Mr Speak- er, really, my attention was focused elsewhere when you called, so I was out of tune. But now that you succeeded in bringing me on track, I think the most ap- propriate thing to do to our Hon Colleague who has just joined us, is to congratulate him for joining this fold.
Mr Speaker, before coming here, I heard on radio, that somebody was serious- ly positioning himself to send this matter to court. I do not want to believe at all that the alacrity of this swearing-in has been occasioned by whispers in the corridors elsewhere. I do not want to believe that at all. Mr Speaker, be it far from me, that I would comment on those lines. But I think we should congratulate him. I would think that if anybody survives any elections, in particular, parliamentary elections, that person ought to be congratulated.
It is a very hot House. Unfortunately, when he joined us, we had about complet- ed the orientation workshop for Members of Parliament. I would think that he would position himself to learn quickly at the feet of the Majority Leader. And I believe, the effort of the Majority Leader would be complemented effectively by some of the “Omar Bongos” on the side of the Majori- ty, including the Hon former Leader of the House, Mr Cletus Apul Avoka, the Hon Joseph Yieleh Chireh --and I see one of the three wise men whose stars --
The stars have not been detected yet. However, I believe they would soon be detected. That person is the Hon E. T. Mensah. These are the “Omar Bongos”; there are a few “Mugabes” there as well.
Mr Speaker, I believe they would fill in.
But let me indicate to the young man that the vacancy that he has just filled is
going to be a very tall order for him and the shoes may be too big for now. But I would suggest to him that if he positions himself to learn quickly -- Mr Speaker, I believe on occasions, he can also come to you quietly for bits and pieces about how you succeeded in maintaining the seat for six consecutive terms and you need to imbibe him with that spirit.
Mr Speaker, having said that, I would
want to believe that my Hon Colleague would live up to expectation.
My own attitude, Mr Speaker, has been that this Parliament -- now that we have a Speaker from Parliament-- must learn from the other jurisdictions where the recognised parties would not be contesting a seat at the backyard of a Speaker. Mr Speaker, this experience is in the United Kingdom, Canada and Australia.
The fortunate thing, however, is that our Speaker, even though he came from Parliament, has to vacate his seat. In those places, when the Speaker remains an Hon Member of Parliament, he is not contested in his own backyard. But we can take useful lessons and see how to move on as a nation.
Once again, Mr Speaker, let me con- gratulate my dear Colleague and junior Brother and I hope that he would live up to expectation, pretty soon.