US Ambassador commits to good governance in Ghana

The US Ambassador to Ghana, Robert Jackson, has expressed his readiness to work with Ghana’s parliament to promote good governance in the country.

The Ambassador made the remark when he paid a courtesy call on the Speaker of Parliament, Professor Mike Oquaye on Friday.

Robert Jackson said he will collaborate with parliament to undertake key governance roles that include the passing of key government bills into laws.

“I will particularly like to work with you [Speaker] and your body [Parliament] to see governance issues addressed such as passing the Right to Information Bill passed into law, ensuring that Members of Parliament can introduce legislation and also ensure that the public accounts committee operates in a way such that the public’s treasures and investments are well spent.”

Robert Jackson, who has been serving as the US Ambassador to Ghana since November 2015, commended Parliament for its role in ensuring that democracy in Ghana is entrenched and upheld.

Making reference to Ghana’s recent political transition, he said the legislature played very important roles in the democratic processes of countries to ensure peace, stability and accountability.

The Ambassador had earlier assured Ghanaians that America will continue to support a prosperous and democratic Ghana under the leadership of Donald Trump.

In a recent media interview ahead of Ghana’s elections, he called for authority and power to be given to Ghana’s parliament to enable it demand accountability from the Executive.

“I would like to see the country proceed with decentralization and provide more power to parliament. I think that those will be steps that will ensure vibrancy of Ghana’s democracy going forward, and make governments more accountable and responsive to Ghanaians,” he emphasized.

By: Jonas Nyabor/
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