Scores on social media are calling on Parliament to throw out a request by the Finance Ministry for a $28 million loan from the National Investment Bank (NIB) to purchase 275 vehicles for legislators in the eighth Parliament.
Deputy Finance Minister, Abena Osei Asare, on Tuesday, July 6, laid the request before the Floor of the House.
The Minister also presented a similar request for a $3.5 million car loan for members of the 8th Council of State for them to purchase vehicles.
According to social media users, the procurement of vehicles for MPs is not the need of the average Ghanaian.
They said government should place priority on providing quality education by ensuring schools under trees are a thing of the past, as well as providing quality healthcare and good roads.
Some of them want government to “drop that V8 and #fix the country”.
“Parliament is yet to approve a loan of $28m to buy cars, my question is what do the parliamentarians use their salaries for? Can’t they use their own cars?” a user quizzed.
Below are some comments from Twitter:
275 MPs in Ghana and the loan taken is $28M. convert to Cedis is 166,015,220.00 Ghanaian Cedi So this amount divided with the number of MPs we have will be $100000 Every MP will receive this amount of money to buy new car Convert $100000 to cedis is 592,911.50🤦🏼♂️💔— Ryder (@kobbyryder_) July 7, 2021
By the time this old people go leff the country give we na the national cake finish. Unless we go search ayigbe biscuit take console wanna body— KALYJAY 👻 (@gyaigyimii) July 7, 2021
Stupid leaders in Ghana . Both NPP and NDC . What happen to the cars MPs are using and they want loan to buy new ones for them . This country is finished. You borrow money for census . You borrow money for opening banks . Everything is about borrowing.— Rasheed Arki (@shmoney_killa) July 7, 2021
Ghana is getting a loan of 28 Million Dollars just to buy cars for Parliamentarians. There is a powerful curse ravaging through African countries— DR.PENKING™ (@drpenking) July 7, 2021
📌Alemya Moses in Navrongo writes:— #TV3GH (@tv3_ghana) July 7, 2021
This is the situation of Saabisi Primary School in Natugnia, under the Kassena-Nankana Municipal of the Upper East Region.
No furniture and part of the floor is spoiled. We are calling for help to remedy the situation.#TV3NewDay #3NewsGH pic.twitter.com/ic9sqncxCd