The Majority Leader of Ghana’s parliament has heap praises on young lawmaker for Akatsi South Constituency in the Volta Region, Hon Bernard Ahiafor, for his outstanding contribution to quality legislation in the august House.
Mr. Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu in his closing remarks in parliament at the recent emergency sitting during the recess, commended Mr Ahiafor for his insightful contribution on issues in the chamber.
While applauding the Speaker and his two deputies, Mr Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu who is Member of Parliament (MP) for Suame, commended the Akatsi South lawmaker and the likes of young members for their impeccable contribution to the businesses of the august House, especially on Bills passed and those still at the considerations level.
“Mr. Speaker, let me use this opportunity to thank all members for their contribution during the consideration of this very important Bill. But in particular to single out these people, Hon Dr Mark Assibey Yeboah, Chairman for Finance Committee, Mr Ben Abdallah Banda, Chairman of Constitutional, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs, Hon Inusah .A.B Fuseini, Ranking on Constitutional, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs, Hon Bernard Ahiafor, Hon Yaw Buabeng Asamoah, Hon Kwame Anyimadu, Hon Shaibu Mahama, Hon Moses Anim, Hon Frederick Ansah and Hon Emmanuel Agyei Anhwere,” he stated.
Mr Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu, who is the Minster for Parliamentary Affairs added, ” Mr Speaker, I mentioned names not by intimidation. I mentioned the names of deserving Hon Colleagues who were with me in the Standing Winnowing Committee.”
He has consistently recognised the Akatsi South MP contribution in the august House, and commended him for his significant and in-depth contribution to matters pertaining to legal issues in parliament.
However,, Hon Ahiafor said, he is humbled by the leadership recognition of his contribution on the floor of parliament, adding, “I am humble by the impressing of my work in parliament by the leadership.”
He added that, it served as motivation to him to continue to contribute to the development of parliamentary democracy in the country.
According to him, as a young Legislator, he paid much attention to issues on the floor, attend sitting regularly, help in drafting and correction of bills and follow the procedures of the House to be able to contribute meaningfully.
Having practice law for years at the law courts, Mr. Ahiafor said he brings his legal expertise to bear, nothing that,” in order to follow the parliamentary proceedings, one must be diligent, accessible, regular and attentive on matters of the House.”
“Most of the time, not all your suggestion are accepted when considering Bills, but that is democracy, your views must not be accepted at all time, as your are accepted, you must also be ready to accept others views,” he stated.
He said, since he entered parliament on January, 2013, he had never seized to learn and that, he has developed interest in the parliamentary legislation and legal matters on the floor, stressing that, he draws inspiration from other Senior members, specially the Minority Leader Haruna Iddrisu and the Majority Leader, Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu.
Hon Ahiafor who served as Vice Chairperson on Subsidiary Legislative Committees of parliament also commended the Speaker, Rt Hon Mike Aaron Oquaye, for always recognition and giving him the opportunity to contribute to issues on the floor.
He added that, the Speaker call on MP’s to do much research to improv parliamentary work in his recess closing remarks, was timely and appropriate and promised to do more research so he could continue to help build the nation legislative arm of governance.
He was elected to parliament to represent the Akatsi South Constituency in 2013 at bye-election when former Speaker of Parliament, Rt Hon. Edward Doe Adjaho, resigned as MP to take up the Speaker position.
Due to hard work and loyalty to the good people of Akatsi South, he retained the seat in 2016 general elections on the ticket of the National Democratic Congress( NDC) having obtained 16,916 votes out of valid votes cast representing 56.34%.
Source: therepublicnewsonline.com/Felix Nyaaba