The debate started not too long ago about the need for parliamentarians to "drop that chamber" and it yielded its intended result as Ghanaians acted on Mr. President's advice to be citizens and not spectators and insisted parliament did not get "their needed bigger chamber" for the conduct of parliamentary business even though its funding was to have been taken care of by a free donor facility. The reason given by the proponents were that, the current chamber was fairly new, spacious and suitable for the current representation in parliament.
This time around, constituents are at the throats of their representatives again asking them to turn down a $28 million loan facility the ministry of finance seeks to procure to enable members of parliament purchase some cross-country heavy duty vehicles for themselves while the current pandemic Covid-19 has taken many businesses to the South and many people loosing their sources of livelihood.
Granted that indeed Covid-19 and other national economic management blunders have left many Ghanaians in dire straits, does it mean what is due members of the legislative arm of our democracy should be denied them?
Justifying why MP should be entitled to this car facility while other Article 71 office holders also lay hold on other juicy benefits, Mr. Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, member of parliament representing the good people of North Tongu argues to his colleague MPs that, their posturing must not be that they are in parliament for themselves, their friends and their families. Rather, constituents must see and feel that MP are actually working in their interests and not the other way round.
Adding their voices to the debate, Mr. KT Hammond and Mr. James Avedzi who are very seasoned members of the house emphasised that, MP are not asking for much since their counterparts in the executive and the judiciary among others recieve far more lucrative packages than they do.
The second deputy Speaker of the house, Mr. Andrew Amoako Asiamah however called on the media to sufficiently educate the general public on the works and demand on members of parliament to shape the right discourse on their social contracts.
So far, parliament has approved the $28 million car loan presented by the Finance Ministry to facilitate the purchase of 275 vehicles for members of the eighth Parliament.
Do you think our MPs fairly represent our interests as their "employers"?
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