MPs go ‘wild’ on the floor of Parliament over Abirem community names

MPs go ‘wild’ on the floor of Parliament over Abirem community names

- Ghanaian MPs have been thrown into uncontrollable laughter on the floor of parliament over names of some communities

- The MPs lost control of themselves in the August House after Abirem MP started mentioning some humorous names in his constituency

Some Members of Parliament on Thursday morning burst into prolonged laughter when their colleague from Abirem constituency, John Frimpong Osei, rose to ask the Energy Minister a question on the floor of the house.

The Abirem MP was trying to seek answers from the Energy Minister, Boakye Agyarko about the connection of electricity in some communities in his constituency to the national grid.

While his question was not exactly funny, but the rather sexually suggestive names of the towns he mentioned sent a number of the MPs rolling on the floor.

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The names of some of the communities within the Aberim constituency including, “Kote Ye Aboa,” and “Etwe nim Nyansa” got many MPs familiar with the Twi language laughing, as the names connote sexual innuendos upon literal translation.

The Hon. Frimpong Osei’s question revealed that the Abirem constituency has many other interesting names, including Kyiri Ahantan, which literally means hate pride.

Despite all the laughter on the floor of parliament, the Abirem legislator asked, “Hon. Minister does the ministry have any plans to provide off-grid electricity to the following communities in my constituency which are difficult to be connected to the national grid; Kyiri Ahantan, Twenwinso, Etwe Nim Nyansa, Kote Ye Aboa, Hwoa Ye Mmobo, Akyekyeresu, Tetteh Brofo, Asarekrom, Alhajikrom, Yaw Broni.”

However, the Energy Minister, Boakye Agyarko in a humorous remark about the names of the town responded to MP that the Ministry will soon conduct a survey to ascertain the best way to get the communities connected to the national grid.

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“Mr. Speaker, I now understand why the Member from Abirem belongs to a happy people, coming from a constituency with such names, you can’t only be happy. The House is excited this morning and I was expecting a full house, but the tedium of the house that we get some comic relief now and then… I suspect that providing them with electricity may interfere with the nocturnal activities as suggested by their names,” he said amid huge laughter from the MPs.

The Energy Minister further answered that the ministry will explore the possibility of connecting them through off-grid or mini-grid solutions.

“The ministry has noted the request and will conduct an engineering survey to determine the best means of providing electricity to these communities in line with the electrification programme,” Mr Agyarko added.

But, that did not take the minds of the MPs away from the interesting names of the towns in the constituency.

Meanwhile, seated in the public gallery as the question was being asked by the Abirem MP on behalf of the communities were the Chief and Queen mother of 'Kote Ye Aboa' and 'Hwoa ye Mmobo.'

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