Parliament security: We’ve discipline issues to tackle – Bryan Acheampong

Member of Parliament for Abetifi in the Eastern region and Minister of State designate, Hon. Bryan Acheampong has raised serious concerns over the security in Parliament.

According to him, there are clear cases of indiscipline which needs to be tackled to safeguard the security of the Members of Parliament.

“There’s indiscipline and there’s security threat. Most of what we face here is clear case of indiscipline. Because the areas are marked. .It’s incumbent on those who are tasked to ensure that security of the MP’s is assured. If you look at our elevator, there are people seated there to make ensure that if it is marked MPs only and you’re not an MP, you don’t go into the elevator; [But]in the end those people sitting there allow everybody to go into it. So we have discipline issues to tackle [of] course if we allow that indiscipline that’s where somebody with an evil intention can take advantage of”

Speaking during his vetting by the Appointments Committee of parliament on Monday, 27 March, he added that a little change in attitude of the securities in parliament will prevent possible attacks.

“With some small attitudinal change I’m sure the basis of our security will be assured, but i wish to refer other plans to parliamentary sub committee on security to avoid revealing our safety in public domain for the ‘enemy’ to tap”

Some Members of Parliament have earlier called for increased security for Ghana’s legislators in the wake of terrorist attacks close to UK’s parliament which led to five deaths.

Terrorist group ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack in Westminster but the prime suspect was a Kent-born 52-year-old man identified as Khalid Masood.

Some legislators, therefore, believe that the security of lawmakers in the country needs to be heightened in view of the global threats.

However, Deputy Majority Leader Adwoa Safo assured that authorities had put in place stringent measures to ensure heightened security.