The Speaker of Ghana’s Parliament, Professor Mike Oquaye has announced a 15% salary increment for all parliamentary service staff.
The Speaker’s announcement follows a decision by the Parliament Service Board.
According to Professor Oquaye, the increase is expected to cushion the staff to propel them to perform their duties better.
He also made other announcements following the approval by the PSB that is expected to enhance the work of the legislators and parliamentary work.
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Some of the decisions announced include the establishment of a parliamentary assurance unit which he said will deal with matters that are raised on the floor of the House but would require further follow ups and attention.
“I believe that the adoption and implementation will contribute to enhancing the integrity of the House and its members,” Prof Oquaye said.
“The Parliamentary Service Board has approved the establishment of a legal department in parliament, something which has been lacking for a very long time,” he told the members of parliament.
The Speaker also revealed that the House will commission an inventory of all parliamentary lands and property, and look at the possibility of partnering developers to develop those properties.
“Offers will be invited from possible developers on public/private partnership basis where appropriate in order to develop lands and property, which are being taken away,” he said.
The Speaker finally urged the committee working on the reforms of the House’s standing orders to speed up work.
“There is the need for a massive review of the [parliamentary] standing orders; Use the recess to complete the review of the standing orders,” he opined.