Parliament's Security Very Poor - Majority Leader

Minister for Parliamentary Affairs and Majority Leader, Hon. Osei Kyei Mensah Bonsu, has expressed worry about the poor security of Parliament.

He says though the house is accessible to the public, it poses a lot of security risk to Members of Parliament.

Speaking on Okay FM's 'Ade Akye Abia' programme, he explained that unlike other parliaments across the world where they share their premises alone, Ghana's parliament shares its premises with the department of State Protocol, it makes parliament more accessible to the public and thus endanger the life of parliamentarians.

"You have various activities taking place even during working hours of parliament, though there is security parliament will have to work to improve the security of members," he said.

"We started discussing the security situation with successive Presidents but we were unsuccessful, however, we have started discussions with the President, HE Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo.

"The situation is very worrying but discussions are underway to have the security improved in order to safe guard the security of our parliamentarians," he added.

He said the legislature, as an arm of government needs to be protected and secured at all times.

"The sub-region admittedly is experiencing some turbulence, and we should be pro-active, hence the discussion to give effect to that security that parliament as an institution wants to provide, first to the Rt. Hon Speaker, Hon. Members, the Staff, guest to the house, and property,” he said.