Celebrities are the latest to join social media ‘Drop that Chamber’ campaign against the construction of a new chamber of Parliament, by the government.
The decision to put up the facility at a cost of $200 million dollars have received backlash from Ghanaians from all persuasions who are pouring out their displeasure on various social media platforms including twitter, Instagram Facebook and WhatsApp.
The latest to add to the campaign to ‘Drop That Chamber’, are popular film maker, Leila Djansi, comedian DKB, rapper Kwaw Kesse and iconic film actor John Dumelo.
They argued that there were many challenges that the nation was faced which needed the country’s financial resources to be channeled towards than putting up a new parliament building as such a cost to the detriment of pressing national issues.
John Dumelo in a post on Twitter said “Parliamentarians are doing a fantastic job but the Chamber is not needed now. #Drop that chamber.”
Describing the decision as unnecessary, Leila in a Facebook, post suggested that part of the $200m should rather be used to expand the Pediatric Oncology department of the Korle Bu Teaching hospital in Accra and a fund created for children with cancer.
Adding, health facilities in the rural areas were grasping for breath of modern equipment to provide quality healthcare delivery to Ghanaians and world class health personnel to man the facilities.
“They do not care about what happens in the hospitals because they have medical allowances and diplomatic visas, they do not care about the ill equipped schools and schools under trees because their children were in not only private school about but also expensive private schools as such”, Leila laments in her post.
With anger directed at Politicians, “They do not care about constant supply of potable water for the citizenry and 24-hour electricity supply, she stressed, ranting that “Enough is enough,”
The award winning film maker also called on her teeming fans and Ghanaians in general to join the campaign because “evil thrives when good people fail to do something.”
Probably, Ghana’s finest comedian, DKB in a video post on his Facebook timeline said using such an amount of money was tantamount to waste and advised that the money should be spent on necessities and not luxury.
Rapper Kwas Kesse who shared the same view as his fellow entertainment icons, advocated that government invest more in things that would improve the quality of life of the Ghanaian, especially the needy in the society.
BY RAISSA SAMBOU