Assembly member unhappy with delay in supplying motorcycles


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Mr Barnabas Tengbani Gaazienye, MP for Dabo constituency in Wa West district, expressed concern about the government’s delay in providing motorcycles to MPs, which is hampering their work.

He said Assembly members had to respond to the needs and challenges of all communities in their electoral areas, but some Assembly members did not have the means of transportation to visit communities regularly.

Speaking in an interview with the Ghanaian News Agency (GNA) in Dabo, Gaazienye observed that his constituency, for example, had around 18 communities he had to serve, hence the need for motorcycles. to facilitate movement.

According to him, the members of the Assembly should, among other things, facilitate the organization of community work in the communities to solve certain urgent problems such as roads and respond to emergencies.

He said the situation in which motorcycles were handed over to members of the Assembly when they left office did not serve the purpose, saying: “The government is still waiting after the four-year term of members, then it will bring motorcycles “.

“I do not know if the motorbike is one of our ex-gratia, or the government intends to bring the bikes to support the deputies in their work during their mandate but is slow,” explained Mr. Gaazienye.

He said that not all members of the unit committee also had means of transport to visit some communities, saying: “If they had given me the motorbike, maybe I would have given one to the members. of the unit committee with whom to work ”.

Speaking about the compensation of Assembly members, Gaazienye said the only compensation for them was during Assembly meetings where they would receive a token to purchase fuel.

He suggested that there should be some form of remuneration for Assembly members to enable them to effectively discharge their mandate, and also to help them address some relevant challenges in their constituencies, such as l purchase to replace fused street light bulbs.

Mr Gaazienye said the only reward Assembly members were supposed to get was the ex-gratia given to them after the four-year term, but that was also not planned.

He said in his district assembly, for example, where members of the immediate previous assembly were to receive GH 1,000.00? each free of charge, only GH 500.00 were given to them as part payment saying “whether they will pay the balance or not nobody can tell”.

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