Professor Aaron Mi Quaye - Speaker of Parliament
The Speaker of Parliament, Professor Aaron Mi Quaye has recalled Members of Parliament for a sitting scheduled to take place on Thursday, April 30, 2020, to discuss tax waivers among others.
“The Parliamentary Service wishes to inform all Honourable Members and Staff of Parliament, the Rt. Hon. Speaker of Parliament, Prof. Aaron Michael Quaye, in accordance with Standing Order 6, has directed the resumption of the Sitting of the First Meeting of the Fourth Session of the Seventh Parliament of the Fourth Republic on Thursday, the 30th of April, 2020 at Ten O’clock prompt at Parliament House, Accra,” a statement signed by the Director of Public Affairs in Parliament, Kate Addo stated.
The sitting according to the statement will among other things, consider waiving VAT on donated equipment and goods being brought into the country to help boost the fight against COVID-19 outbreak in Ghana.
“The House will also be permitting the deduction of contributions and donations towards COVID-19 as allowable expenses for tax purposes and extending the due date for the filing of taxes from four (4) months to six (6) months after the end of the basis year,” the statement further added.
Adjournment of Sitting instead of suspension
However, the Minority caucus in Parliament is unhappy with a decision by the Speaker of Parliament, Professor Mike Oquaye to suspend the House instead of adjourning sittings.
Parliamentarians were expected to go on recess beginning, Saturday, April 4, 2020.
Based on the above premise, sitting was expected to be adjourned, but the Speaker of Parliament suspended sittings a decision that did not go down well with the Minority MPs.
Per the Standing Orders of the House, if sittings were adjourned, the Speaker would have to give MPs at least two weeks’ notice before the House could be recalled.
But with the indefinite suspension, the House could reconvene at any time to deal with an urgent business that may arise.
But Professor Oquaye explained that the decision was taken following the outbreak of COVID-19 which could compel Parliament to be recalled at any time to attend to urgent business.
Read below the full recall notice