July 10, 2023

Speaker of Parliament Rt. Hon Alban Kingsford Sumana Bagbin has summoned three Ministers to appear before the House to answer questions on why food suppliers at the National Buffer Stock have not been paid leading to their picketing at their office in Accra.

The Summoned Ministers are Finance, Education, and Food and Agriculture.

This came up when the Member of Parliament for North Tongu, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa drew the attention of the Speaker to this public interest issue.

“Mr. Speaker, can the three Ministers of Education, Finance, Food and Agriculture be invited to the House as to why the suppliers have not been paid even after picketing and sleeping outside for over four days in Accra”.

Deputy majority leader, Alexander Afenyo Markin explained to the House that, measures have been put in place to settle every supplier as validation of their invoices are being carried and this is information received from the Education Minister, Dr Yaw Adu-Twum.

The Rt. Hon Speaker recounted that he had earlier embarked on a surprise visit which was misconstrued as he taking away the functions of someone; but stated that as head of Parliament it is important to draw the attention to issues.

And all this is to assist the Executive arm of government to address some of these changes hence the reason why with the revision of the standing orders, a Committee like Ways and Means will be establish.