Adequate measures are underway for the installation of vehicle undercarriage scanners in Parliament to check all vehicles that enter the precincts of the House in order to ensure proper security for workers and members.
These vehicle undercarriage scanners are said to be designed to scan the whole vehicle and its contents without having to open the said vehicle.
The disclosure follows an urgent question posed to the Minister of Parliamentary Affairs and the Majority Leader in Parliament by the Afadzato South Member Angelina Oforiwa Alorwu-Tay who asked to know measures put in place for the use of vehicle undercarriage scanners to check vehicles entering the parliamentary precincts to ensure security of those working in the House.
The Minister of Parliamentary Affairs and the Majority Leader in Parliament Osei Kyei-Mensah in his answer said Parliament is considering a High-Value Target (HVT), hence the need for vehicles entering its precincts to be thoroughly searched to ensure weapons or explosive ordinance devices (EODs) are not concealed in them.
He indicated that the need for an outright purchase of the undercarriage scanners as a permanent feature in Parliament’s physical security infrastructure was one of the recommendations made during the 2021 post-State of The Nation Address Event.
Subsequently, he said, the Marshals Departments proposed the installation of these undercarriage scanners at the three vehicular entrances and exits of the house namely, the Ceremonial Gate, the Protocol Gate and the North-Western PWD Gate.
The Majority Leader hence explained that the necessary processes are being taken towards the purchase of the scanners and that the procurement process will be expedited so by the time the House reconvenes in October, the undercarriage scanners will have been put in place.
He further disclosed that the security facilities earlier donated by the Chinese government including sets of X-Ray Baggage Scanners, Walk-Through Metal Detectors, Hand-Held Metal Detectors and Human Body Security Detector facilities have been put into application and are playing important roles in the security of the house.