Parliamentarians don’t take Soli – North Dayi MP

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The Member of Parliament for North Dayi in the Volta Region, George

Loh has denied claims that Ghanaian Parliamentarians demand financial

incentives before they appear at certain programs.

The Executive Director of the Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA),

Sule Brimah, this week accused MPs of making monetary demands before

they attend programs they are invited to.

However, according to Mr. Loh, the claims by the MFWA were unjustified

and were borne out of a lack of knowledge of the workings of Ghana's


"I can say with authority that this is the joke of the century. I

don't know where this individual got his information from. It is

beginning to show clearly that most people do not understand how

parliament operates, do not understand what procedures we follow,

don't understand what guiding principles that we have as members of

parliament and I assure you that no member of parliament would ask for

any such envelope before they appear at any function," he said on

Eyewitness News on Thursday.

Mr. Loh argued that the purpose of any money that is given to

Parliamentarians by any event organizers is clearly stated before the

function and are not demanded by the MPs.

"There is an agreement between the leadership of Parliament and the

relevant organizations. When we get invited, whatever protocols go

with it, if MPs must get fuel coupons or money for fuel, it is clearly

stated," he said.

He added that if a Member of Parliament is invited to an 'unofficial

parliamentary programme,' the onus lies on the person who invited the

MP to provide fuel for his or her transportation to the function.

"Parliament has its own programs, officially mandated programs. When

we go for those programs the things that happen are different.

If a member of parliament is sitting somewhere and you are inviting

him or her to a program that is not an official parliamentary

programme on the Parliamentary calendar, you do not expect that that

person will fuel his or her car from Pusiga or Walewale or wherever to

Accra," he opined.

Credit: Citifmonline.com

Kofi Oppong Kyekyeku

I am a Ghanaian Broadcast Journalist/Writer who has an interest in General News, Sports, Entertainment, Health, Lifestyle and many more.

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