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The Minister for Parliamentary Affairs and Majority Leader, Osei-Kyei Mensah-Bonsu, has underscored the need for Parliament to forge a symbiotic relationship with the media to further deepen the gains in the country’s democratic journey which has chalked 25 years so far.
According to the Minister who also doubles as the Leader of Government Business in Parliament, since Parliament is a bastion of democracy all over the world, any attempt to denigrate the image and integrity of Parliament in the eyes of the public would be tantamount to toppling democracy which would not yield any positive dividends for the society as a whole.
The Minister made the remarks at a Media Dialogue organized by the Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs at Swiss SPIRIT Alisa Hotel in Accra on Thursday December 13, 2018, to commemorate 25 years of Parliamentary Democracy in Ghana.
The Media Dialogue was under the theme: “Interrogating Parliament’s Contribution to the Consolidation of Ghana’s Democracy thus far”: The Perspectives of the Media.
The Minority Leader, Haruna Iddrissu who was present at the event in solidarity with the Ministry, commended the media, especially the Parliamentary Press Corps (PPC) for doing a good job over the years in projecting the image and values of Parliament as well as informing the general public about the workings of Parliament.
Though he observed that on a few occasions the MPs have complained of being quoted out of context, the media has played a major role in stabilizing the country’s democracy through its balanced reportage on parliament. He therefore urged the Majority Leader to strive to improve the conditions for the Parliamentary reporters so that they will continue to support the country’s democracy for the next 25 years and beyond.
In a Statement of purpose contained in his welcome address at the event, the Acting Chief Director at the Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs, Dr. Aggrey-Darkoh, indicated that the Ministry deemed it appropriate to form a partnership with the media in order to facilitate the dissemination of the Ministry’s strategic direction, programmes, activities and reports to all its stakeholders and also serve as a conduit for feedback.
As a point of information, the Chief Director indicated that the Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs serves as a bridge builder between Parliament, the Executive and the Citizenry. And as part of the Executive, the Ministry acts as a self-censor for the government, being sensitive to the sensibilities and preferences to the people.
He further indicated that, his Ministry was poised to work and contribute to enhancing the dignity and image of Parliament and Members of Parliament, promote consensus building, endeavor to control excessive partisanship and encourage constructive criticism.
Source: Clement Akoloh||Africanewsradio.com