Lawmakers who assent to the construction of the controversial 450-seater parliamentary chamber at the cost of about $200m should consider themselves out of parliament in 2020, that is the latest warning that has been issued.
Former Obuasi Municipal Chief Executive (MCE) under erstwhile John Mahama led National Democratic Congress (NDC) administration, Akwasi Agyamang Boadi sent the stern warning to lawmakers representing the party in their various constituencies against supporting the move to build a new chamber for Parliamentarians.
“Let me warn any NDC MP who will support this move that I will personally lead a crusade to ensure that person loses his or her parliamentary seat”, he warned.
According to the former government appointee who spoke on Kumasi-based Nhyira FM during panel discussion monitored by MyNewsGh.com, priority of the NDC party and for that matter, Ghanaians is good road network not a new parliamentary chamber.
“You cannot tell me we need new parliamentary chamber while roads in Ashanti Region, Volta and other regions are deteriorating”, the former MCE pointed out to the host of ‘Kro Yimu Nsem’ political talk show, Papa Nyameke.
Parliament is hoping to get financial support from China for the construction of the new chamber proposed by Parliamentary Service Board.
Majority Leader, Osei Kyei Mensah Bonsu, made the revelation during an interview on JoyNews’ news analysis programme, PM Express.
“I understand the Chinese government would want to give us some grant, I don’t know of it is a matter of fact …it is in the nature of about $40 million,” he told host Evans Mensah, Wednesday.
The revelation comes after the Speaker, Mike Oquaye, indicated that Parliament has already set aside some $72 million from its budget for the project.