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Let Us Nullify MPs Common Fund (Constitutional Amendment Needed)

Posted by Business in Ghana on July 13, 2012

By ERIC AGBESI DZOKOTO, Eric Djagbesiydd@yahoo.com>

Discerning citizens have watched with glee since the inception of the Fourth Republic the utilisation of the MPs Common Fund, which was provided for in the 1992 Constitution and institutionalised. It has become a largesse for the political class. Where is the accountability element? Some of us did not wish that the democracy   How come that the framers of the Constitution and the Consultative Assembly did not leave MPs to concentrate on their core business of law making and playing their watch door roles or oversight responsibility of the executive branch of state. In fact, there is too much wastage of state resources by our so called leaders across board and it is high time Civil Society Organisations wake up and confront the seeming monitisation of the Ghanaian polity.

We are a people who are smart in creating institutions and glorify in it without giving them teeth to bite yet we expect performance. The MPs Common Fund should at best be a Special Project Fund for an institution like the Department of Community Development, which has a lot of experience in providing real needs of the people through community mobilIsation and self help development suitable for the communities.

This important Department is left to rot and we pamper MPs with funds running into millions of tax-payers money. Oh!!! What a country? The MPs do not even acknowledge that the fund are actually state money when they profess to provide projects in the constituencies, but across board they bask in the glory that they have personally donated or sponsored such projects. I am concerned about His Excellency, The President’s initial promise in 2009 during the State of the Nation Address to replace the Common Fund with the Constituency Fund, which is still born though. I hope it will not see the light of day.

The MPs must be allowed to strictly concentrate on law making and sharpen their skills to provide guidance to the executive in terms of bills from the executive and so on. Our country has marked time for too long. Time is not on our side. It is because of this fund and many other trappings of the MPs that has made the position of MP so coveted, conflict (especially with DCE’s); and all manner of people would move heaven and earth to compete whereas they may not have the requisite competencies to play the role of MP.  I am looking for a Party bold enough to challenge this gargantuan fleecing of the state through this scheme. The role of the MPs should not be confused with development. We already have the District Assemblies and several Departments who should be supported with clear guidelines to perform this development role foisted on us. Enough is enough.

I call on Civil Society Organisations to rise up to this challenge and confront this issue through a broad based platform to change the law prescribing the MPs Common Fund. It is unnecessary and inefficient use of resources.

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One Response to “Let Us Nullify MPs Common Fund (Constitutional Amendment Needed)”

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