Chairman of the appointments committee of parliament Joseph Osei-Owusu, has challenged Ghanaians particularly women in parliament to work much harder if they have aspirations to assume any of his political portfolios.
As far as he is concerned any woman who wants his seat will have to compete with him for the position.
His remarks were in response to submissions made by Deputy minister-designate for Lands and Natural Resources Hon Naana Eyiah Quansah during vetting, to the effect that it would be in the best interest of the country if 75 parliamentary seats are reserved for women.
Joseph Osei-Owusu who doubles as First Deputy Speaker of parliament though agreed with the submission maintained that those seats should be earned through hard work and competition.
He argued that women have had sufficient support in politics for which reason they should not merely be ‘pampered’ but work for the various positions they so desire.
“I’m not willing to give my seat to any woman, if she deserves it she can compete… I think women have had sufficient support and they say what men can do, they can do better,” he said.