Explainer: Why parliament has dropped the chamber project

Explainer: Why parliament has dropped the chamber project

- The Parliamentary Service Board says it has taken the decision to shelve plans to develop a new chamber block following massive objection by the Ghanaian populace

- The Board in a statement opined that after a review of the proposal to construct a new chamber for the House

- Well-meaning Ghanaians were not in support of the project, hence the decision to drop the idea

The legislature has finally dropped the idea and plan to build a new multi-purpose 450-capacity chamber block following public outrage and objection.

Parliamentarians in Ghana have come under the spotlight following a proposal to erect a new chamber.

But latest information available to YEN.com.gh indicates that the Parliamentary Service Board has yielded to the intense pressure from Ghanaians by removing the proposed plan from its agenda.

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According to a statement signed by the Director of Public Affairs, Kate Addo the development of a new chamber of parliament has been dropped for now but will be considered in future.

The development of the Parliamentary enclave and a new Chamber block and offices shall however, remain an essential and integral part of the future plans of the Legislature, in a bid to provide a strong, accountable, responsive and transparent parliament to serve the purpose of Parliament,” the statement noted.

The multi-purpose 450 capacity chamber block was estimated to cost Ghana an amount in the region of $200 million.

The announcement of the projected sparked wild reactions from a section of Ghanaians, who say erecting a new chamber is unnecessary at this moment.

Meanwhile, a demonstration has also been scheduled for July 13, while the hashtag #DropThatChamber is already trending on social media.

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