Dome Kwabenya MP, Sarah Adwoa Safo, compared her role as a mother to her work as the country’s Minister for Gender, Children and Social Welfare.
According to her, she will fail as Minister of State if she ignores her role as a mother.
In an exclusive interview on The Pulse of JoyNewsThursday, Mrs. Safo explained that she was absent for family problems beyond her control.
“I stay focused and do what I have to do as a mom. I want to be the best mom.
“And my ministry takes care of the children [so] if I fail my family, I have failed my ministry and I have failed the people of Ghana,” she told Blessed Sogah on Thursday.
While admitting that she has been absent for a very long time, the legislator insisted that she return to her duties as an MP and minister when her son is fit and healthy.
“I will definitely return to serve my people. I lead and serve the people of Dome-Kwabenya and have been doing so for 12 years and I know exactly what my responsibilities are and I will definitely do it.
“As you know, my son is sick and needs to transition into school, so I need to make sure this is all sorted out before I can return to my duties, and that’s exactly what I’m doing,” said she declared.
On October 6, 2021, President Akufo-Addo extended the leave of the Minister of Gender.
The leave of the member for Dome-Kwabenya, which she requested for personal reasons, was to end on August 31, 2021.
However, the former procurement minister could not resume and requested an extension. However, he did not specify when it will resume.
“In her absence, and until further notice, President Akufo-Addo has appointed the Minister of Sanitation and Water Resources, Cecilia Abena Dapaah, to act as Acting Minister,” the presidency said. .
Earlier this year, the lawmaker was criticized for neglecting her parliamentary duties amid speculation that she has vowed not to return until she assumes a leadership role in the House.
Ms Safo was last seen in Parliament in December 2021 when she appeared in the House to reject claims by the Minority Caucus that she had impersonated someone.
Since then, she has not returned to the House. Her action infuriated her colleagues, who accused her of blackmailing the government with a list of demands, including the post of Deputy Majority Leader.
This has infuriated some fellow MPs and NPP members who are calling for his removal.
Meanwhile, First Vice President Joseph Osei-Owusu has indicated that the majority caucus is not considering Dome-Kwabenya MP Sarah Adwoa Safo in its deliberations.
According to the MP for Bekwai, all avenues to bring the absent MP back into the House have proven futile.
As a result, the majority in Parliament decided to conduct parliamentary business, in the future, without resorting to the MP for Dome-Kwabenya.
Speaking on Kumasi-based Pure FM, Mr Osei-Owusu said: “In our strategy, we considered it to be rescuing a kidnapped person, you assume they are dead, but if you go there and she’s alive, so that’s God grace, and that adds to your earnings, so that’s our approach.
“So as it is, we don’t count her as part of us,” he said.
The leadership of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) has admitted that the absence of the MP for Dome-Kwabenya is affecting the party and government affairs.
John Boadu, the party’s general secretary, told Joy FM that with Ghana’s hung parliament, the absence of the gender minister is hurting government business in parliament.
He also mentioned that the party is currently considering measures, including triggering the constitutional provision to remove her as an MP and declare her seat vacant.
To date, the legislator has not been seen in Parliament; nor has she visited the ministry she heads.