Thank you, Mr Speaker, for the opportunity to make few comments in respect of the tribute paid to the late Hon Kwakye Addo.
Mr Speaker, in this life, we all enter and play our parts hoping that after we have left, we would be remembered for something positive. We may not do extraordinary things but we may do ordinary things extraordinarily. Such was the life of the late Hon Kwakye Addo.
The late Colleague was not one who would be seen making contributions almost every day on varied matters but in his absence, he was remembered by Hon Members because it meant there
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was no one who was taking good care of correction of Votes and Proceedings.
I remember on one occasion, during my first term when “Correction of Votes and Proceedings” was called and no one stood up, the late Rt Hon Francis Daniel Annan asked, “Where is Hon Kwakye Addo?” I said that if for nothing at all, he was remembered in this House always for the keenness with which he looked at the Votes and Proceedings.
So for every life, there must be a purpose and after your life, people must learn from one. At least, from the life of our late Colleagues, he taught us that however modest we may be, let us be diligent in the way we do our work. We may not be doing big things, but the little things that we have to do, let us do it and do them well. Each of us can make a difference and I have no doubt that the late Colleague played his part, hence, today while paying tribute to him, we ask: “Who would be correcting the Votes and Proceedings?”
Baba Jamal M. Ahmed (NDC - Akwatia): Thank you, Mr Speaker, for the opportunity to contribute to this Statement made in remembrance of our departed senior Colleague, Hon Kwakye Addo.
I am touched to make a contribution because I personally worked with the late Hon Kwakye Addo while I was the Deputy General Secretary for our party and I know the immense contribution he made to our party, especially in that part of the Eastern Region. He came to Parliament when that part of the region was difficult to penetrate but he sacrificed and was in Parliament on several occasions.
He was a very diligent person and very down to the details. And I am not surprised
that he was the one who was most of the time correcting the Votes and Proceedings and making sure that the corrections are made.
Mr Speaker, he was one of the unsung heroes of the country and I surely know that he was a hero in the Afram Plains. We can only learn from him as young ones coming; the diligence he showed, the commitment, and the dedication to service to our country. I can only mourn with those coming from that part of the country and also to say that we are encouraged by his life and we would continue to commit ourselves to the service of this country wherever we find ourselves and whatever or how small it may be, we would commit ourselves and serve our nation in that direction.
Once again, we wish him rest in perfect peace.