November 15, 2017

Members of Parliament (MPs) from both the Majority and the Minority side of the House have reacted differently towards research done by the media on their performance in Parliament.

Whiles some MPs blame the media for not capturing work done  at the committee level, others believe focusing on only work done in the plenary is wrong, as others have pointed out that those in the habit of rating them do not even get in touch with them.

Member of Parliament for Pru East, Dr. Kwabena Donkor bemoaned the low esteem which the media and electorates hold MPs due to the way and manner MPs go about campaign, as some promise to bring ferry to areas where there are no rivers and promise electricity in areas where there no transformers.

He further noted that there is the need to embark on education for Ghanaians to know that MPs are lawmakers.

And further noted that during elections hardly do you hear MPs talk about the quality of laws they have contributed in passing, but rather all you hear is promise of extending electricity.

According to Pru East legislator there is the need for both the Majority and Minority to work together as collective body on this topical issue.

Meanwhile, the MP for Pusiga, Laadi Ayii Ayamba is calling for committee meetings to be open up to the members of the general public and media so that they can appreciate work done by the MP as most of the performance assessments are done, mainly on performance MPs put up on the floor of the House.

And further added that most of the institutions and individuals who conduct polls on performance of MPs should seek clearance from leadership of the House.

By:  Kwaku Sakyi-Danso/