Hon. Haruna Iddrisu, the Minority Leader in Parliament has expressed concern about the two days allotted to Parliament to debate the State of the Nation Address delivered by President Akufo-Addo.
The veteran Legislator believes the timeframe is too limited and would be better if the House resorts to the conventional three days.
“Less than 72 hours for debating issues that President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo presented to Parliament yesterday is woefully inadequate for adequate and proper scrutiny. The time is inadequate even for you to gather research,” he complained.
Hon. Iddrisu is also of the opinion that enough research is needed to enable proper debate, for example, on the announcement made by the President about the Ghana Card which will become Tax Identification Number (TIN) and Social Security and National Insurance Trust (SSNIT), starting 1st April.
He suggested that “the fact that you have a national ID card does not make you a contributor of SSNIT pensions and beneficiary of pensions.”
“The idea is a good one, but I need research to debate him, but I have only today and tomorrow to prepare for the debate,” he added.
He disclosed these concerns as a panel member at a function organized by the Centre for Democratic Development (CDD-Ghana) in Tamale. It was dubbed Ghana’s 8th Parliament of the 4th Republic: Leveraging on its Composition for Reforms.