The Independent presidential candidate in the 2016 presidential election, Jacob Osei Yeboah popularly known as JOY, has commended Parliament and legislators for the level of discipline exhibited today (Thursday), during the presentation of the State of the Nation Address by the President Nana Akufo-Addo.
Speaking to Nyankonton Mu Nsem on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm, he said the legislators who are known for heckling and wielding of placards during budget presentations and addresses comported themselves today.
This singular act he stressed must be commended and legislators praised for their level of discipline.
The Minority in Parliament have on several occasions heckled at the president whenever he appears before the House to present addresses.
The heckling and wielding of placards have been described as unparliamentary by a section of the Ghanaian public.
Some have slammed parliamentarians over their dishonorable act of heckling and wielding of placards with offensive language.
A recent one was when the Member of Parliament for Ayawaso West Wuogon, Lydia Alhassan, was described as a “bloody widow” by the Minority in Parliament.
They were widely condemned and asked to apologise but they refused and insisted members owe no one an apology.
The action forced the Majority Leader Osei Kyei Mensah Bonus to give the hint parliament may soon ban the use of placards on the floor of Parliament.
Just as the Minority wield placards whenever the president appears before the House, and heckle him during his presentations, it would not have been surprising for them to have done same on Thursday.
But the Minority composed themselves and refrained from heckling the president.
This JOY says allowed Ghanaians to hear whatever the president presented before the House.
He has therefore asked Ghanaians to commend the legislators for their discipline.