Haruna Iddrisu, Minority Leader of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) Caucus in Parliament and Member of Parliament for Tamale South has expressed disappointment in the failure of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) Caucus to vote in support of Mahama Ayariga’s motion calling on the government to suspend the payment of fees at the tertiary level this year due to the impacts the coronavirus had on economic activities.
The outcome according to Haruna Iddrisu on Citinews was a big blow to the call for collaboration between the NDC and the NPP Caucus in Parliament.
Mr. Haruna further stated that the NDC Caucus may retaliate the action of the NPP.
“Building cooperation and consensus may prove difficult going forward because this was our first opportunity to have cooperation from those in the government,” he said.
According to Haruna, it is obvious that the NPP caucus is never ready to cooperate with them in unison for national development and they may find it difficult intending to build consensus with them in the future since the NDC Caucus too may take revenge.
“It means they are not ready to cooperate, not ready to build consensus, and they probably may find it very difficult asking us to same in the foreseeable future,” the Minority leader said.
Both NDC and NPP after the 2020 December Polls attained 137 parliamentary seats respectively making it extremely intricate to build consensus in the 8th Parliament.
The NPP only formed the Majority group after forming an alliance with an independent MP, Amoako Andrew Asiamah of Fomena.
The NDC caucus voted in support of the motion on the grounds that the Covid-19 pandemic has negatively affected businesses while the NPP caucus rejected the motion with the claim that the government is already spending much on education and had also already come up with measures to support education in the pandemic.
Mahama Ayariga said he was in a state of astonishment when the NPP Caucus voted against the motion.
“I am very scandalized by their approach. It is not all the time that when you are trying to solve a problem, you throw money at it. You can solve a problem by throwing efficiency and prudent management at it,” he said.