We are certainly not in normal times, but the full house of Parliament, thanks to the Finance Minister, may be having their way, as Members of Parliament (MPs) have expressed dissatisfaction with the fact they have to secure loans to buy cars for their official duties and pay from their pockets.
Something, the parliamentarians argue, is unfair to them considering that other government officials are given cars to work with.
Thankfully, the Minister for Finance, Mr. Ken Ofori-Atta, has presented a loan agreement for $28 million to Parliament for the purchase of 275 vehicles for members of the 8th Parliament, as according to the papers presented to Parliament, the loan will be sourced from the National Investment Bank, NIB.
Based on the amount and the number of individuals involved, each MP is expected to receive over $100,000 for the purchase of a vehicle and the Finance Committee of the House is expected to consider the loan agreement and report to the house.
In a post by renowned Journalist who was BBC's Correspondent in Ghana and now a Lecturer at UPSA and fast rising Lawyer, TheSammy Darko, he is of the opinion that, maybe, its same as what Ghana has permitted for members of the executive and judiciary, when he wrote that:
"I don’t understand. Anytime we are to buy cars for MPs, people raise issues. Meanwhile, the executive buys cars plenty for ministers and deputy ministers both saloon and land crusiers and we don’t have problems. They even buy it for cheap when leaving office.
Cars are bought for judges and justices, CEOs get official cars, we don’t have issues but the moment it’s MPs, we have issues. Can anyone explain why? Is it that we think they don’t deserve cars, do we want them to walk? Or we think they should use the cars they bought with their own monies?" he wrote.
Commentary following his post, have included the following:
Elvis Darko writes "I have problem with buying such luxurious vehicles every 4 years."
Francis Yao Selormey writes "Snr, hmm. An MP who’s constituency is a stone throw away from Parliament House is given a luxurious V8."
Freeman Kwade writes "TheSammy Darko Those you mentioned above do not make noise when procuring such vehicles. For instance, you won't hear about plans to purchase a new V8 for the CEO of COCOBOD; not to talk about... Once it is a necessity, I believe, they must go ahead and purchase without opening it up for public discourse."
Zoe Abu-Baidoo writes "I need a voice note to answer this question. I’m feeling lazy to type"
Ekow Atta-Aidoo writes "Are you implying that cos vehicles are also bought for ministers and other government officials, so the MPs loans for vehicles are justified and we shouldn’t talk about it?"
Ken Edward writes "Parliament is the only arm that's so much open to public scrutiny and I expect Parliament, to do more to get the needed public support, so they can hold the other arms accountable but cos of personal interest of some of them, we'll continue "attacking them" even for the things they need to enhance their work!"
Francis Kennedy Ocloo writes "It is how it was started. MPs come and go. The place are not permanent just like the Executive. But you know the Executive rules everything"
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