at Plenary and in Committees, in matters of governance as well as science and technology.
He served on the Committee on Health and the Government Assurances Committee and also chaired the Committee on Environment, Science and Technology.
Hon Kyeremanteng was an ardent advocate who supported the promotion and security of Ghanaian business interests and utilised legislative tools available to him to further that agenda.
Contributing to a debate at the Consideration Stage of the Ghana Investment Promotion Centre Bill, Hon Agyarko sought to canvas support of his colleagues for an amendment to reserve the importation of certain goods for Ghanaians. He said:
“Mr Speaker, it is with specific reference to the issue of reserving the importation for the Ghanaian. Mr Speaker, as far as history goes, the Ghanaian has been at the forefront of this business... Mr Speaker, I think a few things have come up in the industry that create a very threatening situation for the Ghanaian ...we believe that it is necessary to reinforce this for the Ghanaian because there is no law. But Mr Speaker, there is a clear danger looming ahead of us.
Mr Speaker, the real danger is that to the extent that this economy continues to improve, if all the indices continue to do well, we would have all of them flooding inland, what would happen is that they would elbow
out the Ghanaian who has held the fort...Mr Speaker, there is a history; if something happens and something goes wrong with our economy, I can assure you, all of them would go away....”
The Hon Member was of the firm conviction that, the time had come for specific policy intervention to preserve, protect, encourage and propel the growth and development of the local industry and not just the enactment of appropriate legislation for the sector.
He also believed that appropriate policy measures could create the necessary environment to harness funds for economic and industrial development projects through private initiatives, and thus minimise over-dependence on the Ministry of Finance for funding of all development projects.
The Late Hon Member's background in institutional regulation came in handy on matters of law enforcement for protecting life and property. In this regard, he called for the resourcing of regulatory bodies and proffered solutions founded on practical experience. Emphasising the need for law enforcement in his contribution to a Statement in Parliament on the collapse of a building, he stated:
“Mr Speaker, the imperatives are that, as a nation, we must begin to enforce the laws. When somebody has to put up a building, all of us must learn to do the proper thing...I am not too sure but I would want to believe that there must be a law in this country that requires a certificate from a competent professional. Mr Speaker... the crux of what is happening really and truly is just pointing to a regulating
failure. ...Mr Speaker, I would want to ask, do we really have competent, well qualified architects, engineers, quantity surveyors in the Assembly? If we do, we should begin to ask some questions. ...We have become a country where everybody want a shortcut and we would not stick to the regulations.”
Upon joining the august House, the Hon Member's primary role of representing his constituents was not lost on him when contributing to national matters. Indeed, he seized every opportunity on the Floor of the House to champion the interest and well- being of his constituents and Ghanaians as a whole.
He was not just concerned about effective and efficient delivery of health services including the needed health infrastructures and pharmaceutical products for the treatment and prevention of diseases; education and its full complement of facilities-water, electricity and good road, was a critical part of the deliverables of good governance.
He was also very much concerned about the safety of lives on our highways and was, in this regard, a chief crusader for road safety. He gave full expression to this noble task in his Statement on the Floor in which he drew attention to the loss of lives of students of the University of Ghana through road traffic accidents and called for measures to curb the situation.
The late Kyeremanteng, consumed by passion and sympathy for the loss of lives of these precious souls, decried:
“Mr Speaker, it is a very sad circumstance that has occasioned the making of this Statement. Within the week of the 18th to the 25th of
January this year, three Level 100 students of the premier university of our dear nation, the University of Ghana, Legon, which is situated in my constituency, lost their lives through road accidents. ...The 2009 World Health Organisation Global Status Report on Road Safety put the number of people who die each year on the roads at approximately 1.3 million and between 20 - 50 million sustaining non-fatal injuries globally. The Report further states that, road traffic injuries remain a major public health problem, particularly for low and middle income countries, and children and young adults aged between 10 and 29 years are the most vulnerable.
Hon Agyarko had always maintained that the use of science was sine qua non for the transformation of the economy and the lives of the people of Ghana, and never ceased to champion this view on the Floor of the House and any other fora whenever he had the opportunity.
It was therefore not uncommon to find his contributions on national development issues dwelling largely on the need for the Government to provide adequate financial resources to support science and technology. Indeed, this was how he expressed his satisfaction as the Chair of the Committee on Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation during deliberations on the Floor.