November 23, 2017

Speaker of Parliament, Professor Aaron Mike Oquaye has directed that,  stranded Minister of Sanitation and Water Resources Joseph Kofi Adda reports to the House to answer questions  in his name when he touches down in Accra from Tamale.

Mr. Joseph Kofi Adda who had three questions in his name failed to attend to the House on Wednesday 22nd November 2017.

The Speaker further noted that, the moment the Sanitation Minister touches down from Tamale as leader of government business hinted that he is stranded at the Tamale airport he should proceed to the House to answer questions in his name.

Deputy Minority leader, Dr. James Klutse Avedzi did not take kindly to absence of the Sanitation Minister and some Ministers who do not take the work of the House serious despite the admonishment given by the Speaker.

And hoped MPs will not struggle again in getting Ministers to come to the House to perform their duties and lamented over the way and manner the leader of government Business OseiKyei Mensah-Bonsu keeps defending Ministers.

“This will continue if we have leader of Government Business always defending absence of Minister on the floor of the House”, he said.

According to OseiKyei Mensah-Bonsu he was in touch with the Sanitation Minister who was stranded in Tamale because he had to commission a facility and has not touch down in Accra as at 11:00am.

And further added that Ministers take Business of the House very serious and, indicated that ministers who are unable to come to the House to answer questions, their questions will be stand down and taken later.

“We will continue to engage Ministers to have them attend to Business of the House but it is not good it keeps occurring. It is also very important that those who ask questions attend to Business of the House”.

By: Kwaku Sakyi-Danso/