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Hearing on Budget Estimates for the Ministry of Communication is put on hold.

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The hearing on the Ministry of Communications and Digitalization’s budget projections for 2022 has been postponed by Parliament’s Communication Committee due to the ministry’s failure to submit six overdue yearly reports to the committee.

The ministry’s failure to provide the six outstanding reports from 2015 to 2020, according to the Committee members, was a blatant violation of the law.
“We’ve tried and tried to persuade the ministry to solve the problem, but we’ve had no luck… Certain significant infractions have occurred in the ministry, in our opinion.”

Alhaji Abdul Bassit Ahassan Fuseini, a ranking member of the Communication Committee, made the statement while speaking to the media in Parliament and urging the Ministry of Communication to do the right thing.

When members convened to discuss the estimates, Alhaji Fuseini noted that the problem of the outstanding reports took center stage.

Members made it plain, he said, that the material violations could not go on indefinitely.

He stated that the committee would not be able to hear the Minister on the estimates as long as the matter existed.

According to Samuel Nartey George, Deputy Ranking Member of the Communication Committee, while the committee was evaluating the budget estimates, Abenego Bandim, MP for Bunkprugu, lodged a preliminary objection, halting the process.

He said the Minister had broken section 23 of the National Communication Authority (NCA) Act, Act 769: Annual and Other Reports, by failing to submit annual and other reports.

“Within one month of receiving the audit report, the board shall submit to the Minister an annual report covering the Authority’s activities and operations for the year in question.”

The annual report must include the Auditor General’s report and must be provided in the format and timeframe specified. Within one month of receiving the annual report, the Minister shall present the report to Parliament, together with any statement the Minister deems essential.”

He stated that the Minister has not brought any report to the committee or even laid it before the House since 2015.

The Minister, he claimed, stated that three of the reports, covering 2015 to 2017, will be delivered on Tuesday, and the other two reports for 2018 and 2019 would be delivered on Friday, with the 2020 report due at the start of Parliament next January.

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