Minority gathers signatures to recall Parliament over PDS debacle … Majority Leader fumes

The Minority has gathered signatures to get Parliament recalled over the suspension of the Power Distribution Services (PDS) debacle as it lingers on without a sign of the government’s official report.

The deal raises important national issues, thus need to recall parliament to deliberate on the issue as well as other cases surrounding it which is important to take centre stage in the case and in other related cases surrounding agreement.

Alhaji Inusah Fuseini, the Member of Parliament for Tamale Central in the Northern Region and the Ranking Member on the Constitutional, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Committee, indicated that, “What we are doing is collecting signatures which constitution allows, whilst we will be on recess for some time, we believe it is important to recall the House over PDS saga since revelations coming out require national attention.

We are collecting signatures to get the required number of Members of Parliament to sign up and get the speaker to recall parliament,” he said.

In July 2018, Parliament voted to pass Electricity Corporation of Ghana’s (ECG) Concession agreement and following competitive bidding processes supervised by the government and Millennium Development Account (MiDA), PDS was selected as concessionaire to deal with managerial challenges in electrical power distribution sector but suspension of  deal for fundamental breaches in demand guarantee had sparked controversy in recent months.

However, The Majority Leader and the Minister for Parliamentary Affairs, Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu, has slammed the Minority caucus of the House for its attempt to recall the House from recess to discuss the controversial PDS deal and asked them to take the House more seriously and not abuse processes.

Addressing the reason for the urgent recall by the legislature, Alhaji Fuseini stated that the Executive had dishonoured some powers given to it by the legislature thus the call for explanations saying It is the legislature that gave the executive power to enter agreement on certain conditions and if those grounds have been violated  we need to understand why it was done.

“We are confident they will get the required number of 60 to 70 signatures to recall Parliament, thus gathering signatures to get the House recalled for the Finance Minister to answer critical questions on suspension,” he noted. -citinewsroom.com

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