Mr Speaker, in so doing, I would want to provide justification for this Motion.
Mr Speaker, the managers of Govern- ment Business should conduct them- selves in a manner that provides greater efficiency, economy and value for money.
Ghana's shameful World cup exit in Brazil 2014 has become a source of worry, because Ghana as a country, with a credible reputation has been ridiculed by the world at large due to the cir- cumstances of our exit.
As a country, we have been to the world cup on two earlier occasions and have many times successfully hosted the whole of Africa, the latest being CAN 2008, and we so had the experience, the exposure and the quality human resource.
Mr Speaker, the major reflections are; why did we fail in Brazil 2014, our third time at the world stage? Was it as a result of greed on the part of some government officials, dishonesty, lack of transparency and accountability? Was it a product of total disregard and respect for constituted authority? Certainly, officials who use state money for public projects and activities must account for their stewardship.
Mr Speaker, why the need for a bi- partisan Parliamentary Committee of Enquiry to investigate Ghana's pre- paration and participation in the Brazil 2014 World Cup?
Mr Speaker, the bipartisan Committee of inquiry will have the confidence and the trust Ghanaians need in unearthing the truth in Ghana's participation in the 2014 World Cup.
Mr Speaker, developments before, during and after the tournament demonstrate that, that is the most appropriate forum.
Shifting the Goal Post
Mr Speaker, the President has de- monstrated his complete incapacity when it comes to taking decisions.
Mr Speaker, in the book Entitled “My First Coup D'etat”, authored by the President; he indicated his difficulty in taking decisions and this has been manifested in his leadership style. The President's indecisive posture is unsubtle in the following judgements;
1. Directive to the GFA to set up a Committee to examine what went wrong in Brazil; that was a misdirected approach; per the status of the FIFA, the president has no locus or capacity to order or direct the FA to set up any committee of inquiry.
2. The setting up of a 3-Member Ministerial Committee of Inquiry which has now metamorphosed into a Presidential Commission of Inquiry also demonstrated his indecision.
According to the Hon Minister for Youth and Sports, “I have monitored the
social Media and Media discussions since the Committee was set up, I had a meeting with the President and he has agreed that we should turn it into a Presidential Commission of Enquiry”.
Mr Speaker, this is strange and exposes the President and his Ministers' incompetence, ignorance, confusion, ingenuity, lack of sincerity and commitment and above the president's indecisiveness.
Article 278 (1) of the 1992 Constitution makes clear, the appointment of Com- mission of inquiry by the president into any matter of public interest and that it is not up to the “Minister and the we”, he is referring to; to hold discussion with the President before a Presidential Commission of Inquiry is set up.
Mr Speaker, who is the Minister in question and what does he mean by ‘we'?
Mr Speaker, this Government has over the years tried incessantly to undermine the authority of Parliament.
Mr Speaker, your good office was the first to admit the Motion and it was advertised on Friday, 4th July 2014, in the Order Paper. Later, the Minister for Youth and Sports announced the formation of a Ministerial Committee of Enquiry. Clearly, it was an attempt to disable Parliament which ought to be condemned in no uncertain terms.