China chairs; MPs Action ‘Unforgivable’ – Nunoo Mensah

Brigadier-General Joseph Nunoo-Mensah (rtd)

Brigadier-General Joseph Nunoo-Mensah (rtd)

A Former National Security Adviser, Brigadier-General Joseph Nunoo-Mensah (rtd) has criticized Members of Parliament (MP) for importing furniture from China to furnish the House, describing the move as ‘unforgivable.’

He has urged Ghanaians to ‘show their anger at our Parliamentarians. What they have done is unforgivable…when a parliamentarian doesn’t respond to people’s need you vote them out. I don’t care which party he stand for.’

Parliament has been widely criticized for importing luxurious chairs from China to stock its Chamber despite an advice by President Mahama to patronize made in Ghana products.

A lecturer at Asheshi University College and Chinese Policy analyst, Professor Lloyd Amoah had described the move as a ‘symbolic mistake,’ stating that ‘our republic has deep symbolic value…for arts of our country.’

Nunoo-Mensah speaking on an Accra based radio station said that ‘Our parliamentarians don’t think we have sufficient good carpenters in Ghana to make furniture for them, they have to go China or elsewhere and that saddens me.’

‘I don’t think our parliamentarians know what they are about. What kind of society are we building? I’m really flabbergasted,’ he added.

Meanwhile, the Speaker of Parliament, Edward Doe Adjaho estimated that the cost of  the furnishing to be GH¢21,950,855 (¢220 billion).

In a related development, it has emerged that Parliament is importing more furniture from Italy for their offices in the Job 600 building.

Local furniture companies have criticized government for ignoring them to import what they describe as  ‘inferior’ chairs and tables from China.

The speaker of Parliament,  Edward Doe Adjaho has revealed that ‘some Members of Leadership and MPs as well as Members of the Technical Team traveled to Italy to inspect and confirm various facilities and units of furniture.’

Credit: Godwin Allotey Akweiteh/

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