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NDC MPs Not Obstructing Government Business-Minister Reveals

27th January 2022

National Security Minister, Hon. Kan Dapaah has doffed his hat to parliament particularly the minority caucus for holding the government of Nana Addo to account. According to the minister although the current parliament is appreciably a hung one, the opposition party does not seem to be obstructing Government business. Instead the minority keep the Government on its toes all the time.

Hon. Kan Dapaah was speaking at Commonwealth Parliametary Association workshop on Tuesday when he made this pronouncement.

According to the NPP guru, Ghana needs to take advantage of the current parliametary arrangement to right the wrongs. To do this the minister said there is the need for broader consultation, compromise and sacrifices from both sides of the house.

" We need to appreciate the fact that, for the first time in the 4th republic, we have a hung Parliament. Indeed, with all the troubles it imposes, we need to be able to work together to realize the benefits of the hung Parliament. This is why I appreciate the minority caucus in particular for not obstructing Government business in anyway despite its numerical strength.

I think an appreciation of this fact will enable the bedrocks that arise from a hung Parliament or near hung Parliament to be considered as necessary formats which will enlist the application of proactive conflict resolution in Parliament such as consensus building and joint problem- solving approaches rather than confrontational means, which more often than not, end up fueling disagreement and unnecessary entrenched positions of the two sides of the House, " he noted.

The National Security minister' s comments far deviate from the position taken by the majority group in parliament and the NPP government at large. The party has on several occasions accused the speaker of parliament for sabotaging the government with his attitude in parliament. His supervision of the minority caucus in rejecting the 2022 budget is one thing the NPP will never forget. On that faithful day, the MPs on the majority side staged a walk out in protest of the speaker walking out the finance minister from Parliament. Meanwhile the General Secretary of the NDC was sitting at the plenary. That notwithstanding, Parliament comprising of only NDC MPs went ahead to vote and reject the budget.

Even though the NPP MPs had it approved later in a similar fashion, the party has since recorded Mr. Bagbin in its bad books.

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