NDC MP for South Dayi, Rockson-Nelson Dafeamekpor has defended the government’s decision to give a $28 million car loan to parliamentarians to purchase new cars.
According to him, it is undeserving of any honourable Members of Parliament in Ghana to come to the House riding in a commercial vehicle or Uber.
Speaking in an exclusive interview with JoyNews, Mr Dafeamekpor said he sees nothing wrong with the $28 million car loan the Finance Minister has tabled before the House to allow Members to buy new cars since they deserve better.
He made reference to the other arms of government and the preferential treatment they are given.
“Check the condition of service for the Electoral Commissioner. She has about 5 military officers following her in two Landcruisers. She is an article, 71 officeholder. She was not given money or a loan to buy these vehicles. I don’t have five military men following me.”
“Supreme Court judges have Landcruisers, they were not given loans to buy their Landcruisers. Ministers of State have Landcruisers or official vehicles. Yesterday, you saw in the papers that another facility is being taken by the Executive to acquire official vehicles for members of the Council of State.”
“MPs are the only category of article 71 holders who are not given an official vehicle. So if the agreement is that we are given a loan to purchase official vehicles, I think it is very wrong. My position is that the government should take steps and get us official vehicles to perform the functions of our office in the next four years like it is done for all the other categories.”