There was tension in Parliament on Tuesday, November 28 after Speaker, Alban Kingsford Sumana Bagbin reprimanded Communications and Digitalisation Minister, Ursula Owusu-Ekuful for her interjection during a debate on the import restrictions bill.
The Minority in Parliament had expressed their reservations about the laying of the Legislative Instrument (LI) in the House.
Owusu-Ekuful, the Member of Parliament for Ablekuma West objected to the minority, arguing that since the draft policy had not been presented to the parliament, the discussion was unnecessary.
“I have no idea on what we are debating in this house today. There is nothing before the house so as you [Speaker of Parliament] indicated to the Minister [of Trade, KT Hammond] that we are not yet there, I was of the opinion that you would tell my colleagues on the other side that there’s nothing before us.”
However, Alban Bagbin was not amused by the interjection.
“Minister, do you really listen to yourself when you are talking? If you were here from the very beginning before we started, why did you say no when I asked if you were here from the beginning… This is not the Ministry of Communications, this is Parliament. Resume your seat,” Speaker Alban said after a banter.