The newly appointed First Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Joseph Osei Owusu, is confident in his abilities to serve as a 1st Deputy to the Speaker of Parliament.
Joseph Osei Owusu, who’s the Member of Parliament for Bekwai, told Citi News his experience in the last eight years in the House will help him excel.
He was on Thursday approved by the National Council of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), to assist Professor Michael Oquaye, who will be the Speaker Parliament.
“Having worked here in Parliament for eight years, having come to understand the rules, knowing where to look for what to guide in the interpretation and the array of talent behind me I will succeed. I am intimidated by how daunting the task is, but I have optimism that if the party considers me to be the most suitable person to play that role for us to deliver on our mandate and the pledges we have made with the people of Ghana, I should feel challenged to be able to deliver to the best of my ability,” Mr. Osei Owusu said.
Other appointments saw Osei Kyei Mensah-Bonsu become the Majority Leader of the next Parliament, and he will be assisted by Sarah Adwoa Sarfo, who is the MP for Dome Kwabenya.
Kwasi Ameyaw Cheremeh, the MP for Sunyani East Constituency, has also been named as the Majority Chief Whip.
‘Haruna Iddrisu to be Minority leader’
On the other side, the MP for Tamale South, Haruna Iddrisu, has been named as the leader of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) Minority side in the next Parliament. He will be assisted by the MP for Ketu North, James Klutse Avedzi.
Other leaders selected for the side are Mubarak Mohammed Muntaka, who will maintain his position as the Chief Whip, with the MP for Banda, Ahmed Ibrahim, and the MP for Ada East, Comfort Doyoe Cudjoe-Ghansah, serving as deputy Chief Whips.
Meanwhile outgoing Majority leader, Alban Bagbin has been tipped to become second Deputy Speaker of the House in the seventh Parliament starting January 7, 2017.