x Abu Dhabi, UAEThursday 27 July 2017

Ministers decline to answer FNC questions

The minister of cabinet affairs and the education minister have both brushed off questions sent to them by the FNC, stating they were not related to their fields of expertise.

ABU DHABI // The minister of cabinet affairs and the education minister both brushed off questions sent to them by the FNC, stating they were not related to their fields of expertise.

Establishing an authority to monitor medicine and food, and monitoring career fairs, the ministers said, was not the job of their ministries.

But two members, Musabah Al Kitbi (Sharjah) and Ahmed Al Shamsi (Ajman), were not pleased with the responses.

"The answer has no relation to the question," Mr Al Shamsi said. "The question is on making this authority, not who is to be in charge of it."

Mohammed Abdullah Al Gargawi, Minister of Cabinet Affairs, said the question of monitoring medicine should be redirected to the Ministry of Health and that the Ministry of Environment and Water would be responsible for monitoring food.

Mr Al Shamsi also said the response was not in a respectable format.

Saqr Ghobash Saeed Ghobash, Minister of Labour, did not respond to questions about Emirati employment because he was out of the country.

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