Thank you, Mr. Speaker, for the opportunity to contribute to the Statement.
Mr. Speaker, I want to contribute to the Statement concerning Valentine's Day. I
think the idea of Valentine's Day was done as a memorial for some of us. St. Valentine had good intentions for doing that and St. Valentine gave what he had.
Therefore, I would like us as Ghanaians to also look at it from that perspective. And in doing so, I would refer us to the biblical aspect of it, that is, Acts Chapter 3, Verse 2. When Peter and company were going to the temple, they met a cripple who was there waiting for them to give him donation. Because of the way they were dressed, he thought they were going to give a very big donation. And that day, Peter said, “I have no silver and gold, but what I do have I give to you.”
Therefore, as we are approaching Valentine's Day, I will urge our Leadership, I will urge our authorities, I will urge our opinion leaders, that they should give us, we the youth and the up-and-coming ones -- what they have -- the pieces of advice, the experiences and other things that they have. They should make those things available to us so that we would use them to build mother Ghana.
Mr. Speaker, I am not touching on only that. Many contributors have spoken about the immoral aspect of it and I will also like us to look at it very carefully. It is not just a speculation; it is something that is happening in our country. Every year after Valentine's Day, or after a public holiday, if one dares to visit our hotels, discos and other public places, it gives a lot of work to the workers of Zoomlion, that is the waste and sanitation management people.
They have to go with the Zoomlion tractors, they have to go with baskets, just to sweep the used contraceptives, panther condoms and other things from those places -- [Interruptions.] Mr. Speaker, what message does it tell us?
It tells us that clearly, there is immorality going on in the country. Clearly, people are misconstruing the good intentions of St. Valentine, and as I quoted, the biblical
aspect of it from which St. Valentine gave what he had. Therefore, as Ghanaians, we must also give what we have, and I do not think what we have is that immoral aspect. That is not what St. Valentine meant.
In another way too, Mr. Speaker, I will also urge our politicians to reach out to the perceived, supposed or alleged factions within our families. As Members of Parliament, too, we should also visit our constituencies to interact with our foot soldiers and to give them nothing but hope. I know, after all, if politicians have nothing, as for hope, we can give it.
We open our mouths and give some good words and that send some spirit of hope to the people. So I know we have a lot and we can do a lot. We the youth, too, we would be ready to visit the leaders and the authorities, our role models and the opinion leaders, and when we come, they should also embrace us and teach us what they have for the sake of mother Ghana.