New faces in Parliament
The 7th Parliament of the Fourth Republic will have new faces who will bring on-board some much-needed newness to the country’s 275-member Legislature.
First-time Members of Parliamnet-elect such as Anthony Abayifa Karbo, Samuel Atta Mills, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, George Andah, Alfred Oko Vanderpuije, Yaw Buabeng Asamoah, Vincent Odotei Sowah and Dr. Okoe Boye among others are all expected to enrich the law-making duties of the Legislature especially at the committee level.
The various committees in Parliament, such as the Health, Transport, Finance, Security and Agric, will benefit from the expertise of the new MPs-elect.
Over two decades after the adoption of the 1992 constitution of Ghana, at no time has a record number of business professionals won the mandate of their constituents to represent them in the Legislative house.
George Andah, a business man with many years’ experience and expertise in telecommunications, marketing, public relations and crisis communications among others will be representing the people of Awutu Senya West Constituency in the Central Region.
Former broadcaster with additional expertise in banking, commerce, communications and law Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, will represent the people of Ofoase Ayeribi.
For the Adenta Constituency, Yaw Buabeng Asamoah, a lawyer by profession will be their voice in the Legislature.
Current Managing Director of Ghana Tourist Development Company (GTDC), Samuel Atta Mills, will be the voice of the Komenda Edina Eguafo Abirem (KEEA) Constituency.
Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) boss, Alfred Oko Vanderpuije, who has expertise in local government administration and education will champion the course of the people of Ablekuma South
Mr. Abass Ridwan Dauda, a 33-year-old broadcaster and businessman, will also be representing the Sissala East Constituency in Parliamentary.
Indeed, there is a new paradigm, a change, a new way of doing things in the political sphere of the country.
With the expansion of the number of Parliamentarians from 230 to 275 members, the opportunity for business leaders to bring their knowledge to bear on the formulation of appropriate policies for the betterment of the citizenry was opened.
The indignation among the growing middle class and business elites about their inability to influence policies to the betterment of the larger population and many non-exhaustive people-centered reasons is what spurred a significant number of experienced private business leaders into politics.
Over the last twenty years, party politics in general and the privileged position of serving in Parliament have attracted few business people. Business professionals have contributed their quota to national development from the back.
With these new breed of Parliamentarians, it is expected that it will not be business as usual and constituents who have reposed their trust in them will be adequately consulted on matters.