- Alhassan Suhuyini, Member of Parliament (MP) for the Tamale North constituency, has taken a glancing blow at the New Patriotic Party government and cautioned it from misusing Gh@60 allocated funds.
- Gh@50 celebrations cost state purse a whopping GHS97,776,388.44, instead of the original GHS29.31m allocated for the celebrations.
Speaking on the floor of parliament on Thursday, February 16, the Tamale North MP said that he wasn't among the “cynics who think we have nothing to celebrate at 60. I believe we do, and, so, I think we should,” although he was quick to add that he also hoped the celebrations would not be used as an opportunity to reward party loyalists, or celebrate an election victory.
“However, let the celebration not be used as an opportunity to dissipate public funds, reward political party loyalists, or be a subtle means to celebrate an election victory at the polls,” said the Tamale North legislator.
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Hon. Suhuyini also made it a point to warn government from spending more funds than was originally allocated for the celebrations. The Tamale North MP recollected the Gh@50 celebrations a decade, and how although the year-long celebration were slated to cost GHS29.31m, but ended up costing the state a whopping GHS97,776,388.44, according to an inquiry report published by 31 December 2008.
“Despite additional proceeds accruing to the planning committee through the sale of cars, land, furnishing, mansions and sponsorship totalling GHS19,352,498.00, only GHS4,800,543.38 of that was used for its intended purpose of servicing the loan from Fidelity Bank, which parliament approved, leaving an outstanding amount of GH¢15,374,075.58 as at December 2008," he further revealed.