Odekro – a Civil Society Organisation based in Accra has launched the maiden report on the performance of MPs in the 6th Paliamanent of the 4th Republic of Ghana at an event yesterday. The report which is an independent assessment of the 275 MPs in the Sixth Parliament of the Fourth Republic of Ghana is aimed at filling the information gap with the necessary data on the performance of parliamentarians in conducting the business of the house , and to hold Parliament and Members of Parliament accountable to the citizenry.
The Report on the Sixth Parliament on the Fourth Republic of Ghana “is an open data project, limited to what is made available by Parliament in the Hansards. It offers citizens, civil society, media, industry and academia an authoritative baseline to assess the performance of Parliament and MPs. We also believe Parliamentarians in the Seventh Parliament will be able to draw lessons from the findings presented therein, and see how they can improve their citizen conferred mandate.”- Kinna Likimani (Director of M&E)
The report which was presented by Lolan Sagoe-Moses (Content Manager), offers citizens and various stakeholders, an authoritative baseline to assess the performance of Parliament and MPs. In the findings of the report, Of the 275 members of the 6th Parliament, 147 were NDC; NPP -123; CPP -1; PNC -1; and Independent 3. In terms, of gender, 251 were men and women. In terms of rural-urban dynamics, 137 were rural MPs (NDC - 81, NPP-52, CPP-1, PNC-1 and Independent-2) and 138 were urban MPs. In terms of legislation, Only 52 MPs representing 18.9% of 275 MPs contributed amendments to the over 81 bills which were approved by Parliament. Out of 1500 committee meetings held by 21 committees, only 55 meetings representing 3.7% of the total involved consultations with CSO's or other stakeholders.
Speaking at the event, Professor Akilagpa Sawyerr, the Chair of the Steering Committee of STAR-Ghana said, “this report provides adequate information to understanding Ghana’s Parliament”. He further called on the leadership of Parliament to revise the standing orders and enhance the capacity of MPs to deliver on their conferred mandate. He also called for an inclusive dialogue with the participation of relevant stakeholders and Parliament on streamlining processes to making Parliament more transparent and open to the general public. Co-founder and Lead of Odekro, Nehemiah Attigah also said in his address, "Just as society is evolving, the Ghanaian Parliament must be open to exploring more engagement with citizens."
For Parliament to be truly representative, citizens must have access to information about Parliamentary proceedings. This will enhance engagement between citizens and Parliamentarians (MPs) and stimulate debate. Parliament does not belong to politicians; MPs have the honour of being chosen by us to serve, and thus everything must be done to ensure they communicate transparently with and can be scrutinized by citizens. In attendance at the launch were organisations such as Participatory Development Associate, Starr Ghana, Hon. Bedzrah, Parliamentary Services Staff, CSOs and the media.
For a copy of the report click here
Credit: Sampson Adotey Jnr/PDA