The Speaker of Ghana’s Parliament, Professor Mike Ocquaye has given the leadership of the House a one week ultimatum to design strategies to deal with alleged bribery claims against House.
The directive follows recent allegations that National Lottery Authority (NLA) paid over GHc150, 000 to facilitate a meeting over the Lotteries Bill that failed to pass last year; a revelation that has called the integrity of Parliament into question once again.
The speaker who gave the directive after some Members of Parliament (MPs) raised the matter on the floor on Friday said this was an opportunity for Parliament to take a holistic look at the relationship between the committees of Parliament and parastatals and other bodies that have legislative concerns.
… I trust that in a week we should have some directive, some common position on which we can act on the matter. No one is sleeping over it at all. All parliaments’ issues must be seriously examined,” he added.
Majority Leader, Osei Kyei Mensah Bonsu in a breif comment proposed the restriction of all stakeholder consultations within the precincts of Parliament adding that this would help curtail the allegations of corruption against parliamentary committees when ever they travel outside the capital for deeper insights on the bills they work on.