Member of Parliament for Ningo-Prampram, Sam Nartey George, has appealed to the Speaker of Parliament, Alban Bagbin to order the ad-hoc Committee constituted to investigate allegations against the Finance Minister, Ken Ofori-Atta, to telecast proceedings live. His appeal followed the decision by the Speaker after a vote of censure moved by the Minority Leader, Haruna Iddrisu yesterday.
The outspoken MP said the gravity of the case and the conflicting signals that have followed calls for the dismissal of the Finance Minister has raised public interest. “I want to make a plea that the sittings of the committee be telecast live given the nature of the matter and be made public just like the Sputnik V committee in the spirit of transparency and accountability,”
The 8-member committee, four from each side of the House is co-chaired by the MP for Adansi-Asokwa, KT Hammond, Dominic Ayine, MP for Bolgatanga East. Other NDC members are MP for North Tongu, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, Dr. Zanetor Agyeman-Rawlings, MP for Klottey-Korle and the MP for Akatsi South, Bernard Ahiafor.
The NPP representatives include the Member of Parliament for Okaikoi Central, Yaw Boahmah, Emmanuel Anyimadu-Antwi who is the MP for Ashanti Akyem Central and the MP for Sekondi, Andrew Egyapa Mercer.
The committee has 7 days to submit its report to Parliament. “The clerk to the committee is Mr. Pwamang Camillo… The proposal is in consultation with the leadership, I hope that it will be accepted by the House,” the speaker added.
The speaker gave this ruling after rejecting an attempt by the majority in parliament to raise a preliminary objection against the motion for a vote of censure brought by the minority against Finance Minister Ken Ofori-Atta.
Source : myxyzonline