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The Minister for Roads and Highways, Akwasi Amoako Atta, has received praises from the Minority Leader, Haruna Iddrisu, for regularly appearing in Parliament to answer questions relates to his ministry among others.
Speaking on the floor of the House last Friday during the debate on the approval of the 2018 Budget and economic policy of government, Mr. Iddrisu highlighted the need for ministers of state to take government business more seriously.
He was not happy about the absence of most ministers from the floor of parliament at tge time their presence is need to transact business of state and of tge House.
Haruna Iddrisu praised the Roads and Highways Minister, for his regular attendance upon the House, adding that the House would not encourage the absence of sector ministers during the consideration of the estimates.
In the morning of Thursday, December 7, 2017, during sittings, five ministers failed to appear before the House to answer questions related to their respective ministries.
Per the Order Paper, the programme scheduled for the House, five ministers were supposed to show up in Parliament to answer questions.
They were the Minister for Railways Development, Minister of Labour and Employment, Minister for Works and Housing, Minister for Lands and Natural Resources and Minister of Regional Re-organisation and Development; but were absent when proceedings started.
Mr Moses Anim, the Second Deputy Majority Chief whip, said the five ministers had written to Parliament to explain why they were unable to attend Thursday’s sitting, though he did not give the reasons they gave.
‘I hold in my hand responses from the ministers to the table office that the table office just submitted to me. So the ministers have responded.
‘If you look at the Order Paper we can vary the order paper [and] suspend sitting,’ he said.
However, Mr Ahmed Ibrahim, the Deputy Minority Chief Whip, expressed dismay about the conduct of the five ministers and said: ‘I can’t take the response given by the Deputy Whip serious.’
He said it was about time ministers took the business of the House ‘very seriously’.
Mr Alban Sumana Bagbin, the Second Deputy Speaker, who chaired Thursday’s sitting, said the five ministers could not use unilateral fiat to justify their non appearance before the House.
He asked the Business Committee of the House to reschedule the five Ministers to appear to answer the various questions that had been asked.
Majority Leader Osei Kyei-Mensa-Bonsu, however, indicated that some members of the Leadership of the House were attending the funeral of the late Asantehemaa, hence their absence from proceedings on Thursday.
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