House Dodges Media Over Refurbishment Issue

SONY DSCJournalists were disappointed yesterday, when a press conference organised by Parliament to clear the air on issues that have generated public outcry over the past week on the refurbishment and reconfigu-ration of the chamber of Parliament, was called off.

The press conference, which was organised by the leadership of the House, was called off at the very last minute after reporters had gathered at the Speaker’s conference room for the briefing.

The Deputy Clerk in Charge of Table Office, Mr. Ebenezer Djietro, gave the excuse that the Parliamentary Service could not reach the contractors to come and respond to the issues.

He said efforts to get an official from the contractors to answer to questions relating to the issues, proved futile.

“I called the main contractor, but the contractor was far away, heading towards the Eastern Region. He asked me to call his colleague; I called him, but he was also at SSNIT holding a meeting there,” Mr. Djietro said.

He said it was not the intention of the leadership of Parliament to avoid the media, and promised to reschedule the press conference for today.

Since the chamber was outdoored last week, issues such as the exact amount spent on the refurbishment as well as the quality of the products used for the refurbishment have generated public interest.

Last week for instance, the wheel under one of the chairs got broken, raising doubts over the quality of the chairs.

It is therefore expected that the leadership would organise a press conference to clarify the issues.

By Yaw Kyei

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