Parliament Gets Police Post

Parliament of the Republic of Ghana has beefed up measures to ensure the safety and the security of the Speaker, Members of Parliament (MPs) and staff of the law making House.

On Friday March 18, a ceremony was organized at the Parliament House / State House to open a District Police Headquarters for the Parliament of Ghana / State House.

Speaker of Parliament who now doubles as the Acting President of the Republic of Ghana, Rt. Hon Speaker / H. E. Edward Doe Adjaho in his address to officially open the police post said the opening of the facility shows the commitment of the government to ensuring security of the MPs.

According to Him the police station has come at a time where issues of security in the sub region have been a major topic for discussion with the recent terrorist attacks on some African countries.

He furthered that the terrorist attack recently sends a signal that the country should be battle ready in terms of security because “when your neighbor’s house is on fire, get a bucket of water close to you”, he advised.

He added that everybody who would enter Parliament is subjected to the police and that they have to obey the instructions the police would give them. This, He said include the Speaker, MPs, Staff of Parliament and visitors.

H. E. Doe Adjaho, however, entreated that “all of us using Parliament must take instructions from the Police” and commended President John Mahama for the facility.

Minister for Interior, Prosper Douglas Bani also thanked the President for proving to Ghanaians that the security of the Legislators is of paramount interest to him. He also assured Ghanaians that the government will do its best to ensure that the security of the country is strengthened especially as the nation goes into general elections on November 7 this year.

Again, the Minority Leader and the MP for Suame, Hon. Osei Kyei Mensah urged that the country put enough measures in place to strengthen the security of the country especially at our borders to prevent perpetrators from getting access to cause mayhem in the country.

Deputy Majority Leader and MP for Ashaiman, Hon. Alfred Agbesi also expressed gratitude to the President for taken a bold step to ensure that MPs are safe.

The Inspector General of Police IGP, John Kudalor said the establishment of the facility has come at the right time because it will improve security at Parliament and the MPs. He urged the leadership of Parliament to continue working with the police to ensure there is adequate security at Parliament.

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