Speaker Bagbin and Speaker Nelly Mutti

The Speaker of Parliament, Alban Bagbin, has charged leaders across Africa, to create special parliamentary constituencies for the youth to fully participate in governance.

He said the move would help young people to be involved in the governance architecture of their countries.

“There is the need for a change in paradigm from creation of geographical constituencies to a more inclusive social structure which mirrors the society parliament represents,” he said.

The Speaker made the remarks when the Speaker of the Zambian National Assembly, Nelly Mutti, led a delegation to call on him in Parliament on Tuesday.

We must take steps to deepen youthful participation in governance - Bagbin
A shot on the delegation that paid a courtesy call on Alban Bagbin here in Accra

The visit by the Zambian Speaker was part of a week-long bench-marking visit of the Standing Orders Committee of the Zambian Parliament.

The bench-marking visit forms part of efforts to deepen relations between Ghana and the Zambian National Assembly as well as exchange notes on best practices within the legislative framework.

In his submissions, Speaker Bagbin further stressed the importance of inclusive, accountable and participatory governance in parliamentary work and called for more opportunities to be created for the aged, disabled and other marginalized groups in society to also contribute their best to the growth of the society.

We must take steps to deepen youthful participation in governance - Bagbin
Ghana’s Speaker of Parliament, Alban Bagbin and Zambia’s Speaker of Zambian’s National Assembly, Nelly Mutti

On her part, the Speaker of the Zambian National Assembly, Nelly Mutti expressed gratitude to Speaker Bagbin and the Ghanaian parliament for the reception accorded her and her delegation.

She said Zambia and Ghana have a long history of cordial relations which have manifested in various sectors. She therefore pledged her commitment to improve the relations for greater mutual benefits.

We must take steps to deepen youthful participation in governance - Bagbin
A shot of the warm pleasantries exchanged during the meeting

She commended Speaker Bagbin for bringing to bear his many years of experience, which she said has kept both sides of the House together despite the political and ideological differences existing between them.