Parliament’s Public Affairs Dept restrategises

The Public Affairs Department (PAD) of Parliament has signaled a move towards enhanced information flow to improve communication between the people and the House.

Ms. Kate Addo, the head of the department, said the focus was to get the citizenry to keenly follow its activities and to deepen their understanding of the work of the legislature.

She was speaking at a two-day workshop held in the Eastern Regional capital, Koforidua, to plan effective communication strategies to bring Parliament closer to the people.

It was organised by the department with support from the Westminster Foundation for Democracy (WFD) – a United Kingdom (UK) organisation, which has been promoting democratic practices.

Ms. Addo hinted of increasing the use of social media to reach out to different sectors of the society and to make sure that the people were not cut off from what was happening in the country’slegislature.

This, she indicated, was vital to the growth of the nation’s democratic governance.

The Director of Research Department of Parliament, Mohammed Hardi, said more innovation was needed to boost the House’s image.

He highlighted the need to assist the people to have better understanding of the role and duties of Members of Parliament.

Fulvio Menghini, Head of the Communications of WFD, noted that the use of social media would tremendously help the PAD to break down boundaries and communicate with Ghanaians, including those abroad.

There were many people living outside the country, interested in the affairs of Parliament, and who could be assisted to follow what was happening through the social media platform of Parliament.

Its effective use could help the PAD to explain and simplify complex issues on the floor of the house to make these understandable to the ordinary citizen.

GNA

 

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