Parliament discharges Prof Dodoo

The Privileges Committee of Parliament has recommended the discharge of the Chairman of the Global Vaccine Safety Initiative of the World Health Organisation (WHO), Professor Alex Dodoo, who was hauled before the House for comments that did not go down well with the lawmakers.

He had described the Members of Parliament as ignorant over their comments on an Ebola vaccine trial, which has since been suspended.

Prof Dodooo had apologised for those comments and categorically stated that he did not anticipate it would put that arm of government into disrepute.

On Friday, July 24, the Privileges Committee, which heard the case, asked the House to discharge him, stating that though his comments were contemptuous, he had apologised and shown remorse.

Speaker Edward Doe Adjaho accepted the recommendation of the Committee and called on the science professor and other academicians to be circumspect in comments they pass about the House.

‘Go and sin no more’

Chairman of the Committee Ebo Barton Oduro also urged media houses including TV3 Network to be balanced in their reportage and, more importantly, not to allow people to use such media to say all manner of things.

Majority Leader Alban Sumana Bagbin acknowledged the plea by academic bodies like the Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences (GAAS), asking them to caution their members on comments they pass about the legislative.

The Kaleo-Nadowli MP said to fall contemptuous of Parliament is not an offence even Members are immune to.

He, therefore, advised Prof Dodoo not to commit such an offence again.

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“Go and sin no more…but next time we may take a different stance.”

By Emmanuel Kwame Amoh||Ghana

Twitter: @kwame_amoh