16:33, 27.Oct 2018
The opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) has
explained that the promise made by former President John Dramani Mahama to renovate Parliament House in 2013 was fulfilled.
Deputy General Secretary of the NDC, Peter Boamah Otokunor explained that after a feasibility exercise was undertaken, it was decided that renovation of the existing structure would serve the best interest of the nation and the Mahama-led administration at the time committed GHS16m for the project.
“They didn’t have a place to sit that is why he made that statement. Subsequently, after they were done with the feasibility studies, they realised that if they undertake refurbishment it will be best.
“So if Akufo-Addo has decided today that we need to build a new chamber in parliament and Ghanaians are angry about it and they want to withdraw then they should do that,” he told Accra FM’s Asonaba Kwadwo Nimafo on Thursday, 4 July 2019.
He was responding to critics who have said that former President John Dramani Mahama supported the construction of a new chamber for legislators hence hypocritical for the NDC to kick against a proposed $200m new chamber by the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP).
Mr Otokunor has, therefore, urged members of the NPP to stop peddling propaganda and desist from comparing what Mahama did to the current proposals yet to be laid before parliament but has been handed to renowned Ghanaian architect David Adjaye for construction.