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General News of Wednesday, 3 July 2019

Source: citinewsroom.com

Plans for new Parliament chamber a shame – Suhuyini

Member of Parliament for Tamale North, Alhassan Suhuyini, says it is a shame for the country to be considering a new Chamber for Parliament.

In his arguments against the new chamber to Citi News, the MP said the underprivileged need such attention.

“I see a number of schools in my constituency where students are still writing on their bellies and it breaks my heart. I see women who go long distances to carry water that those who are privileged to be in the positions we are in will not even use to wash our cars.” “For us to have the privilege we have today, not to prioritise their problems and to think of the comfort of where we will sit and work, I think is a shame,” Mr. Suhuyini stated.

Mr. Suhyini joins two other Minority MPs; Ras Mubarak and Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, to criticise the plans.

Ras Mubarak, the Kumungu MP, said it was needless while Samuel Okudzedo Ablakwa, such funds could be channelled into other initiatives such as supporting research staff of parliamentarians.

The construction of a new parliamentary chamber is expected to begin before the end of 2019.

The Minister for Parliamentary Affairs, Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu, indicated that the state does not intend to spend more than $200 million on the 450-seater new parliamentary chamber.

Famed architect, David Frank Adjaye, designed the model and at the Friday meeting, he took the parliamentarians through the proposed design and their concepts.

He told the media that the project will be completed in three years if it begins before the end of the year.

The new chamber will be a multi-purpose building with a chapel, mosque, eatery and a museum.

The planned construction was announced last Friday when members of the Parliamentary Service Board received a model for the proposed new Chamber.