The recent action of Rt. Honourable Doe Adjaho, Speaker of Ghana’s Parliament in suspending parliamentary business for Ten minutes in protest of an action by Hon Dominic Nitiwul, the deputy minority leader in the house just reflects his (Speaker’s) hidden despotic nature and is a threat to the expression of divergent views by the minority in the house.
According to Hon Doe Adjaho, who has also been the MP for Avenor in the Volta Region, on the ticket of the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC), is reported as saying he was angered because he had earlier cautioned the Deputy Minority Leader against his intention to use his budget contribution address, to address the current cocaine saga that has engulfed the nation per the 10/11/14 arrest at Heathrow Airport of one Miss Ruby Nayele Ametefeh, whose aided access the previous day through the Presidential VVIP Lounge exclusively reserved for the President, had brought the ruling Party, the NDC’s resolve to tackle the drug menace in the country into serious doubt, as it was seen as being behind Miss Ametefeh’s clearance to use the facility at the airport to get the drug onto the plane.
It baffles me that such tantrums would come from no less a person but the Speaker of parliament, who though is an MP on the ticket of the ruling NDC, occupies a rather important position in national affairs and by that position alone should have the clarity of mind devoid of any Partisan attitude in preserving the image and dignity of our nation from such shameful acts irrespective of which political party is fingered.
In any case, a caution as he is being reported to have given to hon Nitiwul, is only a caution and not necessarily a definite order to NOT make that address in the house, a caution to my mind is an open advice, which the hon Nitiwul is not bound by if he feels so strongly about any matter in the house.
Seeing that House Speaker, Doe Adjaho is a leading personality from the besieged NDC, could his very tantrum be the speaker’s personal attempt to gag the minority from any further discussions on the shameful series of actions and failures that occurred at the VVIP on the 09/11/14?, else what could be his real interest in throwing such tantrum at hon Nitiwul, a colleague and by so doing spilling the RESPECTED Speaker’s dummy from his mouth, HE MUST PICK UP THE DUMMY, CLEAN IT HIMSELF AND PUT IT BACK INTO HIS MOUTH AND HOLD THAT POSITION WITH EXTREME SELF CONTROL AND DIGNITY.
For how best to address a deteriorating national menace that posses a real security threat and international diplomatic shame for Ghana, than the use a parliamentary budget discussion opportunity to RAISE ATTENTION to the issue to his colleagues for the NEED, if possible, to allocate more resources to the relevant agencies of state that have direct responsibility over our security at the nation’s entry and exit points in that very budget, and to practically bring about a simulation of the weight and size of cocaine in this case, that was carelessly carried by Miss Ametefeh through our airport and to ask why that was not detected by our systems of check put in place?.
Hon Nitiwul’s action should rather be commended by all, especially as most people who followed the events of this shame, were given only an imaginary idea on most radio stations of what the 12.5kg looked and felt like, to be carried through such a sensitive place as the airport. It therefore, awakens other MPs to the seriousness of the crime, coming face to face with the size, to shore up the need for approving that sector’s budget to care for such embarrassing security lapses at our entry and exit ports, an action which the Speaker of the nation’s Parliament should be more interested in supporting than allowing himself to be seen as desperately trying to stifle such contribution in Parliament, irrespective of his political coloration.