Mahama Addresses Nation On February 26

President John Dramani Mahama will be delivering this year’s State of the Nation’ Address on Thursday, February 26, the Speaker of parliament, Edward Doe Adjaho, has said.

The speaker made the announcement after the New Patriotic Party (NPP) Member of Parliament (MP) for Okaikoi Central, Patrick Yaw Boamah, had asked the speaker about the specific date that the president would appear before parliamentarians to deliver the address.

It is not clear whether the date will remain the same as junior staff workers of parliament had served notice that they would boycott this year’s State of the Nation Address to express their dissatisfaction with the poor conditions of service.

Ushers among the junior staff confided in DAILY GUIDE that their special allowances that should have been paid to them during President Mahama’s address had not been made good, adding that that could motivate them to completely boycott the event.

Earlier, the NPP Member of Parliament for Tema East, Daniel Nii Titus-Glover, had drawn the speaker’s attention to the special committee that was formed by him (speaker) to look into the incident of power outage in parliament during the last meeting and whose report was yet to be presented to the house.

The Tema East MP said the report had delayed and that members must be interested in it, saying that it would help parliament to avoid a similar occurrence that could impede the work of the house.

“Mr speaker, this issue of ‘dumsor, dumsor’ in the country is assuming alarming proportion and I think as a house we should invite the Minister of Power to appear before parliament to brief the House about the immediate measures being taken by government.”

Titus-Glover said in his constituency – which is a fishing community – a lot of cold store operators had been severely affected by the unprecedented ‘dumsor, dumsor,’ stressing that fishermen were losing their incomes.

The speaker agreed to the Tema East MP’s suggestion and said the special committee looking into the unexpected power outage that hit parliament must speed up its work and present its report at the plenary session in time.

It is likely that parliament will consider the Right To Information Bill 2013, in the course of next week’s sittings.

By Thomas Fosu

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