Parliamentary News Africa (PNAfrica) held its first training for 2018 at the secretariat of the Private Enterprises Federation (PEF) on January 10 to school staff of PEF on How Parliament Works. The workshop forms part of PNAfrica’s Open Parliament Outreach Season (OPOS) as part of its Open Parliament Programme (OPP) which seeks to demystify Parliament thereby making parliamentary information easy and accessible to all.
Themed “Discovering opportunities to effectively engage with Parliament”, the workshop in two hours took staff through critical matters such as parliamentary practices and procedures; how a bill becomes a law; parliamentary committees, privileges and immunities; all in a bid to broaden the legislative phase of good governance in Africa, especially in Ghana.
OPOS is a public good initiative of PNAfrica that seeks to achieve parliamentary openness across Africa. The initiative targets Civil Society Organisations, development partners, business association and private players.
OPOS will also go a long way towards increasing citizen’s participation in matters concerning Parliament thereby bridging the gap between the fight against transparency and accountability in Africa. The workshop is free and interested companies can sign on by writing to PNAfrica.
According to Sammy Obeng, Executive Director, PNAfrica, “OPOS is a game-changer that will ensure that CSOs and allied bodies know much about Parliament and how to engage with them.”
Thomas Kankam, a staff of PEF, disclosed his satisfaction of the just ended training, stressing on the need for civil society groups to be familiar with matters and procedures of the Legislature. He stressed “Parliament is all about procedure, knowing the right procedure will create an enabling environment for private sector to operate in terms of collaborating with Parliament for policies and laws.”
A management member of the Secretariat, Moses Agyemang, also disclosed that the training was an eye-opener. He said, “I think PNAfrica has broadened our horizon on matters concerning Parliament, and the right approach for Private sectors. Until today, we thought we knew all but we have been educated.”
OPOS is an annual series organized by PNAfrica to connect citizens to Parliament. Follow the project with the hashtag #OpenParliamentOutreach.
Parliamentary News Africa (PNAfrica) is a civil society parliamentary monitoring organisation that uses mass media as a tool to engage with and influence legislative assemblies across the
continent of Africa. Our vision is to become Africa’s most impactful non-profit that ensures
parliamentary openness across Africa.