July 5, 2018

Second Deputy Minority Whip, Ahmed Ibrahim is demanding answers from leadership about why the Finance Minister Ken Ofori Atta has not been attending to business on the floor of the House.

According to the Minority, the Finance Minister is one of the key Ministers in the Akufo-Addo led government, who had gain notoriety for avoiding doing business in the House, during the second meeting of the second session of the fourth Republic.

He further indicated that, most of the time the Deputy Minster’s of Finance lay documents on the floor of the House in this meeting, what the substantive Minister had done would not be up to ten percent.

This issue came up on the floor of the House when the sector Minister was not available to lay a paper for six million, five hundred and twenty thousand Euros to finance a Turnkey project, involving the expansion works on the University of Ghana Hospital, Legon, to be executed under an agreement between the Government of the Republic of Ghana and Bank Hapoalim B. M of Israel.

Ordinarily, we in the Minority would not be raising issues with an agreement to expand a hospital, the Speakers leniency should not be taken as his weakness, “if not Deputy Majority Leader and Minister for Monitoring and Evaluation also do stand in for the Minister”, he lamented.

“He has to help the leaders of the House, we are in difficult times, and we have a tall order to deal with, Mr. Speaker, how do we help someone who is not prepared to help himself? By this statement we are sending a strong signal to the Finance Minister?

By: Kwaku Sakyi-Danso/ghanamps.com