Ghana’s Speaker of Parliament calls for enhance Parliament-Citizen engagements

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The Speaker of Ghana’s Parliament, Alban Sumana Kingsford Bagbin, has called for more civil society engagements in the work of Parliament.

According to him, no government could make democracy possible without civil society playing their active roles.

He also stressed the importance of enhancing parliament-citizen interface and engagement through partnership with civil society and think tanks as captured in Parliament’s Corporate Strategic Plan (2020-2024).

Mr Bagbin made the call when the Executive Director of the Alliance for Social Equity and Public Accountability (ASEPA), Mr Mensah Thompson, paid a courtesy call on him last Monday.

During the courtesy call, Mr Thompson presented a petition to the Speaker to set up an enquiry into the conduct of the Member of Parliament (MP) for Tema West, Carlos Kingsley Ahenkorah, on January 6, 2021 on the floor of Parliament.

The petition said Mr Ahenkorah’s conduct brought the dignity of the House into disrepute.

The petition quoted section 28, 29, 30(c)(g)(k) of the Standing Orders of the House to back its request.

It added that the conduct of the Tema West legislator constituted a breach of the privileges of Parliament.