Mr Speaker, I would like to make a brief comment on the second sentence of paragraph (3) on page 9 of the Committee's Report.
The Committee seeks to clarify the position of the CV of Hon Akandoh.
Mr Speaker, with the greatest respect, I do not intend to disagree with the Committee, but just for the purpose of the records, I took it upon myself to verify the Curriculum Vitae (CV) of Hon Kwabena Mintah Akandoh. When I checked it, on the issue of employment, he did not include the “dining hall prefect” thing. He rather put it on work experience.
Mr Speaker, the question is, if one is engaged in work at any sector, perhaps, in school and in writing a CV, one says that, yes, as a dining hall prefect and as a Students' Representative Council (SRC) Representative, I was engaged in some work. That is completely different from saying that it is an employment record. If one is a party organiser, it is a form of
work. But depending on the nature of the engagement, it may not be an employment engagement.
Mr Speaker, without questioning the work of the Committee, I think that my brother has suffered some injury of a sort. The impression is being created as if he put on the CV that that is part of employment. But if one scrutinises it, he never said that it is part of employment. He put it as work. So, if he worked as an SRC representative, as a dining hall prefect — Mr Speaker, with the greatest respect, the definition of “work” could be very wide.
I heard the Hon Chairman of the Committee defining “work” to be a situation where one is paid. But that is a very debatable issue. If one is, for instance, a constituency Chairman, one is not paid but works for the party. If one is an SRC representative, one works on behalf of the students. It is not only a leadership role, but it is work. One engages his time and energy, et cetera.
Mr Speaker, having expressed my views on that position taken by the Committee, I beg to support the Motion and pray that my good Friend and his Colleagues will discharge their duties in a manner that will save the public purse and carry the vision of Mr President, which we believe, is aimed at ending the dumsor dumsor in the near future.
Mr Speaker, I am, indeed, grateful for the opportunity.
Question put and Motion agreed to.