The Hon. deputy majority leader and MP for Efutu, Alexander Kwamena Afenyo Markin has described the press conference held by North Tongu MP, Samuel Okudzato Ablakwa just after the response from the finance minister, Ken Ofori-Atta as political mischief, political point-scoring, and propaganda.
He explained that the finance minister was clear in his answers by directing Mr. Ablakwa’s question to the national security minister instead of himself and the fact that the finance ministry releases funds to the various ministries and agencies does not mean that Mr. Ken Ofori-Atta must be the one to answer to all financial questions under every ministry or sector, be it Works and Housing Ministry or Sanitation and water resources ministry.
The deputy majority leader used the occasion to urge Mr. Okudzato Ablakwa to use the Parliamentary platform under the rules of the House to file a question specifically to the national security minister to appear before the House and provide details on the expenses with respect to President’s travels to Belgium, France, and South Africa.
Mr. Afenyo further added that the North Tongu MP was just out of order, especially where the Rt Hon Speaker of Parliament, Alban Sumana Kingsford Bagbin overruled all supplementary questions which were asked by Mr. Ablakwa, clearly shows that, there were no reasonable follow-up questions which could attract Speaker’s attention but to rule all supplementary question out and allows Mr. Ken Ofori-Atta to go.
He made these remarks in a press conference yesterday soon after Mr. Samuel Okudzato Ablakwa had finished addressing his dissatisfaction and disappointment over the answers provided by the finance minister, Mr. Ken Ofori-Atta at the plenary.