Newly elected executives of the Parliamentary Press Corps (PPC) have been advised to ensure they play their roles efficiently to bridge the gap between Parliament and the Citizenry.
Director of the Table Office, Mr. Ebenezer AhumahDjietror, who gave the advice,urged the executives to bring their leadership to bear in the performance of their duties to make the PPC a very efficient and vibrant media for Parliament.
According to him, the survival and perseverance of Ghana’s democracy is dependent on a vibrant media and charged the Press Corps to put the interest of the nation above all interests and educate the citizenry on the role of Parliament and parliamentarians.
Mr. Djietror gave the advice last Friday when he duly swore in the new PPC executives into office at a short ceremony at Parliament House.
In attendance was acting director of Public Affairs, Madam Kate Addo.
The PPC conducted fresh elections in February to elect a new team to steer the affairs of the Corps for the next three years after tenure of office of the previous administration elapsed.
Positions that were contested for included Dean, Vice Dean, Secretary, Vice-Secretary, Organizer and Treasurer, which were won by Nana AgyemanBirikorang, Simon Agianab, Christian Kpesese, Abednego AkwasiAsante Aseidu, Samuel OseiAgyei andYesmenAbubakarTetteh respectively.
Steven OdoiLarbi, a former secretary of the Corps was nominated andsubsequently approved asexecutive memberby the general assembly to support the new leadership.
The PPC has over the years conducted successful elections to elect officers to lead the Corps with tenure of two years.
However, with coming into force of a revised Constitution the newly sworn-in executives have had their term extended to three years.
Mr.Djietror reminded the executives of the importance of the office they occupy as leaders of the Press Corps that essentially serves as bridge between Parliament and the populace.
Referring to Article 80 of the 1992 Constitution, Mr. Djietror stressed that being sworn into office is indicative of the standards being expected of the office holders.
He urged members of the Corps to be balanced, objective and accurate in their coverage of Parliament and stressed the need to provideproper information of the activities of Parliament for efficient participation of constituents.
He advised the executives not to underrate the offices they occupy because the roles they play are important as any other national office and urged them to discharge their duties honorably and serve their members well.
Acting Director of Public Affairs, Ms. Kate Addo in her remarks, noted that the Press Corps is an indispensable organ and principally an eye to the House.
“Parliament’s work would not be complete if the media fails in its mandate and responsibility,” she stated and noted that the Corps must obey the Parliamentary rules and procedures even as they continue to put the House on its toes.
She pledged her support and cooperation to the executives and the Press Corps to promote Parliamentary democracy, observing that without journalists the work of Parliament would never be known to the populace.
Dean of the Press Corps, Nana AgyemanBirikorang, who was elected unopposed expressed gratitude to Mr. Djietror and Ms. Addo for their support and pledged to lead a vibrant Corps to promote activities of the House.
He urged the membership of the PPC to obey the rules, ethics and principles of their profession and that of Parliament and avail themselves to all opportunities that would help them enrich their experiences.
By Osumanu Al-Hassanemail@example.com