Debates of 30 Jan 2009

PRAYERS 10:05 a.m.



Madam Speaker 10:15 a.m.
The Business
Statement as presented is adopted. [Pause] -- Hon. Majority - the committee sittings, you have already included in your report?
Mr. Bagbin 10:15 a.m.
Madam Speaker, that is
so. Madam Speaker, I delayed in getting up because I saw my hon. Colleague opposite, hon. Asiamah standing up -- [Interruption] -- and trying to catch your eye. Maybe he has something that we want to hear before I advise -- [Interruption.]
Madam Speaker 10:15 a.m.
Thank you for
drawing my attention. Hon. Asiamah?
Mr. I. K. Asiamah 10:15 a.m.
Madam Speaker,
thank you for the opportunity. There is something on the front page of the Ghanaian Times of today, 30th January 2009 that I want to draw the House, and indeed, the whole nation's attention to --
“Speaker can't act for President”.
Madam Speaker, this was being
attributed to the Chairman of the National Commission on Civic Education (NCCE), Mr. Larry Bimi.
Mr. E. T. Mensah 10:15 a.m.
On a point of order. Madam Speaker, the hon. Member
Mr. Bagbin 10:15 a.m.
Madam Speaker, I would want to add my voice to what the Hon Minority Leader has said. I also think that his timing was wrong. We had moved away from Private Business to Public Business, and I think that with such an issue too, we will need to have some discussions before it is brought out on the floor of the House. So I would like to pray that my Hon Colleague opposite, hon. Asiamah, will take note and let us start it earlier than on the floor of the House. And then after that if it is appropriate, definitely he will have the opportunity to draw our attention to it and then the House will be given a better picture for us to make input because we are all very much interested in making sure that the right thing is done at all times in this country.
So I will plead with him to hold his guns now, and let us create a better opportunity for all of us to make inputs to it.
Madam Speaker, I hope my Hon
Colleague would take this in good faith,
and with that I would proceed to advise that the time is rife for committees to sit and also for Hon Members to prepare to go for the induction seminar at GIMPA. And with that I would proceed to move that this House do now adjourn to tomorrow Saturday, the 31st January, 2009 when we reconvene at GIMPA for the induction seminar. I beg to move.
Mr. Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu 10:15 a.m.
Madam Speaker, in rising to second the motion, I think it is important as the Hon Majority Leader indicated that we consider these seminars as part of parliamentary Sittings and that Hon Members should accord the seminars all the seriousness that they
ADJOURNMENT 10:15 a.m.