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Leadership of Parliament Must Ensure Safety of MPs

Member of Parliament (MP) for Kpandai, Honourable Matthew Nyidam, has described as unacceptable the inability of the leadership of parliament to ensure the provision of adequate security for parliamentarians.

"As Article 71 office holders, MPs are entitled to similar privileges as members of the executive but unlike them, we are often left to cater for our own security and the leadership over the year has done nothing about it", Mr Nyidam explained.

Speaking on Adom TV's Pampaso on the murder of Abuakwa North MP, J.B. Danquah, he said, since the work of MPs has similar risks like that of ministers, it is imperative that parliamentarians also had police escorts to ensure their safety.

"The circumstances surrounding J.B.'s death suggest that we need better security. He wouldn't have died if he had a police officer guarding him and we are going to raise the issue on the floor of parliament till something is done", he added.

"Why do we want to spend so much money on by-elections when those same amounts could have been used to beef up the MPs security ensure his safety?", he questioned.

An NDC communicator, Mr Kwaku Boahen, however, disagreed stating that"if all Article 71 office holders were to be provided with police escorts, there would not be enough police officers to ensure the safety of the general citizenry".

He advised MPs and all other political office holders to live with caution since "their positions are very enviable".

Nana Addo leads NPP delegation to mourn with chiefs of Shai Osudoku

The 2016 presidential candidate of the New Patriotic Party, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, on Friday, February 5, 2016, joined the chiefs and people of Shai Osudoku in mourning the late Paramount Chief and President of the traditional area, Nene Klagbordjor V.

OccupyGhana demands full disclosure about Smartty’s deal

Socio-political non-partisan pressure group, OccupyGhana, has backed its words with action by resorting to court action to compel the Attorney-General make public all information surrounding the recent Smartty’s Bus branding of 116 Metro Mass Transit buses.

Soldier killed by unknown assailants

A soldier was Friday shot dead by unknown assailants at a place near Dollar Power, which is noted for galamsey activities in the Bole Bamboi District in the Northern Region.

Parliament approves loan to fight TB

Parliament has approved a 13,11,601.45 euro buyer-credit agreement between the government and ABN AMRO N.V Bank of the Netherlands to finance the "Accelerating Tuberculosis (TB) Case Detection" project in the country.

120 Mobile phones seized from inmates of Kumasi Central Prison

More than 120 mobile phones that belonged to some inmates of the Kumasi Central Prison have been confiscated by the prison authorities in response to last year’s infamous attempted jailbreak in which one inmate was shot dead by a policeman.

The Deputy Director of Prisons, Mr Lord Nii Boye Tagoe, said in Kumasi that the mobile phones facilitated the jailbreak plans as the inmates were able to communicate with friends outside the prison.