Former Majority leader, Cletus Apul Avoka has asserted that the Parliamentary Service Board is the ultimate decision body of Parliament.
Mr. Avoka said the Board has the oversight responsibility for the administration of Parliament which allows the Speaker of Parliament to be the Chairman of the Board.
The Member of Parliament for Zebilla Constituency, who served on the board during the chairpersonship of Joyce Adeline Bamford-Addo stated that the House is made of two sides thus the administration and the members, however, the Board is in charge of their welfare, efficiency, and the functioning of Parliament as well as solving all possible challenges.
“You can liken the Parliamentary Service Board to any other body of an organization. Like if you take the Immigration, NADMO, GNPC Boards.”
“Unlike other boards where an outside is the board chairman in the case of Parliament, the Speaker is chairman or chairperson of the board,” he told Original 91.9FM’s Kwabena Ahwireng Martin.
He noted that all members on the Parliamentary Service Board suspend their political affiliations have the interest of the legislature at heart.
“In most cases, members seek the interest of Parliament and not their political views,”
His comment comes after the Speaker of Parliament, Alban Kingsford Sumana Bagbin appointed the General Secretary of the NDC Aseidu Nketia to serve on the Parliamentary Service Board.
Other members of the board are the Minister of Parliamentary Affairs and Leader of Government Business in Parliament, Mr. Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu, the Minority Leader, Mr. Haruna Iddrisu, and Mr. Abraham Osei Aidoo, who is a former New Patriotic Party (NPP) Member of Parliament and former Majority Leader.
The Parliamentary Service Board is chaired by the Speaker of Parliament, Mr. Bagbin.
Also on the board is the Clerk of Parliament, Mr. Cyril Nsiah.
The appointment of the six-member board followed a recommendation by the Advisory Committee of Parliament to the Speaker.
By: Bernard Ralph Adams | Originalfmonline.com | Ghana