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General News of Thursday, 2 May 2019

Source: starrfm.com.gh

Stop holidaying and report for work – Parliament to truant Ministers

Ghana’s Parliament on Thursday charged Ministers of the Akufo-Addo administration to stop holidaying and show up for work.

This follows the failure of Aviation and Agric Ministers to appear on the floor of the House to lay some papers.

Speaking on the matter, Minority leaders Haruna Iddrisu said the appointees must be reminded the May Day holiday is over.

He said: “Mr Speaker, as I speak I’m not seeing the designated Ministers, and Mr Speaker the Ministers must be in an emergency mood. This is an emergency recall and therefore, they should behave well.

“It is not for us to get to an item, where you called us to suspend holidays and come and work and you are still as I may assume, rightly or wrongly on holiday. They must be in the mood for an emergency.”

Contributing to the Minority Leaders concerns, the Speaker Professor Mike Oquaye further entreated Ministers to treat the one-week emergency sitting of the house as such, saying “honourable Ministers should please come and let us work upon the emergency matters duly before us.”

“This is my order,” he declared.

Majority leader and Minister for Parliamentary Affairs Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu who attempted holding brief for the truant Ministers clashed with the speaker.