The Minority Caucus in Parliament says it cannot be forced to state an official position on the Social Security and National Insurance Trust (SSNIT) when there is no clarity.
Speaking in an interview with Nyankonton Mu Nsem on Rainbow Radio 87.5FM, the Minority spokesperson, Hon. A.B. A Fuseini said there are different figures being quoted hence there is lack of clarity on the matter.
Majority Leader Osei Kyei Mensah Bonsu has expressed shock at what he described as silence on the part of the Minority over the $72 million software contract.
According to him, the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) Members of the Parliament who are quick to organize press conferences on topical issues have turned a deaf ear and a blind eye to the scandal.
But responding the issue Hon. AB Fuseini quizzed, ‘’my brother how much is allegedly involved in the SSNIT matter? Have you heard of $66 million? It is not the initial amount because there are people who are saying $66 million and others saying $45 million. We don’t even know. What was the nature of the project? Do you know fully the project that was going to be implemented? They just said it was used for software but what kind of software? What were the duration and maintenance systems involved?
‘’There are many things we don’t know. We just throw issues into the public domain and excite the public and people start discussing and making noise.’’
He also told the host that the Public Procurement Authority has procured a software worth $97 million and wondered why Ghanaians are not concerned about that one too.
When the host asked why they have failed to issue an official statement on the SSNIT saga he said, ‘’we are not in government. This is a matter for government and not a matter for the Minority… They are in charge of the administration of this country and we cannot do their work for them. They should be doing their work and we will exercise an oversight.’’
Hon. Fuseini emphasized that government should provide the details and do their investigation and it will be the duty of the Minority, to hold the seat of government to the fire of accountability.
‘’As and when we think there are issues we want to raise in our national interest, we will do so…We cannot raise every issue. We can raise issues within our purview. This is an issue that has been raised by government. Let them come out with the full facts and let us all interrogate the issues. It is not for us to do their work for them. That is their work. And in the process of investigating, they should not forget to add both the software of SSNIT and National Procurement Authority.’’
When he was asked if the Minority was scared their party members maybe implicated in the matte, he responded by asking whether members of the current administration would also not be implicated in the alleged $97 million software for the procurement authority.