Mr Speaker, I am truly grateful to you.
Mr Speaker, I wish to align myself with my Colleagues who have expressed support for this Motion and to say that all of the nominees have demonstrated not just skill but ability and they deserve the nomination by H. E. the President.
Mr Speaker, I would like to particularly focus on the nomination of Dr Henry Seidu Daannaa and also Madam Sherry- Ayittey because of their backgrounds and the circumstances from which they come.
Mr Speaker, I have heard a lot of very good vibes since the nomination of Dr Daannaa but nobody has suggested that his nomination is because of the fact that he is a disability person, it is an act of charity, or an expression of humanitarian compassion. Everybody has agreed that here is a gentleman who is eminently qualified, has excellent academic and professional credentials and comes to the job with an excellent track record of public service.
Nevertheless, Mr Speaker, his nomination brings to the fore the issue of minorities, the issue of persons who are disadvantaged, the vulnerable and the disabled.
The statistics are indicating that ten per cent of our population are in that category and the disabled alongside the disadvantaged and vulnerable persons hover around the periphery of the Ghanaian society and economic life, and it raises the urgent agenda of mainstreaming disabled persons into national life, and I think that this nomination is really a demonstration of
the determination of this Administration to carry out this essential job of mainstreaming disabled persons into the social and economic life of our country.
It is quite clear that by their circumstances, they are in serious danger of political and social exclusion and therefore, it is important to take urgent action to ensure that that does not happen.
Similarly, on the issue of Madam Sherry- Ayittey, clearly, a woman of quality, with demonstrable track record, I have worked with her in Cabinet and elsewhere and there is no question about the fact that she is eminently qualified for the position. Nevertheless, her nomi- nation is also a testimony of the Government's determination to empower women, not as an act of charity but as a categorical imperative because women, clearly, we all admit, are half of the population.
But we must also go further to admit that women, apart from being half of humanity, also give birth to the other half and in fact, they nurture the other half. So they are very central and therefore, when we empower women, we are really achieving what really should be a more inclusive and integrated development of the entire humanity.
Mr Speaker, with these words, I would like to throw my weight behind this Motion.
Question put and Motion agreed to.