Mr. Haruna Iddrisu, Minister for Trade and Industry says Parliament as an institution has the constitutional mandate to hold the president accountable to pledges and promises he made to the people during his election campaigns.
Mr. Iddrisu said Parliament per the constitution, has the responsibility to check the executive and “nothing stops them [Members of Parliament] from doing so”.
The Minister was responding to a call by Minority Leader Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu, for reforms of the Standing Orders of Parliament to enable the House question the president on the fulfillment of promises he has made to Ghanaians.
According to the MP for Suame constituency of the Ashanti Region, the president must be held accountable for the assurances he has given to the people.
But speaking Tuesday, April 23, 2013, on the Joy FM Super Morning Show on varied issues, Mr. Iddrisu stated that Parliament can summon the president to be quizzed on his performance by MPs.
“The President is aware that he is accountable to the Ghanaian people and in four years, he will account to the Ghanaian people…nothing stops Parliament even as an institution from doing that,” the MP for Tamale South constituency of the Northern Region emphasized.
The Minister further assured, Ghanaians will “in the next three and a half years have a proper assessment of a president who was ruthlessly decisive, in implementing the pledges that he made to them”.
Mr. Haruna Iddrisu disclosed arrangements to roll out a stimulus package to local business operators aimed at supporting indigenous manufacturing companies to boost the economy.
The “John Dramani Mahama Stimulus Package” he said, will identify a number of poultry farmers, pharmaceutical companies and cashew growers and assist them with a minimum of $5 million as well as offer tax holidays not less than three years.
He also announced plans by the Mahama administration to open up some state owned enterprises [SOEs] for private sector participation. The plans include public listing of the Ghana Industrial Holding Corporation [GIHOC] as well as engaging the private sector to revive the Juapong Textile Company.