February 14, 2020
The Minority in Parliament has threatened that they may boycott the State of the Nation Address (SONA) which is slated for next week Thursday February 20, 2020 to be addressed by President Nana Akufo-Addo.

According to the Minority lawmakers despite provisions made for them to receive five percent of the District Assemblies Common Fund, government has renege on that constitutional duty.

This came to light as a result of a meeting held by the Minority caucus where they resolved to execute their plan if government does not release the MPs Common Fund by Friday.

Member of Parliament for Bodi, Sampson Ahi pointed out that the delay in releasing the funds is a deliberate attempt by the Executive to sabotage lawmakers ahead of the December 2020 parliamentary elections.

“Despite both the Minority and the Majority lawmakers have not received the funds, it is the Minority who are feeling the heat, since they have something to show for in their respective constituencies”.

And added that when a lawmaker is in the Majority and funds are release to the Assemblies, they are seen to be working because the lawmaker has some influence over how they are disbursed and quickly pointed out that in the case of the Minority it is a different ball game.

“Minority MPs have to work extra hard to develop their constituency which the Executive is trying to stifle”, he lamented.

Kwaku Sakyi-Danso/ghanamps.com