Mr Speaker, I wish to add my voice to the tribute paid in respect of our Colleague and compatriot, Hon Ford Kamel.
Mr Speaker, news about the sudden transition of Hon Ford Kamel, until then
the Volta Regional Minister, came to me as a shock. I immediately got in touch with Hon Doe Adjaho, at the time, the First Deputy Speaker of Parliament, to enquire whether or not what I heard was the truth.
Hon Adjaho reiterated the point that he had also just heard it and that he was doubly checking. Not too long after, he called to confirm that indeed, it had happened. It was a really traumatising experience, in particular when it happened on Christmas Day.
Mr Speaker, I first encountered the Hon Ford Kamel in the Committee on Lands and Forestry in 2005 when he first entered Parliament. At the personal level, here was a person who was very calm, controlled, measured and one who was not given to flippancy. Mr Speaker, he was a consensus builder and one who bowed to superior arguments if he saw one. He was always prepared to learn and was very consultative.
I remember very well not too long after he entered Parliament and we had both been posted to that committee, he engaged me on one occasion and took my cell- phone numbers. Mr Speaker, thereafter, when Parliament had adjourned, he would normally call and we would discuss very relevant matters pertaining to Parliament and even Bills relating to the Committee on which both of us served.
Mr Speaker, undoubtedly, 50 years is too early a date for any product, in particular , a person to expire. So rightfully, we should be mourning the transition of such a person. While we are mourning his transition, especially with his family, both immediate and extended and celebrate his life, may we counsel all and sundry that the greatest tribute that we could pay to the late Colleague is to ensure that there is peace in his household first, peace in his family and constituency and in the region.
Mr Speaker, beyond the attributes already alluded to by Hon Colleagues who have spoken earlier before me, clearly, it is emerging that the Hon Colleague must have been a very smooth operator; testimonies have been given about how he upped the levels for the NDC in the most recent presidential and general elections. That certainly, must be commendable. After all, that should have been the culmination of events under his own stewardship.
Notwithstanding, Mr Speaker, the frightening statistics given in this House about what the Hon Ford Kamel succeeded in achieving for the NDC is something that must be investigated, especially when the Member, Hon Joe Gidisu is insistent at the percentage, that is 40 per cent of presidential votes raked in from the Volta Region --