The current TESCON Organizer for the Evangelical Presbyterian University College in Ho, Kumah Caesar Philip, has reacted to yesterday’s staged walkout in Parliament by Members of the Majority Caucus.
He reacted by putting together a write-up which seeks to give full education on why the majority Caucus staged a walkout yesterday in Parliament during the final debate on the 2022 Budget and voting for its approval or otherwise.
Below is his full write-up;
Yesterday the minister of Finance, Hon. Ken Ofori-Atta came to Parliament with a prayer to have the opportunity to accommodate the comments made by the Minority Caucus into the 2022 Budget Statement and Economic Policy.
KEY AMONG THEM WERE;
- request to include Ketamine relief efforts in the estimates
- request to adjust the e-levy
These and many other requests of the Minority Caucus under the leadership of Haruna Iddrisu, require consultation and costing if the Minister responsible for Finance is to include them in the budget.
Surprisingly the same Minority who made the aforementioned requests, turned around to get the Speaker of Parliament, Rt. Hon. Alban Sumana Kingsford Bagbin, to refuse to give the Minister of Finance the opportunity to incorporate their requests.
While refusing the him the opportunity, the Speaker went further to ask the Finance Minister who drafted the budget they were debating, to leave the chamber. Shocking!
At the same time, the General Secretary of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Johnson Asiedu Nketia was left seated in the Public Gallery.
Mr Speaker ignored requests to ask all other strangers to leave the chamber and public gallery.
The Majority were of the view that Mr Speaker is acting in bad faith and being partisan at such a crucial national junction.
The Majority was of the view that it cannot countermance an order by Mr Speaker for Marshals to take the Finance Minister out and that is why the Majority Caucus consequently walked out.
Order 109 says the Speaker requires 138 Members at least before he can put a question.
He may have a quorum to take questions and statements but he needs 138 to put a question.
Any decision that is taken with less than 138 people in the chamber is void.
Hon. Kumah Caesar Phillip stressed that Ghanaians should disregard the claim that the budget is rejected. He stated that it is sad that Minority in parliament doesn’t want the best for this Country in terms of Unemployment issues because this particular budget aims at engaging the youth or graduates into Entrepreneurship.
Kumah Caesar Phillip is a Tescon President Hopeful for the Evangelical Presbyterian University College in Ho.