August 8, 2018
Majority Leader, Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu has said Leadership of Parliament’s interaction with news editors, they have pointed out that Journalist posted to Parliament should be maintain for a while.

According to Leader of Government Business, the practice where Journalist are migrated with six months or a year is not helping cover Parliament effectively.

He further added that the capacity of Journalists has to be built for some time, and within a short period they are replaced and new reporters have to go through the whole process of being trained to catch up with procedure in the House.

This issue came up when Leadership of the Majority and Minority interacted with members of the Parliamentary Press corps, whiles some Journalists pointed out that the legislature should help train new members of the Press corps who are mainly found of misreporting.

Mr. Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu on his part indicated that Parliament would have a look at the proposal as new MPs are also asking for some training to build their capacity to contribute effectively to the Parliamentary business on the floor and at the committee level.

In other jurisdictions new MPs are taken through their own rules and procedures of the House by clerks to the committee and Journalists who report from the House, “I am not sure that if we ask you to do that you would be able to do it let us be very candid to ourselves”, he lamented.

“So we need to reposition you to be relevant to the system”, Majority Leader and Minister of Parliamentary Affairs said.

By: Kwaku Sakyi-Danso/