Speaker of Parliament adjust Parliamentary sittings over
Covid 19 rise
Speaker of Parliament, Alban Bagbin has made some changes in the sitting of Parliament over the recent rise of covid 19 cases among parliamentarians and staff.
The previous report of the Speaker last week revealed that “Out of those who submitted themselves to the test in parliament, 15 members of parliament tested positive to the virus. Results of 193 staff received so far reveal that 56 of them tested positive to the virus”.
He further stated that “the House will from next week sit twice in a week. That is on Tuesday and Thursdays. Only members of parliament and members of staff who are needed for the business of the house on those days will be allowed in the precincts of parliament from next week. This excluded members and staff who have tested positive for the virus”.
Following this, the Speaker revealed in a statement on Tuesday February 9, 2021 that 17 MPs and 151 Parliamentary staff workers have so far tested positive of the virus which comparatively reveals the rise of the cases in parliament.
However, he stated that the vetting for ministerial appointments will still take place despite the suspension.
The sitting of the House will be withheld from February 10, 2021 to Tuesday March 2, 2021. “It is hoped that that within this period of adjournment, the Appointment Committee will commence consideration and public hearing of the President’s nominees for Ministerial appointments”. He added that “By the end of the three weeks, the Appointment Committee would have submitted reports on the referral for the consideration of the House”.
The Speaker also urged all the MPs to strictly adhere to all the covid 19 protocols during their time in suspension and further directed all the MPs and Members of staff to come for a review of their status at the Parliament Health Centre after two weeks before resuming office on March 2, 2021.