Adjaho’s Par’l Gets Tough: Invokes Oversight Over Executive

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Feb 10th, 2014

Speaker of Parliament, Edward Doe Adjaho

Speaker of Parliament, Edward Doe Adjaho

Ghana’s Parliament under Rt Hon Edward Doe Adjaho has begun asserting its authority as required of the legislative House by checkmating organs of the executives for excesses in the cause of their duties.
In less than a month, the Speaker of Parliament has called for investigations into circumstances leading to some organs of the Executives coming face-to- face with the public during which some unfortunate and gory incidents were reported.
As a veteran legislator for Ave Avenor now Akatsi South, who is aware of the powers of Parliament, Rt Hon Edward Doe Adjaho has begun asserting the authority of the august House, which hitherto had been anonymous.
Fully armed with the authorities of the law governing the House, Mr Adjaho recently caused an investigation into circumstances leading to the much-talked about demolition of houses and structures at Adjei Kojo, near Tema by the Tema Development Corporation (TDC).
Following that, the Speaker only last week also ordered parliamentary inquiry into the decisions by authorities of University of Ghana to charge tolls on campus road it says it contracted loans to construct.
As if that was not enough, Speaker Doe Adjaho has just directed the Inspector General of Police to probe alleged police brutalities on citizens of Antoa and Kenyase during a recent demonstration against bad roads.

This was after the Member of Parliament for the area; Kofi Frimpong brought the issue up on the floor of Parliament demanding an enquiry into the issue.

Residents of Antoa and Kenyase in the Ashanti region last week demonstrated against poor road network in the area but police officers were allegedly reported to have opened tear gas in an attempt to disperse the demonstrators.

The angry residents in retaliation were reported to have pelted the police personnel with stones out of which some of the residents sustained severe injuries.
Mr. Frimpong alleged that the police used live bullets instead of tear gas to disperse the crowd.

The Speaker of Parliament, Edward Doe Adjaho after hearing the petition from the member ordered the IGP to conduct an investigation into the matter, an indication that the Speaker is bent on enforcing the rules of the House to the latter.

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