February 1, 2018

The Second Deputy Speaker of Parliament Alban Kinsford Sumana Bagbin has appealed to worried Members of Parliament to calm down about recent recruitment of auxiliary security personnel by the Parliamentary Service Board to beef up security of MPs.

The MPs worry was borne out of the fear that they were not briefed about the recruitment process only to see uniformed men and women in the chamber who were not the regular security officials.

The MPs were subsequently briefed at a joint caucus meeting on welfare matters where security issues featured prominently on the agenda.

Parliament in its quest to strengthen and beef up security in parliament engaged the services of private security personnel since the Ghana police Service complained of inadequate men.

The MPs fear the recruitment process had been compromised by some elements of a vigilante group associated with the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP). Some members of the Minority National Democratic Congress (NDC) questioned the process and called for a parliamentary enquiry to further scrutinize the process.

As the fatherly figure in the house, Alban Bagbin, stated that the Parliamentary Service Board was responsible for such exercises and not Parliament as an institution.

The Nadoli/Kaleo MP urged members not to create the impression that Parliament as an institution had failed to inform the House about the process. He urged Members of Parliament to seek clarity on issues from their leaders before going public with their concerns.

By Christian Kpesese/ ghanadistricts.com