Design of proposed new 450-seater parliamentary chamber

Aspiring National Chairman of the Progressive People’s Party, Nana Ofori Owusu says the ongoing anti-chamber campaign is a reflection of the suffering of Ghanaians.

According to Mr Owusu, the bashing government is receiving over the proposed building of a new 450-seat chamber worth $200m is out of anger because there are more pressing issues the government ought to resolve rather than building a chamber.

He advised the government to take a cue from the reaction from Ghanaians over the chamber issue and solve the real issues affecting the citizenry as the country prepares for the 2020 polls.

“The reaction from Ghanaians is near violence on the streets, artistes have also brought their version, and two young guys also went to Parliament to express their displeasure. The discussion on the street is violence so far as the chamber is concerned.

“If Members of Parliament (MPs) are saying they have not been consulted, can the leadership take decisions without their concern and is it right? If they said they have redrawn the chamber have they apologised for it? The reaction from Ghanaians should be an indication that things are not good and people are suffering.

“The joblessness of people have made them angry so the chamber issue annoyed them the more. If you should prioritise our needs now as Ghanaians the chamber is least of our problems because people are suffering,” he stated on Peace FM, monitored by

He further said there is a communication gap between the various arms of government as far as the chamber issue is concerned.

“What’s more serious is the comment of some MPs on the issue. Some are in support some are not and some are also saying they have not been consulted about the matter. I also have seen a letter from the Speaker to the President to come and witness the sod cutting.

“If you put all these things together you ask yourself what is happening.  What is the communication in Parliament around the chamber and in-between the various arms of government? What is happening?” He asked.

Source: Adomonline | Nana Aba Mensah