Member of Parliament for Kumbungu, Hon. Ras Mubarak has classified the decision taken by the government to establish a new 450-seater parliament before the year ends as a misplaced priority.
According to him, he disagrees with the decision because there are issues facing constituencies and communities which needs to be attended to rather than the construction of chamber which accommodates 450 people.
“Pipe born water which some communities take for granted has become a worry even in my constituency, so how vital is a chamber when such issues are left unsolved?” he lamented.
According to him, most students sit under trees to study, whilst other communities lack access to electricity “yet we want to look down on all these issues to construct a chamber for parliament, regardless of the many better issues in the country in which the government must tackle.”
He further stated that, the government is opening MP’s to “unnecessary attacks”, these he revealed, are some of the reasons which make citizens disregard and speak against MP’s.
“The building of the new 450 seater parliament will generate more problem for us(Member of Parliaments) in terms of our security than ever.” He said.
In 2017, Vice-President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia hinted at putting up a new chamber when he inspected the lawmaking house following a rainstorm that ripped off the roof of the building.
Members of the Parliament Service Board received a proposal for the new parliament chamber which was designed by famed architect, David Frank Adjaye, the same architect who designed the National Cathedral.
The 450-seater chamber will come with a chapel, mosque, restaurant, and a museum.
Majority Leader of Parliament, Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu, in a series of interviews indicated that the new chamber will not cost more than $200-million.
“We all think that the facility should not exceed a certain amount; that is $200 million. We are looking at anything between $150 million and $200 million,”
By: Derrick Ofori & Regina Osei/kessbenfm.com