The Speaker of Ghana’s Parliament, Rt Hon. Michael Aaron Oquaye has issued a strong warning to the Minority Caucus in the August House not to use Parliament as propaganda grounds.
Rt. Hon Speaker gave the warning on the floor of Parliament today during a debate on a report of the Finance committee on the budget performance report in respect of the Ministry of Monitoring and Evaluation for the period of January to December 2019 on the floor of the House.
The Speaker’s warning came as a result of a phrase “Government has collapsed Ghanaian Banks” the Minority Member of Parliament (MP) for Bolgatang Central Constituency in the Upper East Region, Mr. Isaac Adongo used during his submission.
“Mr. Speaker …government has used about Ghc14 billion to collapsed Ghanaian banks which could have been save with a little over nine (9) million Ghana Cedis if the government had been prudent in its action” Mr. Adongo pointed out.
However, the majority side of the house thought the phrase “Government has collapsed Ghanaian Banks” was derogatory did not take it kindly and thus drew the Speakers attention to it.
The MP for Ledzokuku Constituency in the Greater Accra Region who also doubles as the Deputy Minister of Health, Dr Bernard Okoe Boye was seen on four occasions rose on his feet called on the Speaker to compel Mr. Adongo to withdraw the phrase which obviously did not go down well with his side.
Dr Okoe Boye’s constant calls for point of order brought some uneasy calm in the plenary as members from both sides were heard speaking on top of their voices.
When calm returned, the speaker ruled in favour of the majority thus pressing upon Mr. Adongo to retract the phrase. Mr. Adongo initially resisted compelling with the Rt. Hon. Oquaye’s ruling but finally he withdrew it.
He continued “Mr. Speaker if you say I shouldn’t use the phrase “Government has collapsed Ghanaian Banks, you tell me any word to use and I’ll use it.
Ok, Ok, Ok… Bank of Ghana has revoked licenses of Ghanaian indigenous bank which has resulted in massive redeployment and locked-up capitals and these affected people are using the words you claimed is offensive to mention in this chamber” the Bolgatang Central lawmaker angrily said.
But the Speaker who seems unperturbed with the backing of his party folks kept warning and yelling at the minority caucus saying “I will never allow you today or tomorrow to use Parliament as propaganda grounds”.
According to him Parliament is a noble place which sanctity should be protected.
Story: Franklin ASARE-DONKOH