MP urges demo over power crisis in Parliament

A Minority MP is calling for a massive demonstration against Speaker of Parliament, Edward Doe Adjaho and the Parliamentary Service Board (PSB), for failing to resolve parliament’s power crisis.

A power cut Wednesday in the House forced the First Deputy Speaker, Ebo Barton-Odro, to suspend proceedings for over an hour when MPs were debating a loan agreement.

Speaking with Adom News after the ‘dumsor’ in Parliament, MP for Kpandai, Mathew Yindam, said the erratic power supply is shameful and unacceptable.

“It’s so embarrassing and I feel ashamed as MP and it’s shameful on MP’s and the entire nation” he said.

Yindam noted that despite the ‘WÉ”n Gbo’ demonstration organized in February by the NPP to show their displeasure over the worsening power crisis and economic challenges in the country, minority members must come together and stage a massive demonstration in parliament to register their frustrations about the power crisis in the country.

“As minority we need to demonstrate against Speaker and his workers in Parliament for failing to repair or replace the old generator with new one to enhance the work of Parliament” Mathew Yindam told Adom News.

Meanwhile the Member of Parliament for Komenda Edina Eguafo Abrem, Dr. Nana Ato Arthur also agreed to the call by Yindam that the minority should demonstrate.

Dr. Ato-Arthur said the President John Mahama has failed Ghanaians.

He adds that the Power Minister, Dr. Kwabena Donkor and the President must sit up to fix the erratic power challenges confronting the nation.

However, the view among some Majority MPs is different.

MP for Bia East, Richard Acheampong, disagreed with the Minority MPs call for a protest against the power situation in Parliament and in the country.

“I agree with you that the erratic power situation is unacceptable and disturbing but the government is doing its best to fix the problem”, he said.

According to him, the even the White House in the United States as well as the presidential residence have fallen victim to intermittent power outages.

“If Washington, D.C., including the White House, has been hit by power outages why do people have to complain about Ghana’s situation?” he put to the Minority members.

“Just last three months there were power outages in the United State and if it has happen to Ghana I don’t think people must make noise about it” Richard Acheampong stressed further in defence of government.

In November 2014, a similar power cut in Parliament forced the Speaker to set up an ad hoc committee to investigate frequent power cuts to the House.

The Speaker expressed disappointment over the frequent power cuts in Parliament and its impact on the work of the House.

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