Parliament approved a $ 28 million loan facility for members to purchase cars for their official duties.
On Thursday, July 15, the House also approved a $ 13.36 million tax exemption facility for all members of Parliament and the State Council for the purchase of cars.
The vehicle loan agreement was presented to the House by Finance Minister Ken Ofori-Atta.
The facility will see the state pay 60 percent of the cost of vehicles for parliamentarians.
But the move divided opinion in the House after public reaction.
North Tongu Constituency MP Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa announced on Tuesday July 13 that he had co-sponsored a private member’s motion with fellow Okaikoi Central member Patrick Boamah, who is also vice-chair of the finance committee, so that the House rejects Mr. Ofori-Atta’s motion.
This was admitted by the Speaker of Parliament, Alban Sumana Bagbin, for an emergency debate, according to the deputy of the National Democratic Congress (NDC).
However, on Thursday, members voted overwhelmingly to approve the installation.
Nonetheless, it will be the last to be presented to the House as a recommendation from the Finance Committee that such a decision for each legislature every four years be discontinued has also been approved.
Speaking on the House floor, committee chairman Kwaku Agyemang Kwarteng, who is also an MP for Obuasi West constituency, said lawmakers and members of the State Council should have similar provisions on service post vehicles like other Article 71 office holders, who buy cars from their emoluments.
“The Committee respectfully recommends that Parliament and the Parliamentary Service take the necessary steps to make this happen,” he said.
“The instant vehicle loan agreement for MPs and Council of State members before us today should therefore be the last that the state sponsors. “