baffour 10:20 a.m.
Mr. Speaker, maybe, I did not get the word right, but what I was saying is that it has been put in trust; it has a trustee. I have forgotten the name of the trust - [Interruption.] What is he saying? Worldwide Investment is the trustee; so it is put in trust and that is the one I referred to as the entity.
Ghana's External and Domestic Debts
Q. 1382. Mr. Evans Paul Aidoo asked the hon. Minister for Finance and Economic Planning Ghana's Financial position in cedi equivalent, what the total external and domestic debts broken down into short-term and long-term debts were before the introduction of the new currency (GH¢).
Prof. Gyan-Baffour 10:20 a.m.
Mr. Speaker, you would recollect that the new currency was introduced by the Bank of Ghana in July 2007.
The public debt stock comprising domestic and external debt as at the end of June 2007 was about ¢57.72 trillion. The amount represents ¢34.84 trillion and ¢22.87 trillion for domestic and external debt respectively.
Mr. Speaker, with the maturity structure of external and domestic debt, Govern- ment's external debt liability as at June 2007, was mainly medium to long-term debt. There was no short-term external debt liability to Government.
Domestic debt on the other hand, is made up of short to medium-term debts including the 91-day Treasury Bill to 5- year GOG Bond. Short-term (government securities) domestic debt amounted to about ¢6.8 trillion with the remaining ¢27.9 trillion being medium to long-term domestic debt instruments.
Mr. Speaker, below is a table showing the profile for further information.
Mr. E. P. Aidoo 10:30 a.m.
Mr. Speaker, I would
Mr. E. P. Aidoo 10:30 a.m.

like to find out from the hon. Deputy Minister, how much of the debt stock had been written off under the Highly Indebted Poor Countries (HIPC) Initiative.
Prof. Gyan-Baffour 10:30 a.m.
Mr. Speaker,
I do not have the figures here right now, but I can give them to the hon. Member in due course.
Mr. E. P. Aidoo 10:30 a.m.
Mr. Speaker, the
hon. Deputy Minister mentioned that the public debt stock comprising domestic and external debt as at the end of June was about - Will the hon. Deputy Minister be kind enough to give specific figures to this august House?
Prof. Gyan-Baffour 10:30 a.m.
Mr. Speaker,
if I said “about”, then probably, that is a misnomer but what I am saying is that, the debt stock as at June 2007 was 57.71603 trillion old cedis.
Mr. E. P. Aidoo 10:30 a.m.
Mr. Speaker, will the
hon. Deputy be kind enough to give the exact figures and also quote the source of
Mr. E. P. Aidoo 10:30 a.m.

the figures he has given to us here?
Mr. Speaker 10:30 a.m.
Hon. Member, which
figure are you referring to?
Mr. E. P. Aidoo 10:30 a.m.
Mr. Speaker, I want to know the source and specific figures because most of the figures here are “about”, and we are dealing with the general public.
Mr. Speaker 10:30 a.m.
Hon. Member, do you
want the source?
Prof. Gyan-Baffour 10:30 a.m.
Mr. Speaker, I
am very surprised that the hon. Member is looking for the source -- when he is asking for the source -- [Laughter] -- The source is me.
Mr.Samuel Sallas-Mensah 10:30 a.m.
Speaker, the hon. Deputy Minister is trying to evade the questions. We want to know the source; they have a debt management unit at their Ministry. The Bank of Ghana also has a source where they can give us
this information. We want to know which specific source gave him this information.
Prof. Gyan-Baffour 10:30 a.m.
Mr. Speaker, my
Mr. Sallas-Mensah 10:30 a.m.
Mr. Speaker,
this is a different Question. The Question was about the total indebtedness of this country before the currency change. Mr. Speaker, can the hon. Deputy Minister for Finance and Economic Planning tell this House how much it cost this nation for this currency change?
Mr. Speaker 10:30 a.m.
Hon. Member, would you want to come back properly. File a Question on that.
Mr. E. K. Salia 10:30 a.m.
Mr. Speaker, I would
like to ask the hon. Deputy Minister, which are the medium and long-term instruments that comprise the ¢27.9 trillion? Which are the individual ones that make up that total?
Prof. Gyan-Baffour 10:30 a.m.
Mr. Speaker,
the medium-term instruments consist of the two-year floating treasury notes, the two- year fixed treasury notes, the three- year Government of Ghana Inflation Index Bonds (GGIIB), then the three- year floating rate bonds, the three-year fixed rate bonds and the five-year GOG bonds. These are the medium to long-term instruments.
Mr. Speaker, for the avoidance of doubts, the short-term instruments include the 91-Day Treasury Bills, the 182- Day Treasury Bills, the one-year treasury notes and the short-term advances.
Mr. Salia 10:30 a.m.
Mr. Speaker, my hon. Colleague has just mentioned them, but he does not show me how much each of them is. That is what I asked.
Mr. Speaker 10:30 a.m.
Hon. Member, will you
want to file a Question on that?
Mr. Salia 10:30 a.m.
Mr. Speaker, he knows the
total, so he must be able to give us the breakdown. Mr. Speaker, it will be very easy for him.
Prof. Gyan-Baffour 10:30 a.m.
Mr. Speaker,
I may not be able to give it to the hon. Member in cedis, but I can assure him that in dollars. As at December 2007, we had about $906 million for the short-term instruments, and then the $1.6 billion, medium-term instruments. Maybe he can do the calculation. The long-term was about $1.2 billion.
Mr. Speaker 10:30 a.m.
Hon. Deputy Minister,
thank you very much for appearing to answer these Questions. You are discharged.
Item 4 - Statements. Statement by
Deputy Minister for Greater-Accra Region?
STATEMENTS 10:30 a.m.

Ms. Theresa Amerley Tagoe (NPP - Ablekuma South) 10:30 a.m.
Mr. Speaker, thank you for the opportunity to make a Statement on child prostitution in Ghana.
The issue of child prostitution is becoming a social canker within the moral fibre of the Ghanaian society. A child is defined as anyone under the age of 18 years old.
It is also an undeniable fact, that the rights of children cannot be overlooked for the survival of the child. One of the important rights of a child, is to be under the care of an adult when the child is a minor until the child becomes an adult to take care of himself/herself.
The Optional Protocol on the Sale
of Children, Child Prostitution and Child Pornography to the Convention on the Rights of the Child states that the prostitution of the child or child prostitution is the practice whereby a child is used by others for sexual activities in return for remuneration or any other form of consideration.
The Worst Forms of Child Labour Convention 1999 (Convention No. 182) of the International Labour Organization (ILO) provides that the use, procuring or offering of a child for prostitution is one of the worst forms of child labour.
Mr. Speaker, the prostitution of children also means that a party other than a child, benefits from a commercial transaction in which the child is made available for sexual purposes, either as an exploiter, intermediary who controls or oversees the child's activities for profit or any other person, who negotiates or exchanges directly with a child in order to receive sexual satisfaction.
It is also reported in Accra alone, that there are 125 brothels where young girls are forced into prostitution. Girls, mostly from poverty-stricken families indulge in pornographic activities following monetary offers to them by some local contact men.
It is also no secret to find hundreds of children ranging between the ages of 12 and 18 years old converging at places like Kwame Nkrumah Circle, Kotobabi Trotro Station near Freddie's Corner, “Soldier Bar”, Abeka Lapaz (Double Man Spot), Kasoa (behind the public toilet off Obom road), Newtown, Cantonments and several other places by 7.30 p.m. involve in child prostitution.
Ms. Theresa Amerley Tagoe (NPP - Ablekuma South) 10:40 a.m.

Mr. Speaker, it is important to indicate that the Parliamentary Caucus on Population undertook a visit to the “Soldier Bar” on February 29, 2008.

The purpose of the visit was to have first-hand information on what was happening at the place, so as to formulate appropriate policies to address the problem of child prostitution which is on the ascendancy.

Mr. Speaker, the place operates as a lorry park and a brothel. A tour of the place revealed that it had 12 cubicles, without windows and had mattresses. Children between the ages of 12 and 16 often patronize the place at night and sometimes with the assistance of pimps.

The Caucus noted that a practice fee of GH¢3 was charged for a duration of 3 minutes and one female could attend to as many as twenty (20) men at night.

Each prostitute was required to pay GH¢2 to the proprietor of the “Soldier Bar” and the rest of the money kept to herself.

Mr. Speaker, at the time of our visit, the Accra Metropolitan Assembly earmarked the place for demolition. However, one wonders why the Accra Metropolitan Assembly has still not taken action on the structure.

Mr. Speaker, it would be appreciated if the Executive could initiate appropriate actions through its relevant agencies to have the structure demolished without further delay.

Mr. Speaker, parents have the responsibility to take care of their children. Every child needs both parents for the child's upbringing and development in order not to lack necessities which are
Ms. Theresa Amerley Tagoe (NPP - Ablekuma South) 10:40 a.m.

essential in life.

Mr. Speaker, early exposure to the media also contributes a lot to child prostitution in our country. Hardly would one watch a foreign or an African movie, soap operas and advertisements without any scene which portray sexual acts.

Pictures on the front pages of some newspapers and magazines displayed at news-stands are extremely awful and tend to put negative feelings in the minds of these innocent young ones. Some of the music we hear from radio stations of late, does not spur children into good works.

Mr. Speaker, another factor responsible for child prostitution, is negative influence. Some children are gullible. They are deceived by either their peers or some irresponsible adults to indulge in this practice for some few cedis.

Mr. Speaker, indeed, there is the need for this practice to be stopped. Quite apart from the fact that these children who are into this practice endanger their future marriages, their health is also at risk. This is because they can easily contract HIV/ AIDS. Perhaps, all the noble efforts to mitigate the spread of HIV/AIDS would be a mirage, if this practice is not stopped. This is because most of the children, who are found in this practice, constitute part of those Ghana AIDS Commission describe as “Window of Hope”.

It is the view of the Caucus that provisions of the Children's Act 560, passed in 1998 are enforced.

The Accra Metropolitan Assembly should team up with the relevant agencies to demolish “Soldier Bar”.

It is also the expectation of the Caucus, that every District Assembly should have

a committee on children charged with the responsibility of monitoring the activities of children.

Various stakeholders such as the Ghana AIDS Commission, Ministry of Health, Ministry of Women and Children's Affairs, Ministry of Education, Science and Sports, and the Ghana Police Service must all play their roles to make sure that this horrendous practice is totally nipped in the bud to save our future leaders.

Thank you, Mr. Speaker.
Mrs. Agnes A. Chigabatia (NPP - Builsa North) 10:50 a.m.
I thank you Mr. Speaker, and I must say another thank you to the hon. Member who made the Statement on the Child Labour Day which was organised in the Upper East Region, precisely at Talensi Nabdam.
Child labour is really a canker to the
whole country at large - [Interruption.] Child prostitution - Is it not labour? [Laughter.] Or it is not labour? Mr. Speaker, if I will correct my hon. Brother, prostitution is labour, so it is labour.
Mr. Speaker, this child prostitution is really a disturbing issue for all parents. If one looks at the children that are always engaged in child prostitution, they are either from broken homes or from single parents. Normally, the women blame the men on that issue because they deny to assist the women to bring up the children leaving the women all alone to bring up the children and they at times come out of hand. Mr. Speaker, if steps are really not taken for this serious child prostitution, Ghana will one day come without mothers. Why? The reasons are these, the children themselves pick it from the television sets, from the INTERNETS, and all over. Our musicians nowadays think that to pick young beautiful girls to be shaking their buttocks is what they can use to sell their cassettes and this is
bad. This is because, by doing that one is introducing the child to child prostitution.
Mr. Speaker, if we politicians will devote our time preaching about child prostitution in our various constituencies than preaching for votes, I think this will go a long way to stop this practice.
Mr. Speaker, the children too are
interested in worldly materials. What are they? Mobile phones and fashionable cars. And by doing that they know that their parents cannot afford them so the only thing is that they will go out and look for the things themselves. So, if we the parents can talk to our children that they should allow them to grow up and work and get money to buy those things than to look for them at cheaper areas.
Mr. Speaker, I think we the women of this honourable House should put it upon ourselves that we will go to the various stations and tell the producers that teenagers should not be telecast on their stations just because they want to attract people to buy their things.
Mr. Speaker, on this note, I thank the hon. Deputy Minister for Greater Accra for such a wonderful Statement.

Ms. Christine Churcher (NPP - Cape

Coast): Mr. Speaker, I want to first thank the hon. Member who made the Statement for a very important Statement made at the right time and at the right place.

Mr. Speaker, when one talks about child prostitution in my opinion, one is talking about a kind of forced labour, sometimes. Mr. Speaker, when children are made to feel that they are adults when they are not, then we are forcing them to behave like adults and that to me, is a human rights issue.
Mrs. Agnes A. Chigabatia (NPP - Builsa North) 10:50 a.m.

Mr. Speaker, my interest this morning in the Statement is a focus on the beneficiaries of child prostitution. Mr. Speaker, the hon. Member who made the Statement did intimate that sometimes those children benefit financially by indulging in prostitution. But my interest is not in the benefits which go to the children but the benefits which go to those who visit the brothels, those who visit these children, those who force these children into such immoral acts.

Mr. Speaker, who are those? If the children who are prostitutes are prostitutes because of their background, where they come from, whether their parents are poor, whether they come from broken homes, what about the men who visit those places.

Who are their parents too? What kind of morals do they have? Mr. Speaker, this Statement brings me even to the question of rape. Sometimes, you find a situation where a young girl with no breasts, very tiny ones fall prey to a big man. A very old man. Mr. Speaker -- [Laughter], visits his sexual desires on the girl who is almost a baby. I ask myself, what can a man get from a very flat breast, from a very young girl who does not even know what to do.

I am making this point because I remember that I heard and read about a research work which said that many people who lived in our country and elsewhere were mad, and crazy. It should be craziness which should make an elderly man go in for a baby. It should be craziness; it should be madness.

Mr. Speaker, let me come home to child prostitution. Where are the parents of these children who are into child prostitution? Who are their dadies and mothers? Sometimes responsibility in looking after and training a child is shifted on to teachers unnecessarily. What kind of home do they come from? Who are their parents? Are they orphans? They are not. Coming to the issue about even movies, the right kind of movies for children to

watch. Whose duty is it to ensure that their children watch the right kind of movies at the right time? Parents should have time, they should have time for their children.

The issue is that we live in an age where money is glorified. It does not even matter where you get it from. We live in an era where as a Shakespearean will put it “fair is foul and foul is fair” - It is an era where when you get money it does not matter where you get it from. Parents most at times do not question why their children wear certain kinds of dresses and clothes which they never bought for them.

Mr. Speaker, sometimes you see your child with so much money in her purse, and it is clear that you did not give the money to the child. It is high time that parents also spent time questioning the lifestyles of their children. It is high time that the churches spent more time on children. Mr. Speaker, I have seen children who have fallen prey even to pastors and Reverend Ministers. What kind of self control is lost in our country?

Mr. Speaker, with due respect, human beings are not animals, therefore, the ability to control your sexual desires and to visit it on the right person is what makes you human. Mr. Speaker, it is high time that our law enforcers looked critically at this issue.

Let me continue by looking at the role of the churches and religious leaders. Why do I ask? We have Sunday schools; we have councillors but I realize that children of today are not protected at all. Mr. Speaker, when I was a child, every time that we closed from school, I ran fast with my friends home because the loving arms of a mother were there waiting to welcome me. Mr. Speaker, these days children get home and it is not the fault of parents but nobody is there. They fall prey to anybody.

I think that the reason why young children and young girls are looking for areas of expressing their love in a way that we call prostitution is that some of them have never known how it is to be loved by their parents.

Mr. Speaker, how many parents -- I am talking about fathers -- How many parents even give their children a hug. How many of them tell their children they are beautiful. For young girls, the fact that daddy looks into their eyes and says you are beautiful is enough to make them feel proud. Mr. Speaker, if that is never said at home then what happens is that the first time that the child gets into the streets of Cantonments, Bawku, Cape Coast and any man in trousers, who respects her says “you are beautiful, I love you”, oh, she feels she is in Heaven.

It is high time parents made the girl- child felt so important, so beautiful that when they come out nothing will make them fall away from their morals.

Finally, Mr. Speaker, we are talking about Parliament and this Statement has been made in Parliament. What is the role of Parliament and Parliamentarians in making sure that the children in our constituencies do not fall prey to child prostitution? Can we do some counselling? The traditional leaders, can we talk to them? These days, children grow and grow better and faster than we grew. Mr. Speaker, a child of twelve or eleven years might have very big breasts. These days the way they grow up is very alarming. When you see a child who has all these features, it does not mean that that child is of age.

I think that we should educate the whole country. It is high time that we talked to all the men and the women especially that when you see a child who has a good body, it does not mean that that child is of age. That child can be your own child. That child can be your sister's child;

that child can be an orphan; that child is looking for direction and we should not take advantage of them. That is why I want us to be able to look at all the laws which relate to the protection of children.

For me, child prostitution is tanta- mount to not even child abuse but to human rights abuse. It is a human rights issue. Children should not be allowed to mistreat their bodies that way. No man. Mr. Speaker, we should find stiffer punishment for men who visit those places, who horde children who should be their children and visit their sexual desires on them.

Mr. Speaker, sorry for my highly emotive language - who will not be emotional when you are talking about the girl-child who is like the roots of a tree, who is the future mother, that child without whom no boy will be born, without whom there cannot be a wife, without whom there cannot be a mother.

I thank the hon. Member who made the Statement for arousing our interest in a topic so crucial to the survival and the fundamental growth of our nation.
Mr. Joseph Yieleh Chireh (NDC - Wa West) 11 a.m.
Mr. Speaker, I want to make a few comments on the Statement that has been made.
First of all, I would commend the hon. Member who made the Statement for bringing out so clearly and in detail what goes on in our society even though some people will like to turn a blind eye to it. This menace is multi-dimensional; it also has an international dimension and just
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talking about it in our Parliament alone may not solve the problem, if we do not do so in concept with what is going on internationally.

I would like us at this stage to commend some of the people who have put their lives at risk investigating, bringing out the gory details of what is going on in our society, particularly the media persons who have devoted their time to bringing out these details. It is about time we called them and also gave them awards and praised them for what they did.

Mr. Speaker, the next thing is about

responsible parenting. We need to have fully developed courses either in our churches or in our schools on parenting, for people to give responsible parenting to their children; to show children that they are loved in their homes and to tell children the values of our society.

Until we do so we open up the spill gates for children to go out in search of attention -- just basic attention. Indeed, the hon. Member who last spoke mentioned the fact that if we look into the child's eyes and say “you are good today”, that means a lot to that child and we should consciously inculcate in our population the responsibility of bringing up responsible children.

Mr. Speaker, the Ministry of Information and National Orientation had better gone round with seminars and workshops targeted at young people who want to get into families' lives. That is, those who want to get married. We all know that the economic situation is bad and is very hard for many families and politicians who are talking about coming to power must have a line in their manifesto as to how we can deal with this menace by improving the economy and making sure that the children do not have the need to go out in search of food to eat.

Mr. Speaker, the problem is big; it

requires commitment to enforcement of the laws. Many enactments have been cited here for purposes of ensuring that our children grow in a good environment. But if the law enforcement is weak, if the courts will not give stiffer punishment as being advocated by some people, all we talk about, we may not realize our dreams in ensuring that the child is prevented from being preyed upon by greedy individuals.

The talk about girl-child may not be completely true now given the fact that indeed, there are people who come from outside and some from within who also now prey on the boy-child. Again, our media are awash with these facts and we all need to look up and ask ourselves whether we are really serious about combating child prostitution. If so, let us praise those who make the effort to expose, let us improve the economic situation and let us all be responsible parents and ensure responsible parenting.

Thank you, Mr. Speaker.
Prof. Mike Oquaye (NPP - Dome- Kwabenya) 11:10 a.m.
Mr. Speaker, respectfully, I thank you for the opportunity to contribute to this very important Statement on the floor of the House.
Mr. Speaker, we have often spoken against all forms of forced labour, particularly with regard to young people. And we have often spoken about the cocoa farms for example, and these we have seen as an affront to the develop-ment of the youth and as a very important human rights issue.
Mr. Speaker, one aspect of the matter on the floor of the House is its forced child labour connotation. The fact that very often,many of these young people are brought in from the hinterland, villages,
remote places and they hardly know even the corners of the cities that they are brought to live in. And they in effect become the slaves of pimps and such undesirables in society. Mr. Speaker, some of these pimps are so powerful; they have such control over the bodies and minds of their subjects that they are comparable to the barons in the drug industry. They procure, they instigate, they intimidate and they actually treat young people as slaves.
Mr. Speaker, we would want to ensure that these people are well identified as the main propellers of the menace, so that we also tighten the screws of our laws to deal with them accordingly, both in terms of the investigative machinery targeting them and also the punitive machinery punishing them as much as we can.
Mr. Speaker, as we look at girls, we cannot ignore one interesting association in this regard. The Committee in talking about some of the details also tells you about how many boys were actually found also involved in the process. Homo- sexuality is not a Ghanaian phenomenon but unfortunately there is an attack on the youth in this regard in this country. And this has also happened in such a way that they are also falling prey to the pimps in this connection.
I think our law enforcement agencies should also throw the searchlight on the male aspect of this matter because the males, may complement the females and we find that the issue has assumed even far worst dimensions than we ever anticipated.
Mr. Speaker, in this connection,our laws must be tightened and I think we recommend to the Committee to look into aspects of using the law as an instrument for social control in this regard as well as education and social welfare measures. On one occasion, we read that some
prostitutes had actually been released simply because the social welfare system could not contain them and the police also did not have the facilities to handle them as such. And in this connection, if the non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and the churches will also see it as a very important national issue, I think it will go a long way in helping us.
Speaking about some of the factors that actually go to make this menace prevalent, sometime ago there was a strong film censorship system in this country. From all indications, this system has sort of -- If not broken down, at least, it has been laxed over the years. Maybe, the world is becoming more relaxed in so many dimension pride ourselves in certain basic things and we do not want to see our young girls or boys engaged in these kinds of activities. Therefore, the relevant authority responsible for this should sit up and deliver in this connection.

Mr. Speaker, last but not least, when students come on holidays, it appears the situation gets worse. It means, therefore, that a lot of young students from junior high school (JHS) to senior high school (SHS) to colleges and other tertiary institutions -- may themselves be falling prey to this. I think we need to investigate it in a very serious manner. We could have the voluntary workcamps and other long vacation activities of old brought back as a way of, if not eradicating, at least, mitigating this menace.

Mr. Speaker, I thank you very much

for the opportunity to contribute to this Statement.

Dr. Kwame Ampofo (NDC - South

Dayi): Mr. Speaker, I rise to add my voice
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to the Statement on the floor, which I deem to be a, very important one.

Listening to the issues raised in the

Statement, I am, indeed, very appalled; appalled because of the vividness of the issues as portrayed; that these things are happening to our young girls, as young as even 12 years old. I cannot imagine the wickedness of those who allow this to happen in their own premises and care.

Naturally, it is not the children who

have organised the brothel called the ‘Soldier Bar'. I believe that “Soldier Bar” is owned by adults and visited by adults. So it means that these adults have conspired to mete out such inhuman treatment to young girls. Since it is a conspiracy, the way I see it, the law must take its course and the perpetrators must be brought to book under the laws of this country.

Mr. Speaker, I am sure that these girls

engaged in child prostitution may be girls who need help. They may be wayward but waywardness does not mean that they have been consigned to human indignity. Indeed, in their situation, they need the full protection of our Constitution and the custodians of our Constitution being Government and Parliament. It is our duty to see to it that this type of inhuman dignity to the children is addressed and addressed urgently.

Mr. Speaker, the issue has been reported

in our quarterly bulletin of Parliament, The Legislature, the Issue No. 12, dated January - March, 2008, page 12 and continued on page 22. At paragraph 6, it reads, and Mr. Speaker, with your permission, I beg to quote:

“Soldier Bar, the team discovered, is a wooden structure and operated as a

bar behind a lorry station. The fact that the premises served as a brothel was evident; there were about 20 cubicles built behind the bar and each cubicle was about eight feet in length and four feet in breadth and without windows. Only one cubicle had a fan. Each cubicle had a bed with or without mattress. The place also had washrooms and . . .”

When you look at even the design of

this place, you will see that it is a deliberate structure for that particular act. And once our parliamentary caucus has visited and seen this in action, I am surprised that the structure is still standing and no action has been taken yet.

In paragraph 5 of the article, it says and with your permission, I beg to quote:

“The visit also formed part of the working programme of the Caucus to embark on a fact-finding tour of the premises of “Soldier Bar” and consequently formulate appropriate policies to address the problem.”

Mr. Speaker, we need to formulate not only the policies to address the problem but we need to, perhaps, request from the hon. Member who made the Statement to lead in a Private Member's Motion to enact a law to deal specifically with this issue and to punish the perpetrators as we know them. This is because several areas were identified where these things were going on.

I believe that we should task our colleague hon. Member who is the new hon. Minister for the Interior to look at this issue and take it as his first assignment to have “Soldier Bar” demolished and not only demolished but the owners and operators of the bar brought before the law. That way, all other such brothels would get the message and either they would voluntarily go out of that business or

advise themselves that the law is about to catch up with them. In the absence of this action by Parliament, I think Parliament itself would not be doing the little girls any good service.

It is a test case for Parliament and I recommend that, perhaps, this issue, with your permission, Mr. Speaker, be addressed to the appropriate select committee to immediately initiate action on it. It is only by this that the nation would see that our Parliament indeed cares about our people; our Parliament, indeed, cares about young girls; our Parliament has been established to take action by itself independently.

Thank you, Mr. Speaker, for the opportunity to contribute to the Statement.
Mrs. Angelina Baiden-Amissah (NPP - Shama) 11:20 a.m.
Mr. Speaker, I rise to contribute to the Statement on the floor regarding child prostitution.
Mr. Speaker, this is not the first time we have talked in Parliament about child prostitution, child pornography. We have always charged the law enforcement agencies to be up and doing to make sure that these children and their parents are arrested but it keeps recurring.
Mr. Speaker, it is pathetic that some parents have shunned their parental responsibilities. It is for every parent to take care of the child to provide love, security, protection, shelter, nutrition, and education for the child. And if these are lacking, and therefore children due to poverty, should on their own resort to child prostitution in order to feed themselves, then it is so pathetic. It is rather unfortunate.
Mr. Speaker, if children have to resort to child prostitution even to feed their own parents, then where are we heading
towards? I am saying this because I have an experience of a parent who would always allow the child to go round and come back with money so that her mother, being a single parent, could also feed on it. Where are we heading towards?

Mr. Speaker, recently we heard that some girls who were arrested at the Nkurmah Circle area and kept somewhere by the Department of Social Welfare under the guard of some policemen, but they were able to jump over the wall to ran away. So what were the policemen doing? Were they fast asleep in the night such as to wake up to realise that the children had jumped over the fence and ran away? So where are we heading towards? Should we always come here, talk about it, for it only to be lost in the atmosphere?

Mr. Speaker, the Government has made several interventions to stop child labour, child prostitution, child pornography. But the children continue to do it. One of the interventions being the United Nations Conventions (UN) on the Right of the Child 1989 which Ghana adopted in 1990. Policemen are working on it, we are aware of it. Mr. Speaker, the International Labour Organisation (ILO) Convention 182 prohibits children from child labour. Even for age 15 which is allowed, it should be for some menial jobs.

But if at age 15, teenaged girls can strip themselves and allow bigger men, men who have grey hair and heavier than them, to misuse them. It is so pathetic. I being a mother, parent and also being in the area of education we are trying our best to help children.

With the institution of the Capitation Grants, I do not think any parent or child should say that out of poverty, they are
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going to get involved in child prostitution. The Government is paying for school fees for them. The Government is providing text books, even transportation at areas where we have the Metro Transit Bus Service. The Government is supplying furniture and the classrooms are not being provided by the child or the parent.

So what is the reason? Even the School Feeding Programme which has already started and is gradually expanding -- If after all, these children should suffer, then where are we heading towards? That is what makes it so pathetic.

Mr. Speaker, we women of this Parliament are telling the police to arrest the parents of the children who are doing this. Because if parents do not allow it they will not. There are other children who are well disciplined and are in school. Some of the children do so out of greed. Even if they have their parents taking care of them and providing all the care on this earth because they see other friends holding money here and there, they also want to go into it and mess up their bodies. So, we are asking the police to arrest the parents including the children and prosecute them.

Mr. Speaker, the pimps have a way of luring the parents of the children to give them out. I am saying this because as the Ministry of Women and Children's Affairs under UNICEF prepare these children, take them back and give them money to take care of themselves, other children come back. I have been bumping into such children anytime I go to do my own marketing. Children aged seven, eight, nine. I always interact with them. Sometimes even the big pans that they carry are bigger than their bodies.

I always ask them how they come and they always mention that their aunts brought them. And where are their aunts?

with full boarding status. Ever since the school has been steadily moving on as a manifestation of the school motto “Miele Azoli Dzi” literally meaning “we are marching on”.

Currently, the school runs four programmes - General Arts, Science, Home Economics and Agricultural Science. The school is hooked on to the Internet for effective ICT studies. The 2007/2008 student population is 405 made up of 226 males and 179 females. There are 22 teaching staff.

Mr. Speaker, due to its rural setting, attracting quality intake had been a problem for Leklebi Senior High School. Most of the time LESEC like the other three senior high schools in my constituency have to make do with the rejects of other more endowed senior high schools. Despite this apparent handicap, the results of Leklebi Senior High School had been impressive. For the past five examination years, its results have averaged 90 per cent passes. The 2006/2007 result was 98.4 per cent.

Mr. Speake r, one s ign i f i can t achievement of LESEC is her feat in mathematics. For the past two academic years, the school has achieved 100 per cent pass in mathematics with about sixty per cent of the students obtaining grade C4 and above.

It is noteworthy that products of LESEC are studying in all the major universities and other tertiary institutions in Ghana.

LESEC alumni also are found in vital positions in the Ghanaian corporate and social sectors. These are notable achieve- ments when one considers the quality of the intake.

As a matter of fact, the headmaster of

And I am always sure as I question them that they are hiding somewhere and looking at me. And they are not aunties, they are pimps. They only go to entice the parents and they just give them out to them.

Some of them, you question them and they tell you they are in school but since they come down they have not been in school. It means that they are perpetuating poverty and it is coming from the North. All these children that I bumped into came from the North. We have been there as Parliament, Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports, we have talked to their parents. I have also joined the Ministry of Manpower, Youth and Employment to be there.

There are some NGOs working there but they are still coming. Even in the South here, there are some children from fishing areas who are always being trafficked here and there, thinking that they are going to seek greener pastures only for them to be using their bodies for nothing and going back have become a problem. This is what is happening in our part of the world now.

Mr. Speaker, if no man decides to go and visit these children to have copulation with, then these children will also not do it. Yes, you are selling something and nobody is buying, you will decide not to sell. So what should we do to the men? I think that such men must be rendered sexually impotent and they should be castrated. That is all. So that they will not go any where whether it is for their wives or whatever. I think this is the stiffer punishment that we are talking about. If such men are given such stiffer punishments, other men will not go into this practice.

Mr. Speaker, we also impress upon the
Mrs. Angelina Baiden-Amissah (NPP - Shama) 11:20 a.m.

media to continue bloating such news in the newspapers. Let us see the pictures of the girls and the men who are doing that. Some of them are responsible men somewhere and they have all the pleasures they want on earth from their wives yet they decide to go and have an affair with such little kids for whatever reason only Heaven knows.

Somebody told me that such children are so young, innocent, so if there is any interaction, whatever ailments that comes will not affect or infect the person. Whether it is true or not, this is what I heard. This is the reason for which responsible men are going in for these girls, I am afraid they are deceiving themselves.

Mr. Speaker, we also call upon the INTERPOL to be up and doing and arrest these children as they cross the borders. I have been at the Togo border and I saw a lot of boys crossing and nobody asked them anything. They will go and do their own thing and cross back. When some of them are crossing the border they just put on anything so that you think that they are only going to do some marketing and come back. But they go to do their own thing. I sat there from morning till evening just to see with my naked eyes. So when we are talking about it, I know what I am saying.

Mr. Speaker, it is becoming unbecoming and I think it is high time that the whole Parliament got up to fight against this menace. But the best thing is to arrest their pimps and the men who are into it. I think this would do all of us a lot of good.

I thank you Mr. Speaker, for giving me this opportunity to contribute to the Statement.

Mr. Speaker, for a long time I have been standing here -- you do not call me. I thank you very much for recognizing me today. [Laughter.] Next time I will

catch your eyes.
Mr. Speaker 11:20 a.m.
Statement by hon. Member for Hohoe South (Mr. J. Z. Amenowode)?
40th Anniversary Celebration of Leklebi Senior High School
Mr. J. Y. Amenowode (NDC -- Hohoe South) 11:20 a.m.
Thank you Mr. Speaker, for giving me the opportunity to make a Statement to commemorate the 40th anniversary of Leklebi Senior High School in the Hohoe South Constituency, which will be marked on Saturday, 21st June 2008.
The school was established by the late Rev. C. K. Agbola, a native of Leklebi Kame who was at the time the headmaster of Hohoe E.P. Secondary School. He was supported wholly by Togbega Agboka VI Paramount Chief of Leklebi Traditional Area and all his chiefs and subjects. The school officially started on the 13th of October 1967 with a student population of 32 made up of 24 boys and 8 females. The first headmaster was Mr. S.K.B. Agrah.
Running the school in the early days was not easy, thus by 1971 the school had to be temporarily closed down for re-organization. In their desire to have a second cycle institution at all cost, the chiefs of Leklebi appealed to one of their kin, Prof. A. C. Kumah to help reopen the school; a challenge he readily accepted. Prof. Kumah assumed financial respon- sibility for the running of the school and engaged the services of a full-time graduate headmaster, Mr. M. A. Y. Fie.
The renewed school under Mr. M. A. Y. Fie resumed on the 13th of July 1973 with 35 students. Under Mr. Fie, the school gradually progressed and was absorbed into the public school system in 1977
Mr. J. Y. Amenowode (NDC -- Hohoe South) 11:30 a.m.
senior high schools in my constituency call themselves “Academic Adieyies” and I believe they are doing a good work.

Mr. Speaker, this academic year marks the 40th Anniversary of LESEC. The theme of the celebration is “Marching onwards to Academic Excellence”. The theme aptly demonstrates the history of the school. It had not been easy but the school continues to march on steadily towards achieving academic excellence.

Mr. Speaker, despite their determi- nation to march on, the school is faced with many challenges which at times attempt to derail the “march”. LESEC at forty, lacks a proper administration block. There is neither a dining hall nor a functioning Assemble Hall. The boys hostel is a virtual death trap. Above all, there is not a single staff bungalow. Life, they say, begins at forty and I believe the same applies to institutions too. From all indications, LESEC at forty, has a bleak future due to infrastructural limitations. I am, therefore, appealing to the Ministry of Education, Science and Sports to consider LESEC in its development agenda in order to help her quest for academic excellence.

I would also wish to pay tribute to the founding fathers of the school some of whom are not alive today to participate in the fortieth anniversary celebrations. I posthumously salute Rev. C. K. Agbola, (Founder), Mr. S. K. B. Agrah, first headmaster, Mr. Patrick Agbenowosi and many other departed patriots of Leklebi; to them I say, they should rest in peace for their efforts have not been in vain.

Togbega Agboka VI and his chiefs and above all, Professor A. C. Kumah,

who today is old and ailing, deserves commendation for their courage and foresight. I would also like to pay special tribute to the pioneering teachers and present for their dedication in the midst of much deprivation, social and infrastructural. Mr. Speaker, I was one of those pioneering teachers.

Mr. Speaker, I am by this Statement inviting all hon. Members of this august House to come to Leklebi on Saturday, 21st June, to join the chiefs and people, the headmaster, staff and students of LESEC celebrate their fortieth anniversary.

Thank you, Mr. Speaker, for the opportunity to make this Statement.
Mr. Speaker 11:30 a.m.
At the Commencement
of Public Business, item 5 - Presentation and First Reading of Bills.

Mr. Speaker 11:30 a.m.
Attorney-General and Minister for Justice? [Interruption.]
Mr. J. A. Okerchiri 11:30 a.m.
Mr. Speaker, if I may crave your indulgence to invite the hon. Member for Bantama and the hon. Minister of State, Ministry of Water Resources, Works and Housing to do it on behalf of the Attorney-General and Minister for Justice. The hon. Minister
is not around he is at a Cabinet Meeting.
Road Traffic (Amendment) Bill
An Act to amend the Road Traffic Act, 2004, Act 683, to reduce the penalty unit for motor traffic offences and for related matters.
Presented by the Minister of State, Ministry of Water Resources, Works and Housing (Ms. Cecilia Dapaah) (on behalf of Attorney-General and Minister of Justice) Read the First time; referred to the Committee on Roads and Transport.
Mr. Speaker 11:30 a.m.
Item 6 - Laying of
Mr. Okerchiri 11:30 a.m.
Mr. Speaker, once again, I would crave your indulgence to have the hon. Minister of State, Water Resources, Works and Housing to do that on behalf of the Minister for Transpor- tation.
PAPERS 11:30 a.m.

Mr. Speaker 11:30 a.m.
The next item?
Mr. Okerchiri 11:30 a.m.
Mr. Speaker, we may defer that to tomorrow, subject to your convenience.
Mr. Speaker 11:30 a.m.
The item is deferred.
Item 7 - Committee sittings?
Mr. Okerchiri 11:30 a.m.
Mr. Speaker, there
being Committee sittings and having almost exhausted what we are supposed to do for the day, I beg to move, that this House adjourns till tomorrow at ten o'clock in the forenoon.
Ms. Akua Sena Dansua 11:30 a.m.
Mr. Speaker, I beg to second the motion for adjournment.
Question put and motion agreed to.
ADJOURNMENT 11:30 a.m.

  • The House was accordingly adjourned at 11.38 a.m. till 18th June, 2008 at 10.00 a.m.