The Speaker of Parliament, Rt. Hon Alban Sumana Kingsford Bagbin, has stated that Parliament is working to establish a Museum and an Archival Department in order for the institution to preserve and share legislative relics with citizens.
Speaker Bagbin made the statement after receiving 300 copies of a supply chain application book from the author, Professor Douglas Boateng.
The Rt. Hon. Speaker bemoaned the fact that youth reading culture is at an all-time low.
He mentioned Ghanaian scholars who have previously stood shoulder to shoulder with world leaders, saying that this was only possible because they took knowledge acquisition seriously.
Speaker Bagbin urged Members of Parliament to read more in order to improve their understanding of new political trends and parliamentary practices.
Ahmed Ibrahim, the Deputy Minority Chief Whip, emphasized the importance of digitizing libraries in the country, in line with what is done in other parts of the world.
He stated that this need is highlighted by the fact that most new academic knowledge is available online, and books that cannot be found in large quantities for distribution could easily be uploaded by libraries for anyone interested in them.
In a similar vein, the Deputy Majority Chief Whip, Hon. Habib, stated that books should be made more easily accessible to those in need.
He praised the supply chain principle and described how those principles, when applied in economics and politics, improve efficiency.
Professor Douglas Boateng, the book’s author and donor to Parliament, stated that over 50,000 copies have been distributed to institutions worldwide, including Harvard University.
According to him, applying supply chain principles results in efficiency and incremental gains because policymakers can plan in stages and execute these plans while understanding and appreciating the impact of one stage on the other.
He stated that the book, which is in English and French, will be uploaded soon on an APP that will be released in August.