He claims that it is not economically sensible for lawmakers to attend parliament from Tuesday through Friday during these challenging times when fuel prices are constantly rising.
Ampem Nyarko remarked during a speech on the floor of the house that the house should think about holding longer sessions while cutting back on the number of workdays.
“I went to the store to make a purchase. My bill was for 3,000 Ghanaian cedis when I got home. I only had $2100, so before I could pay my bill, I had to phone a coworker and ask them to send me some MoMo that I was trying to avoid using.
“So Mr Speaker, looking at the kind of business that we have, is it possible that we stay for six hours a day? Instead of coming for two hours then we go back. Even if it is eight hours we will be able to stay and do the business for two days. That way we can save Ghc500 on fuel every week,” he proposed.
Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu, the majority leader and minister for parliamentary affairs, objected to the idea and called it absurd.
“The Member of Parliament calling for work in just two days in a week, Mr Speaker, that is a very apocalyptic declaration. I think that it’s an unfortunate call,” he said.
The price of transportation has increased as a result of the current situation where diesel is selling for more than 23 cedis per litre and petrol is over 18 cedis.