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Keeping Them Honest: Ex-President Mahama Promised A New Parliamentary Chamber In The 2013 State Of The Nation Address

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It’s a Drop that Chamber season on social media and it’s all thanks to the government and how they aren’t able to protect the public purse as they keep promising they would.

Had it not been the public outcry by thousands of Ghanaian social media users, by now the government would have been actively trying to mobilise $200 million to construct a new chamber for the parliamentarians.

See Also: #DropThatChamber: Ghanaians Fight Against Government’s Decision To Construct A New $200M Parliament House

The Speaker of Parliament Prof Mike Oquaye confirmed that the President Akufo-Addo has “agreed in principle to come and cut the sod for the project”.

Now the project has come to a standstill – well hopefully- due to the immense public backlash.

A number of MPs including the NDC’s Okudzeto Ablakwa have come out to condemn the project.

People across the political divide have also made their voices heard condemning the government for deciding to spend $200 Million on a new chamber when there are still schools under trees, bad roads, unavailable hospital beds, inadequate ambulance… the list goes on and on…

Realising that it might gain some political capital by joining the bandwagon of condemning the government, the opposition NPP has released a statement condemning the government.

“The National Democratic Congress (NDC) has learnt of plans by the Akufo-Addo government and the Parliamentary Service Board to construct a $ 200 million,450-seater Parliamentary Chamber with auxiliary facilities,” the statement signed by Asiedu Nketia said.

“The NDC wishes to state unequivocally, that it is opposed to this profligate spending at a time of great distress for the Ghanaian people. Despite incremental gains in the development of the country, many of our people live in harrowing conditions and are deprived of the basic necessities of life,” the statement.

Then the NDC went ahead for blood saying, “It would be unconscionable in the face of these challenges for President Akufo-Addo to spend $200 million on a Parliamentary Chamber at a time when one already exists and is serving the needs of Parliament. Parliament only recently had the Job 600 project undertaken to provide decent offices for MPs. We are unable therefore to appreciate the basis upon which a new chamber should be built.”

Now… hold up real quick…

The NDC is pretending like they’ve had no part in this. Meanwhile, this whole idea of a new chamber was started by the NDC.

Even to the extent that former President John Mahama mentioned it in his 2013 State of the Nation Address, he delivered on the floor of parliament.

While mentioning a number of things he would do to strength Parliament in his first term in his 2013 address, then President Mahama said the government would “commence a feasibility study for the construction of a new Parliamentary Chamber block on the premises of the state house.”

Yeah… the feasibility study started with the NDC under ex-President Mahama.

“We will also explore appropriate housing for MPs in order to guarantee their safety and security,” he added.

But in today’s press statement, the NDC said “we demand an immediate cessation of plans to undertake this project. National resources must be channelled into projects and expenditure that have a direct bearing on the lives of the people not grandiose and prestige projects of doubtful relevance.”

“President Akufo-Addo must learn from the example of the NDC…” the NDC added…

Well… yeah… President Akufo-Addo did learn from the NDC by continuing what y’all started.

Now that the project has blown in the Akufo-Addo government’s face, NDC is trying to distance themselves from the project… meanwhile… y’all started this thing!

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