The Speaker of Parliament, Prof. Aaron Mike Oquaye, has applauded the rate of work on parliament’s Physical Enhancement project, which he stated that it is progressing well following a tour to the site alongside the parliamentary board.
Parliament’s Physical Enhancement project is a facility which will provide 54 additional offices for MPs, and will also have same facilities as the main job 600 building, and is expected to cost the legislature GH₵100m.
Additionally, it will provide office accommodation for staff of parliament, MPs drivers, media centre for press among others.
The entire project is expected to be completed by December 2019 and is being undertaken by China State Housing Company (CSHC).
Addressing the press after the tour to the site for the works in Accra, Speaker stated that “So far so good and we are happy with what we have seen, we are encouraging them to move swiftly according to the schedule we gave them last year.
This is the parliament enhancement project, we want to ensure that in fact we secure the whole area, where parliament now is, so that when you are coming to parliament, you know you are coming to parliament and no lingering, it does not become a thoroughfare and so on”.
According to the Speaker of Parliament, government has agreed to and is so far providing on time budgetary allocation for the project, enabling construction to move smoothly and swiftly.
He also indicated that they have identified the whole of the parliamentary enclave including other buildings around in order to have them released to parliament.
On the budgetary allocation of Ghc100m, Prof. Oquaye indicated that all monies used are applied judiciously.
He also disclosed that they are looking forward to the new chamber starting very soon.
“When this block is finished, all MPs whether they are Ministers or not will also have offices. There is a tendency whereby because we lack offices, ministers who are MPs sometimes don’t have offices here, also do work as MPs over there, all these are being catered for”.