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Parliament has failed on its oversight responsibility – Haruna Iddrisu

Minority Leader, Haruna Iddrisu, has criticised the Parliament of Ghana for their abysmal performance on their oversight responsibility.

He opined that scrutinizing the national annual budget should have had enough time to be able to delve deep in assessing every decision and allocation by the government, but due to inadequate time for such a vital exercise, members of Parliament are not able to do enough on that aspect.

Speaking with the Parliamentary Press Corps on Thursday afternoon, the Tamale Central lawmaker observed that Parliament is unable to hold ministries and government agencies accountable for lack of time to do so.

He, therefore, called on Parliament to pass a budget Act to support Article 179 of the 1992 Constitution and also create an office for budget scrutiny to assist MPs to deliver on that exercise.

The Minority Leader stated unequivocally that under both NDC and NPP governments, there hasn’t been enough diligence before major economic transactions and loans are brought before Parliament, more especially on the aspect of value for money.

Mr. Haruna Iddrisu charged Parliament to resist approving any loan or major economy transactions or contract if no independent report on value for money is attached to preserve and protect the public purse.

Also, he noted that doing so will protect the taxpayers’ resources by demanding value for money for whatever decision government takes on behalf of the citizenry.

By: Originalfmonline.com | Ghana | 91.9MHz

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