Nsawam-Adoagyiri MP unhappy with Rt. Hon. Bagbin’s decision to block €75m COVID-19 loan agreement

Mr. Frank Annoh-Dompreh.

By: Franklin ASARE-DONKOH

The Majority Caucus in Ghana’s Parliament has described, as unfortunate, the directive from the Speaker for the Minister for Finance to account for monies approved by Parliament for fighting COVID-19 before a €75 million loan is approved for similar purposes.

The Member of Parliament (MP) for Nsawam-Adoagyiri Constituency in the Eastern Region and Majority Chief Whip, Mr. Frank Annoh-Dompreh believes that the Rt. Hon. Speaker misread the mood of the house before issuing such summons.

Addressing the media in Parliament, today Friday, May 27, 2022, on the matter, Mr. Annoh-Dompreh indicated that the Speaker went beyond his remit in issuing such a directive.

“The Speaker has no persona of his own. Such a decision has to be the sense of the house. He (the Speaker) cannot communicate his own decision, especially when he is not a Member of Parliament. The sense of the house at that moment is that the question should not be put, but it wasn’t that the Finance Minister must first come to the house to render an account,” the Majority Chief Whip indicated.

“Nobody is shying away from accountability, but that wasn’t what the house was saying. When the Majority Leader returns, we are going to engage the Speaker. Going forward we don’t want to have any banter with the speaker but where we think that things need to be straightened we will find a diplomatic way of reaching to ensure that we have peace for the progress and execution of the work of parliament,” he added.

He also indicated that an outstanding amount of GHS 25 million from the goods and services budget of Parliament had been released.

The Speaker complained about financial constraints in the House on Thursday, accusing the Ministry of Finance of stifling the House of funds.

But according to Annoh-Dompreh, the funds had been released and were being processed at the time the Speaker made the comments.

“When Speaker was lamenting, official releases had been effected, and it was just going through the process… It was just a matter of a few hours for it to hit Parliament’s account. The Speaker’s statement was a bit presumptuous and if he had exercised a bit of restraint, he may not have made the comment that Parliament is broke,” Nsawam-Adoagyiri lawmaker noted.

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