Finance Minister Seth Terkper failed to appear before Parliament yesterday as previously arranged to brief parliamentarians on the activities of micro-finance companies in the country.
He was said to be on an official trip to Iran with the President.
The Business Committee of Parliament invited Finance Minister to brief Members of Parliament on the activities of the micro-finance companies yesterday after the recent public outcry over the activities of some micro-finance companies which have duped hundreds of unsuspecting customers in the Brong Ahafo and the Northern regions.
Even though the Finance Minister gave the firm assurance to be in the House yesterday to brief MPs on the activities of the micro-finance companies in the country, he failed to appear before government because of the official duty with the President in Iran.
The Majority Leader, Alban Bagbin said “because of the nature of the issue and its importance, I will like the Minister himself to come and brief the House and not a deputy minister,” he said, adding that since the Foreign Minister is bound to address the House on Friday, the Business Committee will ask the Minister to appear next week to brief the House on the vexed issue.
The Speaker of Parliament, Edward Doe Adjaho said that he received an official communication from the Minister’s office on Monday, February 15, telling the leadership of the minister’s inability to attend upon the House to brief members on the activities of micro-finance companies in the country because of the official trip to Iran and apologised.
The Speaker read the communication to the august House and called on members to accept the apology of the Minister and to allow the Business Committee to invite the minister at a different date to brief the House since the issue is of national importance.
By Thomas Fosu Jnr