By Patrick Biddah
The Member of Parliament (MP) for Assin Central, Kennedy Agyapong, has been removed from the Communication Committee of Parliament as its chairman.
Mr Agyapong, who has been a member of the Committee for many years and later became its chairman, has been removed from the Communication Committee to the Local Government Committee and Rural Development, as the new Chairman.
He is replaced with Frederick Opare Ansah, who is the MP for Suhum.
Mr Agyapong’ removal was contained in the latest reshuffling of the Chairmanship and membership of all committees of Parliament.
His new role as the Chairman, is expected to make him busier since traversing of the country as a committee to inspect projects and supervise other related rural development issues will be unavoidable.
Debating the new list on the Floor of the House last Friday, the Member of Parliament for Banda , Ahmed Ibrahim who is also the deputy Minority Whip was of the view of that Mr Agyapong ,was still needed on the Communication Committee due to the vast knowledge and experience on communication matters.
For him, it is very challenging to become the Chairman of the Local Government Committee since there is lots of work which requires the time of its chairman at all times.
The First Deputy Speaker, Joe OseiWusu, who is the Chairman of the Appointment Committee raised issues with the constitution of the members of the Appointment committee.
His worry was that Majority members of Parliament on the new constituted committee are Ministers and deputy Ministers who are normally occupied with official government assignments which will make it difficult getting them when they are needed most for committee work.
Some of these Ministers on the Appointment Committee are Dr Matthew Opoku Prempeh, Education Minister, Samuel Atta Akyea who is the Minister for Works and Housing and Mrs Ursula Owusu-Ekuful who is the Communication Minister among others.