May 13, 2021

According to Mr. Yusif Sulemana, Member of Parliament for Bole Bamboi, Parliamentary democracy under the fourth republic started with the misconception that Members of Parliament (MP) are development agents.

He stated that per the 1992 Constitution, an MP is supposed to represent his/her constituents in Parliament in making laws; but the way the whole concept was started some other responsibilities were added to the extent that some allocations were given to MPs.

“Then you would expect that kind of pressure from your constituents, and when they hear of the common fund they do not ask how much, it is just five percent, what goes to the Assemblies is ninety-five percent”.

Hence, he noted that there is the need for some kind of education to the media men and women, “I get heart broken when media practitioners say that, the deplorable road there, the MP is doing nothing about it, then you ask yourself shouldn’t the media be holding Central Government and Assemblies responsible for this?”

Again, he pointed out that his brothers and sisters in the media are supposed to know better, but they rather move out there that, “MPs are supposed to be development oriented to solve small, small problems in our societies”.

Kwaku Sakyi-Danso/