Former lawmaker Enoch Teye Mensah said members of the State Council needed cars to get around as part of their work, adding that if they were to deliver it had to come at a cost.
The Government of Ghana, through the Minister of Finance, Mr. Ken Ofori-Atta, recently tabled in Parliament two loan facilities for approval as auto loans for members of the State Council and MPs.
The government will pay 60 percent of the loan facility for members of the Council of State and MPs.
If approved, each deputy and member of the Council of State will receive approximately $ 100,000 to purchase a car of their choice.
The government is seeking approval for a loan facility of $ 28 million from the National Investment Bank for MPs and an additional $ 3.5 million from the same bank for members’ auto loans of the Council of State.
While the $ 28 million facility must be paid within 45 months, the $ 3.5 million loan facility must be paid within 42 months.
The deputies and the members of the Council of State will pay 40 percent of the capital while the government will support 60% of it and all the interest which will come to accumulate on the loan.
“The repayment of the facility by the beneficiaries will be made by withholding tax by the Ghana Parliamentary Service to the NIB. Repayment by beneficiaries and the Government of Ghana will be made at the end of each month during the term of the agreement, ”parts of the agreement read.
Speaking to Class Morning Show host Kofi Oppong Asamoah in a one-on-one interview on a range of national issues, including auto loans for members of the State Council as well as MPs, l former MP for Ningo Prampram, who is now the Greater Accra regional representative on the Council of State, said of the work of the members of the Council of State: “You need a car to work, you have to drive around. , if you want to take a tour of this region [Greater Accra], it’s pretty big ”.
“The last time they started having their annual general meetings, everyone wanted a piece of me. I go there and share experiences with them. You get nothing out of it. Some people come from the regions – the northern region, whatever – the whole country is represented there. So, for me, it doesn’t matter because they take from your salary ”.
According to him, “there is nothing that does not have a cost”, explaining: “So if you want people to deliver to you there must be a cost and the car you buy even they are deducted. of your salary “.
“So at the end of the day there will be something left that will have to be put on,” said the former sports minister.
He noted that: “It is not the loan, per se, to buy the car” but “it is the tax element which is very very important that a certain percentage be removed …”
Further arguing for the need for auto loans for MPs, Mr. Mensah said: “When you look at all the organizations in the state… almost all the public servants, the older ones, have official cars that they use for work. For the state and at the end of the day, what happens is that this car is depreciated by 35 percent. So at the end of the year, they evaluate it and auction it off and often the preference goes to the officers ”.
“So it’s nothing new where the car loan is given because when you’re doing public works it’s a whole other thing – what’s going on in it,” he said.
“And very often”, he added, “the deputies, at the end of the four years, what they call the end-of-service indemnities, enter almost entirely in the clearance of the loan. The ex gratia is used to settle the loan ”.
“… If you can pay some of it, then your ex gratia end-of-service pay will be there.” At the end of the day, deductions are made from your paycheck each month. If at the end of the four years there is a balance, you withdraw money for end-of-service pay; who will pay you? It is the state that will pay you and if this money is there, they will use it to pay off your debt, ”he stressed.
The former mayor of Accra said the job of an MP is hard work that must be appreciated by citizens.
“People don’t know that’s what’s going on; that’s why people buy what they can afford. People don’t know [that] MPship is one of the toughest positions anyone can go into because you are there and people think the money you sleep in it.
“People’s school fees, sometimes someone dies – when we lived in Dzorwulu, sometimes they bring the corpse to you. Every weekend the number of funerals you attend, otherwise they will threaten you and that is why attrition is high, ”he observed.
“Tuition, anything you can think of: funerals, outdoor outings, someone is going to [get] committed, they come to you because around your corridor, there are people saying to people: “You see, this road has not been built” and the deputies do not have a budget that is why if we decentralize properly, the assemblies will have budget to do these things and they will not put everything on the deputy. And, then, people come and they leave voluntarily ”.
“When you leave as an MP, you can’t even take care of your medical bills” if there is no “extra” source of income next to it, he told Kofi Oppong Asamoah in the recorded interview aired Thursday, July 15. 2021.
“Nothing but the pressure: the tuition, the funeral, the church harvest – you have to be there – if you don’t, you’re in trouble.”
“V8, how many people can buy V8?” So, you want to buy a parliamentary salary V8? Check it out, ”he noted.