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The names of four communities in the Abirem District of the Eastern sparked laughter in the Chamber of Parliament on Tuesday when the Member of Parliament (MP) for the area John Frimpong Osei, posed a question to the Minister for Energy to ascertain when those communities will be hooked to the national electricity grid.
The MP demanded to know from Boakye Agyarko when Kyiri Ahantan, Twewinso, Etwe nim Nyansa, Kote ye Aboa and Hwoa ye Mmbo among other communities including Akyekyeresu,Tetteh Brofo, Asarekrom, Alhajikrom and Yaw Broni would get electricity.
The mentioning of the four communities ignited uncontrollable laughter as the 1st Deputy Speaker Joseph Osei Owusu who was in the chair had a hectic time to bring the chamber under control.
The Minister’s response to the question also set the floor into a frenzy of laughter when he introduced the Chief Nana Dr. Boakye Darkwa and Queen mother from the Abirem Traditional Area with oversight responsibility over the two said towns to the MPs.
Agyarko assured the indegenes of the communities of the government’s determination to ensure that electricity gets to every nooks and cranny of the country as soon as possible
“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.
“The Ministry has noted the request and will conduct engineering survey to determine the best means of providing electricity to these communities in line with the electrification programme,” Agyarko assured.
Prior to the question the Majority Leader Osei Kyei Mensah-Bonsu had sought the ruling of the Speaker on whether the House should allow the names of the four communities to be mentioned as the names are considered to be profane.
Ruling on the issue, the Speaker quoted one of the late Chief Justice Akpalu’s rulings where he said “profanity does not contaminate the court and its the same as Parliament”
The Speaker’s ruling paved the way for the four communities’ names to be mentioned to the admiration of Members of the House and visitors at the public gallery in the Chamber of Parliament.
Source: Kwesi Coomson, Parliament