Speaker drops surprise for lactating mothers in Parliament; 2 officers tasked to enforce it

Speaker drops surprise for lactating mothers in Parliament; 2 officers tasked to enforce it

- Professor Mike Aaron Oquaye, has directed Parliament to allocate a place within its premises to cater for the needs of lactating women

- The speaker said that would at least be an example of Parliament’s support for women.

- The speaker however tasked the Dr Okoe Boye and Dr Ezeanetor Agyemang-Rawlings to set up the unit

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The Speaker of Parliament, Professor Mike Aaron Oquaye, has directed Parliament to allocate a place within its premises to cater for the needs of lactating women members and staff of Parliament.

He said the lactating area should be decent enough for lactating legislators and staff to conveniently breastfeed their babies to enable them to respectively focus on their legislative and administrative functions.

The Speaker gave the directive after the Deputy Majority Leader and Dr Oko Boye had highlighted the causes, symptoms and effects of breast cancer on some Ghanaian women and men.

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In the bid to ensure that the directive is followed to the latter, Prof Ocquaye asked two Members of Parliament (MPs) with medical background, Dr Bernard Oko Boye, and Dr Zanetor Agyeman-Rawlings, to oversee the creation of the dedicated room.

“I will request once more Honourable Agyeman-Rawlings and Dr Oko Boye, who have been very helpful in these matters, to also take this upon themselves and take the two officers, the Clerk and the Development Officer, to task, so that we have this matter done immediately,” he said.

Addressing issues in commemoration of the Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the speaker said there was a connection between breastfeeding and the challenges some nursing parliamentarians faced in caring for their babies while carrying out their legislative duties.

The speaker added that at least it will be an example of Parliament’s support for women.

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In other news, The flagbearer of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), John Dramani Mahama, has pleaded with Ghanaians and voters to give him a second chance to be president of the republic.

The former president who is seeking a comeback noted that he has learnt lessons and wants the opportunity to give Ghanaians hope again.

He said based on his experience and useful lessons he has learnt, he is the best person to take Ghana to the promised land.

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