Newly elected Executives of Parliamentary Press Corp (PPC) was on Friday April 12, sworn into office to serve for the next three years.
Mr Ebenezer Djetror, Head of Table of Parliament who administered the Oath of Office, charge the Executives to obey the principles guiding the journalism profession.
According to him, the press have an enviable role to promote parliamentary activities, but they must jealously do that inline with the code of ethics of the Ghana Journalists Association, the Standing Orders of Parliament and the Constitution of the Ghana.
The PPC held its elections on February 29, and elected into office a new set of executives to manage affairs for the next three years.
Some members of the outgone executives were retained in their respective post, while others got promoted to more ranking post.
Mr Djetro said without the media, parliamentary democracy could not thrive and charged the press to also put the interest of the nation above all other interests and educate the masses on the role of parliament and parliamentarians.
He said the press brought to the public, knowledge of the activities of parliament for efficient participation and again, called on the press corp to be accurate, objective and balanced in their coverage of Parliament.
He also advised leadership of the PPC not to underrate their offices as their roles are important as any national office and urged them to discharged their duties credibly and served the interest of members.
Ms Kate Addo, Acting Director of Public Affairs of parliament, said PPC was such an important organ and an eye of parliament.
She said parliament works could not be complete if the media failed on its mandates and responsibilities, but cautioned that, whilst the press continue to put parliament on its toes, they should equally obey the parliamentary rules and procedures.
She also assured the leadership of PPC of her unalloyed support and cooperation to promote parliamentary democracy, stating,” without you people, our work will never be known to the citizenry out there.”
The Dean of the PPC, Nana Agyemann Birikorang, who was elected unopposed thanked Mr Djetror and Ms Addo, for their supports and promised to lead a vibrant parliamentary press corps to promote parliamentary business and activities.
“I want to assure that, I will continue to lead a PPC that provides quality parliamentary reporting and anything short of this will not be tolerated under my tenure as leader and Dean of this press corp,” he said.
Nana Birikorang however urged members to obey the principles of Journalism and parliamentary rules and as well avail themselves to all opportunities that would help them enrich their profession.
The newly elected executives includes Nana Agyeaman Birikorang, Dean, Simon Aginab, Vice Dean, Christian Kpesesse, Secretary, Abenengo Asante Aseidu, Deputy Secretary, Samuel Adjei, Organizer, Yesmin Tetteh, Treasure and Steven Odoi Larbi, as executive member.
Apart from the Dean, Organizer and Deputy Secretary, the rest of the executive sailed through a keenly competitive elections, while the Executive Member was nominated and approved upon consultation among members.
The PPC election was conducted by an Independent Election Officers headed by Ibrahim Alhassan, with Osman Alhassan and Deborah Dzivenu, as members.
Source: therepublicnewsonline.com/Felix Nyaaba