Speaker Blasts Local Govt Minister


The Speaker of Parliament, Edward Doe Adjaho yesterday expressed anger at the Minister of Local Government and Rural Development, as well as officials of the ministry for refusing to avail themselves to answer questions posed by Members of Parliament (MPs) or providing answers on time to be documented.

The Speaker disclosed this after the Majority leader, Alban Bagbin yesterday told Parliament that the Minister, who was scheduled to answer an urgent question standing in the name of New Patriotic Party (NPP) Member of Parliament for Akwapim South, O.B. Amoah, had travelled outside the country.

His deputy, who was also mandated to represent the substantive minister, was also not present at that material time.

He was said to be on his way to Parliament when speaker called for the question to be asked.

The NPP MP for Akwapim South was to ask the Minister for Local Government and Rural Development about steps his ministry was taking to prevent floods in Accra and other regional capitals in the country.

There were two other advertised questions standing in the name of the NPP MP for Kwabre East, Kofi Frimpong, who wanted to find out from the Minister when the huge refuse dump at Ahwia-Overseas, Anhwia-Anyinam, Fawade and Asenua in his constituency would be evacuated to forestall an outbreak of cholera and related diseases in those communities.

The NPP MP for Fanteakwa South, Kofi Okyere-Agyekum also had a question as to when the ministry would construct the Ehiamenkyene in his constituency which is a major source of revenue for the Fanteakwa District Assembly in the Eastern region.

The speaker expressed dissatisfaction with the behaviour of the officials from that particular ministry because each time they were summoned to answer questions excuses were given.

He called on them to respect Parliament as an institution.

By Thomas Fosu Jnr
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