Sitting NPP member of parliament for the Okaikoi Central constituency, Patrick Yaw Boamah has so far been the first MP of the ruling party to oppose the government’s decision to construct new parliamentary chamber for the MPs.
He said the timing is wrong because there are more pressing needs that the House ought to look at as a Parliament.
He indicated that in the next 40 years when Ghana’s development is firmly established, the country can have a monumental edifice.
The public, he said, is not looking at this as a Parliamentary issue but rather as a government issue, which is wrong.
He stressed that Parliament is an independent institution of state governed by the Parliamentary Service Board and regulated by the Constitution of Ghana.
Mr. Patrick Boamah who spoke to the media in Parliament Wednesday indicated as a member of the executive he is opposed to the project.
He said, “I don’t think the government wants to be unpopular with the decision that Parliament has taken.”
“Ghanaians have lot of pressing needs that they would want to be addressed. The government of President Akufo Addo is attending to them seriously.”
“We don’t want this issue to distract government from its activities and programmes.”
Mr. Boamah averred he has lots of challenges in his constituency and stressed he cannot lose sight of that fact and focus his attention on debate for a new chamber.
According to him, in future such project can be considered but at the moment the state has more pressing needs to discuss.
Leader Osei Kyei-Mensah Bonsu, he said, has briefed the majority on the matter.
“I told the caucus my position and I know lots of my colleagues also share same sentiments.”
He vehemently said “I Patrick Yaw Boamah, MP for Okaikoi Central, am not for it now but it could be a subject for future discussion,”