General information for Thursday, July 15, 2021
Parliament’s finance committee has recommended stopping car loan advances to MPs.
This follows public reaction to the filing of a $ 28 million loan deal for MPs to buy cars by Finance Minister Ken Ofori-Atta.
The House Finance Committee has suggested in its report that this practice should be abandoned.
Parts of the report read as follows: “These legitimate concerns are fueled by the fact that, of all Section 71 officials, only Members of Parliament and Members of the Council of State benefit from these auto loans, which a large part is reimbursed by the State “.
“The Committee felt that as representatives of the people, MPs cannot continue to leave these concerns unattended.”
“It weakens the trust Ghanaians have in us. We have a responsibility to reflect the values and ideals of the people we represent.”
“Consequently, the Committee strongly recommends that Parliament end the current vehicle loan scheme for deputies and members of the Council of State”.
“Members of Parliament and members of the Council of State should have a service vehicle similar to that of other office holders falling under Article 71”.
“And the Committee respectfully recommends that Parliament and the Parliamentary Service take the necessary steps to make this happen.”
“The instant vehicle loan agreement for MPs and Council of State members before us today should therefore be the last that the state sponsors. “