Executive Director of the African Centre for Parliamentary Affairs (ACEPA), Dr. Rasheed Draman, has said that building a new chamber for parliament should not be a priority for Ghana.
He believes that while there are many plaguing issues that the country needs to address, a new parliamentary building is not one them.
The construction of the new parliamentary house was announced last week Friday when members of the parliamentary service board received a model for the proposed new chamber and its expected to begin before the end of 2019.
He said: “I think we have a number of burning priority as a nation. Especially also, given that coming on the back of the hue and cry that characterized the cost of the refurbishment and renovations that took place in the current chamber when Rt. Hon. Doe Adjaho was head of the 6th parliament.”
Dr. Draman furthered by saying, the country has one of the most beautiful parliaments on this continent in terms of design.
“I have brought in delegations from different African countries to our parliament. Most recently I was there with a delegation from Burkina Faso and there was a lot of admirations for what we have.”
He continued by saying our traditions were borrowed from the British and instead of learning their ability to preserve monumental structures, the country’s leaders seem to have a “penchant for procurement, pulling structures down and spending money’s that we do not have.”
“You go to England today and sometimes MPs have to stand to carry out parliamentary business because they want to preserve tradition.”
Story by: Otchere Jonathan|universnewsroom.com