Parliament holds ‘Constituency Forum’ in Tamale

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Parliament on Saturday February 10 held an open forum at the Pastoral Centre in Tamale with the aim of enhancing citizens’ knowledge on the work of Members of Parliament.

The forum, the first of its kind in the region, afforded participants the opportunity to interact with Members of Parliament (MP) on the functions of the house.

In attendance were the Majority Leader and Leader of Government Business, Osei Kyei Mensah Bonsu; the Minority Leader and MP for Tamale South, Haruna Idddrisu; MP for Suhum, Fredrick Opare-Ansah; some MPs in the Northern region, traditional leaders, students from some second cycle institutions and members of the general public.

The forum which was under theme “deepening citizens’ engagement for better understanding of the legislature”, saw the MPs take turns to educate the participants on the core functions of parliament.

Speaking at the event, the Majority Leader implored constituents to do proper assessment of people who demand their mandate to represent them in the august house. He advised them to elect intelligent people with broad knowledge who can contribute significantly the law making function of the legislature.

“The people that we send to parliament should be people who themselves are well informed. In other words, they are knowledgeable, they are experienced. Vote for people who will be able to discharge the mandate of the constituents. They should be knowledgeable people, they themselves should be informed people, they should be experienced people so that they will be able to talk to facts in facts,” he stated.

He added that “We legislate, we pass laws. Arguably the single most important function of parliament is the business of passing laws. Unfortunately, in parliament, when it comes to the purpose of making laws and the television cameras are beaming on us, you see that not so many people are interested in making laws which is a core responsibility of parliament. Why? It is because many of the people we elect to be with us in parliament don’t express interest in the core business of parliament,” he complained.

The Minority Leader and MP for Tamale South, Haruna Iddrisu reiterated the point that MPs are not agents of development. He however blamed some MP aspirants who make promises they can’t keep.

MPs who also addressed the forum include MP for Tamale Central, Alhaji Inusah Fuseini, Alhaji Alhassan Suhuyini, Tamale North, MP for Gushegu, Dr Ziblim Abdulai among others.

By: Yahaya Masahudu, radiotamale.com

 

Public Accounts Committee begins public sittings in Tamale

The Public Accounts Committee of Parliament (PAC) has commenced a week-long public hearing in Tamale to inquire into financial infractions of three institutions cited in the Auditor General’s reports of 2015 and 2016.

The management of Technical Universities, Pre-tertiary institutions and district assemblies in the Northern, Upper East and Upper West regions will appear before the committee from today, Monday February 12 to Saturday February 17, 2018.

Speaking to Blessed Aduamoah Dadzie on Wake up Tamale on Radio Tamale 91.7 FM, chairman of the committee Dr James Klutse Avedzi said the managers of the institutions will respond to questions on, among other things, the actions they took at the time and why they took such decisions.

“We are actually looking at three main agencies. The first one is the polytechnics or Technical Universities in the three regions in the north i.e. that is Northern region Upper East and Upper West. We will look at the 2015 Auditor General’s report, those infractions that have been cited by the Auditor General.

“The second group of agencies that we will be looking at is the pre-university institutions; the Senior High Schools in the three regions here in the north. The reports of the Auditor General for the year 2015 and 2016, we will be looking at these two reports for these institutions. The last batch is the district assemblies. Again we will be looking at the 2015 and 2016 Auditor General’s report for the district assemblies,” he explained.

Standing Order 165 of Parliament assigns to the PAC to examine audited accounts of public institutions showing the appropriation of funds granted by Parliament to the government.

The committee will end its sittings in Tamale on Saturday February 17, 2018.

By: Yahaya Masahudu, radiotamale.com