General News of Tuesday, 20 December 2016
President John Dramani Mahama
President John Mahama’s last State of the Nation Address in Parliament may not come off as scheduled.
Although the President is expected in the House on Thursday, checks by Citi News suggest that the address has been postponed.
Parliament’s Business Statement which also captures details of activities of Members of Parliament within the week is also silent on the matter because it makes no provision for the President’s address.
The final State of the Nation address is in fulfillment of Article 67 of Ghana’s 1992 Constitution which states that:
“The President shall, at the beginning of each session of Parliament and before a dissolution of Parliament, deliver to Parliament a message on the state of the nation.”
The President is expected to use the opportunity to tout his achievements during his tenure of office.
His address is also supposed to herald the end of the life of the 6th Parliament of the fourth Republic which would officially be dissolved on January 6, 2017.
President John Mahama’s second term bid was dashed following his defeat in the December 7 general elections.
He has further assured of smooth transfer of power to the president-elect, Nana Akufo-Addo on January 7, 2016.
MPs deliberate on emoluments for Article 71 office holders
Meanwhile, Members of Parliament are expected to deliberate on emoluments and salaries of Article 71 office holders today, Tuesday as well as make a final consideration of the Right to Information Bill for onward passage.
Speaker commends stakeholders peaceful December 7 polls
Speaker of Parliament also commended stakeholders and political parties for a successful conduct of the December 7 general election.