NIA Briefs Parliament Tomorrow

Prof Ken Attafuah

Parliament is expected to be briefed by officials of the National Identification Authority (NIA) on the ongoing registration of the citizenry for acquisition of Ghana Card and other electronic registrations tomorrow.

Deputy Majority Leader, Alexander Afenyo-Markin, who disclosed this, said the Minister of Communications and Digitalisation, Ursula Owusu-Ekuful had been invited to accompany the NIA officials.

According to him, the engagement of the House will be done during the “Committee of the Whole”, indicating that this was a proposition by the Business Committee.

The purpose of the meeting is to discuss the “ongoing registration of the citizenry towards the acquisition of the ECOWAS Identity Card also known as the Ghana Card and other electronic registrations currently going on in the country,” he explained further.

He also announced a Joint Caucus Meeting by MPs to be held on the same day to discuss “pertinent issues affecting members.”

Mr. Afenyo-Markin again reminded the House that President Akufo-Addo would deliver the message on the State of the Nation (SONA) on Thursday, March 3, 2022, in accordance with Article 67 of the 1992 Constitution.

“March 3, 2022 does not fall next week, but Hon. Members are being served the advance notice in order to prepare themselves for the occasion,” he added.

The Deputy Majority Leader disclosed that eight ministers are expected to attend the House this week to respond to 45 questions.

They are Minister of Transport, Kwaku Ofori Asiamah; Minister for Tourism, Arts & Culture, Dr. Ibrahim Mohammed Awal; Minister for Sanitation & Water Resources, Cecilia Abena Dapaah; Minister for Interior, Ambrose Dery; Minister for Energy, Dr. Mathew Opoku Prempeh; Ashanti Regional Minister, Simon Osei Mensah; Minister Food and Agriculture, Dr. Owusu Afriyie Akoto; and Minister for Employment and Labour Relations, Ignatius Baffour-Awuah.

He said out of the 45 questions, the Transport Minister would respond to seven, while the Energy Minister would respond to 14, and nine by the Sanitation and Water Resources Minister.

BY Ernest Kofi Adu, Parliament House