President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo’s scheduled State of the Nation of Address (SONA) to Parliament on the 20th of February has been dubbed his ‘last’ before he exits power in January 2021.
Minority leader, Haruna Iddrisu, who gave the ‘prophecy’, noted that the President is in the last of his four-year SONA.
President Akufo-Addo, he said, has four years of his mandate that elapses this year.
Mr. Iddrisu said these when he complained about the failure of the Minister of Gender, Children and Social Protection to attend on the House to respond to two Parliamentary questions.
He took issue with the absence of the Minister when the House was informed she had travelled outside the country to attend a UN Conference and has requested the questions be rescheduled to a day after the 21st of February.
The Minority leader expressed dissatisfaction that the Minister would receive permission from the Chief of Staff, per explanation of the Majority leader, to travel outside when the Speaker of Parliament has explicitly directed MPs not to travel within the period in order to be present for the SONA.
He said, “Mr. Speaker, I am aware you have so directed because the State of the Nation Address pursuant to Article 67 of the Constitution is so important and an extra ordinary constitutional activity of Parliament your are not encouraging Members of Parliament to travel”
“We want the executive to respect the same that henceforth Ministers must stay within and listen to the President in his last of his four-year State of the Nation Address.”
He added, “He has a mandate of four years. This year it elapses. It comes to an end and therefore if the Minister is saying after 20th February, it means she is not even available for State of the Nation Address.”
He cautioned Ministers to be mindful of their travel within the period and be present to support the President in his SONA and in pursuit of his policies.