Politics of Friday, 16 August 2019
Member of Parliament for Ningo Prampram, Samuel Nartey George has schooled his critics on the use of the MP’s share of the District Assemblies Common Fund (DACF).
The National Democratic Congress (NDC) Legislator said Members of Parliament do not get access to the common fund as believed by many, but they work with such funds in accordance with the law.
Speaking with Battle Ground host, Oheneba Boamah Bennie, on Power 97.9 FM on Wednesday, Mr. George said he has been working with his share of the MP’s common fund as well as other funds he gets from the National Health Insurance Levy (NHIL) to the benefit of his constituents.
This follows allegations by one Michael Tetteh Kwetey, who is contesting with him in the upcoming NDC primaries for the slot to represent the party, that Mr. Sam George has been embezzling his share of the DACF.
But debunking the claim, Mr. George explained that the formula for disbursement of the Common Fund allows him [the MP] to receive four percent of the total allocation to the fund for purposes of initiating development projects in his constituency.
“The common fund does not sit in my account, I don’t see it. What I do is to liaise with my District Assembly and tell them what I want to do with my share of the fund and back them with authentic documents before the money is released for such projects,” he said.
“If he [his contender] doesn’t know about how MP’s common fund is utilized, he should humble himself and let me school him. That will help him,” Mr. George said as he added that he has accounted to the people how his share of the common fund is being used.
He revealed that a chunk of the funds is used to support the education of needy but brilliant students and other projects approved by his District Assembly, adding that ” I have held 14 town hall meetings to account to my people.”
To him, the constituents know his worth and efforts he has made to develop the human capital in his constituency.
He further urged them to focus on the development agenda he has discussed with them before becoming their MP and support him to represent them in Parliament again in 2021.