February 2, 2021

Minority Leader, Haruna Iddrisu has cautioned that Parliament should be officially communicated to on appointments made by the President Nana Akufo-Addo before his handlers send those information to social media and traditional media.

According to him under Article 89 of the 1992 constitution, “the council of state shall consists of the following persons appointed by the president in consultation with parliament, a shared responsibility it does not give the president only the power to appoint”.

And as the speaker presented official communications from the president, there was nothing like appointment of Council of State members but there is announcement already in the media and Parliament cannot follow that announcement on air.

“The President’s Communication Officer Eugene Arhin and the Secretary to the President Asante Bediatuo, must make sure that before they go to the media they officially notify Parliament, those are important decisions that the president is taking, he needs to work with us”.

And further drew the attention of the Speaker yesterday that, it is not helpful a practice, where such important announcement gets to the media before the House is officially communicated to, adding that the House should be respected.

Again, we should officially hear it from the Speaker as the Council of State members have a role to counsel the president we should know those who are counseling him, so that we can be assessing if they would be giving him good or bad advice, he noted.

Kwaku Sakyi-Danso/Ghanamps.com