But if I am being told that she was specifically asked that question and she repeated that answer, then maybe, we would have to leave it. But I thought that it was odd for somebody to say that she was a teaching assistant in an elementary school.
Mr Speaker, the other correction I would want us to make is in paragraph 4 of the same page 2 of the Committee Report, that she was the First Deputy Minority Whip from 2009 to 2017. It was from 2013 to 2017 and not 2009.
Mr Speaker, having said that, I believe Hon Colleagues who have spoken ahead of me have alluded to the qualification of the Hon Member to assume the position of Administrator of the District Assemblies' Common Fund.
From her background as a lawyer holding a Master's degree in Law and Development from the University of Warwick (UK) and also holding an Executive Masters in Conflict, Peace and Security from Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Centre as well as being a two-term Member of Parliament, I guess we can come to the agreement that, the former Hon Member of Parliament more than qualifies to assume the position that the President has nominated her to.
Mr Speaker, some issues have been raised about the level of amounts that are disbursed to the DACF. I am talking about whether it should be seven and a half per cent or five per cent. As a House, I guess we should take a position on what quantum should go to the District Assemblies.
This is because, it is for purposes of developing the various Assemblies and ensuring that, there is balance and equitable development in the country; in the regions and the districts and even within the districts.
Mr Speaker, it is a position that Parliament as a whole must determine. What is not satisfactory is that, we are not consistent ourselves. In the previous years, allocation that had gone to the Assemblies over the past six years, if one does the netting out, we would not even get four per cent, especially, when after the allocation of those amounts, deductions are made at the centre -- Social Investment Fund (SIF), fumigation exercises, and purchasing of materials that the Assemblies have not requested for.
Mr Speaker, ultimately, on the average, if we do the calculation, the Assemblies were receiving about four and a half per cent over eight years -- that cannot be countenanced. So we should come to that determination that, when we talk about allocating amounts to the District Assemblies, we should ensure for purposes of tracing and tracking that, the amounts are allocated.
If for any reason, they cannot be given to the Assemblies, they should report to us the difficulties and challenges that they are facing. That is the critical thing that we should all agree on.
Mr Speaker, let nobody, however, say that this is the first time this has happened. No! Continuously and consistently, we have been living with this and we pretend that what has been happening is normal; it is most abnormal and we should question same.
Mr Speaker, even the little that is transmitted goes late, and from the Auditor-General's Reports to Parliament,
that is where as a nation we have the greatest rot. The little that is sent there, instead of applying it to develop the Districts, a few people sit there and squander the money.
Mr Speaker, we have living examples of people who had not bought bicycles before. Four years after having been made District Chief Executives, they build storey buildings. Let us not pretend that what is happening there is normal; it is not normal. As a country and as Parliament, maybe, the relevant Committee should be tasked to go into this.
Mr Speaker, I have always insisted that every year, when we allow the Auditor- General to report on all Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs), they could be missing out. Let us challenge them to apply critical lenses at the Assemblies and we would see what will come out.
So, I believe the time has come for us as a nation and as a Parliament, to bond together and ensure that what is right goes on at the level of the Assemblies, to ensure that the allocations that are made are applied for the purposes for which they are sent to the Assemblies.
Mr Speaker, it is sad that in this discourse, when we thought that we were arriving at some unanimity in the approval of the former Hon Colleague, some issues are coming up that tend to mar the discourse. But let us be straight to ourselves.
In the year 2009, when the NDC Government assumed the administration of this country -- let us not pretend that we have forgotten, indeed, two weeks into the Administration of the late Prof. Mills, he mentioned the name of one Mr David
Adom to take over from Mr Joshua Magnus Nicol. Then, information got to this House that the man was over sixty years. So, so it was this House that ferried this to the late Prof. Mills and he withdrew the nomination of Mr Adom.
Mr Speaker, so, let us be straight and be truthful to ourselves. At the Ghana Education Trust Fund (GETFund), the person who was there had attained 60 years -- Sir Peter Fosuaba Banahene. He had been given a contract; he was not made to serve because it was said that the contract was irregular.
What can be more irregular about the contract that was given to Mr Fynn? But, Mr Speaker, it does not derogate from the performance of that person. He is a fine gentleman that we all liked and he did very well there. Let it not appear as if anybody is or was against Mr Fynn.
Mr Speaker, the Constitution is clear that upon attainment of the age 60, the appointing authority could grant extension and give the person a contract to work. But the amended Constitution provides that, at no time should it go beyond two years. It must be two years first, and if, maybe, he serves and there is nobody to replace him and we want him to continue, then another two years and then one year. That is it.
So, the fact that former President Mahama granted him four years in one stretch in itself was unconstitutional and that made it illegal. Mr Speaker, that is it. So, for anybody to stand on that illegality to argue that the person was hurried out is most unfortunate. It is a most unfortunate argument that was rendered by the Hon Minority Chief Whip.