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Speaker of Parliament in stern warning to ministers

Speaker of Parliament Edward Doe Adjaho has warned ministers of state not to dilly-dally when invited to answer questions on the floor of the House.

Speaker Adjaho has therefore charged the Majority in Parliament to assume the role of persuading ministers to be present on the floor anytime they are needed by the legislature to answer questions.

The head of the legislative arm of government made this call in Parliament on Tuesday, May 17 on the first day of the 2nd Meeting of the 4th Session of the Sixth Parliament.

Members resumed after a three-month recess. They are expected to consider 29 bills including the Plant Breeders Bill and the National Disaster Management Organisation Bill.

Previous meetings in the 4th session had been rocked by absenteeism on the part of ministers of state, a situation that angered the Speaker on a number of occasions.

Mr Adjaho admitted on Tuesday that with limited time on its hands, Parliament would expect maximum cooperation from ministers.

Minority Leader Osei-Kyei Mensa-Bonsu in seconding the Speaker’s concerns asked ministers to prepare adequately especially with questions usually approved beforehand.

Members were also charged to up attendance in order to ensure that scheduled businesses are completed “on time”.

Fears were expressed about attention of members being divided between business of the House and 2016 electioneering as a majority will be up for re-election in November.

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