May 3, 2013

Second Deputy Speaker of Parliament and Member of Parliament (MP) for Nadowli/Kaleo Alban Sumana Kingsford Bagbin has served notice to the Executive arm of government that, Parliament will not work according to its time table.

He recommended that if sector Ministers cannot come to the House to answer questions due to their busy schedules, deputy Ministers can come to the House to answer questions on the floor of the House.

The second deputy Speaker cautioned that if that does not happen, Parliament will advise itself accordingly.

“If that did not happen, we will take it that they are treating us with contempt because it is an order from the House it should not be taken lightly”, he said.

The speaker quoted standing order 60 (1) to back his point, “Ministers shall, by order of the House be requested to attend Sittings of the House to answer Questions asked of them”.

His comments come in the wake of some Ministers in President Nana Akufo-Addo’s government failing to appear before the House to answer questions on the floor of the House, that has attracted the Minority MPs to complain and draw the attention of the Business Committee of the House.

Member of Parliament for Tamale North, Alhassan Suhuyini expressed worry over his question which was advertised for Friday 20th October 2017 but was taken away.

Chiefs and elders who travelled all the way from Tamale North to witness the Roads and Highway Minster’s response were left disappointed.

By: Kwaku Sakyi-Danso/