Thank you very much, Mr Speaker.
Mr Speaker, I believe that we must be careful in the design of institutions. I am not saying that I am the most experienced in this House, or that I am the most diligent, but I have not seen any legislation, in which we have set up an authority and said that the authority would be responsible to the President.
Mr Speaker, I believe that oversight should be by a Minister, but the President could define the Minister to be any Minister. Yes, we have done that before, where the President could define the Minister.
Mr Speaker, I recall -- when we were doing the Ghana Investment Promotion Council legislation, where there was an issue as to which Minister should be responsible, and we resolved that issue by saying that the President should determine which sector Minister should have oversight over that agency, so that the agency would be answerable to the Presidency, but then through a Minister designated by the President.
Mr Speaker, but for us to say that he should be answerable directly to the President, which organisation is not answerable to the President?
I should be shown an organisation, which is an executive institution in this country, which is not ultimately answerable to the President. However, we have designed it in such a way that nobody could hold the President directly responsible.
Mr Speaker, in this case, what we are going to do, is to open up to the President. He is directly responsible. In this case, that is what it means, if we say that the Authority is answerable to the President.
In any case, how can one head an Authority that is answerable to the President, and be given policy directives by a Minister? How is that possible, when one has direct access to the President and is answerable to him? What then differentiates him from a Minister, such that he would take policy directives from him?
Mr Speaker, we should therefore not do this. We could say that the President should define the Minister to be any Minister that he desires, so that we would not know whether it is going to be the Finance Minister or the Monitoring and Evaluation Minister.
It should be a Minister that the President would decide to make responsible for this specific Authority. However, to say that the Authority should be directly answerable to the President sets a very bad precedent.