Parliament to quiz Local Gov’t Ministry over June 3 floods

The Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development will send a ministerial representative to Parliament on Wednesday, July 15 to answer questions on the cause of the June 3 deadly floods in Accra and measures put in place to avoid a similar accident in future.

The Ministry has been accused of snubbing the House after two previous invitations were not honoured.

Though the Ministry cited absence of the sector minister from the country and the National Sanitation Day exercise in the Upper West Region as reason for the absence of a ministerial representative on the floor of the House, Parliament was on Tuesday angered as one of the deputies, Edwin Nii Lantey Vanderpuye, got to the House later than scheduled.

According to Mr Vanderpuye, who is also a Member of Parliament, he had been tasked by the Chief of Staff to send relief items to victims of flooding in Asokore-Mampong in the Ashanti Region.

But under a certificate of urgency, Speaker Edward Doe Adjaho summoned one of the deputies at the Ministry to appear to answer the question by Akwapim-South Member of Parliament, Osei Bonsu Amoah.

The question was laid before the House a few days after the deadly floods, whose outcome was exacerbated by a fuel station near the Kwame Nkrumah Circle. At least, 150 lives were lost.

In an effort to prevent a similar occurrence, the Accra Metropolitan Assembly began demolition of structures on water courses. Already, thousands of residents have been displaced by AMA’s exercise.

Parliament also extended summons to the Chief Executive of the Assembly, Dr Alfred Oko Vanderpuije, who has been present on the two occasions the Ministry has failed to honour the House’s invitation.

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