rlg borehole proposal stinks – MP
Dr. Mark Assibey-Yeboah, MP for New Juaben South has said local computer assembling plant, rlg’s borehole proposal to Parliament stinks.
The local company under the auspices of its ‘Water for All’ initiative had written to Parliament, inviting each of the 275 legislators to select a site in his or her constituency for a borehole to be drilled at the expense of the company as part of its corporate social responsibility.
But the proposal comes in the midst of the numerous agitations over the tax payer’s money given to rlg Communications Limited by the Government to execute various projects on its behalf.
Dr. Assibey-Yeboah, not content with the proposal believes the move “is intended to compromise MPs.”
According to the MP, it was not the business of rlg Communications Limited, a private entity, to request from Members of the Ghanaian legislature to choose where a project should be cited for them.
To him, the proposal by the ICT company was improper and must be stopped.
“I am in full support of providing boreholes for our people but the one being spearheaded by rlg Communications Limited stinks,” the New Juaben law maker asserted in an a telephone interview.
He added “here is a company which has come under intense pressure for the past several months for misappropriating the tax payer’s money. We’ve seen how the company under its CEO Roland Agambire went about with the SADA, re-afforestation and the Guinea Fowl projects. Parliament has been called upon to scrutinize these projects and here we are with a borehole proposal from same company. This deal when signed on is likely to compromise members.”
Members of Parliament for Adansi Asokwa and Awutu, Kobina Tahir Hammond and Alexander Kwamina Afenyo-Markin had earlier condemned the proposal and called on their colleague MPs to do same.
“I think it’s a strategy to compromise MPs and I, therefore, would not subscribe to that so called borehole drilling by RLG Foundation. I need boreholes in Winneba, but I would look for funding,” Mr. Afenyo-Markin asserted.
Continuing, Dr. Assibey-Yeboah noted that “for good governance, any private person or entity should not have the gut to come to MPs to offer them projects.”
According to him, the best thing rlg Communications could have done was to collaborate with the local Assemblies to undertake the boreholes project, noting “failure to do so make the whole proposal flawed.”
In any case, he argued, it is the business of the Government to provide social amenities, including potable water to the people.
He urged his colleague MPs who hastily signed onto the proposal to “seriously reconsider the offer given them” because “people will judge them one day.”