With barely two years of legislators using Chinese chairs at a cost of 21 million cedis reports show these have broken down forcing parliament to change them.
During the recent break by parliament all the furniture was replaced and legislators had new chairs when the house resumed sitting on Tuesday May 17, 2016. Deputy Majority Whip Ahmed Ibrahim said the replacement of the chairs was done at no cost to the state due to a warranty clause in the contract with the Chinese company.
“[This is] because of some defects in the chairs that were procured for parliamentary work and a clause that was in the contract within two years in which if anything goes bad, then it will replace the chairs. This is at the contractor’s own interest and all that you see there, the Ghanaian taxpayer is not paying even a pesewa. He replaced all the 275 chairs free off charge without any new procurement,” he noted.
It will be recalled that the house underwent a massive facelift in 2014, with most of the new fittings and additions to the renovations imported from China. This prompted a backlash from a section of the populace after local furniture companies were overlooked in favour of their Chinese counterparts.