Parliamentary Services Board has rescinded its proposal for the country new Chambers of Parliament to house the 275 Legislators and others who appear before the house to conduct official business.
In a press statement dated Monday, July 8, Acting Director of Public Affairs of Parliament, Kate Addo, said, the Board, has, upon review concerns raised by the Ghanaian public, accordingly taken the idea of a new chamber block out of its pending agendas.
According to her, the decision to reserve the proposal was reached after the Parliamentary Services Board held its meeting on Monday, July 8, 2019, to consider the what she described as “burning issues.”
” The Board, has, upon reviewing representations made to it by well-meaning Ghanaians, accordingly taken the development of the new chamber block out of its present agenda.”
“The development of the parliamentary enclave and a new Chamber block and offices shall, however, remain an essential and integral part of the future plans of the Legislature, in a bid to provide a strong, accountable, responsive and transparent Parliament to serve the purpose of Parliament, ” the press statement partly read.
The new Chamber block which was scheduled to be constructed attracted some controversy after the Speaker, Prof Aaron Mike Oquaye unveiled the designs for the project by a Ghanaian.
A number of Ghanaians raised an objection to the new Chamber, citing an of more pressing issues that need to be addressed in the country, including the lack of education infrastructure and poor road network due to lack of funds.
The august House is divided over the projects, as the Majority leader Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu, as well as some MPs of the Minority, are advocating for new Chambers, the Minority Leader Haruna Iddrisu, as well as some MPs on the Majority side, believed it is a priority for now.