Speaker of parliament lobbies pension scheme for MPs

Speaker of parliament lobbies pension scheme for MPs

The Speaker of Ghana's Parliament, Professor Aaron Mike Oquaye, has called on the House Committee of Parliament to take steps to implement a pension scheme for MPs.

This, he said, would help cushion them during the retirement as some ex-MPs have been known in the past to lament about their impoverished situation after leaving parliament.

Speaking on the floor of parliament, Prof Oquaye said on Thursday, 30 May, 2019, said despite the benefit of receiving ex gratia payments, some of the MPs, who, apart from their core mandate of making laws also provide for the upkeep of their constituents, end up in abject poverty when they leave office.

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“The House must seriously consider matters relating to former members of the House,” Prof Ocquaye said.

He explained that they are in the process of engaging with the State Insurance Corporation about insurance package for MPs, adding that: "we all know that the lives of many former members are not as we would like to see."

He said it hurts him when he sees the condition of certain legislators after they have completed their terms of office.

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He added that for some of the MPs, they were unable to return to their professions after quitting Parliament.

“We must, therefore, look at the reality and make provisions for pensions and other aspects of the welfare of honourable members,” he added.

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