Ghana’s first deputy speaker of the 8th parliament of the 4th Republic, Joseph Osei-Owusu popularly known as Joe was in an exclusive interview with TV3, stated bluntly that, “Most of the current members of parliament lack intellectual depth on issues”.
Joe Wise is a lawyer and politician who belong to the New Patriotic Party (NPP). Aside from being the speaker of the 8th Parliament for the 4th Republic, he is also the Member of Parliament for the Bekwai Constituency in Ghana. He has also been a member of parliament for the 5th, 6th and 7th parliament.
During his interview with TV3, he said the majority of the members of parliament were full of populism. He said the parliament he witnessed was far vibrant and had the intellectual depth of issues than the current one. He stated, “The parliament I witnessed before I joined in was a lot more vibrant in providing advocacy l, showing intellectual depth than we have today”.
Joe Wise was very sad about the lack of quality understanding among the members concerning issues going on in the current Parliament. According to him, most of the members only debate on unnecessary issues just to gain fame and popularity on social media and among the public.
He further, went ahead to say that, his view concerning some of these issues may be because he was getting older and also have a different perception about things. He still claimed the depth of members was getting more shallow than deep stating, “I regret to observe that, I am too old or I am getting too old, but I think our depth is getting less deep and is getting more shallow”.
He was still unhappy concerning some of the issues, as very few of the members of parliament actually debate on matters that matter most to the country and its development.