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we did not see this pervasive culture of evasion of duties under NDC - Sagnarigu MP

On the issue of consistence absenteeism of Ministers to the floor to answer questions and sending their Deputies instead, Sagnarigu lawmaker, Alhassan Bashir. A Fuseini said in an interview that when the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) captures power come 2020, the situation would be curtailed.

He noted, the eight Parliament of the Fourth Republic with the NDC forming Majority, will not witness Ministers pervasively absenting and sending deputy Ministers to do business on  the floor of the House. 

And lamented over how very often the blame is shifted on MPs for having a culture of lateness, and lamented that it is not fair. 

“You are privy to the position of the Minority on the floor of the House, mostly the  Minority leader and our leadership do raise this issues of the Ministers not being ready on the floor of the House Ministers do not take the House serious”.

He further added that they either refuse to come to the House or they just send their deputies and the Minority had threatened that, “we will not take any business of the House if Ministers do not appear on the floor”. 

Majority Leader, Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu had to step in to make a plea and point out that he will ensure Ministers appear and appreciate the seriousness of business of the House. 

“Why are you not interested in the business of the House on the floor of Parliament, this should have been one of the most important concerns that Ministers should have”. 

Under the NDC we did not have this pervasive culture of evasion of duties on the floor of the House as we are having now, it wasn’t wide spread under the NDC, there might have been some few instances, he noted.

Again, under the previous NDC the Speaker Edward Doe Adjaho and the Leadership prevailed on Ministers to attend to business of House.
“We have taken some cue both in opposition and government we will bring it to bear when we capture power in 2020”.

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