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Parliament Puts Charles Brobby On The Carpet 2/28/2007
Monday, 26 February 2007
The Chief Executive of the Ghana @ 50 Secretariat, Mr Charles Wereko-Brobby, came under fire on Friday in Parliament for his failure to appear before the Finance Committee of the House on Wednesday in connection with the forth-coming 50th anniversary celebration. This is the second time within the last two weeks that some Members of Parliament (MPs) have expressed concern about the organisation of the anniversary.

Last week, the Minister of Public Sector Reforms, Dr Paa Kwesi Nduom, in a contribution to a statement, expressed his displeasure about the organisational problems associated with the anniversary.

On Friday, after the Majority Leader, Mr Felix Owusu-Adjapong, had presented the Business Statement of the House for next week, the MP for Tamale South, Mr Haruna Iddrisu, said the failure of Mr Wereko-Brobbey to appear before the House, even after he had been invited, constituted a breach of Parliamentary privileges.

He, therefore, asked the leadership of the House to invite Mr Wereko-Brobby to explain his action to the whole House at their meeting next Thursday.

The Deputy Minority Leader, Mr Edward Doe Adjaho, supported the suggestion of Mr Iddrisu and called on the House to take measures to bring Mr Wereko-Brobby to order. He said Parliament, as the representatives of the people, had the mandate to question how the 50th anniversary celebration was being organised.

Mr Adjaho stated that since Parliament approved $20 million about six months ago for the organisation of the anniversary, officials of the secretariat had not been able to provide details of the items the amount would be used for.

Mr Owusu-Adjapong explained that it was only on Thursday night that he heard about the failure of Mr Wereko-Brobby to appear before the Finance Committee. He promised to liaise with the Finance Committee to know what actually happened before discussing the matter with the leadership of the House.

The MP for Wa West, Mr Joseph Yiere Chireh, advised the Majority Leader to impress upon ministers of the various sectors to ensure that questions asked in the House were promptly answered to enable MPs brief their constituents about the efforts being made to solve their problems.

Meanwhile the House on Friday paid tribute to the late J. J. Mensah-Kane, a former member of the Council of State in the Third Republic.

MPs who contributed to a statement made by the MP for Jomoro, Mr Lee Ocran, praised the deceased’s dedication to duty when he was the Headmaster of the Ghana National College in Cape Coast.

Mr Ocran said under the direction of Mr Mensah-Kane, the Ghana National College became famous for turning out quality science students.

“With the passing away of Mr Mensah-Kane, Ghana has lost one of her foremost scholars, educationalists, and above all, a nationalist”, he said.

In another statement, the MP for Wa Central, Mr Rashid Pelpuo, called on the government to take measures to renovate the Wa Palace, which had been designated by the United Nations as a tourist heritage.

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