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NPP MP Berates NDC MPs For SONA Debate

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Alexander Afenyo-Markin

Minority members from the opposition National Democratic Congress
(NDC) in Parliament yesterday came to the chamber in their numbers but
ironically refused to participate in the debate on the State of the Nation Address
(SONA) delivered by the President last Thursday.

The NDC Members of Parliament (MPs) caused a stir when they boycotted
the SONA, sparking heated debate on the legality and propriety of their action.

When Parliament sat yesterday to start debating the SONA, the NDC
MPs once again boycotted the process.

This prompted the New Patriotic Party (NPP) MP for Effutu in the
Central Region, Alex Afenyo-Markin, to describe the NDC MPs as ‘irresponsible’
MPs.

After the motion for the debate had been moved by Information
Minister Kojo Oppong Nkrumah who is the NPP MP for Ofoase Ayirebi, the Speaker
of Parliament, Prof. Mike Oquaye, asked the Minority Chief Whip, Mohammed
Mubarak Muntaka, whether any of the Minority members was ready to second the
motion as the rules of the House demand.

Mohammed Muntaka said the Minority members were not ready to
participate in the debate after the boycott of SONA, stressing that it is the ‘principled’
position of the Minority to abstain from the debate having boycotted the
address itself.

NDC Desires

From an unimpeachable source, contrary to the decision by Minority
members in Parliament, their party, NDC, wanted them to participate in the
debate but the Minority Chief Whip in speaking to the parliamentary press later
on said that they took the decision as an independent wing of the party to
continue to register their protest against the compilation of a new voters’
register and suppression of freedom of speech in the country.

Mr. Afenyo-Markin, in his contribution to the debate, described the
position of the Minority as very ‘irresponsible’ having been voted by their constituents
to speak for them in Parliament.

According to the Effutu MP, for the Minority to come to the chamber
and not to participate in the activities there in relation to the SONA for the
benefit of their constituent is even most ‘irresponsible.’

Mr. Afenyo-Markin continued to lambast the Minority members for
shirking their constitutional duty, stressing that Ghanaians should not make
the mistake to give power back to the NDC to roll back the progressive
achievements made by the NPP government under President Akufo-Addo
which had significantly improved socio-economic status of the poor in the
society.

He challenged any of the Minority members to speak on the floor and
tell the whole nation anyone of them who had not benefitted from the numerous
social intervention programmes implemented by the Akufo-Addo government.

Concession

In the heat, the Minority Chief Whip spoke to the media on the
sidelines, saying that they might reconsider their position and if there is the
need to participate in the debate because it is only the wise that change his
or her mind.

He said that for the time being, members would be speaking to the media on some important points in the debate while they would round it up with a press conference on the true state of the nation under President Akufo-Addo.

By Thomas Fosu Jnr.

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