GH₵ 16 million spent on rehabilitated Chamber, ‘China chairs’

The Chamber of Parliament has been refurbished and re­configured to reduce over­crowding in the House and ensure the comfort of all the 275 Members of Parliament (MPs).

Virtually, all the old facilities in the Chamber since the first Parliament of the Fourth Republic, have been replaced with new ones, at a cost believed to be more than GH₵16 million.

The large- sized wooden tables and chairs have been replaced with small­ sized electronic work stations, microphones and chairs.

The House now has new leather chairs replacing the 20-year old ones, new robotic video cameras for televising Parliament, new extra- large television and voting screen displays, new carpets, ceiling, chandelier, among others.

The washrooms have also been expanded, with provision of facilities for physically challenged persons. The replacement of the air- conditioning units with new ones is yet to be completed.

Welcoming the MPs back from recess on Tuesday, the Speaker, Mr. Edward Doe Adjaho, said the refurbishment was to expand the seating capacity in the House.

“For the first time, provision has been made for physically challenged persons to enter and exit the Chamber. These are in compliance with the provisions of Persons with Disability Act, 2006, (Act 715),” he said.

The Speaker noted that the consoles on the tables had been installed with legislative software to enable the MPs to access parliamentary documents such as order papers, votes and proceedings, committee reports and bills, among others.

He said the devices would also enable the members to electronically cast their votes in the House.

Mr. Adjaho commended Messrs China State Hualong Construction Limited, the main contractor for the project, for working round the clock to deliver the project on time.

He also commended Messrs A.D.K Consortium and Messrs Electronic Supplies and Engineering Services, who supervised the work of the contractors.

Mr. Adjaho asked the various committees of parliament to speed up their work and present their reports.

“The agenda for this current meeting is a hectic one as we will be dealing with the Financial Policy and Budget Statement for the year 2015,” he said.

“It is my expectation that the ministries, departments and agencies of government would respect the time table of the House for the meeting and submit their legislative and other proposals which require consideration and approval by Parliament on schedule,” he said.


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