General News of Saturday, 30 December 2017
The Member of Parliament for Ablekuma Central, Ebenezer Nii Narh Nartey has revealed that the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) has organised 318 press conferences in 2017 under review.
According to him the press conferences ranged from calling for investigations into reported acts of corruption to demanding the resignation of certain ministers or other government appointees.
He added that the numerous pressers by the NDC just one year in opposition is gradually turning the party into one will be noted for press conferences.
His comment comes in the wake of the minorities decision to call for a parliamentary probe into the $ 100,000 scandal that has hit the Trades ministry.
It has earlier emerged that the Trade ministry provided account details to collect dollar-denominated cheques from expatriates interested in sponsoring a dinner to award expatriates.
The ministry collected the money on behalf of the event organiser, Millennium Excellence Foundation, in order to assure the sponsors that the event was credible.
A leaked document revealed that the expatriates were charged to pay an amount of $ 100,000 before they could sit close the president at the Ghana Expatriate Business Awards (GEBA).
This development prompted the president to query Trades Minister.
President Akufo Addo has since cleared Mr: Alan Kyeremanteng of any wrongdoing after he responded to the query.
However the minority is insisting on a bipartisan probe into the scandal.
This call, the Ablekuma Central MP said is not in order. He further accused the NDC of gradually becoming a ‘press conference party’ as they are noted for hosting the media just to be heard.
“For me I think that the minority wants to be heard and if they go ahead to do a press conference, that will be 319 press conferences since they went into opposition. In fact even if you are a Member of Parliament on the side of the majority and you are seen talking to someone and they see you, they will organise a press conference’’ he told Adom News.
Ebenezer Nii Narh Nartey said he will not be surprised to see the minority organizing a press conference on top of their petition to the speaker.