October 31, 2013

The Speaker of Parliament, Mr Edward Doe Adjaho, on Wednesday bemoaned the non-attendance of some ministers to parliamentary sittings; a development he said was negatively affecting legislative business.

Taking strong exception to that attitude, the Speaker gave such officials one-week “honeymoon” after which he cautioned the House would no more tolerate such behaviour.

This followed concerns raised by the Minority who had cause to register their displeasure about some ministers inability or refusal to attend the House to answer parliamentary questions relating to their sectors.

Dr Anthony Akoto Osei, MP for Old Tafo and Ranking Member on Finance, was at a loss why both the Finance Minister and his two deputies were not in the House for the consideration stage of the Value Added Tax Bill 2013.

As per today’s Order Paper, the House was expected to consider the Value Added Tax Bill 2013 that seeks to revise and consolidate the law relating to the Value Added Tax (VAT) by moving all the administrative provisions in the VAT Act, 1998 (Act 546) into a single Revenue Administration Act.