After enduring considerable public backlash for his comments on the proposed construction of the new Parliamentary chambers, Minister For Parliamentary Affairs, Osei Kyei-Mensah Bonsu has softened his stand on the proposed cost of the endeavor, insisting it would cost less than the estimated $200 million dollars.
With mass public agitations against the project in the face of challenging economic times with increased utility tariffs, many have questioned the real motives behind government’s push for such a costly venture where several crucial state departments and facilities are choking under inadequate resources.
The minister of Parliamentary Affairs whose frontline demeanor has not been met with public support diluted his remarks and in a sense backtracked saying, “We all think the facility should not exceed a certain amount that is $200 million, we are looking at something between $150 and the $200 million.”
The Ghanaian public have not been lenient with Osei Kyei-Mensah Bonsu who serves in a trinity of capacities as the Minister for Parliamentary Affairs, Majority Leader and MP for Suame constituency, for his rather ill-advised comments as he earlier countered critics who called the new parliamentary chamber affair a luxuriously misplaced priority.
Campaigns for the outright abandonment of the multi-million dollar chamber remain strong with cross-sectional voices steadfastly unflinching.