Thomas Ampem Nyarko, a member of parliament for the Asuogyaman Constituency, has urged for fewer parliamentary sessions.
He contends that in order for MPs to save money on the exorbitant fuel rates now in effect, Parliament should only meet twice a week.
While making a comment about the business statement for the upcoming week in Parliament, he offered the suggestion.
MPs now meet four days a week, but the NDC MP claims that the recommendation was made because MPs are finding it difficult to manage the rising expense of petrol.
In order to reduce the amount of money spent on fuel, he said, “Sometimes we can come and adjourn for the day in less than two hours. I’m wondering if it won’t be possible for the Business Committee to consolidate and pack their activities so that instead of four days, we come like two days in a week.”
Over the course of the week, fuel costs have increased by enormous amounts. From 15 and 19 cedis per litre previously, the average price of gasoline and diesel has increased to 18 and 23 cedis per litre, respectively.
According to Mr Nyarko, filling his tank at a fuel station cost him GHȼ3,000, adding that he had to seek assistance from a colleague MP to settle the cost. “So Mr Speaker looking at the kind of business that we have, is it not possible… we can stay for six hours a day instead of driving here two hours then we go back for … that way, we can save like 500 cedis on fuel,” he explained.
However, Majority Leader Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu retaliated by admonishing that no such suggestion would be taken into consideration due to its impact on productivity.
He called the request “apocalyptic” and said it was sad that a member of parliament would make such a suggestion.
“How will this decision you are making affect national productivity, and how will it affect GDP? I believe that the decision to have us work for just two days was a mistake, he stated.