July 6, 2010

All is set for parliament to get a dedicated television channel to promote and broadcast its activities to the general public.

This comes as a welcome news to parliament after complaints of difficulties in propagating its activities to the general public. The TV channel will be established through the national broadcaster, Ghana Television (GTV) digital platform.

This, the Public Affairs Director for Parliament, Jones Kugblenu speaking to Citi News Monday said would afford constituents who accuse their members of Parliament (MPs) of not speaking in parliament the opportunity of seeing their MPs at work. He added that a lot of parliamentary works have not been given the desired coverage.

“Parliament is a body of representatives and a lot of people talk about their MPs not being seen and talking. This is because the space allotted to MPs cannot take all the 230 MPs at a time. But if you have these live proceedings, you will then see and hear a lot members contributing to motions and issues.

“There are limitations when it comes to airtime. We know the difficulty that radio stations and televisions stations have in terms of providing airtime for programs on parliament.”

He said the establishment of the TV channel is good for parliament. “It is good for us (parliament). People will get to know more on what goes on in parliament.”

Story by Ernest Dela Aglanu/Myjoyonline.com/Ghana