Legislators Must Desist From Making Empty Promises — Alhaji Saddique Boniface

The Minister of Inner Cities and Zongo Development, Alhaji Abubakar Saddique Boniface, has urged legislators to desist from making empty promises during campaigns as such promises usually marred their relationship with their constituents and also inhibited their capabilities to work well when voted into power.

“I know of parliamentarians who can’t go to their constituencies today because they failed to fulfil their promises,” he said.

He indicated that though the role of a modern legislator goes beyond making laws to include being an agent of development, the resources made available to legislators, such as the common fund, were usually insufficient to fulfil such promises.

He, therefore, advised politicians to campaign on facilitating development rather than initiating and financing them.

“Every MP must know his level, which means if I am given a common fund of ¢40,000, I can’t say I will build a big school,” he added.

Town Hall Meeting

Alhaji Boniface made the remarks in an interview at a 2018 Town Hall Meeting held in Accra.

The meeting was organised by the Ministry of Information and the La Nkwantanang-Madina Municipal Assembly (LaNMMA) on the theme: “Disseminating Information on Government Policies, Programmes and Activities.”

In attendance were traditional authorities, assembly and unit committee members;  divisional and district commanders from the Ghana Police Service and some senior high school (SHS) students within the municipality.