Speaker accepts motion of censure against Ofori-Atta; opens debate

The Speaker of Parliament, Alban Sumana Kingsford Bagbin, has accepted the motion of censure filed by the Minority Leader, Haruna Iddrisu, against the Finance Minister, Kenneth Ofori-Atta.

Speaker Bagbin announced the acceptance of the motion and said it was grounded in law.

He, as a result, opened the floor for debate on the motion.

Speaker Bagbin had set up an eight-member ad hoc committee to give the Finance Minister a right to be heard.

The committee, jointly chaired by Adansi Asokwa MP KT Hammond and Bolgatanga East MP Dr Dominic Ayine, was given seven days within which to complete work.

Mr Ofori-Atta and representatives of the Public Interest Accountability Committee (PIAC) and Ghana National Petroleum Corporation (GNPC) appeared before the committee.

Minister of Finance Ken Ofori-Atta (M) readying to answer questions from the committee

Speaker Bagbin thanked the committee for its work and said the decision to refer the motion to the committee has “vindicated my conviction”.

He said the move is “proper and in accordance of the law”.

“The House may now proceed to debate the motion,” Speaker Bagbin ruled.

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