Parliament to Rethink ‘Building Consensus’ – Mahama Ayariga

The Minority Leader in Parliament, Haruna Iddrisu has given signs that the NDC side of the House will rethink the ‘building consensus’ agenda with the NPP after they rejected a motion from NDC MP, Mahama Ayariga.

Mahama Ayariga, Member of Parliament for Bawku Central had put forward a motion suggesting the government paid fees of students in the public tertiary institutions this year and also reach out and support private universities for the 2021 academic calendar due to impact of the COVID-19 on incomes of persons.

According to Haruna Iddrisu, this is disappointing from the NPP MPs and shows their lack of support already. Even after several calls that both sides of the house work together to ensure progress. He describes this event which had occurred as a big blow to the consensus building between his side and their mates from the other side.

“Building cooperation and consensus may prove difficult going forward because this was our first opportunity to have cooperation from those in the government. It means they are not ready to cooperate, not ready to build consensus, and they probably may find it very difficult asking us the same in the foreseeable future,” he said.

The NPP rejected the motion on grounds that already, the government has provided enough support and interventions in the area of education due to the pandemic, making the motion unnecessary.

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