Mr Speaker, I believe this House must take this very seriously. If you would
remember, there was a decision by Leadership that no Committee should sit during the time of Plenary. We have to insist.
Mr Speaker, even this morning, I was called that the House Committee would go to Tema when they had not yet come into Plenary. So, if we do not synchronise the way we would want to operate, obviously, we would continue to have these kinds of challenges. I doubt whether the House Committee which is en route to Tema, would finish whatever they are going to do, and get back to meet the House still in Plenary.
So, we have to insist, and this must come from the Secretariat, that even where the chairpersons insist on a meeting, the attention of, at least, the Whips should be drawn so that we could get those chairpersons to change the time.
Mr Speaker, secondly, it is time we do well to use these biometric gadgets that we have tried to invest in to verify. It is not always the issue of whether an Hon Member was here or not. Once an Hon Member was here and he logged in and out, it would be recorded. That is more scientific than the issue of saying I have seen him walk in or I did not see him.
Let us try to be more scientific in the way we do things. This is because it is not enough for one to tick names of Hon Members here and add them to the register at the mails room or for an Hon Member to come in there, write his or her name to be marked present. An Hon Member would be seated in the Chamber, and if they do not see him, they would mark him absent.
However, Mr Speaker, if it is done scientifically, it clears all doubts. Even where there is doubt, we would simply go
into the system and verify whether the person has clocked in and out.
So, I believe that, we need to find a way of streamlining this so that we do not come back to this again.