- MPs absenting themselves from parliament are causing Ghana a great loss of cash
- A report by Odekro says Ghana lost ¢1.4 million in 2017 alone due to this
- Most MPs names are also ministers of state
A recent report on the punctuality of Ghana's members of parliament shows that many of them absented themselves from the House above the permitted time limit.
This report, compiled by civil society group, Odekro shows that the issue of absenteeism cost Ghana's taxpayer ¢1.4 million in 2017 alone.
What is surprising about this report is that all the members of parliament who absented themselves this violating Article 97(1)(C) of the 1992 Constitution of Ghana.
The report identified eight of the 54 top absentees which included chairmen of committees and some Minority MPs who have no other business at the level of the executive.
The only legislators who did well with attendance were Atwima-Nwabiagya South legislator, Emmanuel Agyei Anhwere; Bortianor-Ngleshie Amanfro, Habib Saad and Sene West MP, Twumasi Kwame Ampofo.
The full list of absentee MPs are:
1. Dr Matthew Opoku Prempeh, minister of education.
2. Samuel Atta Akyea, minister of works and housing
3. Ursula Owusu-Ekuful, communications minister..
4. Catherine Afeku, tourism minister.
5. Joe Ghartey, minister for railway development.
6. Ambrose Dery, Interior minister.
7. Ignatius Baffour Awuah, minister of employment.
8. Kwasi Amoako Atta., Roads minister.
9. Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey, minister of foreign affairs.
10. Elizabeth Afoley Quaye, minister of fisheries and aquaculture.
11. Kwaku Agyeman Manu, minister of health minister.
12. Joseph Kofi Adda, Minister of Sanitation and Water Resources.
13. Dominic Nituwul, minister of Defence.
Interestingly enough, most of these absentee MPs also act as ministers of state - a development which makes it very hard to carry out their normal duties on the floor of parliament. In the meantime, parliament is yet to respond to this report by Odekro.
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