Member of Parliament (MP) for Salaga North Constituency in the Northern Region, Alhaji Mumuni Alhassan, has mounted a fierce campaign for the passage of the Affirmative Action Bill (AAB).
As part of activities to ensure a successful campaign, the Salaga North MP hauled the Minister for Gender, Children and Social Protection before Parliament to explain why the delay in laying the AAB before the House.
The Affirmative Action Bill, according to him was laid before the Sixth Parliament somewhere 2016 but could not be passed.
As tradition demands the Bill has to be re-laid before the current Parliament.
However, such an important bill which passed through several stages under the Sixth Parliament is yet to be re-laid almost a year into the tenure of the Seventh Parliament.
Responding to Alhaji Alhassan’s question on the floor, the Gender Minister, Ms Otiko Afisa Djaba, admitted that the laying of the AAB was long overdue.
According to her, the ministry embarked on a review of the AAB, which she said, received cabinet approval in 2016 to reflect the ideals of the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP).
She announced that the AAB is currently at the Cabinet Secretariat for discussion prior to Cabinet approval and subsequent submission to Parliament
“Mr Speaker, the issue of under representation of women will be addressed by the Affirmative Action Law as well as to serve as a catalyst to reduce the imbalances against women,” she said.
The gender minister therefore, assured the August House that the AAB will be presented to Parliament before it goes on recess.
Speaking in an exclusive interview with Today, the MP said, the bill when passed into law will effectively address social, cultural and economic gaps between men and women across all sectors.
He called on Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), Religious leaders, Traditional Rulers, and Opinion leaders to add their voice to the call to hasten the passage of the bill.
Story: Franklin ASARE-DONKOH
Writer’s email: franklin.asare-donkor@todaygh. com