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General News of Monday, 17 June 2019


MPs’ absenteeism: Parliamentary structure needs reforms – MP

National Democratic Congress Member of Parliament for the Tamale Central Constituency, Inusah Fuseini has attributed the level of absenteeism recorded in parliament to the way the House is managed, which he believes calls for reforms.

“Parliament is a place you go to transact business so if the agenda for the day does not excite you or you don’t have interest, you don’t need to be there,” he said.

To Fuseini, the current state of parliamentary duties enshrined in the constitution sees parliament as a full time job which interferes with other duties of its members at Committee levels.

Speaking on Joy News’ AM Show, Mr Fuseini called for reforms in the parliamentary duties which, he stated, could be the solution.

“We are registering this level of absenteeism because parliament is being run like a classroom and so whether you have interest in the agenda for the day or not you have to come but the day we have an agenda everybody is interested in, everyone attends,” he said.

“Parliament is a debating Chamber and that is why even when there is a heated debate you don’t see some people talking because they might not have the expertise on the subject of discussion,” he added.