Communications Minister, Ursula Owusu-Ekuful has sounded a note of caution to the Minority Members of Parliament to distance themselves from participating in the discussions on the 2020 State of the Nation Address (SONA) presented by the President on Thursday.
President Akufo-Addo addressed a one-sided Parliament yesterday after the Minority MPs staged a walkout to register their displeasure over a number of issues including the Electoral Commission’s decision to compile a new voters’ register.
Speaking to ABC News after the SONA presentation, the livid Communications Minister described the conduct of the Minority as senseless and without reason.
She added that the Minority MPs should continue their boycott by staying clear off the debate since they refused to listen to the President’s presentation.
Mrs Owusu-Ekuful who has maintained that the Minority MPs have shirked their constitutional responsibility of representing their constituents called on all ‘right-thinking Ghanaians’ to condemn the act by the Minority.
“Those who did not accord the house that respect are the ones who’ve done something reprehensible which ought to be condemned by all right-thinking Ghanaians. If the President had said something which they had objected to, it would have made sense.
“This walkout was senseless, without reason, and no amount of justification will wash. Particularly when the leadership also let them do that. I am appalled that they could do that but I hope that they will carry it to its logical conclusion and not even dream of participating in the debate of the address they did not listen to,” she voiced.
Information Minister, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah has also described the act as ‘irresponsible’ and the setting of a ‘dangerous and terrible precedent.’
Other Majority MPs such as Samuel Atta-Akyea, Hajia Alima Mahama, Joseph Dindiok Kpemka all showed their displeasure over the conduct of the Minority.
Meanwhile, the Minority MPs say they are yet to decide on whether or not to participate in discussions concerning the State of the Nation’s Address.