The University Of Ghana Professor, Ransford Gyampo following the brouhaha that was displayed on Friday , 26th November 2021 at Parliament on the rejection of 2022 has aired his voice. In a post shared on his Official Facebook, he believes that Alban Bagbin has the needed experience to lead the Parliament and that any leader at Parliament should be tactful.
Prior to parliament sitting today, Tuesday, 30th November 2021, Prof Gyampo has called for dialogue and behind the scenes meetings between the Minority and the Majority group in Parliament.
According to the vocal Professor, the parliament of Ghana is currently unique because :
1. For the first time it is hung parliament of equal strength comprising 137-137 for the NDC and NPP, with 1 Independent MP
2. It has 40 women, 20 on both sides
3. It is made up of 117 men from each side
4. It has an Independent MP who was an NPP man in the last parliament. It also has a Speaker who was an NDC man in the previous parliament..
According to Prof Gyampo, anyone leading a group to deal with this kind of parliament of equal strength must be tactful, sober and humble. The use of force and money can play a role only to a limited extent. Respect and dialogue are crucial in handling matters in such a House. The next sitting of parliament must not be another show down. What happened last Friday should point any right thinking leader of parliament to the dogmas of competent dialogue and respect for the minority group.
"So, let there be serious “behind the scenes” dialogue and consultations led not necessarily by those who have been in parliament for long, but those who know how to dialogue. For, not every leader of parliament knows how to dialogue in a hung parliament, given that the current parliament is in itself new in the history of the Fourth Republic." He added.
Prof Gyampo added "Bagbin’s problem is more pronounced in Ghana among the majority group because for the first time, he is a Speaker from the other party. Apart from his sometimes “over-the-bar” comments and unnecessary over-flex of muscle, I think Bagbin has the needed experience to succeed as Speaker.". He added.
He advised that Bagbin must only be counseled to tone down on his muscle-flexing spree in order not to court unnecessary attacks on his person and be perceived as someone deliberately trying to sabotage government.
Gyampo is of the view that the current leadership of the majority group in parliament must note and appreciate the responsibilities imposed by the kind of parliament Ghana currently have. They must quickly adjust to the realities of this hung parliament or be prepared to be replaced by those who can tactfully navigate government policies through a certain dialogue posturing that is not repulsive to the other side.
Prof Gyampo advised that the minority group too must not add too much salt to the soup by being overly intransigent. At least, they have made a point that should be respected by all well-meaning Ghanaians. They must however be careful not to over-do things in a manner that would quickly remind all of us that they would have done same or even worse if they were in government.
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