Judicial Service Bill;
Ghana Fertilizers Development Authority Bill;
Constitutional (Amendment) Bill and the Affirmative Action Bill;
Petroleum Exploration and Production Development Bill;
Ghana National Research Fund Bill;
Tourism, Travel, Trade Enterprise Registration and Licensing Regulation
Tourist Sites Regulations Bill;
Free Crop Development Bill 2019;
Education Regulatory Bill;
The Tertiary Education Bill and Chieftaincy (membership of Regional House of Chiefs) instrument, due to the creation of the six (6) new regions.
Mr Speaker, for the past ten years, the Affirmative Action Bill has come in and out of Parliament's agenda. I therefore entreat Hon Members to cooperate to ensure that this time round, we are able to consider this very important Bill for onward passage in order to promote women empowerment and representation in decision making positions in this country.
Mr Speaker, I wish to mention that, the recent issues concerning legal education in Ghana are being given the needed attention as the issue is currently before the Committee on Constitutional, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs. The Committee will be having stakeholder consultation on the subject matter and shall invite lecturers, students and members from the general legal counsel to find a lasting solution to the issues of legal education in Ghana.
Mr Speaker, some Instruments will be laid and Papers will be presented
including some Protocols and Conventions like the Africa Road Safety Charter among others, which will be brought to the House for ratification. Statements will be admitted and questions will be scheduled for Hon Ministers to appear before the House to answer.
Mr Speaker, in this meeting, we will also have the budget hearing which is tentatively scheduled for 14 th November and debates will be scheduled on a sectorial basis. Estimates of the budget will be interrogated at the Committee levels. Subsequently, the House will have to pass the Appropriations Bill. I therefore admonish Hon Members to show up regularly and timely in the House to enable us execute the Business of the House effectively and efficiently.
Mr Speaker, I wish to congratulate our colleague Hon Members from the Minority side for successfully conducting their parliamentary primaries recently while the House was on recess, although some good and experienced parliamentary Members lost.
Mr Speaker, on a lighter note, I would say to the Hon Minority Leader that “di wo fie asem” to wit “deal with issues within your house first, before you look out”. So the ruling party is never confused on setting dates for our primaries.
Mr Speaker, finally, we are going to be witnessing three (3) different elections in a single day come 17th December, 2019. This will be the first of its kind in the history of our country. The elections of the Assembly members, Unit Committee members and the referendum on the election of District Chief Executives. This is historical and I entreat Hon Members to give their various districts the needed support. We would want to see more women representation as well.
Mr Speaker, I welcome you, your two Deputies, our clerks, hardworking staff of Parliament and Parliamentary Press Corps to this Meeting. May the good Lord help us all to work tirelessly in building a strong Parliament for our beloved country.