Council of State dialogues with Parliament

Christopher Arko, GNA

Accra, July 31 GNA –
Mr Sam Okudzeto, a Member of the Council of State, has called for dialogue
between the Council and Parliament to strengthen the ties between the two

He said collaboration
between the two would go a long way to deepen the country’s democracy.

Mr Okudzeto made the
called when he led the Legal Committee of the Council of State to call on the
Speaker, Prof Aaron Michael Oquaye, at his office in Parliament House.

The visit was to
strengthen ties between Parliament and the Council as well as discuss issues of
national interest.

Some members of the
delegation were Justice Georgina Wood, Alhaji Mogtari Sahanun, Nana Owusu-Nsiah,
Kuoro Richard Babini Kanton VI, Nana Somuah Mireku Nyampong III, and Bo-Naa
Professor Samuel Yakubu Nantogmah.

Mr Okudzeto said
Parliament, as an institution, had an obligation to pass bills that were
presented to the House.

He said though the
Council, under the Constitution, was mandated to counsel the President,
Parliament and Ministers of State, it did not have access to contribute to the

Prof. Oquaye, on his
part, called on Members of the Council of State to add their voices to return
the Assembly Press (Ghana Publishing) back to Parliament to help in

He expressed
confidence that the Council of State would develop strong system to serve as a
check on the activities of the Executive.

Prof. Oquaye also
assured the Council that Parliament would inform the public about very
important bills so as to make inputs.

Mr Osei
Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu, the Majority Leader, commended the members for the visit
adding that it was important for the Council to follow the bills that are
brought to Parliament and, if possible, make their input.

Mr Haruna Iddrisu, the
Minority Leader, and Mr Alban Bagbin, the Second Deputy Speaker, commended the
Legal Committee of the Council for calling on the Speaker.

Mr Bagbin said though
the House could make available gazetted bills to the Council, it was, however,
constrained in terms of resources.


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