- Alban Bagbin has issued a two-hour ultimatum to the Health Minister to appear before the House
- Kwaku Agyeman-Manu was scheduled to respond to some questions from the legislators today
- But, he did not show up, citing other functions
- Bagbin described his absence and the reasons given for it as disrespectful
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Speaker of Parliament, Alban Bagbin, on Monday described as “completely disrespectful” Health Minister, Kwaku Agyeman-Manu’s refusal to appear before Parliament to answer questions from legislators.
Scheduled to answer questions on the state of health facilities in Sefwi Akontombra in the Western North Region on Monday, Agyeman-Manu did not show up.
He cited other engagements as the reason why he could not honour the invitation of the legislature.
Bagbin issued a two-hour ultimatum to the Health Minister, Kwaku Agyeman-Manu, to report to the House and answer questions or face his furies.
"The reason he has given for his inability to present himself before the House to answer the question is completely disrespectful of Parliament, and I am not going to take that,” he stated.
“I direct that the minister appears before Parliament within two hours to answer the question. Failing to do so, the necessary consequences will apply. Ministers must be serious towards parliamentary business,” he added.
In other news, Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu denied stating that Nana Asante Bediatuo, the secretary to President Akufo-Addo, wrote unilaterally the letter slashing the budget estimates for the legislature and the judiciary.
According to the Majority Leader who is also the Minister for Parliamentary Affairs, he never said the letter cutting the budget estimates was unilaterally written by Asante Bediatuo.
“So it came as a surprise that it was interpreted to mean, that I had suggested that Nana Asante Bediatuo had acted unilaterally,” the Suame MP was reported as saying by Joy News.
I never said Nana Asante Bediatuo unilaterally 'cut' budget for judiciary, legislature - Majority Leader
“There was no such communication from me. And if that was the understanding of the person who was interviewing me, I think it was most unfortunate,” he added.
There has been a Ghs77million and over Ghs119million slash in the estimates presented by the Judiciary and Judicial Service and the Legislature respectively.
According to the presidency, the decision to slash the estimates was necessitated by the country’s current economic challenges.
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