General News of Sunday, 9 July 2017
Financial Analyst and Social commentator Casely Hayford has launched a scathing attack on parliamentarians in the country describing them as a bunch of persons who just sit in parliament to make stupid decisions and pass stupid laws.
“These people are sitting there, spending money like crazy, making stupid decisions, and passing stupid laws”,he stated.
He argued that rather than making the interest of the country priority, they capitalize on their position to exploit the country’s resources.
“All they can think of is, let’s pass this thing quickly, let’s go to Senchi Royal, let’s go and sit there and chill and come back and that’s the pattern”
Casely Hayford who was Guest Speaker at a seminar dubbed “The Economic and Political Rise of Africa”, said parliamentarians, contrary to their role of representing the voiceless by passing laws that help promote development in the country, pass laws without considering the relevant factors and the consequences their actions may produce.
“They don’t read the papers that they are given, they don’t think through what the challenges are”, he stated.
For him, the parliament house is merely as good as a tourist site which will serve the country better by bringing in income through tourism. He recommended that the country’s existing legislative body be dissolved and regional ones formed to ensure measurable work is done and to promote accountability in the country.
“The first thing I will do if I had the opportunity is to break down parliament. We don’t need it”, he said.
“Maybe if we break it down we are wasting money but maybe we can use it as a tourist attraction, we can say, this is what we used to do in the past, so come for a tour and then we should just poster it all so people can see”, he added.
“We should have regional parliaments, every region, we have 10 of them in Ghana, every region must have its own legal parliament, every region must have its own law courts, every region must have its ministries and down at that level, let the decisions be made as to where they want to go”, he added.
The seminar themed; “The Economic and Political Rise of Africa” saw several students from various tertiary institutions and corporate workers in attendance.
The event organized by the Governance and Security Group of Africa (CSG Africa) came off on Saturday July 8 at the African Regent Hotel in Accra.