Tell us cost of ‘China’ chairs – IMANI demands | General News 2014-11-08
President of policy think tank IMANI Ghana, Franklin Cudjoe, has called on Parliament to, as a matter of urgency, disclose the amount recently used to refurbish the House.
Parliamentarians this week returned from recess to a sparkling Chamber with new leather seats, mirror-polished desks fitted with hi-tech gadgets (which MPs are struggling to use), and colourful carpets mostly imported from China.
Even though the cost of the refurbishment it not yet known, some have questioned the prudence of the expenditure especially at a time government is struggling to meet basic financial obligations and is currently in talks with the International Monetary Fund for a bailout.
But the Minority Leader Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu in defence said there was a good reason for the decision. He however could not disclose the amount involved.
But Mr. Cudjoe insists that Parliament tell Ghanaians the amount involved in order to maintain their integrity.
“They should make us aware about the amount involved in the refurbishment of the Parliament and save the little image they have. Else delay in disclosing the cost may affect the respect people have for them,” he said on Adom News Friday.