The Speaker of Parliament, Alban Bagbin On Monday, March 29, 2021 appointed the General Secretary of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), Hon. Johnson Asiedu Nketiah as member of the Parliamentary Service Board. Chaired by Speaker, Bagbin. Other members are Kyei-Mensah Bonsu, Haruna Iddrisu and Abraham Osei Aidoo, who will check and steer the activities of Parliament.
"After a long period of discussions, it has been agreed for appointments of the following persons: Honorable Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu, the Member of Parliament for Suame and Majority Leader, also the Honorable Haruna Iddrisu, the Member of Parliament for Tamale South and the Minority Leader. The third person is Mr. Abraham Aidoo, a former MP and former Majority Leader and Mr. Johnson Asiedu Nketiah, also a former MP and the current General Secretary of NDC".
Per the 1992 Constitution the board is composed of six (6) Members with the Speaker of Parliament as the Chairman and the Clerk being the head of the Service who is assisted by three (3) Deputies, Heads of Departments, Unit Heads and other specialized officers.
The Speaker, as chairman with four other members appointed by the Speaker, acting in accordance with the advice of a Committee of parliament.
The Board has the responsibility of promoting the welfare of Members of Parliament and Staff of the Service and also has general control of the management of the Service in matters of policy.
It is considered by some session of Ghanaians that the membership of Mr Asiedu Nketia amounts to an undesired intrusion into the governance of Parliament by a political party and may not in the circumstances bode well for the independence of Parliament since he is the General-Secretary of a major opposition political part, as they also considered that Mr Speaker will do what is appropriate.
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