General News of Tuesday, 24 January 2017
Minority Leader, Haruna Iddrisu, has said President Nana Akufo-Addo and his Vice, erred by mixing up some words while taking their presidential oath of office, during their inauguration on January 7, 2017. Haruna Iddrisu, who raised these concerns on the floor of the House today [Tuesday], said “President Nana Akufo-Addo actually replaced some words during the oath, instead of going strictly by what is originally in the constitution.”
According to him, the President said welfare instead of well-being, while the Vice President also mispronounced the word sovereign. The Minority Leader believes “Any allusion to any honourable member of this house, not taking the business of this House serious or such an allusion to any other public high official should not be the practice in this House.” “Mr. Speaker, I will try and substitute not taking the work seriously that they should next time follow religiously the citation, her ladyship the Chief Justice in administering the oath, so that it will reflect whatever the constitution provides for,” he added.
Budget statement to be read in March Citi News’ Duke Mensah Opoku reporting from Parliament, said the Speaker, Prof. Michael Oquaye, indicated that the new government’s first budget statement will be read in March this year. The Speaker also advised new members of Parliament to be diligent and dedicate themselves to study the rules that govern proceedings in the house.
His comments come few days to the scheduled induction seminar for MPs which begins on Friday. He made these comments in a speech on the floor of Parliament, as the house resumed sitting today [Tuesday], after a two-week break.