Member of Parliament for Old Tafo, Dr. Anthony Akoto Osei, believes there must be a way long-serving Members of Parliament are retained in the House.
According to the legislator, it takes atleast two terms for new MPs to fully familiarize themselves with parliamentary proceedings.
Dr. Akoto Osei speaking on Citi FM stressed that keeping the “old hands” in Parliament is needful to facilitate parliamentary business as well as the mentoring of new and inexperienced lawmakers.
He stated, “I think that it is necessary to keep some of the old hands around. I suspect that initially there’ll be a little gap but one of the things I tried to do in Parliament was to try and also mentor other people to take after us when we leave and I think in my case I can say there are people who are picking up.”
“We have to have a decent way of keeping some of the old hands to stay by providing some incentive to make it worth their while and also insist that MPs do play their role,” Dr. Osei added.