Hon MP for Tamale North, Alhassan Suhuyini says the sacking of former Minister for Energy, Boakye Agyarko by the President on Monday makes him feel vindicated.
During the vetting of the then Minister-designate, the MP raised questions seeking to know the involvement or otherwise of the nominee, a former Vice President of the Bank of New York in the scandal that rocked the Bank of New York in 2007 of which some of the Banks officials were prosecuted. His questioned was however overruled by the Chairman of the Appointments Committee.
Speaking exclusively to this blog, Hon Alhassan Suhuyini noted that the sacking of the former Minister and the issues surrounding it makes him feel vindicated about his position during the vetting in January 2017.
“I do, even though what has caused his dismissal may not directly be related to the specific question bothering on his integrity as a worker of the Bank of New York”, the outspoken lawmaker answered to the question of whether he feels vindicated or not.
“All I wanted to do was to get him (the nominee) to assure the nation that he played no part in the fraudulent deals the Bank did with that Oil and Gas Company in Russia”, he explained further.
Alhassan Suhuyini came under a lot of criticisms from MPs from the majority side on the Committee for daring to ask the then Minister designate questions regarding his involvement or otherwise in that Bank of New York scandal. His question was overruled leading to him getting offended and accusing the Chairman of the Committee of being unfair to him, a statement he later apologized for.
Mr. Boakye Agyarko was relieved of his position as the Energy Minister on Monday for his handling of AMERI novation and amendment agreement.
“We all know the circumstances. We all know the story that has panned out as a result of the deal and the President believes that in the interest of the Ghanaian people, in the interest of the country and in the interest of his own administration, the Minister for Energy, Hon. Boakye Agyarko should be relieved of his position”, the Presidency confirmed.
An online Poll instituted over the weekend by award winning Ghanaian journalist, Manasseh Azure Awuni shows that a growing number of Ghanaians are losing confidence in Ghana’s Parliament.
The Poll which ran for 24 hours on social media platform Facebook asked respondents to vote on whether the law-making body is useful or not. Manasseh’s question was as follows:
Is Parliament useful in its contributions to our democracy and development as a nation or it is a useless institution which has failed in its role as a check on the Executive arm of government?
In all, 3609 Facebook users participated in the Poll. While 22% (795) of the respondents think Ghana’s Parliament is useful, majority of the respondents – 78% (2814) think Ghana’s Parliament has been useless in its oversight responsibilities over the Executive arm of government.
The integrity of Ghana’s Parliament has been an issue of media attention lately after popular politician and maverick MP for Assin Central, Kennedy Agyapong was summoned before the Privileges Committee for referring to the Parliament of Ghana as “useless and cheap”. The MP is currently being considered for suspension from Parliament.
Other well-meaning Ghanaians have also had cause to question the usefulness of Ghana’s Parliament in the past. In 2016, Constitutional law expert, Prof Henry Kwesi Prempeh noted, “we don’t have a Parliament; we have two Branches of the Executive, one proposing laws and taxes and loans; the other dutifully approving them”.
Does the result from Manasseh’s Polls reflect the general perception of Ghanaians about the Parliament of Ghana? Please use the comment section below and let us hear your views.
Manasseh Azure Awuni was adjudged Ghana’s Journalist of the Year in 2011 and in 2012, he also received the National Youth Achievers Award for Media Excellence. Manasseh has over 100,000 followers on Facebook.