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Members of Parliament cautioned on laxity of duty

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Mr Doe Adjaho, First Deputy Speaker of Parliament, on Monday warned that if Parliament would rise December 21, 2010, then members must refrain from the laxity in the approach of work in the House.

He was adjourning the House reluctantly before the 1400 hours mandatory closing time because reports that should have been made available for members were not ready at the time.

For this reason the motions could not be carried.

The House took four out of six motions on Order Paper but the House did form a quorum.

Earlier before Mr Adjaho took over the affairs of the House, the Speaker, Justice Bamford-Addo moved to other motions in order to buy time for a quorum to be formed.

Two of the motions, which were not carried, were budget allocations for the Communication Ministry and Ministry of Health for the 2011 fiscal year.

The 81-page Order Paper pregnant with about 300 amendments to the Revenue Management Bill 2010 was not touched.

Meanwhile, budgetary allocations for the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development, the Ministry of Roads and Highways, Ministry of Women and Children’s Affairs and Services for Government Machinery were approved.

For the Local Government and Rural Development Ministry an amount of GH¢226,237,907 was allocated, Ministry of Women and Children’s Affairs had GH¢13,337,093, Roads and Highways, GH¢335,960,762.

For the year 2011 Government machinery will run on GH¢292,921,220. The breakdowns were as follows:

For the Office of the Presidency budget for personal emolument was GH¢10,861,370; Administrative Expenses, GH¢6,178,376; Service, GH¢27,343,583; Investment, GH¢158,881,698.

Others, which cover departments and units under the Presidency, were General Administration, GH¢8,898,344; Office of the Chief of Staff, GH¢5,800,294; Vice Presidents Secretariat, GH¢3,855,850; Cabinet Secretariat, GH¢312,714; Press Secretariat, GH¢400,000; Millennium Development Authority (MIDA), GH¢157,376,638; African Fund for Bio Gas Development, GH¢263 832; and National Identification Authority, GH¢2,620,626.

The rest were the State Enterprise Commission, GH¢593,222; Divestiture Implementation Committee, GH¢221,662; National Population Council, GH¢2,719,746; Ghana Investment Promotion Centre, GH¢13,397,022; National Pensions Regulatory Authority, GH¢1,991,290; Policy Evaluation and Oversight Unit, GH¢234,580; Microfinance and Small Loans Centre, GH¢1,703,880.

The Internal Audit Agency Board, GH¢2,167,749; Public Sector Reform Secretariat, GH¢698,578 and the Savannah Accelerated Development Authority, GH¢0;

The Office of the Head of the Civil Service received GH¢2,839,328; Scholarship Secretariat, GH¢559,966; Public Records and Archives Administration Department, GH¢1,249,268, the Management Services, GH ¢542,998; Ghana AIDS Commission, GH¢1,411,324; and the Office of the National Security, GH ¢67,419,070.

Regional Coordinating Councils in Greater Accra had GH¢1,020,693; Volta Region, GH ¢1,052,148; Eastern Region, GH¢1,214,186; Central Region, GH¢1,135,374; Western Region, GH¢1,153,352; Ashanti Region, GH¢1,524,192; Brong Ahafo Region, GH¢1,284,948; Northern Region, GH¢1,228,868; Upper East Region, GH¢1,189,146 and Upper West, GH¢1,239,617, giving a total of GH¢12,042,523.

Source: GNA

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