Private legal Practitioner, Mr Kwame Jantuah has asked President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo and the Finance Minister Ken Ofori-Atta to immediately provide funds to Parliament to enable the house carry out its programmes smoothly.
His comment comes at a time the Speaker of Parliament Alban Bagbin has said the legislature does not have money at the moment to run most of its programmes.
Mr Bagbin said on Thursday May 26 that Parliament will be running on some arrears of last year.
He described the situation as not easy.
He said on the floor of the House that “What many of you don’t know is that even as at this time we don’t have any releases from the Ministry of Finance for us to run Parliament.
“So we will be running Parliament on some arrears of last year, it is not easy. Sometimes we see your request for me to approve for you to do some things I declined. It is not because I love declining your request, it is because we don’t have the wherewithal fund those operations.
He further said Parliament is an arm of government and should not be treated as part of Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDA).
“I think the Ministry of Finance should not treat Parliament like this a Ministry or MDA. I will emphasize this again, this is an arm of government, we are not part of the MMDAS. We have even been written to reduce our budget in some areas by 50 per cent. If they want Parliament to run aground, they should let us know.
“The Speaker is not ready and prepared to be blamed for the inability to get Parliament going on just because we are not getting the necessary funding.”
Reacting to this development on TV3’s New Day with Johnnie Hughes Friday May 27, Mr Jantuah said “without parliament working the Executive wont also have it smoothly unless they bypass Parliament. This is something that shouldn’t have even come out.
“The President should have called the Finance Minister and the Speaker into a meeting and resolve this.”
He added “The Finance Minister should quickly come and give explanation and how he wants to resolve.”
By Laud Nartey|3news.com|Ghana