Mr Speaker, from what the Hon Minister for Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration has just told us, my first position is that it is important for her and her Hon Colleagues to make a strong statement at the African Union (AU) level.
The African Union must rise to the occasion in ensuring a functional Government in Libya. We need a Government with effective internal security to address some of these things in Tripoli. That is the first and foremost step we, as Africans, must take. So far, it appears that just as the AU was silent when the Libya political crisis began, it still watches unconcerned, and this is very troubling.
Mr Speaker, secondly, I believe African nations are members of the United Nations. The UN, with its proactiveness in loudly condemning the political situation in Libya some eight years ago, should also be proactive and loud enough at this stage, so that some of these challenges would be well-addressed.
Mr Speaker, coming home, I commend the Hon Minister for the steps she took in putting together a team to undertake this all-important fact finding. Of course, when we are fed with rumours, statements and speculations that we cannot verify, it becomes worrying and people take political advantage. So, it is good she took that step.
Mr Speaker, the most important thing is that people take these perilous journeys because of the need to realise economic means. People do not feel comfortable where they live. Sometimes, people do not feel assured. I was worried when she said that about 16 of them come from the Central Region.
Mr Speaker, we also know that our government is taking steps to roll out policies to address the concerns of our people.
Mr Speaker, only yesterday, I heard in the news, perhaps, the news came a day before yesterday, that electricity tariffs have been slashed; 17 per cent for households, some 30 per cent for industries and 20 per cent for other sectors. These are major reliefs that I am sure, would help the private sector to make savings to employ more.
Mr Speaker, we are aware of the Free Senior High School (SHS) Policy, which we have to embrace and ensure that Ghanaians — [Interruption.] Does he want to rise on a point of order? Mr Speaker, my Hon Friends are intimidating me. They have to be quiet and listen to me.
Mr Speaker, we know that education is key for development. We should embrace the bold steps taken in initiating and implementing the Free SHS. This is because if our people are well-educated and they acquire skills, they would not lose hope.
Mr Speaker, sometimes, we talk about unemployment and the impression is created that in all sectors, we do not have space. Mr Speaker, today, if we want the best tilers to tile our houses, we would not get many Ghanaians in that field. Many come from Togo,and real estate developers attest to it and I know many Hon Colleagues attest to that.
With Plaster of Paris (P. O. P.), we would not get many Ghanaians in that sector. These are critical areas that we need to concentrate on and support the Government's drive in ensuring that people get training in such areas to fill the gap.
Mr Speaker, I know my Hon Colleagues on the Minority side of the House are anxious to make their own views known in this House.
I would end here and give them the opportunity to express their views on the Statement.