The Member of Parliament (MP) for Wa West, Joseph Yieleh Chireh, has stated that the Minority played a trick on the Majority on the processes for the referendum.
According to him, the National Democratic Congress (NDC) side of the House pushed its opponent to the point where it could not change, and “pulled a fast one on you.”
He stated these on the floor yesterday during a debate on the financial policy of the government for the year ending December 2020.
He interjected the MP for Nalerigu/Gambaga, who is also the Minister for Local Government and Rural Development, Hajia Alima Mahama, who was responding to a claim that her ministry was not focused, and had also been downgraded, as some of its works had been assigned to different ministries like Sanitation.
She cited the upcoming referendum to make her point on the fact that her Ministry, and by extension, the government, was focused. Her argument on the referendum centered on advocacy for a consensus for a YES vote.
She debunked claims that the work of the Local Government Ministry had been given to the Sanitation Ministry.
According to her, per the President’s vision on sanitation, he needed a specific sector, adding that the Minister, through policy directions, works with the various Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs), and that they work in harmony.
She, however, blamed the Minority, using the referendum, for instance, to point out that her outfit had stayed on course.
“Mr Speaker, if there’s anybody that has dampened the work of the Ministry of Local Government, it is this House, and in fact the Minority side. We have worked with you.