The Speaker of Parliament, Prof. Aaron Mike Oquaye, has lauded the Parliamentary Press Corps (PPC) for awarding some selected Members of Parliament in the just ended PPC Reporting Awards, a move which he believes it’s worth emulating.
According to the Speaker, it is laudable that the media has been able to assess performances and inputs of some Members, and have recognised their efforts.
Although, He said, members prove their professional excellence and legislative duties time and again, occasionally an individual’s contribution rises so far above the norm that it cannot help but be recognized.
That’s why Parliament feels the need to also reward deserving Members for their outstanding contributions and participation in Parliamentary proceedings.
He said the ‘Speaker’s Award’ which will be unveiled at the end of the month, will focus more on the performance of Ministers and their participation, both on the floor of Parliament and at the Committee level.
Reiterating that the Leadership of Ghana’s Parliament would not be left out of this award scheme, but will be recognised to inspire continued greatness in those who have made Ghana’s legislative their life-long home.
“We want to encourage them and for that matter, give an award to the person who has performed best as a minister in relations to Parliament”. He concluded.
The PPC Awards
The Parliamentary Press Corps, on Friday February 14, 2020, had their 1st PPC Reporting Awards, having two Members of Parliament as well as the 2nd Deputy Speaker, received an award in a three Honorary categories for MPs.
An assessment by the Corps revealed that, the Member of Parliament for Ellembelle, Hon. Emmanuel Armah Kofi Buah, is the Most Media Friendly MP on the Minority side, whiles the Most Media Friendly MP on the Majority side was given to the Member for Efutu Constituency, Hon. Alexander Afenyo Markins.
These Lawmakers were presented with citations for their invaluable support to the media and contribution to Ghana’s democratic journey.
Winners of the PPC Award were Mr. Bejamin Mensah, of the Ghana News Agency; Mr. Thomas Fosu Jnr, of the Daily Guide Newspaper; Julius Yao Petetsi, also of the Ghanaian Times; whiles Eugene Davis, of the Business & Financial Time, was adjudged the Overall Best Reporter of the Year 2019 respectively.
The 2019 Parliamentary Reporting Awards was on the theme: “The Parliamentary Reporter As An Effective Link In Promoting A Peaceful Democratic Elections”
In all, a total of eight (8) awards will be given on the night.
Five (5) Members of the PPC received awards whiles three (3) MPs also received a recognition.
The awards included two citations, 6 plaques and other items including electronic gadgets.