February 6, 2021

Minority Leader, Haruna Iddrisu has said his side may disagree with the Nana Akufo-Addo led government on policy issues but when it comes to efforts to improve the quality of lives of Ghanaians it should not be so.

According to him there should be a unanimous thought and action to support policy initiatives that are geared towards improving the quality of life of Ghanaians and this has been shown in the equal strength of numbers both parties have in the current parliament.

And challenged the leadership of the House to see the new paradigm that strengthen Parliament as a responsible institution that urges transparency and accountability that assist a lot of  trust, for the Executive arm of government to improve the life of a lot of Ghanaians.

He made this remarks at a three days induction seminar for the newly elected Members of Parliament (MPs) which started on Saturday, January 6, 2021 at Ada. He also pointed out that he would break the record of both the Majority Leader and Speaker as long serving MPs.

Again, when a member of the Minority Mahama Ayariga move a motion on absorbing school fees and the Majority is ready to point to Article 108 of the 1992 Constitution, it is to remind the Minority that the motion is not coming from a Minister of  the president.

“But they have forgotten that the motion is coming from an elected Member of Parliament and his motion should not affect the consolidated funds, it is legitimate, but it would affect the pockets of MPs, between the consolidated funds and your pocket which one are you opting for?”

He further argued that, he is driving home on the theory of compromise and cooperation and MPs cannot fail the people of Ghana, in building compromises and consensus, as if he were to be an obstructionist Minority Leader.

“I would not wait for Osei-Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu and the Majority any time a motion is moved on Article 174, 11 2 (6a), I would require the support of the Minority to have a decision, if we decide to pay them back with the Ayariga coin I would not do that, governance would surfer”.

Also it is Ghanaians whose quality of life we seek to improve that would surfer, hence my argument that we need to work together looking at the numerical strength of both parties in the current House, he stated.

Kwaku Sakyi-Danso/Ghanamps.com