Accra, July 20, GNA – With months to the dissolution of the Sixth Parliament of the Fourth Republic, the new Member of Parliament (MP) for Abetifi Constituency, Mr Bryan Acheampong, has been sworn into office.
With a half-full chamber amidst applaud from the Minority side of the House, the new legislative entrant on Wednesday took the Oath of Allegiance to the Republic of Ghana and the Oath Office as a Parliamentarian administered by the Speaker of Parliament, Mr Edward Doe Adjaho.
Mr Acheampong was last Saturday elected MP for the constituency on the ticket of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) in a by-election after the demise of Mr Peter Wiafe Peprah, the legislator for the area, in May this year.
The debutant polled 14,015 votes representing 89.9 per cent of total ballots cast in the contest.
Mr Adjaho asked the new MP to live up to the values of the House and work for all his constituents and not only members of his party.
Welcoming the new lawmaker, the Minority leader, Mr Osei Kyei Mensah-Bonsu, asked him to uphold the truth always.
He said Parliament was a place for truthfulness and not propaganda and urged him to be forthright and learn quickly the parliamentary procedures.
“I want you to observe critically the proceedings of the House and you will realise those who are good when it comes to the work of Parliament, and learn from them,” Mr Mensah-Bonsu said.
Mr Alfred Agbesi, the Deputy Majority Leader, advised the new MP to study diligently the Constitution of Ghana as well as the Standing Orders since the work of Parliament is directed by those structures.
Later at an interaction with the media, Mr Acheampong said he would work to uphold the values of Parliament and justify the confidence reposed in him by his constituents.
The late MP for his constituency, Mr Peprah, will be laid to rest at Abetifi Kwahu on Saturday, July 23, 2016, after a funeral service on Friday at the Forecourt of the State House.