The former Member of Parliament for La Dadekotopon constituency in the Greater Accra Region, Nii Amasah Namoale, says he’s jobless and currently relying on the benevolence of former friends and political allies to make ends meet in life.
According to the former two-time La MP, he has been trying as hard as he can since leaving office to land a job to no avail, leaving him with no stable source of income.
He said aside his little businesses he runs which he often has to sustain with help from others, he has no reliable source of income as the state has made no provisions for former MPs like himself.
Namoale recounted his woes during an interview with Adom TV in Accra.
“In this part of our world, provisions have not been made to cater for former MPs. You won’t get a job when you are looking for one. I have tried to find a job several times but I am not getting one so I fall on my own business. If not for the support of people who help me with something to fall on my business, life would have been difficult.
“If you do everything right for the state, if you do everything right for the people, [they’ll help you]. Those I helped while I was a minister…I didn’t take any money from them for contracts, permits, licenses…once in awhile, these people come and give me money for support,” Namoale said.
He added that he’s not fighting for just himself but there are other former MPs who also can’t make ends meet after being struck by illnesses in their old age.
“Life can be hard for former MPs especially those with illness. I’m over sixty and I’m blessed not to be having these illnesses but where do those who have illnesses go to? They don’t have the money to do the things they’ll want to do.
“There are several of my colleagues who are struggling but I can’t mention their names. For some of them, their hospital bill is even a challenge. For some, what to feed on is really difficult,” the former MP said.
Nii Amasah Namoale served as Member of Parliament for La Dadekotopon from 2009 until he lost his seat in the 2016 elections.