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Ghana: Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs is a self-censor for government – Hon Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu

The Minister for the Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs (MoPA), Hon Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu, has indicated that as part of the Executive branch of government, the Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs, without any overt external pressure acts as a self-censor for the government, being sensitive to the sensibilities and preferences of the citizenry, actual or perceived.

He emphasized that MoPA serves as a bridge builder between Parliament, the Executive and the Citizenry.

He admitted the daunting challenges his ministry face in carrying out their tall mandate, and called for the cooperation of the media to accomplish it.

“My staff and I at the Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs believe firmly that we cannot carry out our lofty plans and programmes alone no matter how well intended.  We will need collaborators and partners to educate and inform the populace.

Speaking at a media dialogue organized by his ministry under the theme, “Interrogating Parliament’s Contribution to the Consolidation of Ghana’s Democracy Thus Far – The Perspectives of the Media”, Hon Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu, noted that MoPA is poised to work and contribute to enhancing the dignity and image of Parliament and Members of Parliament, promote consensus building, endeavour to control excessive partisanship and encourage constructive criticism.

The Media indeed contributes immensely to our sociopolitical climate. And instead of leaving the Media as a neutral channel, we have identified you as our preferred partner to undertake the intricate duty of shaping, guiding, collecting, collating and even structuring civil opinions” he observed.

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