The atmosphere in parliament is a rowdy one as members of the minority walks out on a voting process intended to approve embattled Madam Otiko Afisa Djaba, Minister Designate for Gender and Social Protection.
The House became divided after a marathon debate which yielded no results. While Majority is argues that the Nominee be approved by majority vote, the Minority on the other hand, are entrenched to their initial position to up hold the constitution and reject Atiko Djaba on the basis of her inability to do her National Service.
Speaker Prof Mike Ocquaye invoked Standing Order 172 (5) which stipulates, ” Each Member shall be provided with a sheet of paper on which appears the names of all candidates for the approval or rejection. Against the name if each candidate shall be two columns, one for AYES indicating approval and the other for NOES indicating rejection. ”
However, half way into the voting process, members of the Minority by somewhat consensus decision begins to walk out of the chamber.
Prior to the debates, members of the Majority and Minority locked horns in a heated debates.
Speaker intervened and restored calm. Voting is however halted following Speaker’s special directive.
Her Excellency Rebecca Akufo Addo, today donated assorted items to three care institutions in Central and Western regions. Items including bags of rice, clothing, shoes, hand sanitisers were presented on behalf of the First Lady by a delegation led by Mrs. Akosua Newman.
The delegation first visited and made a donation to the Village of Hope Orphanage followed by Ankaful Psychiatric Hospital , all in the Central regions. The delegation also made a donation at the Father’s Care Home at Takoradi in the Western region.
Whiles presenting these items to the various institutions, leader of delegation Mrs. Akosua Newman told these institutions, the first family appreciates the work they do in service to the weak and the disadvantaged in society and assured them of the first family’s support in the work they do.
She also indicated the First Family by this donation wish to show their appreciation for their prayers and unflinching support throughout the years and most importantly as they work to govern Ghana in the right direction.
Mr. Kwaku Sarkodie of Village of Hope Orphanage, Dr. Eugene Dordoye of Ankaful and Madam Rosemond Yamoah of Father’s Care Home thanked the First family for the kind gesture and wish them well in their quest to build a prosperous Ghana.