New MP for Abetifi Constituency takes seat in Parliament

The newly elected Member of Parliament (MP) for the Abetifi Constituency, Bryan Acheampong, was sworn into office yesterday.

The Speaker of Parliament Edward Doe-Adjaho, who administered the swearing in,congratulated the new MP and welcomed him to the House.

Mr. Acheampong secured the seat in a by-election following the death of the former MP for the Constituency, Peter Wiafe Pepera, on May 21 at the 37 Military Hospital after a short illness.

He polled 14,015 votes out of the total 15, 577 votes to be elected MP.

The leadership of the House took turns to congratulate the new MP and urged him to acquaint himself with the rules of the House to enable him represent his people effectively.

The Minority Leader, Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu, said although Mr. Acheampong was coming in late, the period was supposed to enable him learn the rules of the game and how business was conducted.

He advised him to study materials such as the Standing Orders and the Constitution, as well as the various tools used to conduct business in the House.

The Deputy Majority Leader, Alfred Agbesi, also congratulated the new member and entreated him to abide by the oath he had sworn to the House.

Addressing the media after his swearing in, Mr. Acheampong promised to use his new position to advocate for development projects in the constituency to address challenges such as unsafe water, poor road network, poor sanitation, among others.

“People feel that Kwahu is an urban constituency, but it is actually a deprived community. About 80 communities drink directly from the river,” he said and added that he would help address the problems facing the people in the constituency.

Mr. Acheampong said he entered into politics in order to advocate for developmental projects in his constituency.

He promised to mobilise all citizens and residents in the constituency to advance the development of the area.

In another development the National Disaster Management Organisation Bill and the Ghana AIDS Commission Bill  was taken through the Consideration Stage.

By Yaw Kyei

 

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