Parliament must Build Capacity of Members of the Press Corps – Bagbin

The Second Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Alban Kingsford Sumana Bagbin, has advocated capacity building of members of the Parliamentary Press Corps to enhance their knowledge of Parliament proceedings and technicalities surrounding parliamentary proceedings.

He said proceedings in the House are very technical such that it requires proper understanding by a reporter before they can effectively communicate to the public.

Bagbin made these remarks at a 2-day Symposium and Media Summit organized in Accra by the West African Parliament Press Corps (WAPPC).

The Second Deputy Speaker who is also the Member of Parliament for the Nadowli/Kaleo in Upper West region on the tocket of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) is the longest serving MP in Parliament with a nickname of “McCain”of Ghana’s Parliament

He recommended for news Editors and reporters to avail themselves to the Standing Orders and regulations of Parliament through periodical capacity building on procedures in Parliament.

He however bemoaned the trend where media houses withdraw personnel from reporting from the House after their capacity have been enhanced by Parliament and replaced with a new reporter who mostly know next to nothing when it comes to Parliamentary proceedings.

Participants of the 2-day event include reporters from Parliaments in the West African Sub-region; Nigeria, Togo, Benin, Gambia, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Senegal and Ghana.

Other resource persons at the event included the Deputy Minority Leader James Klutse Avedzi, First Deputy Speaker, Joseph Osei Owusu, Albert Kan Dapaah -Minister for National Security, Dr Joyce Aryee, Kate Addo, Acting Director of Public Affairs of Parliament and the Chairman of Ghana’s Delegation to the ECOWAS Parliament, Opare Ansah who is also the MP for Suhum.

Source: Kwesi Coomson, Parliament

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