July 21, 2018

As the debate rages on, on the need to open up Parliaments committees up for members of the Public and the media, Ningo Prampram legislator Samuel Nartey George has added his voice to the debate calling for the need to open up committee meetings to the media.

According to the Ningo-Prampram lawmaker the 275 MPs are not in Parliament on their own accord, they are representing the people of Ghana.

He further argued that he had made it clear to his colleagues that the issue of cost when committee meetings are open up is not an issue because, the state broadcaster Ghana Broadcasting Corporation (GBC) is more into commercial service than public service.

And backed his point with an example of a public hearing of the Public Account Committee (PAC), where GBC was not around to cover, but a private media house like multimedia and the other television and radio stations were around to broadcast the activities of PAC.

When the private media cover our independence celebration is that not public service, so let us open our committee meetings to the media for them to cover at their own cost he said. He made the call at Prampram during a media training for new members of the Parliamentary Press corps.

Mr. Samuel Nartey George further added that, Parliamentary Service Board can ensure that a page is created for Parliament on facebook where proceedings could be carried live, the only thing to buy would be internet bundle.

By: Kwaku Sakyi-Danso/ghanamps.com