After failing to appear before the house last Thursday, Finance Minister, Ken Ofori-Atta is expected to visit the floor of parliament today, Wednesday, June 22, 2022.
According to report, the visit of the Ken Ofori-Atta to the floor today is to respond to 16 questions tabled by some members of parliament.
Among a number of issues, the Finance Minister is expected to account for government’s COVID-19 expenditure to the house.
Due to the failure to appear before the House last Thursday, Speaker of the House, directed that all businesses relating to the Ministry of Finance be suspended until the Minister appears to respond to the queries of the members and also account for the COVID-19 expenditure.
Among a number of issues suspended until the appearance of the Minister is the 75million Euro facility for COVID-19 response program.
The Majority Leader and Minister for Parliamentary Affair however indicated that the Minister is not in anyway disrespecting the house or trying to avoid answering the questions of the house.
Holding brief for Ken Ofori-Atta’s absence in parliament last week, Majority Leader explained that the request by the minister for postponement of the meeting is to enable him to go over the responses to the questions he was expected to deliver in Parliament.
Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu said “he pleaded that he should see them [the questions] first, read them and appreciate what the technical people have brought and if there are any other matters to be added on he does so becomes to this House so that he will be able to give a comprehensive response.”
“For anybody to jump to the conclusion that the minister is running away from responsibility, I shudder to think of how that is coming about,” he stressed.
ABC News will bring you the live coverage of the parliamentary proceedings on the floor of the house today.