Parliament has suspended the reading of a Legislative Instrument (LI) seeking to restrict the importation of certain goods into the country. The decision comes after intense debate and opposition from the minority in parliament.
The Minority contends that the regulation is not in the best interest of the country. It has therefore asked the Minister for Trade and Industry, K.T Hammond, to engage the group and other relevant bodies and address all concerns surrounding the L.I.
The Speaker, Alban Bagbin, therefore urged the sector minister to deal with concerns relating to the L.I. before it is laid before the house.
“Leadership, try to resolve these matters before we move on because we are dealing with instruments. And you know the impact of these instruments; that is why I am saying we should try and resolve it.”
“Laying of an instrument has nothing to do with numbers, but because of the nature of the instrument you laid and the constitutional and legal effects of the laying, you better meet and discuss and resolve the issues before we move on,” Mr. Bagbin said.