Parliamentary Leadership Holds Public Forum in Sunyani

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Accountability is at the heart of every parliamentary democracy where

elected representatives have the right and responsibility to have

government leaders and officials explain fully what decisions and

actions have been taken and why. First Deputy Speaker of Parliament,

Hon. Ebo Barton Oduro said this at a leadership forum held in Sunyani,

the Brong Ahafo Regional Capital.

The well attended forum was aimed at sensitizing the public on the

activities and the work of the legislature. And under the Theme:

Citizens’ Participation in Parliamentary work: the cornerstone of

Parliamentary Democracy.

Hon. Barton Oduro noted that, Parliament uses a number of mechanisms

to exact accountability from government and they include Parliamentary

Question Time where Ministers of State are summoned before the House

to answer questions filed by MPs. “The Questions are always

expressions of your concerns as constituents and they range from bad

roads to poor educational and health infrastructure among others.”

He added that, Parliament has also instituted an Outreach Programme

where periodically Town Hall meetings are held for members of

districts and communities to interact with their MPs. “The Outreach

programme is to complement the Leadership Forum and to draw Parliament

closer to the people. This is borne out of the belief that the public

should be given opportunity to scrutinize their elected


Hon. Alban Kingsford Sumana Bagbin, Majority Learder of Parliament,

said a corollary to Accountability is Transparency and this involves

making sure that the processes of governance and the delivery of

public services are open and accessible to the public. “This also

allows the public to assess the performance of public sector agencies,

including Parliament.”

He also charged the media to professionalize in reporting

parliamentary business.

Hon. Kwaku Agyemang Manu, Member of Parliament for Dormaa Central,

adviced all present to stop hiding behind ‘democracy’ to insult

leaders/state officials. He said the job of an MP is a public service,

and urged the public to support the MPs to achieve a good result.

Nana Bofotia Boa Amponsem II, Krontihene of Sunyani Traditional

Area, adviced that, MPs should not make promises they cannot fufil or

not within their mandate.

By: Kofi Oppong Kyekyeku (KOK)

Kofi Oppong Kyekyeku

I am a Ghanaian Broadcast Journalist/Writer who has an interest in General News, Sports, Entertainment, Health, Lifestyle and many more.

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