Mr Speaker, on that one, I think we have cleared all the hurdles. There were some policy matters between the
Ministries of Information and the Office of the Attorney-General and Ministry of Justice which we have sorted out.
Unfortunately, just when we thought we could bring it to the House to continue with the completion of the Consideration Stage, we had some communication from civil society and the Ghana Media Commission that they still want us to look at certain things.
The people who are saying that -- as you used “tongue lashing” -- are the very people who are also sending in some further proposals for amendment. They are saying we should stall it and consider what they are bringing, but they go out there and lambast us. I cannot understand.
Mr Speaker, I would want to believe that whatever it is, by close of day on Friday, we should have finished with the Consideration Stage and, perhaps, even do a very speedy Third Reading of it once we sort these two things out.
Mr Speaker, the other matter that my Hon Colleague, Mr Quashigah, commented on was for his information and not for his commentary. Whether he agrees with me is another matter. It is a piece of information to the House that we should work assiduously if we want to adjourn early.
So the Committees should help us to rise early. That is all that I am saying. If we finish the transaction of Business before the 3rd April, 2019, certainly, we would do that.
The meeting is slated for 5th April, 2019, and both the Hon Minority Leader and I are supposed to make some presentations on behalf of the African Group. On 11th April, 2019, I am supposed to represent the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA), Africa, to make a presentation on behalf of the African Group in Canada.
I might not go because of this. If I do not go, Africa will lose out; but it depends on what we do here.
Mr Speaker, the plea still holds that the Committees should work hard, fast and timeously to release us for the proposed adjournment on either 3rd or 5th April, 2019; otherwise, we would go to 12th April, 2019.