demonstrable commitment to implement the well-thought out suggestions elaborated by the Minority to enable corporate Ghana benefit from these reformative strategic imperatives.
While we are at the inputs into the Budget, what has become obvious is that we should define better points of entry for the two other arms of government (Parliament and the Judiciary) into the Budget process. Perhaps, in line with the relevant provisions of our Standing Orders, Parliament may wish to partner the Presidency in fashioning out legislation to seek financial autonomy for the other independent constitutional bodies such as the Electoral Commission, the National Commission for Civic Education, the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice and the National Media Commission among others.
Madam Speaker, in respect of the
passage of the Interpretation Bill and the Electronic Communications Bill, I heard certain Hon Members make some comments and generally the Minority was deemed to have taken rather hard positions. It was a happy development that at the end of it all, the Hon Minister for Communications and the Hon Majority Leader by their intervention and concession helped to bring the two matters to a successful conclusion.
Let me assure that in both instances, the Minority was very well-intentioned. We hope the Majority today will better appreciate it when they become the Minority a day after today. [Hear! Hear!] It is my humble plea that we join hands to jealously guard Parliament so that the confidence the good people of Ghana are beginning to have in us would not be eroded.
In this regard, we, as a collective, should eternally be wary of any attempts, covert or overt, by the Executive, to make this institution subservient, knowing that it is the institution of Parliament that embodies the aspirations and hopes of the people of Ghana and as such must be
Madam Speaker, we on this side, once again, reiterate our commitment to co-operate with the Majority side of the House to facilitate the implementation of government policies. We expect this to be reciprocated. And in that enterprise, there should not be any resort to blackmail. As we proceed on recess, may I plead with Hon Members to use the recess period to complete the various committee assignments so that in January 2010, the plenary can have the benefit of taking the critical decisions required.
Madam Speaker, may I seize this opportunity to highly commend you and your Deputies for the manner you conducted proceedings in the House and how you, in particular, dealt well with all Hon Members.
Madam Speaker, the Minori ty admittedly was unhappy on a particular day with the conduct of the Chair and we subsequently complained behind the scene. We are happy with the way the Rt. Hon Speaker handled the matter. We have to be tolerant to help Parliament grow. To err, they say, is human, and to forgive is divine. It is my hope and prayer that the Lord in His infinite wisdom and mercy would grant you, Madam Speaker, and your two Deputies strength, fortitude and wisdom to lead this House to a successful end of the Fifth Parliament.
Madam Speaker, my appreciation also goes to the Clerk and the members of the Parliamentary Service for their selfless attitude at ensuring the growth and progress of this institution. Madam Speaker, I know some had to work extra hard to ensure the completion of reports on the draft estimates of the various Ministries, Departments and Agencies. We must profoundly commend them for a job well done.
Madam Speaker, may I finally commend members of the press corps
for their continuous efforts at partnering Parliament to bring issues of the House to the doorsteps of Ghanaians. They have demonstrated abundant diligence and stamina, and the least we could do to them is to show appreciation and to encourage them to continue in this enterprise. A couple of them did stray from the path of righteousness. A local adage puts it very succinctly:
Madam Speaker, to wit, the tongue and the teeth do occasionally quarrel, but they cohabit in the same cubicle. So should we join the press even if they go a bit wayward, as we have already said, we are all humans and we all do err sometimes.
Madam Speaker, in the next few days, Christians will be commemorating the birth of Christ. It is noteworthy that Muslims recently returned from the Hajj. [Interruptions.] They have without doubt come with much blessings.
Madam Speaker, both Christians and Muslims have to join hands to pray to God for his grace and intervention. Human beings have the tendency of not being in good standing with God when times are good -- [Laughter] -- But these are difficult times for Ghanaians, and it is important that all believers join hands to pray to God for greater endowment of knowledge and wisdom in our President, His Excellency President J. E. A. Mills.
Madam Speaker, may I use this opportunity to wish Christians a Merry Christmas, and to all a very peaceful and grace-filled 2010. Madam Speaker, whether or not the Christmas will be prosperous, we can only remain prayerful. The few amenities that the commonest in our society have, that is sachet water and Akpeteshie --[Uproar] -- have been taken away from them. [Interruptions.] The common people are in tears and