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Speaker charges IDRIG to provide accurate records

By Christopher Arko,
GNA

Accra, July 26, GNA –
The Speaker of Parliament, Professor Aaron Michael Oquaye, has charged the
Inter-Departmental Research and Information Group (IDRIG) of Parliament to provide
accurate records for the House.

He said IDRIG had
responsibility to manage information and research for current and future
generations.

Prof. Oquaye made the
statement when he launched the Research and Information Week of IDRIG in
Parliament.

The one-week programme
includes exhibitions and seminars to build the capacity of Members of
Parliament (MPs) and staff of the Parliamentary Service.

The programme, which
was sponsored by the Westminster Foundation for Democracy (WFD), is on the
theme: “Promoting Evidence-based Research and Information in Strengthening
Parliament”.

Prof. Oquaye said
research and information was crucial to MPs and staff of the Parliamentary
Service as it exposed them to the work of Parliament.

He said Parliament was
very critical to the development of the country’s democracy because it was the
nerve centre of the nation where representatives of the people from all over
the country met.

Prof. Oquaye stressed
the need for Parliament to have a symbiotic relationship with the people.

He said as a result of
poor information and lack of understanding of the work of Parliament people
often made wild allegations about the House.

He, therefore, said
the people must be educated on the work of Parliament to prevent any problems
in the future.  

Mr Osei
Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu, the Majority Leader, said there was the need to use
evidence-based research to enhance the work of MPs.

He said because of the
oversight role of Parliament it was important for MPs and the staff to access
the relevant research and information facility and tools in order to
effectively function.

He said a strong and
independent Parliamentary Information Service could help to provide qualitative
and non-partisan background information to MPs to enhance their work.

Mr Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu
called for collaboration between the secretariat of the various caucuses and
WFD to ensure that the functional object is realised in the democratic
dispensation.

He said research and
evidence were critical in facilitating parliamentary debate and could help in
expanding knowledge.

He said building
networks in the field of research and information services for the benefit of
MPs was an important mission for the Parliamentary Service and WFP.

He said there was the
need to interface the concerns of Civil Society Groups and the general public
into the bills that were crafted.

Mr Haruna Iddrisu, the
Minority Leader, commended the WFD and the UK Government for their contribution
towards the capacity building of Parliament to make better laws.

He said the ability of
MPs to make better laws hinged greatly on the work of IDRIG and that the
Information and Research Department of the House needed a reliable data base
system to function.

Mr Joseph Osei Owusu,
the First Deputy Speaker, later launched a booklet titled; “French for
Parliamentarians Vol.1.”

The booklet is a
compilation of words commonly used in the conduct of Parliament and would
assist MPs to understand common parliamentary terms in French.

It is also to help
Parliamentarians to use French as tool to promote regional cooperation with
Ghana’s neighbours, who are mainly Francophone countries.

GNA

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