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General News of Thursday, 24 October 2019


Fisheries Minister’s absence forces Parliament to suspend sitting

The Speaker of Parliament, Prof. Aaron Mike Ocquaye, has suspended sitting to allow the Ministry of Fisheries and Aquaculture to respond to questions asked by certain Members of Parliament.

The House was informed by the Majority Leader of Parliament, Osei Kyei-Mensah Bonsu, that the sector Minister, Mrs Elizabeth Afoley-Quaye was unavailable because she was out of the jurisdiction.

But the Speaker expressed dissatisfaction with the fact that none of the two Deputy Ministers or the Chief Director was present to respond to the questions.

The questions which centred on the payment of contractors who executed contracts in restocking of selected dams, waiver of tax on aquaculture input materials and the construction of a fish landing site at Dzemeni were asked by Mr Frank Annoh-Dompreh, Member of Parliament for Nsawam-Adoagyiri, and Mr Rockson-Nelson Dafeamekpor, Member of Parliament for South Dayi.

The Speaker then directed that the Chief Director and one of the Deputy Ministers in charge of that ministry be summoned before the House to respond to the questions on behalf of the Minister.

Sitting is expected to resume at 12 noon.