Association of Political Science Students from the University of Ghana, Legon has visited the Parliament of Ghana, to familiarize themselves with parliamentary proceedings and processes.
In an educational forum held for the students, they were schooled on the evolution of Ghana’s Legislature, the role it plays in advancing Ghana’s democratic system, particularly in the last three decades, and the unique features the current Parliament presents.
They were also educated on the functions of Parliament, operations of parliamentary committees, and how integral they were to the institutional formation of Parliament, to closely review bills, conduct inquiries, ensure effective checks on government, and offer advice to address sensitive issues of high national interest.
Interacting with the students, the Member of Parliament for Ayawaso West Wuogon and host, Hon. Lydia Seyram Alhassan, in her remarks enlightened, students on how they can participate and exercise their democratic rights as citizens.
According to her, voting during elections, contributing to constructive political public discourse, submitting memoranda, presenting petitions, participating in lawful protests, and staying informed about political developments help to shape policies and hold elected officials accountable for their stewardship.
In his remarks the MP for Tamale Central, Hon. Ibrahim Mutala Mohammed, debunked misconceptions that Members of Parliament, who contribute less to discussions at plenary were redundant, stressing that the majority of parliamentary work is conducted at committee levels.
The students also toured the Chamber and observed parliamentary sitting of their Members of Parliament.
Other presenters at the forum included Dr. Ernest Daffour, Ms. Magarete Donkor, Ms Jessica Mensah, and Mr. Nana Quagraine.