Member of Parliament for Nkoranza Major Retired Derek Oduro has hinted that it could be very easy for parliament to be attacked by grenades and other deadly weapons mainly because of what he describes as the loose security nature in the house. The MP’s concerns comes amidst recent terrorist developments in neighbouring countries particularly Nigeria. Observations made by the house indicate various lapses such as broken down body scanners, malfunctioning CCTV camera and faulty recorders. In addition to Mr. Oduro, other members of parliament have also identified themselves with the problem as they express their worry over the issue. MP for Abuakwa- North Hon Atta Akyea has also revealed his frustration on how parliament house is been intruded by strangers; a situation he describes as unfortunate. Speaking to Pravda News the MP said, “it is gotten to do with the environment in which the members of parliament are working and if anybody can come in there, those who I call intruders, people who come and beg you when they have never met you before, and all manner of people who stampede us and harass us, it is very unfortunate. If a man is supposed to go and think in the chamber of the hall and he is sidetracked to be disturbed by people that he doesn’t even know, it is not a good reflection of our democracy”. When asked about the reason why MP’s didn’t bring up the issue for deliberation, the MP expressed that such an action could attract various false allegations of dereliction of duty and that, it was the duty of the parliamentary service to ensure security in the house. “I don’t know what the leadership has done because members of parliament are also part of the parliamentary service so they would have to filter out the problems we have because if we seem to be solving our personal problems on the floor of parliament, we shall be accused that we have neglected our national assignments. It is for the parliamentary service to ensure that members of parliament have good security” he said.
By Charles Ayitey/ Pravda News