The Minority Chief Whip, Alhaji Muntaka Mubarak, has said he does not see the need for an emergency recall of parliament only for the ratification of the African Continental Free Trade Agreement, since the house will officially resume sitting in three weeks’ time.
According to him, the recall will only cause the legislature to incur huge costs.
“I really don’t see what is urgent about a ratification of a continental free trade area. This was done just a few weeks back in Kigali and the hope was that they could have waited…. I know Ghana has so many other treaties that we have not even ratified…. We would have to incur the huge expenditure of recalling parliamentarians from their break to come and spend two days and go back when we could wait for three weeks’ time,” he said in an interview on Eyewitness News.
Members of Parliament were on Monday recalled from their recess by the Speaker of Parliament, Prof. Mike Oquaye for the ratification of the African Continental Free Trade Agreement.
The MPs are expected to sit on Thursday, April 26, and Friday, April 27, 2018, according to the memo.
The Director of Public Affairs at Parliament, Kate Addo, confirmed on Eyewitness News that the recall is “for the urgent consideration and ratification of the African Continental Free Trade Agreement.”
She also suggested that more agreements could be tabled for deliberation though she said the leadership of the House would be best placed to provide more info.
“That is the main agenda that we will be considering but there are other things. Usually, when the House sits, things come up,” Kate Addo said.
Meanwhile, there are suggestions that this recall may be linked to some issues around the controversial Ghana-US defence cooperation agreement.