The Member of Parliament for Bawku Central, Mahama Ayariga, has indicated that the public backlash that has met the the announcement of car loans for MPs is as a result of the general dissatisfaction among the public, regarding the performance of politcal public office holders in Ghana.
Speaking on Citi FM today, Mr Ayariga observes that the brouhaha surrounding the whole matter must be seen as a call for members of parliament to step up their game in order to earn a space the good books of the citizenry.
"I think that basically, those of us in public office especially in Parliament need to live up to expectation. I take all these discussions as a sign of people being dissatisfied with the service that we deliver. Shareholders have their company; they appoint chief executives, give them fact bonuses if they perform and they are happy to pay such fact bonuses without complaints. Citizens have elected us to public office to take care of them and their welfare. If we were delivering, they won't mind if we are given vehicles to make us deliver even more.
The NDC law maker further noted that in other jurisdictions, Members of Parliament and Ministers of State receive far more than what those in Ghana receive. However, the citizens have no problem because the leaders are working hard to meet the needs of the people.
"I know the minimum that Ministers gets in Singapore is $55,000 a month but they are happy to pay because they feel that the leaders are delivering and so they are happy. I think we should take this as a message that increasingly, the people are not being satisfied with how we are delivering as leaders and so, we should sit up in terms of what we are doing. If we do well, I don't think people will complain if we are given car to help us perform the functions that we are performing".
Speaking further, the Bawku Central MP said the interest of the less privileged MPs and their legitimate concerns must not be totally ignored as far as discussions and responses to the sentiments being expressed by the public are concerned.
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