It appears the raging debate on whether to build offices for members of parliament is not ending soon. For, the past weeks and months the public has been sharply divided on the decision to build offices for MPs.
While some sections of the public agree with the decision to resource MPs, others have also questioned the motives, the timing and the cost insisting that it is going to a waste of the taxpayers’ money.
The latest to add his voice to support the decision is the Member of Parliament for the Bongo constituency Honorable Edward Bawa who have justified the decision to build offices for members of parliament in their constituencies. He said that offices for MPs have been long overdue and showed that it will facilitate and enhance the work of parliamentarians.
Hon Edward Bawa made these remarks on PM Express on the joy news channel on Tuesday the 6th of April 2021.According to the Bongo legislator, building offices for the MP will improve the quality of representation. “We always complain about the quality of representation, yet we don’t want to invest in the MP,” he said.
“I am talking to you from the constituency and I meet people in my house” the MP intimated. This he said is unacceptable and call on all stakeholders to support the idea of building an office since it will be a neutral ground of convergence of all stakeholders to interface with their members of parliament to enhance the work of parliament because parliament represents democracy.
The immediate past Member of Parliament for the Tamale Central Constituency, Hon Inusah Fuseini in contributing to the discussion suggested that instead of building a whole office, the state can explore other available options within the District Assemblies structure and lamented that siting of the office may pose a serious challenge in the future.
Hon Edward however refuted the assertion and said it will rather be cost-effective in building a new office than to rent. He further intimated that the siting of the offices will not be much of a challenge and that the office could be sited anywhere in the constituency, especially in the district capital.
It will be recalled that during the 2021 budget representation, the government has allocated an amount of GHS 45.5 million for the construction of offices for seventy (70) MPs starting this year and the plan is to construct 275 offices in all 275 constituencies by 2024. This has however generated a lot of controversies and mixed reactions among a section of Ghanaians. This the Bongo MP said is a piece of refreshing and welcoming news for members of parliament and call on all stakeholders to support it.