Ghana MPs ‘out of touch over new parliament design’

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Many Ghanaians think the money should be spent elsewhere.

Ghana’s parliament is due to hold a press conference about the much criticised plans to build a new 450 seat chamber for lawmakers.

The project, which is said to have a price tag of $200m, has led to outrage in Ghana.

Some have described the leadership of parliament as “out of touch” with the people.

A social media campaign using the hashtag #DropThatChamber has become the top trend on Twitter in Ghana, with campaigners planning to march next week against the building project.

Ghanaians are asking parliament to justify why MPs need to spend so much on a new chamber while students they represent lack proper classroom blocks and continue to study under trees.

Parliamentary Affairs Minister, Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu revealed that the project has become “necessary due to inadequate space in the chamber, near exchange of fisticuffs, security threat among others”.

The justification of the project has not stopped some people from complaining on twitter.

The speaker of parliament, Mike Ocquaye, with support from the Parliamentary Service Board unveiled the new design last week.

Some legislators from both government and opposition have joined the campaign against the new chamber.

 

Dominica Nwabufo