Parliament of Ghana will be reconvening today for the first meeting of the last session of the sixth Parliament of the Fourth Republic with the President’s State of the Nation address which is expected to be delivered by mid-February going to be the major attraction.
Since the year is also an election year, electioneering matters might also crop up while attendance could be affected because Members of Parliament who were maintained as parliamentary candidates would also be busy canvassing for votes in their respective constituencies.
Some minority members who spoke to DAILY GUIDE about their expectation of the President’s State of the Nation Address said they expect the president to admit the government’s total failure and its responsibility for inflicting on Ghanaians unprecedented hardship.
The New Patriotic Party (NPP) Member of Parliament for Kwabre East, Kofi Frimpong told DAILY GUIDE that his strong expectations would be for the president to admit first that it is the IMF which is indirectly ruling Ghana by proposing to the government to implement ‘killer’ tariffs which have worsened conditions of Ghanaian workers resulting in the massive demonstration by the labour front last Wednesday.
“I expect the president to also talk about the massive corruption in his government which has resulted in the resignation of the Transport Minister.”
According to the Kwabre East MP, since this year is also an election year, he expects the president to talk about the bloated voters’ register and ask the Electoral Commission to replace it.
“Everybody is talking about the register being bloated except the ruling party and now the NPP and other political parties have been vindicated with the British Government coming out boldly to tell the whole world that Ghana’s voters’ register is bloated by 10 percent meaning that if we had 14 million voters on the register 1.4 million are ineligible voters,” he said adding that the President must take the information seriously and order for a new voters’ register to restore credibility in the 2016 general elections.
The National Democratic Congress (NDC) Member of Parliament for Keta, Richard Quashigah however expressed the optimism that the economy had seen some tremendous transformation despite the challenges in the oil industry and that he expects the president to talk about the effects of that positive transformation.
By Thomas Fosu Jnr