‘Parl can no longer function because you’re starving us of funds’- Speaker
Speaker of Parliament Alban Bagbin has lamented that parliament is financially constrained.
This he noted has made it difficult for the legislative body to function effectively.
According to the Speaker, he has stopped approving financial commitments of the house due to the constraints.
He has therefore asked the Finance Minister to do the needful.
“It is not because I like declining your requests. It is because we don’t have the wherewithal to fund those operations.”
“The Ministry of Finance should not treat Parliament like a ministry or NGO,” he said.
“This is an arm of government. We are not part of the MMDAs. We have even been written ro, to reduce our budget in some cases by 50 percent,” he stated.
“If they want Parliament to run aground, they should let us know. The Speaker is not ready and prepared to be blamed for the inability to get Parliament going on just because we are not getting the necessary funding.”