Members of Parliament have made a passionate appeal to Speaker Prof. Aaron Michael Oquaye to invite Sports Minister, Isaac Kwame Asiamah, to brief the House on the Black Stars participation in the 2019 Afcon in Egypt.
MP for South Tongu, Kobena Mensah Woyome, who led the charge indicated he filed an urgent question for the Minister, which has not seen expression in next week’s business statement.
He indicated he filed a similar urgent question on the budget of the Black Stars, which incidentally was not answered till the team departed for Egypt.
Mr. Woyome expressed displeasure his urgent question has not find expression in the business statement and appealed to the speaker to impress on the Minister to come and brief the House.
Former Sports Minister under the Atta-Mills government, Rashid Pelpuo, who supported the call appealed to the Majority leader to alter next week’s business schedule to allow the Minister to brief the House.
According to him, there is so much talk about the team’s budget and why Ghana lost to Tunisia and crashed out of the tournament this early.
He said, “It is important for us to understand what happened to Ghana.”
“This is the first time in eight years that we couldn’t cross the first knockout stage of the tournament and Ghanaians are not happy.”
Deputy majority leader, Sara Adwoa Safo, who presented the Business Statement to the House suggested the Minister be allowed to rather make a statement on the matter per Standing Order 72 of the House.
She argued this would be appropriate because the statement would offer members opportunity to comment and make inputs on the statement.
She stressed this would also give lot of room for members to enquire of things that the Ghanaian public must know.
“Usually when it is in a form of question. It is only pinned down to one member who would ask just a question and two additional ones.”
“I believe a statement gives both sides of the House the opportunity to comment on the state of affairs regarding the Black Stars in Egypt and how far we have gone.”
She indicated leadership will inform the Sports Minister and pending his availability would alter the business for next week to accommodate his statement.