Some assembly members are questioning government’s inability to fulfill its promise to pay them their allowances from the Consolidated Fund.
The disappointed assemblymen say President Akufo Addo is yet to fulfill his promise which he made at a meeting with them prior to the 2016 elections.
Assemblymember for Ridge Nhyiaso in the Ashanti Region, Abraham Boadi in an interview with Ultimate FM’s Isaac Bediako expressed his disquiet about the development and has warned that failure to pay them would defeat government’s quest to build a strong local government structure at the grassroots.
“Assembly members are less than 6000 so if the government decides to pay GHC1,000 to each assembly member as allowance how much will that cost the country? It is feasible for the government to pay assembly members from the consolidated fund and if you want to build a strong local government system structure and the assemblymen are not paid how is that going to be possible.?
“We have three universal adult suffrage elections in Ghana that is the President, Parliamentarians and Assembly members. The President is being paid from the consolidated fund, the MPs are also paid salaries, allowances from the consolidated fund, why are the assembly members left out? The President promised assembly members that allowances will be paid through the consolidated fund and we believe Nana Akufo Addo can do it. If we’ve been able to pay about 20,000 youth how come just 6000 assembly members we can afford to pay them?