The Speaker of Parliament, Mr Alban S. K. Bagbin, has charged members of the 8th Parliamentary Service Board to work to enhance, among other departments, its Drafting Unit to be able to support Members of Parliament to initiate private members’ bills.
The Speaker said this when he inaugurated the Parliamentary Service Board on Tuesday, 27 April 2021.
Article 124 (2) of the 1992 Constitution states: ‘There shall be a Parliamentary Service Board which shall consist of the Speaker as Chairman, four other members all of whom shall be appointed by the Speaker, acting in accordance with advice of a Committee of Parliament and the Clerk to Parliament’.
The Board, which is chaired by the Speaker, has the Minister of Parliamentary Affairs and Leader of Government Business, Mr Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu; the Minority Leader, Mr Haruna Iddrisu; former New Patriotic Party (NPP) Member of Parliament and former Majority Leader Mr Abraham Osei Aidoo; General Secretary of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) Mr Johnson Asiedu Nketiah, as well as the Clerk to Parliament, Mr Cyril Nsiah, as members.
The appointment of the six-member board followed a recommendation by the Advisory Committee of Parliament to the Speaker.