Flagbearer of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), John Dramani Mahama has promised to pay Assembly Members monthly allowances for their work if he wins the December 7 presidential elections.
According to him, the allowance will be paid with the savings his government will make by drastically cutting down the number of ministers in his next administration in 2021.
Addressing a meeting with the Ghana Association of Assembly Members (GAAM) in his office in Accra, the former president said Assembly Members will be given monthly allowances because he observed that not only do they attend to the day-to-day needs of the people, but also serve as community development agents.
According to him, Assembly Members are the first point of contact for resolution of many issues in electoral areas and they require support from government to enable them to effectively discharge their enormous responsibilities.
Former President Mahama also pledged to “design training programmes to improve the capacity of Assembly Members as well as pay them monthly allowances to encourage them to do more for their communities.”
He further assured them that his administration will work closely with them to deepen their role in governance.
The former President also promised that his government will ensure the completion of all projects the New Patriotic Party (NPP) has abandoned.
He stated, “I will ensure the completion of all projects that the current government has deliberately abandoned, including roads, schools and health facilities so that the people can reap the benefit of those projects.”
Touching on COVID-19, the NDC flagbearer said he was ignored when he called for the involvement of local community leaders such as chiefs, Assembly Members and other opinion leaders in the national response plan to help stop the spread of the virus.
The result, he observed, was the woeful failure of the distribution of food and other relief packages, and the poor level of awareness of COVID-19.