Linda Akrasi Kotey
The Member of Parliament (MP) for Sekondi, Papa Owusu Ankomah has expressed concern about the attitude of some members from the majority side of the house towards debate for the approval of budget estimates for the various ministries and departments.
Speaker Bamford Addo was yesterday compelled to defer the approval of estimates for some of the Ministries due to lack of quorum.
Papa Owusu-Ankomah called on President Mills to put his feet down since the behaviour of the MPs does not give a good impression about government.
His statement was, however, challenged by the NDC member for Juaboso, Sampson Ahi, when he argued that the executive arm is different from the legislature, as such the President cannot come and instruct the house about what they should do.
He mentioned that the President is in full control of the affairs of the country and does not need to be told to put his feet on the ground. “It is not the President’s duty to go round pleading with individual MPs to come to the the house for parliamentary proceedings”.
He urged parliamentarians to take their duty as legislators serious, but to ask the President to whip members in line in the house to perform their mandated duty is wrong.
The member for Ahafo Ano south, Hon. Balado Manu on his part blamed the majority leadership for the attitude of their members. According to him, when they were debating the Revenue Management Bill, all the NDC members were in the House. This, to him, indicated that they were only interested in the collateralization of the oil.
The Majority side must be told in plain language that they should be seen to be pushing government business. Other than that they should not call us here to waste our time,” he said.
The House later approved the budget estimates of the Ministries of Women and Children affairs and Ministry of Roads and Transport.