February 1, 2018

The First Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Joseph Osei Owusu, has slammed the Minority over comments he considers embarrassing to the institution of Parliament.

This follows comments by the Minority that some members of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) vigilante groups had been recruited to provide security in Parliament.

Mr. Osei Owusu who was in the  chair of the Speaker directing affairs of the House in the absence of  the Speaker, on Wednesday  said the comments were unfortunate given that the Minority understands how such exercises were  undertaken.

“Let’s not use partisan considerations to embarrass the institution that we are part of,” he said as he chided the National Democratic Congress Minority.

“Before the police came here, the police were brought in by Honorable Doe Adjaho in 2015, so Parliament security is not new. It is not a new institution that is being set up.”

“The most critical thing for me is not raising the issue with matters that have to do with Parliament, but going to discuss them as if something untoward is happening,” Mr. Osei Owusu stated.

Second Deputy Speaker, Alban Bagbin who later caught the eye of the first Deputy Speaker used the opportunity to advice members to hasten slowly and should not rush the public to public to debate internal matters that can be resolved.

He noted that,  that was the reason why he stood up to give some vital information and explanation to the process of recruitment which is a decision of the parliamentary service aboard just to save the first Deputy Speaker going through this explanation.

By: Kwaku Sakyi-Danso/ghanamps.com