Parliament’s progress touted

 Mr. Bagbin

Mr. Bagbin

Second Deputy Speaker of Parliament Alban Bagbin has expressed his satisfaction with the achievements of the august House.

According to him, Parliament has progressed from non-existence, during a protracted period of military rule to its current state.

Alban Bagbin made the observation when he addressed a section of the media in Ho on the sidelines of a lecture organised in his honour to commemorate 25 years of being a Member of Parliament from 1993 to date.

The theme for the lecture was, ‘Experience: The bedrock of parliamentary democracy’.
Referring to the early days of the first Parliament of the Fourth Republic in 1993, when the nation returned to constitutional rule, Mr Bagbin, who is also Member of Parliament for Nadowli/Kaleo noted that Parliament has built a store of experience that it continues to share with other parliaments across Africa.

“We had to depend on Commonwealth Parliamentary Association and other mature democracies, not only in the UK but Canada, Australia, Germany, and France.
“Now we have been able to build a store of reach experience and we take the new Members of Parliament through orientations and workshops,” Mr Bagbin said.

He stressed that Parliament would not need to import expertise from Western democracies to train its members and that it has become an institution which other African countries rely on to build their own parliaments.

“We have made a lot of progress and many parliaments in Africa depend on the Parliament of Ghana to support them build not just the human resource but the institution of Parliament,” he said.

Mr.Bagbin also recounted the condition of Parliament at the time he entered Parliament 25 years ago.

“We had no parliamentary service staff because we were in an undemocratic system for a long time, we had to recruit fresh people and train them and there were no standing orders.
“The standing orders were dealing with some old constitutions and particularly with the British type of democratic practice and we had to transform that,” he said.

Mr. Bagbin has held a number of positions in Parliament since 1994 and capped his lawmaking career with the ultimate, the Majority Leader of the House.

The lecture was organised by Youth Advocacy for Social Democracy.
The former Member of Parliament for Nkwanta South, Gershon Gbediame, also described Mr. Bagbin as not only an asset but an institution worthy of celebrating and preserving for many others to benefit from. –myjoyonline.com

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