Although Ghana’s Parliament needs a new chamber to serve parliamentary purposes, the time has not come yet for that to happen, Mr Samuel Ayeh-Paye, New Patriotic Party (NPP) lawmaker for the Ayensuano Constituency, Eastern Region, has said…
Although Ghana’s Parliament needs a new chamber to serve parliamentary purposes, the time has not come yet for that to happen, Mr Samuel Ayeh-Paye, New Patriotic Party (NPP) lawmaker for the Ayensuano Constituency, Eastern Region, has said.
He explained on the Ghana Yensom show on Accra100.5FM on Thursday, 4 July 2019 that the current chamber was not designed for parliamentary work but rather to host conferences, therefore, it is unfit for lawmaking work.
“But this is not the time to construct a new chamber for parliament,” he told show host Kwabena Prah Jnr (The Don).
Mr Ayeh-Paye further explained that what the constituents need in their lives at the moment include good drinking water, stable electricity supply, good roads, hospitals, schools and jobs.
“This proposal to build a new chamber for parliament has not come to the floor; if it did, I am not sure any MP will support it to be built now.
“The current chamber was not built for parliament, it was built to host conferences and other programmes, so, a new office can and should be built but that should be done later because what our constituents voted us to do is the making of good laws, help provide good drinking water for them, good schools and roads, hospitals and other basic needs in the society.”
Social media – Facebook and Twitter – have been awash with harsh criticism against the Ghanaian parliament and its leadership in connection with the new proposed chamber.
A few MPs such as Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, Alhassan Suhuyini and Ras Mubarak, all of the Minority side.
Also, Majority MP Mr Patrick Boamah, Okaikwei Central, has said a new chamber is not necessary for now.
The Majority Leader of Parliament, Mr Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu, who has been vocal in justifying the need for a new chamber, told Accra-based Citi TV on Wednesday that: “Parliament, since independence, is that one arm of government that has not had a purpose-fit facility built for it, so, this is not a decision we are making today”.
He argued: “The reason the Board is considering this is because of the myriad challenges confronting the current chamber”.
The Suame MP explained: “When this chamber was increased to 275 seats, it exposed the columns in the chamber with many members sitting behind these columns such that they are not able to attract the eye of the Speaker.
“We have just indicated in the research findings that some constituents are saying that they are not able to hear their MPs talk or even identified by the Speaker even when they rise up,” he said.