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We’ve made headway in rejecting the $28 million car loan for MPs – Okudzeto Ablakwa

North Tongu Member of Parliament, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, has stated that he and some of his colleagues from across the party divide had made headway in convincing parliament to reject the $28 million automobile loan program for members.

He claimed that he and Patrick Boamah, MP for the New Patriotic Party (NPP), cosponsored a private member’s resolution that the Speaker granted for urgent debate this week.

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“I am pleased to report that we made significant headway today in our efforts to have Parliament reject the US$28 million automobile loan program for MPs.

“Really thrilled that my colleague NPP MP, Patrick Boamah, and I cosponsored a private member’s resolution that the Rt. Hon. Speaker allowed for urgent debate this week,” he tweeted.

 

Mr Boamah who is the Vice-Chairman of Parliament’s Finance Committee has said in an earlier interview that if he has his way, he will tell the legislators to reject the facility.

“For me, if I have my way I will tell my colleague MPs to reject that facility for the simple reason that all the other arms of government vehicles are procured for them  without having to go through this process where the  media is always on the back of MP s for contracting a loan.

“I don’t see the reason why we should be the subject for this public bashing,” he told journalists on Wednesday July 7.

Ghana’s Finance Minister, Ken Ofori-Atta, has submitted to parliament for approval a loan agreement of $28 million pending consideration by the Finance Committee.

This is for the purchase of 275 vehicles for members of the 8th Parliament.

This move has divided opinions among members of the Ghanaian public on whether or not this is a good decision in the midst of the severe economic hardship Ghanaians are saddled with.

But another lawmaker with the National Democratic Congress (NDC) Yusif Sulemana who is representing the people of Bole, expressed concerns about the backlash lawmakers are receiving regarding this loan facility.

He told TV3 in an interview on Wednesday July 7 that this is a loan that MPs are going to pay back hence, he does not understand the concerns being raised against the facility.

He said “In some cases when MPs are living office the vehicles are even auctioned to them. That comes with a huge cost but the people are not aware of this and so the general public is not even looking at this.

“All they hear is that MPs are taking loan to buy vehicles.  This is a loan we are taking and the loan will be paid back. By four years is ended I should have paid back the loan. So I don’t see where the problem is. I don’t blame them because we have refused to engage them and to explain to them exactly what is happening.”

Source: 3news

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