The Member of Parliament for Wassa Amenfi East, Hon. Nicholas Amankwah has expressed his disappointment with the Clerk of Parliament accusing him of deliberately omitting his name in the Proceedings of the House on Tuesday, 29, March, 2022.
According to the NDC member of Parliament, although he was present for parliamentary proceedings on Tuesday, his name was not captured in the register.
“Mr Speaker, I was here that faithful Tuesday, 29, March 2022, knowing the state of that very day to the good people of this nation, Mr Speaker, I was here on time, I did signed participated in the debate. Mr Speaker, in my opinion I see it as a deliberate to delete my name” he said.
Speaking on the floor of Parliament on Thursday, 31, to vindicate himself on the matter, Nicholas Amankwah who is affectionately known as Home Boy said the situation has prompted suspicion among his constituents in Wassa Amenfi East and in the Media.
“Mr Speaker, I spent the whole of yesterday responding to calls from my constituents and engaging media on the reason why my name was marked absent. Mr Speaker, whiles I was present that faithful day” he added.
In his submission, he called on the House to instructs the Clerk, Cyril Kwabena Nsiah to rectify what he describes as a deliberate attempt to blackmail him to include his name to the records.
“So Mr Speaker, I pray that my name should be corrected for my constituents and the good people of Ghana to know that I was present to defend my party, my constituency and the country at large” he added.
Meanwhile, the Speaker of Parliament, Mr Alban Bagbin responding to the claims apologised to eight Minority members of Parliament who were wrongly marked absent from Parliament during the approval of the Electronic Transaction Levy Bill, 2022 last Tuesday.
Mr Bagbin admitted that errors did occur and took ultimate responsibility for the mistakes.
“If you look at the attendance register for that day definitely, there are errors, I will take responsibility and apologize to members for these errors,” he said.
He however directed that the Clerk-to-Parliament as well as the Clerk at Table to effect the necessary correction to right the wrong.