March 3, 2013

Members of Parliament on Friday brought to an end a debate on State of Nation address presented by President John Dramani Mahama last week.

True to their vow, the minority side abstained from debating the address but were forced to pass a comment in its bid to correct an assertion made by Minister for Information and Media Relations, Hon. Mahama Ayariga.

The Minister while making his contribution on the floor of Parliament quoted extensively from an interview of an elder state man and NPP member, Kwame Pianim granted Africa Watch magazine and which he admonished his own party to forget about their defeat in the 2012 election and rather focus its attention on the 2016 election.

Hon. Ayariga in supporting the statement by Mr. Pianim urged the opposition NPP not to put pressure on young judiciary with the case in which the party is challenging results the 2012 election at the Supreme Court.

However his comments did not go down well with the Deputy Minority Leader Dominic Nitiwul who rose to his feet asking the minister not to make statements that will affect the outcome of the court decision which will also constitute contempt of court.

Hon. Ayariga commended President Mahama for expanding the various social intervention programmes including school feeding, Capitation Grant and the LEAP programme.

Hon. Nii Lantey Vanderpujey on his part bemoaned the poor quality of sport men in the country due to the absence of the needed sporting facilities with which they would train.

He was confident that the president charge to MMDAS to develop sports infrastructure in their area will go a long way to develop sports.

The MP for Ho Central Benjamin Kpodo commended President Mahama and the NDC government’s commitment of completing the Eastern corridor road.

He expressed that the people of Ho and the Volta Region as a whole’s eagerness to see the road completed as it will bring a lot of economic activities in areas the road passes and effect reduce the high level of unemployment within the youth.

Kwadwo Anim/