The Seventh Parliament of the Fourth Republic of Ghana has officially elected Prof. Aaron Mike Oquaye as Speaker of the House for the next four years.
The former Ghana’s High Commissioner to India was elected following his nomination for the position, by the New Patriotic Party (NPP) Majority Caucus and endorsed by the National Democratic Congress (NDC) Minority side of the House
The Professor entered into Parliament in 2005 and served for a period of two terms. He represented the people of Dome/Kwabenya.
He rose through the ranks to become 2nd Deputy Speaker in the Fifth Parliament of the Fourth Republic, having served on a number of committees.
Rt Hon. Mike Oquaye, in his acceptance speech after taking the oath of office administered by Chief Justice, Georgina Theodora Wood encouraged new entrants to be committed to the rules and procedures of the House in order to sharpen their competencies.
“I need to remind the new MPs that the highly procedural nature of Parliament calls for an equally high level of commitment to the rules and procedures of the institution. Serious learning will therefore have to be undertaken to sharpen your competencies in order to function optimally,” he said.
He urged members from both sides of the House to be guided by the mandate given to the government to build a vibrant society anchored on the principles of fairness and equality of opportunities.
“Let me remind you that we have a two-party Parliament heavily dominated by you. There is however the need to be guided by high ethical consideration so that we do not relapse into ultra majoritarianism, a symptom of the tyranny of the majority. We will encourage healthy debates. To the minority, even though most parliamentary business is organized on majoritarian principle, the time-honored rights of minority to open, frank, fair and honest debate so as to make your case and offer constructive alternatives will be respected under my stewardship,” he said.
Source: ISD (Gilbert Ankrah)