Mr Speaker, that is why we are always worried about the conduct of Hon Members on the floor. This is because for the past few days, Hon Members have been raising their hands and so, he has picked it from Hon Members — [Laughter.]
Mr Speaker, let me once again, take this opportunity to congratulate the Hon Member for his victory and to remind him of his Oath, which in part, is to conscientiously discharge the duties of a Member of Parliament and this includes the duty to serve the interest of this House, to his constituency, to his country, to his party, to his family and at the same time, within 24/7. That is not an easy task but that is what he chose to do.
Mr Speaker, I would want to encourage him to make a conscious effort to learn the rudiments of the job and to assure him that we have capable Hon Members from both sides of the House who are ready and willing to assist him in this regard.
Mr Speaker, I have attached a summary of the business transacted during the Meeting and I wish to request the Department of Official Report to capture it in the Hansard as having been read.
Mr Speaker, I will take this opportunity to commend you highly for steering the affairs of the Sittings of the Meeting to a successful end — [Hear!Hear!] We know it has been tiring, given that the House had to Sit very late into the night, particularly during the last two weeks of this Meeting.With the support of your able deputies, you have successfully excelled in your duty.
Mr Speaker, as we prepare to receive the birth of Christ, I pray for good tidings of the season and that you shall return refreshed to continue with the work of the House.
To my Hon Colleague, the Minority Leader and the entire Leadership, I must say that I have enjoyed the fullest support and co-operation during the Meeting. Leading Hon Colleague Members as primus inter pares is always a challenge but with the spirit of cooperation among us, we have been able to surmount this challenge,
That is what will take this country forward and I love the fact that Hon Colleagues are learning the culture of give and take, the spirit of openness, love and sharing.
Mr Speaker, if we do not form a political class to lead this country and we continue to do divide and rule, this country will not develop. I believe we need to work together as leaders and not as opponents.
I wish us all a Merry Christmas, particularly with our constituents.We shall meet again in January to commence the last Session of this Parliament.
Mr Speaker, to all Hon Members, I thank you for your understanding, endurance and co-operation. I am aware that your efforts are often not recognised but that is the hazard of the profession you have chosen for yourselves; I hope and pray that you will not relent but would continue to give off your best for mother Ghana.
May the good Lord grant you travelling mercies to your families and constituents.
I also thank the hardworking and sanctimonious Clerk to Parliament and his professional and dependable staff for the support rendered during the period. I wish you all a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.
To the Parliamentary Press Corps, on behalf of my Hon Colleagues, I thank you for the reportage of the business of the House.We know how difficult it is for you to hear what we say and also to understand and appreciate the technicalities, and to adequately report to the people of Ghana, the transactions, the discourse and the business of the House.
We know that from time to time, we have had differences, but we have been able to resolve all these in a very harmonious manner. The House and its Members are not infallible. However, as partners, I wish to appeal to you to reach out to the Leadership anytime there is a matter regarding the House and Hon Members before going to press.
It is very important because the work of Parliament is technical and sometimes it is very difficult for you to appreciate what happens on the floor. I believe this would spare the House the trouble of issuing a rejoinder to correct a wrong reportage.
I wish you all a healthy Christmas and hope that your Editors and Managers will allow you to drop your pens briefly and spend quality time with your families during the season.
I thank you, Mr Speaker, for the opportunity and once again, I wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
God bless the Parliament of Ghana.
The Third Meeting of the Third Session of the Sixth Parliament of the Fourth Republic commenced on Tuesday, 27th October, 2015 and ended on Wednesday, 23rd December, 2015. The House held a total of thirty-three (33) plenary Sittings within nine (9) weeks during which it performed its deliberative and legislative functions, among other duties.
Financial Policy of Government.
The House considered and approved the Budget Statement and Economic Policy of the Government of Ghana for the 2016 financial year.
The Hon Member of Parliament-elect for Amenfi West, Mr. Eric Afful took and subscribed to the Oath of Allegiance and the Oath of Member of Parliament administered by the Rt Hon Speaker.
One hundred thirty (130) Papers were presented to the House. The Papers include Bills, reports from committees of the House and Ministries, Departments and other Agencies (MDA'S) among others.