The Member of Parliament for North Tongu Constituency in the Volta Region, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, has called on his colleague Members of Parliament to come together and ensure that the Minister for Finance, Ken Ofori-Atta, withdraws the MPs car loan agreement from Parliament.
According to the North Tongu lawmaker, there’s an urgent need to take a second look at the entire Article 71 emoluments.
He indicated that there is the “need to demolish this apartheid superstructure and create a new conditions of service framework for public officials which are more equitable, transparent, justifiable and acceptable to the people who employ us.”
He believes that the entire Article 71 emoluments regime is in urgent need of a major overhaul.
He went further to touch on the much talked about $28 million car loan for all the 275 Members of Parliament.
“As MPs, let us also boldly confront and discontinue the practice of government loans to purchase vehicles for MPs. If the executive branch of government does not have the resources to provide duty vehicles for MPs as it does for MMDCEs, CEOs of State Institutions/SOEs, Ministers, Judges, Civil Servants, Security Services, and so on and so forth, then MPs who need car loans should be allowed to make their own private car loan arrangements with the banks just as most private sector workers do,” he stated.
According to him, it will simply require that government stops the monthly deductions from MP’s salaries so they willing be free to broker individual car loan deals based on their salary structure, constituency terrain and other personal preferences.
He also revealed that Rt. Hon. Alban Bagbin has been a long time advocate for a uniform duty vehicle policy in the public sphere which does not discriminate between Ministers, MMDCEs, CEOs, Judges and MPs.
He believes that they [MPs] can count on the Speaker’s support as they pursue this mission.
Mr. Okudzeto Ablakwa noted that, deep reflection is needed on just how long the political class can keep stoking the anger levels of the masses beyond boiling point.
“We must not underestimate the people’s grave revulsion and its volcanic consequences on the stability and sustainability of our democracy,” he stressed.