Job 600 project completed; MPs now have offices

job-600Members of Parliament will soon be saved the burden of keeping their documents and other valuable in their car boots.

The MPs will soon be given the keys to their offices in the Job 600 building started in 1965 by Ghana’s first president Dr. Kwame Nkrumah.

The project which cost an estimated 63 million dollars has seen various modifications.

Ranking member on the Works and Housing Committee of Parliament David Oppong Kusi welcomed the offices albeit belated.

“I have been in Parliament for 11 years and to think that it has taken me 11 years to have something as simple as an office which is a basic and a prerequisite for most positions that is available in this country is almost an anti-climax.

“But thank God for small mercies,” he stated, adding that at last they will have the benefit of an office instead of carrying their books and research materials around.

About 250 offices are available for 275 MPs, but Oppong Kusi said the offices will be shared for all MPs.

He suggested that Ministers who are MPs and have offices already may have to relinquish their offices to MPs who have no offices.

The sharing of the new offices will be done before the end of the year.

Muntaka Mubarak, the Majority Chief Whip said there are 252 offices, secretariats, a clinic, gym and other important facilities.

Explaining why the MPs outnumber the offices, he said at the time the office complex was being built the number of MPs were only 230 but that number has shot up to 275.

That notwithstanding, he hoped the MPs will share offices and will gradually move into their new offices.

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