Row Greets Parliament Abrupt Adjournment

There was a huge uproar from the Minority side when the Majority Leader, Alban Bagbin, just after 30 minutes of sitting yesterday, called for adjournment of proceedings till 10am today.

Two papers, African Charter on Values and Principles of Public Service and Administration as well as Host Country Agreement between the Government of the Republic of Ghana and the Centre for Agriculture and Bioscience (CAB) International, regarding the establishment of the sub-regional office of CAB International in Ghana, were laid in the House.

The two substantive ministers to lay the papers, Minister of State in-charge of Public Sector Reform, Alhassan Azong and the Minister for Environment, Science and Technology and Innovation, Mahama Ayariga, were not present to lay the papers and the papers had to be laid on their behalf by the Minister for Employment and Labour Relations, Haruna Iddrisu and the Minister for Defence, Dr Benjamin Kunbour respectively.

There were motions to be moved and the consideration of the Minerals and Mining (Amendment) Bill (2014) on the Order Paper for the day to be considered but after the two papers were laid, the majority leader indulged the speaker to adjourn proceedings to allow for winnowing of the Minerals and Mining (Amendment) Bill, with the Minority members seriously objecting to the early adjournment.

Even though the Minority members were loud in the voice vote kicking against such an early adjournment, the speaker adjourned proceedings.

The speaker however pleaded with the leaders of the Majority and the Minority to meet and see how best they could resolve the problem of unnecessarily interrupting the business of the House during this meeting.

He had earlier expressed fear that business of the House could be seriously affected by the holding of the primaries by the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC).

“This is a big challenge for us and we must quickly find a way to prevent this,” the speaker said.

The Minority Leader, Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu, who was obviously not happy with the turn of events, seconded the motion for adjournment saying that if the majority leader, who is also the leader of government business in the House, said there was no business for the House and was therefore calling for adjournment, who was he to object.

By Thomas Fosu Jnr

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