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We don’t take your views lightly – Parliament to opponents of proposed chamber

The Parliament of Ghana has issued three (3) statements within the last twenty-four (24) hours calling for calm from the general public. The last two came after leaders of pressure group Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) stormed parliament and interrupted proceedings.

The second post on the House’s official Facebook page came with an official press statement cautioning against using abusive language and reiterated the August House’s commitment to frank and open discussions on matters of national interest.

“As representatives of the people, Parliament remains open to having frank discussions with citizens on issues of national interest. Parliament urges all of us to hold discourses in frank, temperate language for our collective good.” the second statement urged.”

The third post was more of a reassurance that the people’s voice on the matter of the chamber has been heard. The statement further noted that the views of the public on the matter were not being taken lightly and will be factored into any decisions of the House going forward.

Background

Most Ghanaians are up in arms over plans to build a new chamber for the legislative arm of government. The campaign dubbed #DropThatChamber has gathered momentum that only a few issues of national interest ever gather.

Most of the attacks on the project center around the conduct of MPs, perceived self-interest and the opportunity cost of putting up such an edifice not to talk of the possibility of increasing the number of MPs to 450.

Bottomline

For most people, the project has to be dropped completely but so far, the leadership of parliament or the government has not given any clear indication of backing down.

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