Parliament must assert its ‘countervailing authority’ on executive

Parliament must assert its ‘countervailing authority’ on executive

General News of Thursday, 25 November 2021


play video Professor Ransford Gyampo

Professor Ransford Gyampo of the Department of Political Science, University of Ghana, has actually asked the Speaker of Parliament, Alban Sumana Bagbin to continue promoting the constitution and guarantee that the Executive is “examined”.

His remark follows the Speakers instruction asking the Roads Minister to reverse his choice to suspend the collection of roadway tolls.

2022 Budget

Financing Minister, Ken Ofori-Atta providing the 2022 spending plan of the federal government in Parliament revealed that drivers who ply public roadways nationwide will no longer be needed to pay roadway tolls after the spending plan has actually been authorized.

” Government has actually eliminated all tolls on public roadways and bridges. This works right away the Budget is authorized,” Ken Ofori-Atta stated.

Roadways Minister’s instruction

Prior to the approval of the spending plan, the Roads Minister in a declaration on Monday directed that toll collection at the different toll cubicles throughout the nation need to be stopped reliable Thursday, November 18, 2021.

” Following the discussion of the 2022 Budget by the Hon. Minister of Finance on behalf of His Excellency, the President of the Republic of Ghana on Wednesday, November 17, 2021, the Ministry of Roads and Highways thus directs the cessation of the collection of roadway and bridge tolls at all areas across the country. This instruction works from 12 am on Thursday, November 18, 2021,” part of the declaration checked out.

Shocked by this act from the Minister, the Speaker of Parliament stated: “I believe that it is appropriate for us to direct the Minister, a Member of this House, in truth a Senior Member of this House, I believe that he may have acted mistakenly and for that reason I get in touch with him to reverse this choice”

He has actually been slammed with some federal government communicators firmly insisting that the Roads Minister didn’t flout any guideline.

Talking to this in an interview on Neat FM’s Me Man Nti program, Prof Gyampo stated the Speaker was best to call the Minister to purchase.

If that is refrained from doing, the Executive will continue to utilize Parliament as a “rubber stamp”, he stated, and prompted the Speaker to exercise his powers as offered by the constitution.

” … considering that 1993, Parliament has actually been serving as a rubber stamp; being managed by the executive … the Minister ought to have followed due procedure; we’re in a democratic age …

” We are utilized to a Speaker who is so partisan and constantly in bed with the ruling celebration … Parliament should assert its countervailing authority on the powers of the executive. The actions of the speaker sit so well with checks and balances and it’s excellent for our democracy,” he averred.

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