General News of Friday, 27 February 2015
Source: Daily Guide
The National Democratic Congress (NDC) government is cash-strapped, according to Dr. Mathew Opoku Prempeh, the Manhyia South Member of Parliament (MP.)
The New Patriotic Party (NPP) lawmaker, who is affectionately called ‘Napo,’ said the unpleasant situation has hampered significant infrastructural development lately.
He disclosed that the NDC government has deferred payment of MPs Common Fund on grounds that the government is cash-strapped.
Napo, therefore, urged the populace not to expect any meaningful development in their localities until 2016.
He disclosed this during the ‘Meet Your Constituents’ programme at Mbrom where he interacted with the residents of KO and OI.
“The Mahama government initially said the meat is finished and it is left with only bones, apparently referring to Ghana’s economic situation at that time,” Napo told the crowd on Sunday.
“Now they have chewed the bones as well, leaving the country with no money for any developmental project. This is how hopeless Ghana’s situation is at the moment my brothers and sisters.
“The NDC government has even deferred payment of MPs Common Fund from half of 2014 to 2017 simply because the government says the country is broke and therefore cannot pay the common fund.”
He attributed the economic crunch to corruption by government officials and mismanagement, which has been the hallmark of the Mahama administration.
According to him, since MPs were not getting their common funds to promote developmental projects, the growth of the various localities in the country would be retarded.
Napo said MPs in the country have to adopt ingenious ways of raising funds to embark on developmental projects to improve the lives of their constituents.
The Manhyia South MP expressed sadness about the deplorable state of the school feeding project started by the NPP administration, noting that the social intervention programme would be revived if the NPP captures power in 2016.
The ‘Meet Your Constituents’ programme forms part of efforts by Napo to educate constituents about parliamentary work.