November 13, 2013

The chairmen of some committees of Parliament have admitted they are unable to fully carry out their oversight responsibilities due to inadequate resources.

While dismissing alleged government influence in their work, chairman of the Youth and Sports Committee, Kobla Mensah Woyome, and the Works and Housing Committee Chairman, David Tetteh Assuming told Joy News’ Elton John Brobbey that it has been difficult to deliver on their mandate.

Kobla Mensah Woyome noted; “the inability of the committees to be well resourced, for me, is the issue and not necessarily governmental influence. So long as we are cash trap, things become so difficult for us to decide our duties”.

According to him, if members of various committees resolved to work, they would be prepared to travel throughout the country to examine and scrutinize projects to ensure that funds approved for such projects had been well executed.

Kobla Mensah Woyome was therefore of the view that the lack of funds for the work of parliamentary committees should be addressed, as members of the various committees are committed to their work and doing their best in achieving some of their targets.

On his part, Works and Housing Committee Chairman, David Tetteh Assuming indicated that the members of the committees were not able to follow up on on-going projects “as a result of some challenges”.

This, he observed had nothing to do with government influence on the committees.