450-seater Chamber: New Chamber will make MPs attract Speaker’s eye – Majority Leader

450-seater Chamber: New Chamber will make MPs attract Speaker’s eye – Majority Leader

The Majority Leader in Parliament, Osei Kyei Mensah-Bonsu, has justified plans for the construction of a proposed 450-seater capacity parliamentary chamber believed to cost not more than $200 million, despite strong criticisms and fierce opposition.

Osei Kyei Mensah Bonsu explained that the current chamber made it extremely difficult for most Members of Parliament to get the attention of the Speaker when they want to contribute to discussions on the Floor of the House.

According to him, some of the MPs sat behind the pillars of the chamber hence making it difficult to attract the Speaker’s attention.

Speaking on Citi TV’s The Point of View on Wednesday, July 3, 2019, the majority leader said the activities of the House were being crippled as a result of the discomforting circumstances presently existing in the chamber.

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“ The reason the Board is considering this is because of the myriad of challenges confronting the current chamber.

When this chamber was increased to 275 seats, it exposed then columns in the chamber with many members sitting behind these columns such that they are not able to attract the eye of the Speaker. We have just indicated in the research findings that some constituents are saying that, they are not able to hear their MPs talk or even identified by the Speaker even when they rise up,” he said.

Answer to questions of a possible expansion instead of an entirely new one, Kyei-Mensah Bonsu explained that any attempts to go ahead with expansion work would lead to a collapse of the building.

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“When you go into the design, you realize that there are pillars which when removed now will make the whole edifice collapse because of the original configuration of the structure." he noted.

In other news, the Majority Leader, Osei Kyei Mensah Bonsu, described as baseless, opposition to the building a new chamber for Parliament.

He said that the country has more pressing issues and priorities to fulfill but all cannot be done before building the new chamber.

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