February 20, 2019
Minister of Trade and Industry, Alan Kwadow Kyremantey sought permission from the Speaker of Parliament for his five questions on Tuesday the 19th of February 2019 to be rescheduled to another day.

Minority Chief Whip Kwesi Amenyaw- Cheremeh drew the attention of the first Deputy Speaker Joseph Osei Owusu when it was the turn of the Minister to answer questions 513, 514, 515, 532 and 533.

According to the Majority Chief Whip, the Acting Chief Director has written to the House indicating the Minister has pre-arranged meeting with members of the Council of State.

Member of Parliament for Bole/Bamboi Yusif Sulemana sought permission to withdraw his question which has been overtaken by event because it has taken more than a year to be tabled for answering.

The question was, “when the Ministry will operationalise the Ghana International Trade Commission to help neutralise cheap import with countervailing measures”.

Minority Chief Whip, Mohamed Mubarak Muntaka noted that his side take a lot of consolation from the comments made by the Majority Chief Whip that the Speaker has question that Ministers should take work of the House serious.

“It is unfortunate that there is a first recording of such incident that the Minister of Trade and Industry cannot be in the House because of an earlier arranged engagement”.

“Mr. Speaker it is becoming a norm that every week Ministers are asking permission not to come to the House to answer questions, this is a Ministry with two deputies it has not been said that we would not receive deputies in the House”.

He further pointed out that the sector Minister has to meet the council of state and there is evidence to that effect, “why not, can’t we have any of his deputies?”

“They should always learn to give priority to the activities of the House”, he added.

Kwaku Sakyi-Danso/ghanamps.com