Debates of 21 Feb 2013

PRAYERS 10 a.m.

  • [The Speaker together with the Hon Majority Leader and the Hon Minority Leader accordingly left the Chamber to meet the President.
  • Mr Speaker 10 a.m.
    Order! Order!
    Hon Members, the House is privileged to have the presence of His Excellency John Dramani Mahama, President of the Republic of Ghana [Hear! Hear!] and Commander-In-Chief of the Ghana Armed Forces.
    His Excellency the President is here in accordance with article 67 of the Constitution of the Republic of Ghana, to deliver a message on the State of the Nation to this Honourable House.
    On behalf of Hon Members and indeed, of Leadership, it is my privilege and singular honour to welcome His Excellency the President of the Republic to this House.

    Mr President, you may now deliver your message.

    ADDRESS 10 a.m.

    Mr Speaker 10 a.m.
    Hon Members, in accordance with Standing Order 58, I wish to convey to His Excellency the President the gratitude of the House.
    Hon Members, again, in accordance with the practice of this House, a formal communication will be forwarded to His Excellency the President after the House has thoroughly debated this Address.
    Hon Members, thank you.
    Hon Majority Leader, any indication as to the adjournment of the House.
    Dr Benjamin B. Kunbuor 10 a.m.
    Mr Speaker, I beg to move, that this House adjourn till tomorrow 22nd February, 2013 at 10.00 o'clock in the forenoon. And in so moving, Mr Speaker, I would like on behalf of the House to extend our appreciation to His Excellency the President for performing this important function.
    Mr Speaker, we certainly prefigured that His Excellency the President was going to raise a number of exciting issues for consideration by the House and in subsequent debates.
    I hazard to say that perhaps, that explains why some of our Hon Colleagues took an early lead to begin research on the topics -- [Laughter] -- That His Excellency the President was going to raise and I am sure when they return, there would be a very rigorous debate on the floor, on the issues His Excellency has raised.
    Mr Speaker, I also do know that, with the arrival of new laptops, we might not have to take an early lead to do research for such important announcements.
    With these few words, Mr Speaker, I beg to move.
    Mr Alfred K. Agbesi 10 a.m.
    Mr Speaker, I beg to second the Motion after listening to the speech delivered by our elected, respected and handsome President -- [Uproar.]
    Question put and Motion agreed to.
    ADJOURNMENT 10 a.m.