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He defined to TV3 News Duke Mensah Opoku that regardless that the Committee’s work has been concluded, 2024 budget-related business in Parliament has prevented members from reconvening to conclude work on it.
“The Committee has concluded the investigations, and we’ve a draft report which is but to be thought of by all of the members of the committee. You know, per the standing orders, draft experiences are topic to approval by the members of the Committee. So that’s what is excellent.
Unfortunately, we’re within the budget season so all of the members are caught up of their varied committees and are engaged on finances estimates,” Mr Agalga defined.
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According to the Builsa North MP, he forewarned members about the opportunity of the present scenario.
“I had warned that there was the necessity for us to behave extra expeditiously, in order that we might have skipped the finances season. Unfortunately, issues did not work out that method. We are hoping that as quickly as majority of us are completed with the estimates we will meet and undertake the report,“ he said.
It has been over three months because the probe into the leaked tape started and the September 30, 2023 deadline for submission of report has lengthy elapsed.
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The content material of the tape uncovered a plot by the three officers – COP Alex Mensah, Superintendent George Asare, and Superintendent Emmanuel Eric Gyebi aided by former Northern Regional Chairman of the NPP, Daniel Bugri Naabu to take away the IGP. The goal was to facilitate a straightforward win for the NPP within the December, 2024 common elections.
Mr Agalga assured that as quickly as members are completed with the committee conferences on the 2024 finances, they are going to reconvene.
“The report is a draft. Several changes can be made. It could even be rejected outright. In which case it has to be re-done. When we have a quorum, we will then consider the report page by page. When the majority of the members agree to adopt the report and it becomes the committee’s report, we will put it before the plenary,” the MP famous.
It could be recalled that after the content material of the key recording was made public, the Minority Caucus in Parliament known as for a probe into the matter.
The Speaker, Alban Bagbin subsequently constituted a seven-member bi-partisan committee to authenticate the content material of audio recording or in any other case and submit a report back to Parliament on September 10, 2023.
Per the directive of the Speaker, the phrases of reference of the committee are; confirm the authenticity of the leaked audio recording, examine the conspiracy to take away the present IGP, examine every other matter contained within the audio recording, advocate sanctions to individuals discovered culpable the place applicable, make suggestions for reforms the place essential and make such different suggestions and consequential orders because the committee would possibly deem applicable.
The committee is made up of three members every from the Majority and Minority sides of Parliament, and a technical individual. It is chaitred by Mr. Samuel Atta Akyea, MP for Abuakwa South.
The members are; Mr Patrick Yaw Boamah, NPP MP for Okaikoi Central; Madam Ophelia Mensah, NPP MP for Mfantseman; Mr Eric Opoku, NDC MP for Asunafo South, and Mr Peter Lanchene Toobu, NDC MP for Wa West.