8 ministers to appear before Parliament

Mr Ken Ofori Atta, Minister of Finance

Mr Ken Ofori Atta, Minister of Finance

The Business Committee of Parliament has programmed eight ministers to attend upon the House to respond to 18 questions during this week.

Presenting the business statement for this week in Parliament last Friday, the Majority Leader, Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu said of the 18 questions, three were urgent and 15 oral, and that any other question of urgent nature duly admitted, may be scheduled for response by ministers.

The ministers to appear are Transport, Finance, Works and Housing, Trade and Industry, Education, Communications, Roads and Highways and Attorney General and Minister of Justice.

Per the arrangement, the Ministers for Transport and Finance, Kweku Ofori Asiamah and Ken Ofori-Atta respectively are expected in the House tomorrow to answer questions from Nsawam-Adoagyiri MP, Frank Annoh-Dompreh and Kwabena Mintah Akandoh, MP, Juaboso.

Whiles the former is seeking to know under the urgent question category why the implementation of the Road Traffic Regulation, 2012 (L.I. 2180) has been put on hold, the latter wants to ask of the Finance Minister how much has been spent so far on Ghana’s 60th Independence celebration.

On Wednesday, the Works and Hosing Housing Minister, Atta Akyea will be responding to two questions from Fanteakwa South and Keta MPs, Kofi Okyere-Agyekum and Richard Quashigah on what steps are being taken to provide drainage facilities for the people of Besoso whose houses get flooded after each heavy rain and the stage of implementation of the US$40 million Blekusu/Horvi Sea Defence Project.

Two other MPs, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, North Tongu and Dr Clement Apaak, Builsa South,  are also expected to ask the Trade and Industry Minister the progress of work on the private participation in the Volta Star Textiles Limited at Juapong and the Attorney General on what steps were being taken to establish a court in the Builsa South District.

Members for Akatsi North, Peter Nortsu-Kotoe, Asawase, Alhaji Mohammed-Mubarak Muntaka and Ashaiman, Ernest Norgbey will on Thursday ask the Education Minister what led to the closure of the University of Education, how many mission schools are in the country and when the construction of the Community Day Senior High School at Ashaiman will be completed respectively.

On the same day, Dr Clement Apaak and Dr Robert Baba Kuganab-Leb, Binduri MP, will be asking the Communications Minister four questions related to mobile telephony and communication in their respective constituencies and surrounding areas.

The Roads and Highways Minister on Friday will be responding to Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, Richard Acheampong, Bia East; John Majisi, Krachi Nchumuru; Kennedy Nyarko Osei, Akim Swedru and Kwame Agbodza, Adaklu, on the progress of various roads in the country.

Mr Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu said the Office of the Special Prosecutor Bill, 2017, Zongo and Inner City Development Fund Bill, 2017 and the Northern, Middle Belt and Coastal Development Bills, 2017 are expected to be presented and read for the first time in the course of the week.

By Julius Yao Petetsi     

 

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