December 14, 2022

The Minority Leader, Haruna Iddrisu has reminded the Majority Chief Whip, Annoh Dompreh that he has a responsibility at his hands to get government businesses running urging him to ensure his side has the sense of responsibility and show that approving budget is serious business.

He said, to come every now and be told that the reports are not ready is not acceptable; and thus charged him to get his Committee chairs, and the clerks to ensure that reports of committees that have so far completed their works are presented for consideration and approval of their estimates.

Majority side of the House

Mr. Haruna made the comment on Tuesday, December 13, 2022 on the floor of the House when he rose to second the motion for the adjournment of the House just few minutes after commencement.

The situation was the same on Monday, when the House had to adjourn just about 10 minutes into proceedings with the same excuse that committee reports were not ready.

He also advised that ministers who want the approval of their budgets must be present in person, adding that if they delegate their deputies, “we will delegate your money for you some other day after appropriation. If they send emissaries to come for approval of budget estimates, we will send their approval to them the day they are available”.

He urged that by Wednesday some motions should be moved so that the House can start working towards appropriation.

The Minority Leader cautioned that “the attitude of stampeding us with several of it (motions) at a time does not allow for proper scrutiny. Already you took advantage of what is called an economic crisis to delay the budget so that we don’t have more time to look at it. Going forward you must make sure that your reports are ready so that tomorrow when you advertise motions we keep to it”, he stated.