The Honourable Minister of State in charge of Special Development, Mavis Hawa Koomson is to appear before Parliament this week to answer a question that was stood down because of her absence in the House previously.
According to the Honourable Minority Chief Whip, Mohamed Muntaka Mubarak, the Minister who is a Member of Parliament is not taking the House seriously, because she was summoned to answer questions about six months ago but she has since not appeared.
He further noted that on Friday, the 1st of June, 2018 when the Minister was supposed to answer questions on the floor of the House she did not show up or give prior notice of her impending absence before the House.
In his statement, he indicated that “Mr. Speaker, again her answers did not even find space on the order paper for the day and the Majority Leader is giving another assurance of her presence”
The Honourable Leader of Government Business and Majority Leader, Kyei Mensah-Bonsu informed the House that the Minister travelled outside the country and was working on the answers to the questions. He further said she would be able to come to the House to answer the questions either on Wednesday or on Thursday, since there would be a cabinet meeting on Tuesday.
He further indicated that “As a matter of record, she takes the House seriously and would respond to the House fully this week”.
Mr. Muntaka Mubarak Mohamed pointed out that if the Minister takes the House seriously, her outfit should have written to the House earlier and not wait until Friday morning.
He added that “the Minister of Gender, Children and Social Protection is on record for writing to the House ahead of time when she could not make it to the House and did not call the Majority Leader very late”.
He reiterated that the questions have been on the burner for the past six months and those questions ought to be answered within this week.