March 13, 2014

Member of Parliament (MP) for Atwima Mponua, Isaac Asiamah, has asserted that Parliament is “broke” and it is facilitating the work of the various committees of the House.

According to him, committees of parliament have under the circumstance no option than to beg for money from individuals and donors to enable them efficiently function.

Hon. Isaac Asiamah who was making a contribution to the debate on the President’s state of the nation address on Wednesday accused government of intentionally denying the House of Legislature with adequate funds to enable them carry out effective oversight on the executive.

The Ranking Member for the Committee on Youth and Sports stated that the status quo has forced the various committees in Parliament to accept money and other resources from donors to conduct its activities.

“Parliament is broke. Committees cannot function. If the president talks about parliament being viable and strong, he doesn’t know what he is talking about, because under his watch, Parliament is collapsing and not functioning well” Mr. Asiamah said.

He noted that the situation is dire such that equipment and tools like computers are broken down while A4 papers are in short supply.

The MP for Atwima Mponua, who is also a member of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC), stated that the committee has not received any funds this term to conduct its activities, adding that activities conducted so far has been made possible through support by Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), a situation he noted was compromising the work of Parliament.