The Speaker of Parliament, Edward Doe Adjaho, has urged all the Members of Parliament (MPs) who could not make it to the next Parliament, to start packing out from their respective offices.
“I urge all of you, non-returning members, to leave these parliamentary precincts with enthusiasm and hope, and demonstrate same by packing out and vacating your respective offices by the 6th of January, 2017.”
Mr. Adjaho said “To serve as an example, I have, myself as Speaker, already packed and only awaiting the conclusion of our final proceedings so as to vacate the Speakers’ Office to enable the incoming Speaker assume his role seamlessly”.
The Speaker made these remarks yesterday in his welcome address when the House reconvened from recess to continue the last meeting of the session.
Mr. Adjaho said the decision to pack out of the House would facilitate a smooth transition for the incoming MPs-elect, who would be sworn into office on January 7, next year.
He, on behalf of the leadership and members of Parliament, congratulated the President-elect, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, on his election to the high office of President of the country.
“Indeed, we are gratified that another former member of the House has been elected to the high office of the President of the Republic of Ghana and Commander in Chief of its Armed Forces”, Mr. Adjaho said.
The speaker said “Having served as a member of this august House for three consecutive terms, it is our expectation that His Excellency the President-elect, will bring his understanding and wealth of Parliamentary experience to bear to his Executive Office”.
“It is the fervent hope of the House that this will culminate in an epoch of mutual respect and strengthened symbiotic relations between the Executive and the Legislative organs of the state,” he said.
The Speaker said “the out-going President, His Excellency John Dramani Mahama, is also a former member of the Fourth Republican Parliament, a position he ably held for three consecutive terms just as the president-elect. Indeed, they all entered Parliament the same year and left in the same year”
Mr. Adjaho commended President Mahama for exercising high level of statesmanship by accepting the results declared by the Electoral Commission (EC), and lauded the EC, the security agencies, religious bodies, civil society organisations, development partners, local and international observers for their respective roles towards the success of the elections.
He urged Ghanaians to take pride in the blessings of peace and tranquility bestowed on the country by the Almighty God, and congratulated the new MPs.
In another development, the Right to Information Bill was taken through the Consideration Stage. It is expected to be passed into law by Friday.
The House will, among other things, consider the emoluments of Article 71 office holders before it dissolves.
By Yaw Kyei