Minority ‘requests’ beds, pillows, mattresses etc in Parliament

The Minority caucus in Parliament has requested the Speaker to add to the business of next week mattresses, pillows, blankets and beds for members to sleep in the chamber.

This is in response to President John Dramani Mahama’s remark last Thursday that members of the Minority, most of whom represent the New Patriotic Party (NPP), sleep during debates on loans in the House.

President Mahama made the comment on the last day of his nationwide tour ahead of the National Democratic Congress’ primaries to counter assertions by the opposition that government’s contracted loans are misplaced.

On Friday, November 20, when the House resumed after its pre-budget workshop, MP for Adansi Asokwa Kobina Tahir Hammond wanted to see in the business for next week provisions to prove President Mahama right.

The business for the week will see a debate on the 2016 budget statement and financial policy delivered by Finance Minister Seth Terkper on Friday, November 13.

But Mr Hammond expressed worry about the description the president tainted the Minority with, pointing out how members of that caucus have contributed to several loan bills.

Meanwhile, Speaker Edward Doe Adjaho has requested details of President Mahama’s remarks from he Majority side for a decision.

This was after the Minority is said to have met him at a closed-door meeting over the issue.

By Emmanuel Kwame Amoh|3news.com|Ghana

Twitter: @kwame_amoh

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