Kofi Oben writes:
At the end of the 2020 parliamentary elections, the 8th Parliament of Ghana had problems naming it’s majority and minority groups for parliamentary operations. We all witnessed the tussle between NPP and NDC MPs during the selection of the Speaker and the side that was supposed to operate as the majority in parliament as a result of both parties pulling the same number of seats. This in a way created some impression that regardless of which side was named majority, the 8th parliament was going to deliver as expected by Ghanaians. The public expected that submitted bills by government were now going to be scrutinised effectively in our interest, but what is happening now is extremely appalling and disgusting.
First of all, it looks like Parliament is in league with the executives against we the citizens who voted them to power. Personally, I never expected this current parliament to approve certain bills, most especially, the recent approval of emoluments which are to be paid to presidential spouse monthly. I’m so much disappointed in our legislative body for this approval amidst all the economic challenges and infrastructural works we have to fix to improve our living conditions. The big question is, why will a country who has majority of citizens crying for better living conditions decide to pay the spouse of the president and that of the vice president 21,000 cedis each every month for nothing? A ceremonial position comes with no official emoluments; this is a clever way of ripping us off. I strongly disagree to this parliamentary approval and I expect this to be cancelled as soon as possible.
One surprising and positive thing I have heard from Abronye DC, the NPP Bono regional chairman, is how he has also expressed his disappointment in our parliament who had the power to throw away this unnecessary bill. This government is gradually becoming some kind of leech in our lives as citizens. This presidential spouse emolument is so unnecessary and waste of money. Something needs to be done about this decision by the people of Ghana. We need the influential voices to come in and condemn this approval by parliament. This decision needs to be reviewed as a matter of urgency because it is very critical to the ordinary Ghanaian. There’s one thing I keep saying; I doubt Ghana will be a better place for us to enjoy the life we dream to see. It’s sad to wake everyday to see no improvement in our living conditions.
The Parliament has failed Ghanaians; they can’t be trusted. They are working in favour of government but not the people.