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No question on GH¢280.3M has been filed – Parliament

The House of Parliament has stated that no question has been filed on the expenditure of  GH¢280.3 million allocated for the fight against the Coronavirus.

According to the House, the only question similar to this is addressed to the Minister of Health, but on measures containing the COVID-19 pandemic and how the US$100 million announced by the President will be utilized.

The Public Affairs Directorate was responding to MP for Ajumako Enyan Essiam, Cassiel Ato Forson, who claimed on Joy FM on Monday that a question he filed during the lockdown period is yet to receive response three weeks after it was filed.

The Directorate rebuffed the claims indicating records in Parliament show no specific question with the said amount has been filed by the MP.

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In a release, the directorate noted that per the rules and practice of Parliament, questions are not filed in the name of, or by Caucuses.

“Rather a Member seeking a response to a specific issue would file a Question in his or her name, signed by the Member as provided for in Standing Order 64.”

“The Office’s interaction with the Honourable Member does not disclose that he had filed an earlier Question.”

“Rather reference is made to a question filed by a Minority member seeking to, “Ask the Minister of Health what emergency preparedness and response plan the Ministry has put in place to help contain the spread of COVID-19 virus and the details of how the US$100 million announced by the President will be spent,” the release said.

The Directorate assured that once Mr. Ato Forson files the question, it will be processed in accordance with the rules of the House.

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In a related development, Parliament has denied reports that the Majority leader and Chairman of the Business Committee, Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu, has hinted at the creation of new constituencies in his presentation of the Business Statement last Friday.

“In fact, the Majority Leader in the said presentation stated categorically that the Committee on Subsidiary Legislation should endeavour to submit its report on the Public Elections (Registration of Regulation of Voters) (Amendment) 2020 for the consideration of the House on or before the coming into force of the Instrument.”

“He insisted that the Committee must submit their report to the House by Wednesday, June 3rd, 2020 for consideration on Thursday, June 4th, 2020.”

The Directorate stressed that the attribution to him with regards to the creation of new constituencies is therefore wrong.

Frontpageghana.com/By Uthman A. Marani

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