12 June 2014

Ghana: Speaker Cautions Ministers Against Contempt of Parliament

press release

Speaker of Parliament, Edward Doe Adjaho, has cautioned Ministries, Department and Agencies (MMDAs) and their Ministers, who fail to appear before the House to answer questions to desist from the practice.

According to him Article 28 of the Standing Orders of Ghana's Legislature, states that anything that impedes the work of the law-making body constitutes contempt of Parliament, and warned that he would henceforth apply to the rule in dealing with those who refuse the call of the House to answer questions.

The warning followed the inability of Mr Vincent Oppong Asamoah, Deputy Minister for Water Resources, Works and Housing, to appear before the House to respond to an urgent question related to the Ministry.

The question which was asked by MP for Offinso North, Mr Augustine Collins Ntim, seeks to find out measures being put in place by the Ministry to ensure that the Tanoso Water Works, which broke down as a result of vehicular accident is repaired and made functional.

Mr Adjaho, however, warned that Parliament had tolerated such excuses for far too long and there is no way the work of Parliament could move as scheduled if such things continue.

The Speaker cautioned that he would refer Ministers, Deputy Ministers and MMDAs who would fail to respond to the call of the House to the appropriate committee and gave the Minister till Friday to provide answers to the questions.

"This is the last chance I am giving to ministers. After today, I will apply the Standing Orders of the House to ministers that we programme to come and do business, who have deputy ministers but cannot prepare them to come and respond to questions, I will have no alternative than to refer them to the appropriate committee of the House for investigations," he warned, adding that, that is the only way the Parliament can be relevant to the aspiration of the people of Ghana.

In another development MP for Weija /Gbawe in a statement on the perennial and devastating flooding of her constituency with particular reference to Mallam junction, GICEL SCC and Wiabom had appealed to government to immediately raise tents at safer spots in Dansoman for the displaced residents of Wiaboman.

Source: ISD (Gilbert Ankrah/ Richie Osei Asiedu)

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