Hon. Osei Bonsu Amoah, Member of Parliament for Akwapim South constituency and Deputy Minister for Local Government, Decentralisation and Rural Development has indicated that Members of Parliament will not oppose any government policy aimed at buying vehicles for parliamentarians.
‘’If it becomes a government policy that vehicles will be bought for MPs to use, we will welcome such a policy, as it is done in other public agencies after your tenure ends you leave the vehicle behind’’ he said.
He stated that it will rather put issues to rest concerning the State guaranteeing loans for MPs to acquire vehicles which have always become an issue in the country almost every time.
He said this on Freedom Radio’s ‘’Yen Man’’ show hosted by Kwaku Aboagye Apenteng when he added his voice to the Finance Ministry negotiating for a $28 million loan to purchase 275 vehicles for legislators in the eighth Parliament.
He said some of the MPs due to the nature and distance of their constituencies have their cars don’t even last for four years.
Explaining further, he indicated that the MPs would like the government to purchase the vehicles for them so that they will have peace, but all efforts to get the government to buy the vehicles have not yielded any results.
Therefore, the leadership of parliament has decided to give the MPs a loan to buy the cars, which is not from the government but has been negotiated with a Bank of which the government will guarantee.
He said after the car is delivered the loan will then be deducted till the end of the four-year term, however, after four years if the MP is not able to settle the loan then every available fund with the government is used to pay the loan.
Adding that the vehicle is always in the name of the MP and the government until full payment is made.