‘#Letstalkmore’ Not Campaign To Revive $200M Chamber Project

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The Public Affairs Department of Parliament has denied reports its #Letstalkmore campaign is intended to resurrect the controversial $200 million new Parliamentary enclave project.

Some media reports have indicated the House has begun a new effort to revive the project after public opposition led to its suspension.

Acting director of the Department, Kate Addo, told Ghanacrusader.com the #Letstalkmore campaign has no direct or indirect link to the infamous chamber project.

#Letstalkmore, she said, is a simple promotion to educate people within the precinct of the legislature how to address issues concerning the House.

The work of the legislature, she indicated, sometimes get diluted with issues in which the name Parliament is mentioned hence the need to correct that impression.

Civil Society Organisations and Ghanaians in general have expressed stiff opposition to the project after the design was presented to the House.

The designed prototype concept of the new proposed Chamber

The proposed 450-seater chamber, according to proponents, would come with a chapel, a mosque, restaurant and a museum.

Majority leader, Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu, during a media briefing with the Parliamentary Press Corps had stated limitation of the current chamber in terms of security for MPs and congestion on the floor calls for a new chamber.

According to him, the swearing-in of new Presidents at the Independence Square is most inappropriate and a serious security threat since the venue is not secured enough against terrorist acts.

He argued if the new Chamber is to be built, it would provide adequate security for dignitaries and all new presidents during swearing-in and also conform to the dictates of the 1992 Constitution because the ceremony would be held within Parliament.

The Parliamentary Service Board has indicated that though the project is suspended, it is still on the cards because eventually the state would have to consider constructing a new chamber for various reasons.

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