President of the republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo will on Thursday, June 25, 2020, meet Chairmen of Parliamentary Committees who were shown the exit during last Saturday’s primaries.
ABC News is reliably informed that the meeting will among others whip up enthusiasm among the incumbent MPs who lost out on the opportunity to contest the 2020 polls.
The governing party last Saturday, June 20, 2020, held primaries in constituencies with sitting Members of Parliament which saw as many as 40 incumbent MPs losing their seats.
The leadership of almost half of Parliamentary Standing and Select Committees were rejected by delegates of the governing NPP. Among the list of losers included 13 Chairmen of Parliamentary Committees and four Vice-Chairmen.
Chairman of Parliament’s Health Committee, Dr. Kwabena Twum Nuamah; Chairman of Food, Agriculture and Cocoa Affairs Committee, Kwame Asafu Adjei; Chairman of the Defence and Interior Committee, Seth Acheampong; Chairman of Works and Housing Committee, Nana Amoako; Chairman of Poverty Reduction Committee, Godfred Tangu Bayon; Chairman of Finance Committee, Dr. Mark Assibey Yeboah and Chairman of Communications Committee, Fredrick Opare Ansah all lost in the polls.
The tall list included Chairman of the Education Committee, William Quaitoo; Chairman of the Legal Affairs, Constitution and Parliamentary Committee, Ben Abdallah Banda; Chairman of Government Assurances Committee, Collins Owusu Amankwaah; Chairman of the Gender and Children Committee, Dr. Kojo Appiah Kubi; Chairman of the Trade and Industry Committee, Nana Amaniampong Marfo and the Chairman of Youth and Sports Committee, Alex Agyekum.
Also, the Vice Chairman of the Food and Agriculture Committee, Abraham Odoom; Vice-Chairman of Roads and Transport Committee, Kofi Brako; Vice-Chairman of Trade and Industry Committee, Ato Panford and Vice Chairman of Poverty Reduction Committee, Ahmed Arthur all lost their contests.
The sheer number of the seasoned MPs who were yanked off by delegates has led to concerns of the negative effect this will have on Parliamentary business in the last few months before the country goes to the polls.
Already ABC News has been picking signals of a seeming apathy rearing its head among the leadership of some of the key committees.
In a bid to ensure government business continues unabated, the President who appears unhappy, with the vacuum the exit of these legislators will have, has slated a meeting with them to arouse their interest so the good works of the NPP government will continue smoothly.
Ahead of the meeting, Vice Chairman of the Trade and Industry Committee, Ato Panford tells ABC News that even though he looks forward to the encounter, his resolve to continue playing his role in the Chamber will not be shaken by the loss.
“I received a call that the President wanted to meet me and some of the Chairmen on Thursday. So I’ll be honouring that interview. He’s the father of the land, so I have to go and listen to him, but let me assure all and sundry that I remain committed to overseeing business in the Chamber and the Trade and Industry’s Committee room.”
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