December 12, 2017

Minority leader and Member of Parliament (MP) for Tamale South, Haruna Iddrisu has served the strongest indication to President Akufo-Addo’s Ministers that the Minority will not encourage or accommodate Deputy Ministers moving budget motion on the floor.

“Mr. Speaker, Minister must be responsive to this House, they should appear to justify policy wise the amount of money from which they are asking Parliament to give approval of” he said money.

According to the Tamale South legislator, he is just serving notice, unless there is anything compelling since we are human, we will not accommodate or tolerate Ministers sending their Deputies to come for monies which they will spend throughout the year, “we will not we will not”.

They should take the House seriously, I know sometimes when we say they do not take the House serious they get offended, he lamented.

He noted that any Minister who is not ready to move motion for his or her budget should be jumped and the opportunity given to other Ministers, “budget is the most important obligation for all Ministers”.

“We have all been there before, you cannot have an excuse that someone should come and move a motion for you, it is a principal policy issue what are you doing as a Minister to contribute to the President’s vision or success”?

Mr. Iddrisu said Ministers must state policy direction and not only say just that “I move that this amount of money be approved for me then you walk away”.

By Kwaku Sakyi-Danso/