Story: Franklin ASARE-DONKOH
The Speaker of Ghana’s Parliament, Rt. Hon. Alban Sumana Kingsford Bagbin has tasked leaders across Africa to create what he called Special Parliamentary Constituencies for the youth to enable them to fully participate in governance.
According to him, the move will help young people get involved in the governance architecture of their countries.
“There is the need for a change in paradigm from the creation of geographical constituencies to a more inclusive social structure which mirrors the society parliament represents,” he said.
The Speaker made the remarks when the Speaker of the Zambian National Assembly, Ms. Nelly Mutti led a delegation to call on him in Parliament on Tuesday, 24, May 2022.
The Rt. Hon Speaker stressed the importance of inclusive, accountable, and participatory governance in parliamentary work and called for more opportunities to be created for the aged, disabled, and other marginalized groups in society to also contribute their best to the growth of society.
For her part, the Speaker of the Zambian National Assembly, Nelly Mutti expressed gratitude to the Speaker and the Ghanaian parliament for the reception accorded her and her delegation.
She said Zambia and Ghana have a long history of cordial relations which have manifested in the various sectors and pledged her commitment to improving further the relations for greater mutual benefits.
She commended Speaker Bagbin for bringing to bear his many years of experience which she said has kept both sides of the house together despite the political and ideological differences existing between them.
The Zambian Speaker was in Parliament as part of a week-long Bench-marking visit of the Standing Orders Committee of the Zambian Parliament.
The bench-marking visit forms part of efforts to deepen relations between Ghana and the Zambian National Assembly as well as exchange notes on best practices within the legislative framework.