There is a greater need for the national parliamentary services to educate the provincial and local level government members.
The LLG members need to know how to conduct proper assembly meetings by following the right processes and procedures.
Knowing the standing orders and applying the proper processes and procedures is the only way the provincial assemblies and the LLG meetings can debate issues, making important decisions and pass legislation or provincial laws.
Acting deputy clerk of parliament Basil Kumbaliagen made these points after the parliamentary services officials presented to the East Sepik provincial assembly and the LLG members on meeting processes and the law making powers, salaries and remunerations determination and a mock exercise last Thursday.
Numerous questions and excitements raised by the members during the induction workshop as pointed to the need for more presentations to educate and equip the members to be knowledgeable in these areas.
Mr Kumbaliagen said it is the responsibilities of the Parliament to continue these awareness and dialogue with the provincial and the local level government through-out the country. While the Parliament is prepared to go out to the provinces, he hope the provincial governors and their respective assembly clerks will liaise with the parliament to organise on this important program.
The ESP LLG presidents and ward members have expressed the need for another workshop in future as they need to understand better those important aspects of running their meetings.
Majority of ES assembly members are new elected members and needed more of such training as expressed by the Wewak town urban LLG member and few others during the mock session. Parliamentary legal counsel Richard Witchurch presented on law making powers which showed the members their responsibilities to make legislations and laws such as provincial taxation laws to start raising revenues for themselves.
Mr Witchurch pointed out a couple of areas where provincial and LLG can make laws on to make money for themselves instead of waiting and complaining for their budgetary allocations which does not reach them on time in many cases. He said if they make such laws, they can be self-sustainable by making money to build small projects like building of their office chambers and others. A week-long induction workshop which started on Monday ended on Friday with the swearing-in of the East Sepik provincial chairman and presentation of certificates to the all the participating LLG presidents and their officials.