Govt To Pay For 275 Constituency Offices For All MPs
All Members of Parliament will each get a new office constructed for them in their constituencies. In all construction of the 275 offices will start next year.
Full details of this project will be laid bare when the debate of the 2022 budget commences on Tuesday following its reading last week by the Finance Minister, Ken Ofori-Atta.
The move, according to the Minister, is one of the many activities being undertaken under the Parliamentary Service Office Support Project (PSOSP) to strengthen Parliament and boost the work of the legislators.
The chamber of parliament will also receive an upgrade next year with additional ICT facilities.
“In 2022, Parliament will upgrade ICT facilities in the Debating Chamber and Committee meeting rooms to improve the quality of video and replace consoles to improve feed for a live broadcast of proceedings… Other projects at various stages of completion are: the e-Parliament project; Phase II of the Table Office MIS; the Data Centre; and the operationalisation of the Budget and Fiscal Analysis Office,” the budget adds.
The government had earlier programmed to provide some money towards the construction of the constituency offices with an initial support amount of GH¢45.5 million.
The amount caters for the first phase of the project which is intended to provide constituency offices for all the 275 MPs by 2024.
An attempt by Parliament to construct a second chamber attracted anger from the public who believes the cost was unnecessary at a time when the nation was struggling with the necessities of ordinary citizens.
These constituency offices have attracted the same condemnation although MPs are in support of this as they argue it will help them to serve their people better.