The Minority in Parliament has accused President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo of breaching Article 59 and 60 of the constitution with his departure from the country without due notification to Parliament.
They said constitutional provision requires the President to send prior notification to Parliament before leaving the country.
[contextly_sidebar id=”WbSbHeP4D1MtAnP3IQWKbEaeaBDhPlWt”]The President on Monday evening left Ghana to attend meetings of the United Nation’s Advocacy Group of Eminent Personalities on the UN 2030 Sustainable Development Goals in Belgium, and the United States of America (USA), in his capacity as co-Chairperson of the Group.
He is also expected to attend the G-20 Partnership for Africa summit in Germany.
But the Minority Leader, Haruna Iddrisu, while speaking on the Floor of Parliament on Wednesday, quoted the constitutional provisions saying: The President shall not leave Ghana without prior notification in writing signed by him and addressed to Speaker of Parliament.”
“Mr. Speaker, as we speak, message of the President since yesterday hasn’t gotten to us. The people of Ghana need to know the whereabouts of the number one person in the country. We do not know his whereabouts and Mr. Speaker…you should have official notification from him indicating to the people’s representatives where he is, what he is doing for us to wish him well,” he added.
Mr. Iddrisu further argued that, the President is being disrespectful for not notifying Parliament with regards to his absence in the country.
“The president must demonstrate respect to the people of Ghana and the Parliament of Ghana on indicating in writing his whereabouts officially. He swore an oath to uphold the constitution of the republic of Ghana. He is showing disrespect to the provision of article 59 and 60 of the Constitution,” he added.
By: Godwin Akweiteh Allotey & Duke Mensah Opoku/citifmonline.com/Ghana