The leader of the opposition party in parliament Hon Haruna Iddrisu has stated clearly that parliament must be the forum where by the official announcement of members of council of state should be made just as the constitution demands in Article 89(a)but not on Social media.
This statement by the leader follows a publication circulating on social media which was issued by the communication officer at the office of the Presidency Mr Eugene Arhin which announced to the public the appointment of members of the council of state nominated by the president.
According to article 89(a)of the 1992 constitution, it states that there shall be council of state to counsel the president in the performance of his function.
(a) the following persons appointed by the president in consultation with parliament.
In view of article 89 the leader described this as a shared responsibility between the president as the executive president and parliament as a house.
Haruna Iddrisu cautioned Mr. Eugene Arhin and the secretary of the president to desist from publishing official notice on social media and before they do so, they should ensure that the Speaker of parliament and members of parliament are officially notify.
The Rt. Hon Speaker Alban Sumana Kingsford Bagbin has therefore directed the concern of the Minority leader to the office of the President. He stated that from all indications parliament has not be consulted and he will not follow a wrong practice so he entreat the office of the President to do the needful. He elaborated that he has not received any communication from the president either verbal or formal concerning the appointment of the members of the council of state.