Post-election seminar underway in the capital

01 Feb 2016 13:10pm
WINDHOEK, 01 FEB (NAMPA) – The Chairperson of the National Council (NC) says the National Council will oblige its members to provide quarterly regional reports as part of its plans to be a model institution that responds to the needs of its citizens.
NC Chairperson Margaret Mensah-Williams made the remarks during a five-day post-election seminar, which commenced here on Monday.
The seminar is designed to equip newly elected Members of Parliament (MP) with knowledge and skills on how Parliament works and what is expected of them.
Mensah-Williams also raised concern about the lack of functionality of Regional Development Committees (RDCs), noting that such structures are important in Government's efforts to fast-track decentralisation and bring about development to its citizens.
She said only three RDCs are functional; those of the Erongo, Omaheke and Kunene regions.
“We hope that this will change with the performance agreements,” she said.
The five-day seminar will touch on topics such as best parliamentary practices, the art of diplomacy, parliamentary ethics, the relationship between the NC and regional councils and understanding the law-making process and Bill analysis.
The seminar ends Friday.