Member of Parliament for the Cape Coast South Constituency George Kweku Ricketts-Hagan has made a passionate call for former members of Parliament to be supported be it in kind and in cash.
“When you usually finish being a Member of Parliament, it is usually difficult for obvious reasons for people to hire you,” he acknowledged.
“First, they may not be able to pay you to put you back on your salaries as a Member of Parliament. [Secondly] our country is polarised with politics, so somebody employing you, that company will be deemed to be a supporter of a particular political party as a result of employing you and that could go against them if there is a different political party in power.”
The former Deputy Finance Minister expressed these concerns on Sunday, June 6 when the family of the late John Ernest Ekuban called on him at his residence.
The family was there to officially announce the death of the former MP for Cape Coast, the sad event which occurred at the Ridge Hospital.
Mr Ernest Ekuban was the first MP for Cape Coast in the Fourth Republic and was also appointed the first Central Region Minister by the late President Jerry John Rawlings.
The family called for a state burial for the former lawmaker.
Mr Ricketts-Hagan underscored the need for former MPs to be supported by every means possible as they become “a toxic in society in terms of employability”.
“We don’t have the pension. Yes we do pay ex-gratia which is related to a percentage of your salary but looking at the economy we live in that money is basically nothing to write home about.”