The Speaker of Parliament, Mr. Alban Sumana Kingsford Bagbin, underscored the importance of adapting to the January 2024 Standing Orders of Parliament, emphasizing their relevance in addressing the evolving needs of Ghana's parliamentary democracy. Speaking at an orientation workshop for Members of Parliament (MPs) and Procedural Staff on the new Standing Orders in Ho, Mr Bagbin highlighted the shortcomings of the previous November 2000 Standing Orders and the necessity for alignment with contemporary trends.
Mr. Bagbin emphasized the dynamic nature of the new Standing Orders, rooted in the 1992 Constitution of Ghana and reflecting the concept of a “living organism.” He stressed the document's capacity to evolve to meet society's changing needs, citing its role in shaping laws, policies, and preferences. Drawing inspiration from Laurent Fabius, the former Prime Minister of France, Mr Bagbin acknowledged the imperfections inherent in revising legal documents but emphasized the importance of flexibility in building the desired institution and country.
Addressing MPs, Mr Bagbin urged diligence and innovation in their approach to parliamentary work, particularly in light of increasing public distrust. He highlighted the challenges faced by Parliaments, including the COVID-19 pandemic and the need to promote the Open Parliament Concept. The Deputy Majority Leader, Mr. Alexander Kwamina Afenyo-Markin, emphasized the importance of adhering to the rules book (Standing Orders) for MPs to make meaningful contributions in the Chamber.
Meanwhile, Mr Kwame Governs Agbodza, the Minority Chief Whip, commended the Speaker for spearheading the revision of the Standing Orders and expressed optimism that the orientation would address members' concerns and familiarize