North Tongu MP Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa said of MPs’ $ 28 million car loan that the impression was created as if the legislators in the house were there for their personal gain.
Tamale Central lawmaker Ibrahim Murtala Muhammed had told him to return the two cars he bought from lawmaker loan facilities if he was a person of principle.
He called Ablakwa’s position regarding the ease of auto loaning for lawmakers hypocritical.
He accused Mr. Ablakwa of lacking principles in the matter.
Ghana’s Finance Minister Ken Ofori-Atta submitted to Parliament for approval a $ 28 million loan deal awaiting review by the Finance Committee, a facility that was approved by the House on Thursday, July 15. .
This involves the purchase of 275 vehicles for members of the 8th Parliament.
The ruling has divided opinions among members of the Ghanaian public and lawmakers themselves over whether or not this is a good move amid the severe economic hardships Ghanaians face.
Okudzeto Ablakwa on Wednesday, July 14, revealed that he and some of his fellow lawmakers from all walks of life had made progress in getting parliament to reject the $ 28 million auto loan facility for lawmakers.
He said he and his New Patriotic Party (NPP) colleague Patrick Boamah co-sponsored a private member’s motion that the Rt. Hon. The president is admitted for an emergency debate this week.
“Glad we made major progress today in our efforts to have Parliament reject the MPs $ 28 million auto loan facility.”
“Really delighted that my fellow NPP MP, Patrick Boamah and I have co-sponsored a private member’s motion that the Rt. Hon. The president has been admitted for urgent debate this week, ”he said in a tweet.
Mr Boamah, deputy chairman of Parliament’s finance committee, had said in a previous interview that if he succeeds he will tell lawmakers to reject the installation.
“For me, if I have my way, I will tell my fellow MPs to reject this installation for the simple reason that all other weapons in government vehicles are bought from them without having to go through this process where the media are always on the back. deputies for having taken out a loan.
“I don’t see why we should be the subject of this public denigration,” he told reporters on Wednesday (July 7th).
Commenting on this development, Mr Murtala said: “I remember in the cafe he called me while he was standing with the contract agent of one of the companies and he asked me if I would take my car. of this company, then where is the principle in that? Since when did he realize that taking the car is unreasonable?
“He had two cars and a new MP who doesn’t even have a motorcycle, whose constituency is further away than his, whose constituency is larger than his, who must also assume his responsibilities by being mobile, a such deputy should not be given a car? Let’s be serious in this country.
“It’s not a principle. Then he should return the two cars, ”he told Joy Prime on Thursday (July 15th).
“Okudzeto is not just a fellow MP, me and he have come a very long way. He took out the loan twice. I went to Parliament with him at the same time he took out the car loan. In the Seventh Parliament, I was not there, but he took out the loan.
“So where is the principle in that?” Since when did he realize that taking the car was unreasonable. Who is he trying to fool?
Contributing to a debate on whether or not to approve the loan on Thursday, July 15, Mr. Ablakwa said, “The impression is created as if the 275 MPs in this house are here just for ourselves. We are not here for ourselves, we are here for the Ghanaian people.
“We went to the people and offered ourselves with a vision to serve them and to realize the hopes and aspirations of our people and to achieve for our collective good a country based on success and progress, on the development that our people will be. well and duly served and that their well-being will be our priority at all times.
“That’s why we wake up every morning. We need to reassure the good people of this country that we were never mentioned. “