General News of Thursday, 14 August 2014

Source: The Finder

Ghc700,000 corruption allegation hits MP

Residents whose houses were razed down seven months ago on the Aviation land in Adenta are on the neck of their Member of Parliament (MP), Mr Emmanuel Nii Ashie Moore, for compensation claims.

They made the demand at a forum to promote citizens’ participation organised by the Centre for Democratic Development (CDD) Ghana.

It was titled ‘MPs’ accountability and responsiveness.’

The angry residents alleged that an amount of Ghc700,000, which constitute part payment of Ghc7 million compensation cash Mr Ashie Moore received from the chief of Amrahia, who sold the land to them, has not been given to them.

However, the MP denied ever receiving the said amount and challenged his accusers to produce the chief who gave them that information.

As part of efforts to promote citizens’ participation in electoral governance and to ensure MPs’ accountability and responsiveness at the grassroots, CDD-Ghana implemented a post-2012 election programme aimed at facilitating interaction between Members of Parliament and members of their constituency.

It is in view of this that CDD-Ghana, together with the Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA), initiated the programme to create the platform for citizens to question their MPs.

In this regard, the MP, Mr Nii Ashie Moore, updated the members of his constituency on progress of work pertaining to education, health, roads and infrastructure, water, security and social interventions.

He promised the people of Adenta pipe-borne water by the end of this year.

The Programmes Manager of CDD-Ghana, Mrs Regina Oforiwaa-Amanfo Tetteh, explained to The Finder that during the run-up to the 2012 elections, they documented the campaign promises made by MPs on the platforms instituted by her organisation.

She said CDD-Ghana held debates in 30 constituencies and the Adenta constituency is the first to have their MP summoned.