Several news outlets have recently reported that Mr. Joseph Osei-Owusu(NPP), Member of Parliament(MP) for Bekwai is the incoming Majority NPP's nominee for the position of First Deputy Speaker.
Mr. Osei-Owusu is a 3rd term MP, having served as MP for Bekwai from 2009-2012 and again from 2013-2016. He is a lawyer by profession who headed the George Sarpong Chambers and served as Director of the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authority (DVLA) prior to running for election as MP.
As the Ranking Member (seniormost opposition MP) on the Parliamentary Committee on Constitutional Legal and Parliamentary Affairs, Mr. Osei-Owusu was a prominent leader of the minority's opposition to many suspicious government Bills , commercial agreements and political decisions.
For example, when the government introduced a controversial gas sales agreement with West Africa Gas Limited (BVI) in Parliament, Mr. Osei-Owusu led the minority's opposition to the deal, pointing out that the deal would lead to extra charges for electricity users.
On the floor of Parliament, Mr. Osei Owusu
1.Fought for amendments to the Fisheries Act which ensured Ghanaian fishermen are fined in Ghana Cedis instead of in foreign currencies
2.Corrected his colleagues' wrong interpretations of legal clauses.
and made many other useful submissions.
His contributions to debates won him the admiration of the Speaker and many other members of Parliament
Mr. Osei-Owusu active and vocal participation in Parliamentary debates was reflected in our MPs scorecards. Mr. Osei-OWusu was ranked 25th of 275 MPs in the 6th Parliament with a contribution score of 55.5/60
Mr. Osei-Owusu was also a regular attendee in Parliament. He was present 285 times out of 398 parliamentary sittings representing 71% of parliamentary sittings.
We are hopeful that as Speaker he will do all in his power to ensure MPs are present in Parliament to conduct the business of the house and make meaningful contributions to debates.