Ghanaian artistes, Sarkodie and E.L have called out Parliamentarians on the decision to build a new chamber.
The acts lashed out at what they say is the misplaced priorities of people in power.
“Finally!! We’ve succeeded in solving the unemployment problem , unreliable energy, poor education, poor infrastructure, corruption and low income!,” reads a tweet by the latter.
“Im so Glad to Hear we’re now getting a New Parliament building with Millions! Our Priorities are so well Placed!”
Finally!! We’ve succeeded in solving the unemployment problem , unreliable energy, poor education, poor infrastructure, corruption and low income!
Im so Glad to Hear we’re now getting a New Parliament building with Millions! !
Our Priorities are so well Placed!
Go Ghana 🇬🇭 👍🏾
— ༺Ë.Ł༻ (@ELgh_) July 3, 2019
“If All these potholes on the motorway and other roads in Ghana causing accidents can be overlooked to raise 200mil for a chamber then yall know the kinda people we choose to be in power” shared Sarkodie on Twitter.
If All these potholes on the motorway and other roads in Ghana causing accidents can be overlooked to raise 200mil for a chamber then yall know the kinda people we choose to be in power
— Sarkodie (@sarkodie) July 4, 2019
The announcement about building the 450-seater new project has attracted severe criticisms from the public.
The project has been awarded to renowned British-Ghanaian architect, David Adjaye.
The new chamber project which will be completed in three years is planned to begin before the end of the year and will be a multi-purpose building with a chapel, mosque, eatery, and a museum.
Ras Mubarak, Member of Parliament for Kumbungu has argued against plans to build the new chamber.
“Ghana clearly does not need a 450 member chamber. The expenditure cannot be justified. A country as small as Ghana should not be entertaining the thoughts of having a 450-member chamber. Yes indeed, democracy is expensive but we must not make it too expensive. Currently, there are many issues at the top of the minds of our constituents. Water, road, electricity, schools, you name it.”
Patrick Yaw Boamah, New Patriotic Party(NPP) Member of Parliament for Okaikoi Central and deputy Minister for Sanitation and Water also says it would be difficult to justify the need for the new project.
“I belong to the Executive, I’m also a Member of Parliament and my position is that I think the timing is not right. Ghanaians have a lot of pressing needs that they want us to address which the government of President Akufo Addo is attending to seriously,” stated Boamah.
“We don’t want this issue to distract government activities, and so my view is that I have a lot of challenges in my constituency, how am I going to answer a question of this nature that a few things that I’m fighting through government to get done in my constituency I overlooked it and rather focused on a new chamber. I think first things first, going into the future we can think about it.”