Parliament: Names of Communities throw MPs into a frenzy

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The plenary of Parliament went agog on Wednesday afternoon when communities in the Abirem Constituency named after some sexual organs of the human body popped up on the Order Paper.

Majority leader Osei Kyei-Mensa-Bonsu had earlier insisted that the names of the communities should not be mentioned because according to him it could ‘chaos’ if allowed on the Floor of Parliament.

He said the sensitive nature of the names of the communities as appeared in the question filed by the law maker for the people of Abirem should be considered.

However, the Minority leader Haruna Idirisu, insisted the member can not be denied his right by the House to mention names of his communities in a question he had filed.

The first deputy Speaker, Joseph Osei-Wusu, who was on the Seat directed that the MP be allow to mention the names because they form part of his community.

MP for Abirem constituency in the Eastern region, Mr John Osei Frimpong then demanded to know of the Minister of Energy plans to by the government to connect some communities in the Abirem constituency to the national grid.

He seeks to ask the Minister “Whether the Ministry has plans to provide off-grid electricity to the following communities in the Abirem Constituency which are difficult to connect to the national grid: Akyiri Ahantan, TWENWINSO , ETWE NIM NYANSA, KOTE YE ABOA, HWOA YE MMOBO, Akyekyeresu , Tetteh Brofo , Asarekrom , Alhajikrom and Yaw Broni”.

According to the minister, the objective of the National Electrification Scheme (NBS) towards the achievement of the universal access is to provide electdcity to all communities either through grid extension or off-grid/mini-grid solutions for remote or island communities.

“For the communities in the Abirem constituency which are difficult to be connected to the national grid, the ministry will explore the possibility of connecting them through off-grid or mini-grid solutions,” he said.

He said the Ministry has noted the request from the MP and will conduct engineering survey to determine the best means of providing electricity to these communities in line with the electrification programme.

In an interview with Nana Dr. Boakye Dakwah III, Chief of Pankese who is also the chief of the area, regarding the kind of interest the names of the town in his area have generated he said he was impressed with the answers of the Minister for assuring them of electricity.

Meanwhile, the MP has promised to follow up on the Minister’s assurance and make sure the promised by the minister is kept.

Source: Franklin ASARE-DONKOH

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