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Parliament is adjourned until 9:30 am on Monday 10 December 2018.  

Parliamentary Strengthening Project

 

WEDNESDAY 4TH JULY 2018

The National Parliament Office has conducted an induction program for Hon. Lanelle Tanangada MP, the newly elected Member of Parliament for Gizo Kolombangara who won the Bye-election on the 23rd May 2018. The induction for Hon. Lanelle Tanagada is of paramount important ahead of the meeting in July 18.

The two days induction program which started off yesterday (3rd July 2018) has been designed by the National Parliament of Solomon Islands for current and newly elected Members to understand greater public leadership, constitutional frameworks, parliamentary procedure, accountability and parliamentary oversight.

It also aims to raise awareness among participating Parliamentarians of key Parliamentary departments, services and facilities structures, functions and obligations in relation to leadership and accountability.

Speaker of the National Parliament Ajilon Nasiu congratulates and welcome Hon. Lanelle Tanagada in his brief remarks to officially open the induction program today.

“It is with great pleasure as Speaker of the National Parliament of Solomon Islands in the 10th Parliament to welcome you to this brief induction program”

”I would also like to congratulate you on being one of the two female MP’s in the current house, which is a first in our nation’s history” the Speaker assured Hon. Tanagada.

Speaker Nasiu told the newly elected MP that it is no small feat to represent her people in Parliament; therefore the induction program will help her understand and perform her role as a Member of Parliament.

“We all have important responsibilities and our nation expects us to act with commitment and integrity in fulfilling these responsibilities.” Mr. Nasiu reiterates.

The Speaker then wishes Hon. Tanagada that by the end of the two days induction program, she will increased her understanding of the system of Parliamentary democracy in Solomon Islands and what she can do to ensure Parliament operates effectively in the interests of her own community and the country as a whole.

The informational and participatory sessions and presentations on the core procedures and practical skills such as parliamentary scrutiny and practice are facilitated by Parliament staff (HOD) and local expert and former legal specialist Mr. Albert Kabui.

Hon. Lanelle Tanagada’s first session on Day 1 was with Mr. Albert Kabui on the Constitution and separation of Powers and then briefly wind-up day 1 session with Ms Jean Tema of the Procedure department on Legislature and Roles and functions of Parliament and Parliamentary Law and Practice.

The induction program will conclude today (Wednesday 4th July 2018)

WEDNESDAY 4TH JULY 2018

The Parliamentary Civic Education outreach program at last week’s Kodili festival in Buala was successfully conducted despite being interrupted few times by heavy rain and strong winds.

Isabel men, women, boys and girls which comprised students came in numbers at the Parliament stall and listen attentively with interests to the Civic team’s awareness talks about our Parliamentary democracy and its functions.

Many Isabellians who flooded the Parliament Stall enjoyed the team’s awareness talks and were fully satisfied with the answers given and information shared to them by the team.

Topics that were discussed and shared on brochures include the functions of Parliament, roles of Members of Parliament, separation of powers and professional supporting services of Parliament.

Apart from the awareness talks, people were also engaged in a set of quiz where questions asked were based on the information written in the pamphlets they received.

That was the most interesting part of the awareness talks which drag hundreds each day to the Parliament stall, because people with the right answers were given free t-shirts that have the Parliament Logo, Court of Arms and Kodili Festival written on them.

The quiz part was fun and at the same time educational as it forcefully made the people to actually read all the brochures containing various topics that summarized our Parliamentary democracy.

Member of Parliament for Maringe/Kokota who is also the Minister for Environment, Climate Change, Disaster Management and meteorology Hon. Culwick Togamana has commended the Parliamentary Civic Team’s outreach program to educate and inform rural citizens in the provinces.

“I’m glad that you’re here to educate my people about my main role as a Member of Parliament or as their representative in the round house” Hon. Togamana told the Civic team.

“Most of the time our people regarded us MP’s as their Automatic Teller Machines (ATM) which we are not” Hon. Togamana sternly explained.

“With elections coming up next year people need to know the main roles of Parliament or being a Member of Parliament in order to make informed choices rather than picking on someone who will or acts as their ATM.

Hon. Culwick Togamana together with the Kodili festival Committee therefore invited the Civic team to the main stage where all the kodili activities took place to extend their awareness talks about Parliament and the roles of MP’s there.

Team leader and Chief Civic Education Officer Ms Marisa Pepa took to the main stage and talked to a packed crowd of thousands on the five main roles of Parliament.

The five main roles of Parliament she talked about are:

  1. Law Making - Passes Law for Peace and Good Governance
  2. RepresentationM - Voice of the People (constituents)
  3. Scrutiny and Oversight - Ensures that Executive Arm fulfils its policies
  4. Approves Budget - Approves money for government to provide services to its citizens eg. Schools, Clinics, Roads, Sanitation
  5. Forms Government- After each National General Elections MPs meet at Parliament and the party with the most members forms government, in our case a coalition (more than one party) since we do not have a strong political party system.

After the talks many people whom the team talked to said they do now understand the separation of powers or the three arms of the state and their functions.

“We do now know that Parliament is headed by the Speaker and its priority function is to make or amend laws; the Executive or Government which is headed by the Prime Minister to execute or carry out the law; and the Judiciary which is headed by the Chief Justice to interpret the law”

The Kodili festival committee also thanked the Civic team for accepting their invitation to bring Parliament right down to their shores.

“Your awareness talks did clear our doubts especially for some of us who still think that Parliament is the ruling government and deals with people’s projects” the people exclaimed.

Speaker of Parliament Ajilon Nasiu once said, “It is rewarding experience to engage with the general populace, through various civic activities and outreach program that will make them appreciate the mechanics of parliamentary procedures and processes and how these parliamentary mechanisms provide how the state governs its citizens.”

Taking Parliament to such provincial occasion is very important for ordinary Solomon Islanders to hear from parliament what their MPs are doing in the big round house at Vavaya Ridge.

The outreach program also allowed the CIVIC team to mingle, interact and learn in depth about the unique cultures and customs of the people of Isabel Province at the Kodili Festival.

Funding is the only hindrance for Parliament Civic team to reach out to all 50 constituencies however Parliament through its radio programs also reaches out to the nation at large.

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