The Parliamentary Service Board has announce a decision to drop plans to build a 450-seat chamber estimated to cost $200m.
The Acting Director of Public Affairs of Parliament, Ms. Kate Addo said in a press statement that the concerns of the people is paramount and have been taken into consideration in reaching the decision.
Anger on social and mainstream media has been simmering since it emerged plans were being made to build a new chamber.
Ms Addo said even though the architectural designs for the new chamber were unveiled, more was yet to be done before construction eventually begins, the reason, she said, Members of Parliament were yet to be briefed on the decision.
Some MPs actually expressed anger with the leadership of the House for failing to properly inform them and proceeding to concretise plans for the new chamber.
The Majority Leader apologised for not informing the MPs of the discussions initiated before 2012.
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Kate could not state exactly how much has been paid for the architectural designs, save to say that certainly some money has been paid.
She would not state emphatically if the plans are being shelved for good. Ghana will need a new Parliamentary chamber sometime in the future, she insisted.
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
The Parliamentary Service Board, at its meeting on July 8, 2019, considered the burning issue of the development of a proposed new Parliamentary Chamber.
The Board, has, upon reviewing representations made to it by well-meaning Ghanaians, accordingly taken the development of the new Chamber block out of its present agenda.
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.
Ag. Director Public Affairs