March 11, 2021

Minority Leader Haruna Iddrisu has said the two days allotted for debate on message of the State of the Nation Address is inadequate to do any proper scrutiny of the address.

“Less than 72 hours for debating issues that President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo presented to Parliament yesterday is woefully inadequate for adequate and proper scrutiny. The time is inadequate even for you to gather research,” he lamented.

Mr. Iddrisu cited the developments on the Ghana Card emanating from President Akufo-Addo’s state of the nation address that stipulates that the Ghana Card number will from April 1 also serve as a Social Security and National Insurance Trust (SSNIT) and Tax Identification Number for persons yet to acquire one.

In a brief remark on the matter, Mr. Iddrisu suggested that “the fact that you have a national ID card does not make you a contributor of SSNIT pensions and beneficiary of pensions.”

“The idea is a good one, but I need research to debate him, but I have only today and tomorrow to prepare for the debate,” the Minority Leader added.

Kwaku Sakyi-Danso/