Members of Parliament schooled

A day’s workshop has been held in Accra to build the capacity of Members of Parliament (MPs) to enable them to access, evaluate and apply research in their work.

The purpose of the workshop, organised by Ghana Information Network for Knowledge Sharing (GINKS), was to help the MPs to conduct good research on relevant issues using Information Communications Technology (ICT).

Addressing the participants, the Executive Secretary of GINKS, Ibrahim Inusah, said the legislators would be able to make informed decisions if they could use ICT to gather data and generate information.

He said for policy makers in the country to fully address the challenges confronting the country, the skill of using or analysing research information was necessary to enable them to make good decisions.

The MP for Wa West Joseph Yieleh Chireh, also Chairman of the Health Committee, stressed the need for the research departments of Parliament to be well resourced to enable it to assist the MPs in their law making functions.

He said policies would be shaped on the basis of ignorance if it was not supported with research and stressed the need for research assistants for the MPs to facilitate their work.

The Wa West MP said notwithstanding the fact that the MPs had specialised in various fields which was evident in their contributions on the floor of the House, “It is important that we go beyond what we already know in order to advance. Data collection management is our problem as a nation and we need to improve this aspect intensely.”

He said it was imperative for the research departments in Parliament to be adequately equipped with ICT resources to facilitate the working capacity of MPs.

A representative from the National Catholic Secretariat, Samuel Zan Akologo, in a presentation on Evidence-Based Policy Making, said making policies to enhance the wellbeing of citizens in a country required new knowledge to confront new challenges as well as possible future challenges.

He urged the MPs to conduct introspection and self-analysis of some critical policies they had enacted to determine the progress made, as well as challenges to determine whether they adhered to the ideals of Evidence-Based Policy Making.

“Surely, Parliament of Ghana can do a lot of introspection on how they have fared in the light of Evidence-Based Policy Making. Evidence-Based Policy Making has already received much impetus from the glory of its proposition and the rigour of intellectual support,” he said.

By Yaw Kyei     

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