Mr. Speaker, I rise to conclude the debate on the motion to thank the President for the Address that he delivered to this House on the 31st of January, 2006.
Mr. Speaker, the President said that the
state of the nation is good, the spirit of the nation is optimistic, and all of us here, on all sides of the House, totally agree with the assertion of the President.
The President chose four important areas to illustrate the assertion that the state of the nation is good and the spirit optimistic. And he went further to elaborate these four areas by encompassing issues like, investment in people, in jobs, free compulsory education, capitation grants. He talked about teachers and tertiary education, private sector development, housing, health, ICT, corruption, among others. It is a very comprehensive Address, Mr. Speaker, yet there were some who said that some issues were not raised, and because the President did not raise those issues the Address was not worth its while.
But Mr. Speaker, we must continue to accept that the Address of the President was an address from his point of view. He may not cover everybody's point of view and everybody is at liberty to raise his or her point of view. But to say that because the President did not cover your point of view the Address is not important, is to be playing politics that is not worth the while of this House.
Mr. Speaker, the President's vision that he has continuously outlined is that we would be a middle-income country by the year 2015; and he emphasised that to achieve this middle-income status by the
would prefer that representation is brought in; that people must the choice to vote should be extended to all; and this is what the Bill is about. So we are proud of him for boldly arguing for it, for taking the bull by the horn and insisting that he has given it to us and he expects us to do the best for it.
Mr. Speaker, one is proud that this Bill is coming and let us stand by it.
But again, as I said when the President
was on the floor, despite the heckling, when he was standing before us, he mentioned that maybe he may not see it himself. He is going to build an office and residency for the first gentleman of this country. It may not be completed during his term and it may be somebody else or someone else from some other party, but he is definitely going ahead to ensure that there is a good residence, good offices so that all Ghanaians, those who love good governance, those who respect authority will be proud that this country has one.
Mr. Speaker, I congratulate him for
that. Above all, as I said earlier on, the peer review exercise that was undertaken recently, I saw it on the television, I saw the President accompanied by the Foreign Minister (Nana Akufo-Addo) and others, meeting his own peers to lay bare his heart to let them examine what is happening in this country. We cannot say it is perfect but what he has done is a record; what he has done is pace-setting and we as Ghanaians should be proud of it.
Mr. Speaker, having said so, I am
so happy for that speech and I join my Colleagues in congratulating the President for the delivery of that speech.