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Parliament To Rise Thursday

Parliament is expected to rise on Thursday, March 22, 2012 for the Easter Break during which Members of the House will join their constituents for the Biometric Registration Exercise.

The Majority Leader, Mr Cletus Avoka announced this Friday when he presented the Business Statement of the House for next week in Parliament.

He informed the House that a proposed fun football match between MPs and staff of the Electoral Commission to launch the Biometric Exercise which begins on Saturday, March 24, 2012 would take place on Wednesday, March 21, 2012 after adjournment of the House.

Mr Avoka said on Tuesday, March 20 the proposed formula for the sharing of the District Assemblies Common Fund, the Ghana Education Trust Fund and subsidies to be paid to Licensed District Mutual Health Insurance Scheme for 2012, are expected to be discussed. On Monday, the reports of the Finance Committee of the House for a number of loan agreements would be laid for consideration.

They include a $29.4 million loan from the International Development Association (IDA) to finance the first Phase of the Inter-Zonal Transmission Hub Project of the West Africa Power Pool (APL3) Programme and a 34 million euro loan agreement between the Ghana Grid Company Limited and the Societe Generale for the financing of Substations Reliability Enhancement Project.

On Tuesday, the Ghana AIDS Commission (Amendment) Bill will go through its second reading stage while the Consideration stage of the University of Professional Studies would continue.

In addition, reports of the Joint Committee of Finance and Road and Transport and Joint Committee on Finance and Food, Agriculture and Cocoa Affairs on six subsidiary agreements under the Master Facility Agreement between Ghana and China Development Bank (CBD) would be laid before the House for consideration.

On Wednesday, the House is expected to adopt the reports of six subsidiary agreements under the MFA and proposed formula for the sharing of the DACF, GETFund and subsidies to be paid to Licensed District Mutual Health Insurance Schemes.

The House is also expected to pass the Colleges of Education Bill, 2011 on the same day.

On Thursday, Parliament is expected to pass the University of Professional Studies Bill, 2011 and the Ghana AIDS Commission (Amendment) Bill, 2010 before it adjourns for the Easter Break.

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