MPs Project Funds Have Remained Unpaid Since January

Statutory developmental funds due Members of Parliament (MPs) across the Political divide have remained unpaid since the beginning of the year, WhatsUp News has heard.

Funding sources, including the 2.23% from the Ghana Education Trust Fund (GETFund), National Health Insurance Levy (NHIL), funds for social interventions and the MPs Common Fund, have all remained dry because the government has not credited them since the beginning of the year.

Consequently, every MP is owed almost Ghc200, 000 in project funds that the Government has defaulted on.

From GETFUND, MPs ought to have received Ghc20, 000 each; Ghc40,000 each for social interventions of their choices in their various constituencies and some Ghc50,000 from the MPs Common Fund.

The NHIA allocation to the MPs is calculated to be Ghc75, 000 each.

Among Minority MPs, there is the belief that the non-payment of the statutory funds is deliberate and that the Akufo-Addo government is aiming to ensure that NDC MPs do not get funds to undertake projects that will improve their political fortunes in the upcoming elections.

Majority MPs caught up in the collateral damage, it is believed, will be less impacted by the lack of MP projects in the Constituencies because of the advantage of incumbency.

In February, the Government announced that it had cleared arrears owed the MPs Common Fund and that it was preparing to pay the MPs some of the arrears owed them, however, unhappy MPs have told WhatsUp News that their first quarter allocation has not reached them as the second quarter gradually grinds to a close.


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