On Thursday, February 16, 2023, Alban Bagbin, Speaker of the House, warned Members of Parliament against using unparliamentary language.
When Finance Minister Ken Ofori-Atta appeared in Parliament to inform the chamber on the government’s Domestic Debt Exchange Program, the Speaker made this statement (DDEP).
Mr. Bagbin pleaded with the house members to “Use Parliamentary language, not the language in a chop bar or marketplace but in Parliament.”
The government, according to the finance minister, is dedicated to ensuring the wellbeing of the nation’s retirees.
“Government is committed to the wellbeing of our senior citizens and pensioners.
“The government will honour their coupon payments and maturing principles” he stated.
He reiterated that he had convened to the pensioner bond holders that persons who did not participate in the bond offerings have therefore been exempted.”
“I have met with them on three occasions where I explained the terms of the new bonds. I subsequently wrote to their convener to let him know that all pensioners who did not participate in the bond offerings are exempt,” Ofori-Atta said.
He urged the house to back the administration in its effort to obtain the IMF’s board approval (IMF).
He emphasized that the IMF agreement will help the nation rapidly overcome its economic difficulties.
“I will urge Members of Parliament to support the government to secure the board approval for macro stability,” Ofori-Atta stated.