Those Against New Chamber Project Aren’t Generational Thinkers; NPPs Ben Ayeh former MP for Upper Denkyira West Constituency has said. Hon Benjamin Ayeh has taken a swipe at critics of government’s proposed 450 seater new chamber for parliament.
He said this on Net 2 Television’s political talk show dubbed National Agenda, which was monitored by Ghananewspress.com. The former NPP MP questioned “what was wrong with the current generation”?.
He indicated, the new chamber among other things, is an important project that only generational thinkers would appreciate.
The Speaker of Parliament, Prof Aaron Mike Ocquaye announced plans to construct a 450 seater chamber for parliament for $200 million.
This announcement, followed a promised made to parliament by the Vice President, Dr Mahamadu Bawumia on 1st February, 2017. Dr Bawumia promised when he visited parliament to inspect the extent of damage caused to the chamber by a storm.
He paid a visit to Parliament to have an understanding of the extent of damage Tuesday’s rain storm caused the August house. The Speaker got my assurance of government’s plans to construct a new chamber for effective parliamentary work”, the Vice President stated.
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The Speaker of Parliament also indicated, that “some allocation has been made towards the project by the government. But additional funding is being sourced to make the project a reality.
He made these disclosures during a meeting with the famed architect, David Frank Adjaye. He was contracted to design the edifice for construction.
But in spite of the public uproar and backlash, Ben Ayeh expressed worry over the negative comments against the intended project.
He explained, that Dr Kwame Nkrumah received similar backlash when he was constructing the Akosombo dam and the Tema motorway. But these projects have since been benefiting several generations.
Therefore, he blamed the media for the unnecessary sensationalism against the project. In his view, the project would live to serve generations yet unborn.
He also spoke about the need to provide adequate security for Members of Parliament. Ben Ayeh explained that the nation spends more when a member of parliament is tortured or dies. He cited the cost incurred by the state and political parties to conduct elections at Ayawaso West Wuogon. Following the death of the former MP, to prove that the project is very relevant because it would give MPs the needed security.
Source : Ghana News Press
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