Parliament has been compelled to abandon its decision to hold the post budget workshop for Members of Parliament (MPs) outside Accra as has always been the convention.

The house failed to agree on the venue for the exercise.

While the Majority insisted the program be held at the Rock City Hotel in the Eastern Region owned by Minister for Food and Agriculture Bryan Acheampong, the Speaker and the Minority argued the venue with value for money is the Volta Serene Hotel.

The New Patriotic Party (NPP) MPs insisted that should Parliament settle on the Volta venue, they would not show up for the workshop.

Speaker of Parliament Alban Bagbin then asked the house to choose between going to the Volta Region and settling on the floor of Parliament for the program as had been crusaded by Buem MP Kofi Adams last week.

“We are aware of the economic situation in the country, we are sensitive to what is happening not only in Ghana but in the world. But unless we don’t want to do a good job or the country doesn’t want any input from Parliament then we can decide to both sit here and dare not take part.

“But if we want to do that then there is a need for us to get a place to take about two or more days to delve deeply into the budget that will be presented,” Mr. Bagbin stated. 

Source: Ghana/