General News of Monday, 24 September 2018
Minority Chief Whip and MP for Asawase Alhaji Mubarak Mohammed Muntaka has described the legislative arm of government; government as the greatest tertiary institution in the country. According to Mr. Muntaka members of Parliament can learn several things from the august house if only they would remain present during deliberations.
While paying tribute to the late former Speaker of Parliament, Joseph Henry Mensah, the former Youth and Sports Minister bemoaned the inability of MPs to stay throughout Parliament’s sitting.
“…this was the time that when honourable J.H Mensah was speaking, you’ll be copiously jotting some of the things that he was saying. Even where you disagree with him, you have respect and believe that what he is saying makes a lot of sense. Today Mr. Speaker, let me admit; is it the way the parties conduct ourselves in our various constituencies, is it the so much monetization of our political activities that is making many of us in this chamber not find time to even sit even up to two hours in the chamber? He quizzed.
People come and they just sit briefly and they walk out again virtually not learning anything. But Mr. Speaker this is the biggest university that you have because the archaeology and Zoology of this country runs through this house, and by just sitting in this house and listening to things that are happening, you’ll learn greatly, he stressed.
He charged his colleagues in the chamber to cultivate the habit of preparing adequately before coming and also staying throughout the house’s sitting to enable them make constructive inputs as well as learn from each other.
Several other MPs including Majority leader Kyei Mensah Bonsu, Finance Minister Ken Ofori Atta, Anthony Akoto Osei and Rashid Pelpuo paid glowing tribute to the departed Speaker of Parliament.
The legislative body reconvened on Monday after Speaker Prof. Mike Oquaye recalled the Parliament to enable the lawmakers consider what he described as “urgent Parliamentary business.”