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“You are an MP, and so what?” – Speaker on how some security personnel respond to govt officials

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Speaker of Parliament Alban Bagbin has encouraged Members of Parliament (MPs) to conduct themselves respectfully if they wish to earn the public’s respect.

Addressing concerns raised by some MPs about their treatment by certain segments of the public, the Speaker acknowledged that public perception of MPs is currently not very favorable.

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Alban Bagbin pointed out that the feedback he has from the public is that “MPs behave like kindergarten kids on the floor.”

“Some of you have complained to me that you meet some of these security personnel and some other officials and when you say ‘I am a member of Parliament’, the response you get is that and so what?

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“I think that this problem is from how we conduct ourselves. Will they ever tell a judge or a minister ‘and so what’? Why is it that they say that to Members of Parliament? We need to look at it first,” he added.

He, therefore, advised parliamentarians to be conscious of their behavior, reminding them to act as leaders of the State.

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He also urged the lawmakers to take their responsibilities seriously.

The 8th Parliament of Ghana has seen numerous disputes and confrontations among its members.

These conflicts have often arisen from disagreements over legislative procedures and political tensions between the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) and the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC).

Noteworthy incidents include physical clashes during the election of the Speaker of Parliament and intense arguments during the debate and approval of the 2022 budget.

These occurrences have sparked concerns about parliamentary decorum and the effectiveness of Ghana’s legislature.

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