Speaker, I have gone through the report of the Business Committee but the debate to begin on Tuesday, 23rd February 2009 on the President's State of the Nation Address, I believe we should conclude the recomposition of the committees before we can do any meaningful debate. This is because, as has been captured on the first page, the mover of the motion, seconder of the motion, chairmen/chairpersons, and ranking members -
Madam Speaker, as we speak now, we do not know which people are chairing committees as chairmen and ranking members, we do not know them, we have not done with that aspect of our work here.
So I believe that we should finalise
the work on the composition of the committees so that we are aware of chairpersons, chairmen, ranking members and their deputies. We have not done so and if you look at the report, Madam Speaker, on page 2 for example, it is being proposed that the Report of the Committee of Selection would be done on Wednesday, 25th February 2009 by which time we would have started the debate on Tuesday, 23rd February 2009. So, I believe we need to conclude the composition of the committees before we can have any meaningful debate.
Madam Speaker, another issue I want to raise is that the time allocated for the debate, for me, is too short. We have only four Sitting days for a President who has given his maiden State of the Nation Address and setting agenda for a four-year term mandate. Madam Speaker, I do not