MPs not happy with placement on Committees

BY: Enoch Darfah Frimpong

Some Members of Parliament have expressed displeasure at the leadership of the House for putting them on committees they had not selected.

The House on Thursday adopted the report of the Committee of Selection on the composition of various parliamentary committees much to the chagrin of some members.

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Some of the MPs put on committees they did not apply for were unhappy about the report and said they intended to petition the Speaker.

The MP for Manhyia North, Mr Collins Owusu Amankwah, was one of the aggrieved members.

He said he was not happy with the committee he had been asked to serve on.

“Out of the preferred committees that I chose, I was not put on any of the committees,” he lamented.

He was put on the Privileges Committee, but had wanted to at least be put on the Youth and Sports Committee given his youthful exuberance.

He said if the leadership was not going to put members on committees of their choice, there was no point in asking them to provide their CVs and areas of expertise.

But the Majority Chief Whip and MP for Asawasi, Mr Mohammed Muntaka Mubarak, said the report on the various committees could not be amended until after a year.

He also explained that there was massive interest in the Finance Committee which, like other committees had limited number of places.

“One of the mechanisms was that let every make a choice and attach a CV. On Committee of Finance, out of 152, I have 82 people who were interested in going to the Finance Committee,” he said.

He said that committee only had 25 seats, 14 for the Majority and 11 for the Minority.

With the overwhelming interest in the committee, he said there was the need to use many criteria, including, seniority and experience as well as gender in the selection of who to sit on which committee.

He appealed to the members to make do with the committees they have been drafted into and hope changes would be made later next year.

Source: Myjoyonline