May 27, 2014

Finance Minister Seth Tekper is set to appear before Parliament’s Committee on Government Assurances to answer questions on promises to build 200 senior high schools across the country.

The Committee intends to start the public hearing to track promises made by ministers of state.

President Mahama in the 2014 budget promised to construct the schools in fulfillment of his 2012 campaign promise to Ghanaians.

Chairman of the Committee Emmanuel Bedzrah told Joy FM’s parliamentary correspondent Elton Brobbey, the Finance Minister will also disclose how much he has collected from the 10 percent pay cut undertaken by the president and ministers of state towards the construction of more CHPS compounds.

The Minister was initially scheduled to meet the parliamentarians on May 28 but he informed the Committee that he was out of town compelling them to postpone the meeting.

Mr. Bedzra said the Committee will meet after Parliament reconvenes on June 3 to fix another date for the Finance Minister.

“He and the executives have agreed to give 10 percent pay cut to be used for Community Based Health Planning Service (CHPS) Compound throughout the country. We have passed the first quarter of the year, we want to find out how much he has collected so far; how many CHPS Compound have been constructed so far.

“We want to find out because it is our duty to find out those promises and assurance.”