Mr. Speaker, the option of allowing hon. Members to use public means free, as is done in other countries -- And the cheapest for the country is to let hon. Members contract loans and use their salaries to service the loans. And at the end of the day, Mr. Speaker, we know what is happening to the hon. Members who do not come back to this House. Luckily, I have been here, this is now my 13th year and, Insha-Allah, I will reach 16 years -- [Interruptions.] Oh! I am entitled to four years; I will be here till 16 years.
Now I see that my hon. Colleagues, at the end of the term of office, it is their ex- gratia that is used to pay for the vehicles and then the hon. Members cannot even get themselves resettled. Moving from Accra to one's constituency, getting one's wife, family members and one's children from school -- And even to get a job is a big problem because one is now seen as a politician -- partisan politician -- and therefore it is not easy to get work in most of the areas that are seen to be impartial, objective state institutions. These are the risks; these are all costs associated with this work. And yet anytime we are compelled to take this position,
immediately after that, well, the people we serve come hard on us.
I blame ourselves because we have not been able to go out there to explain for the country to understand what is involved. I hope, Mr. Speaker, that after this approval, we will try and get to our constituents, sit with them and make sure that they understand what is happening. And at the end of the day, if the decision of the country is that duty vehicles be used, so be it; because that is what people want; the Members of Parliament actually want duty vehicles, and we will prefer that.
Mr. Speaker, it is with this that I support the motion and I want our brothers and sisters, especially those in the media, those who are here with us, who understand the situation, to kindly convey these our humble views to our constituents all over the country. That is the only way that the arms of government, which are resourced and serviced seriously by the media, can work together in harmony.