Parliament has gone on recess for the Easter holidays after passing some three critical revenue bills on which the International Monetary Fund’s $3-billion extended credit facility to Ghana is contingent.
In his closing remarks, Speaker Alban Bagbin: “In spite of the shock we had during this meeting, I urge all to still continue to give thanks to almighty God because that is his will”.
“We have really endeared ourselves, particularly the leaders, my deputies, to try and build more consensus”, he noted, pointing out: “But we have had some rather sometimes inexplicable U-turns. And that sometimes saddens me”.
“I hope we will not go through this experience in the next meeting. You have shown that Friday, you all came prepared to work hard. So are some of the ministers,” he said.
“My gratitude goes to the two deputy speakers for always stepping in to preside anytime I’m not around. And my appreciation goes to the leadership of both sides we tried many times to come to a consensus before Parliament starts. Sometimes we will not be able to carry through. But I pray and hope that we will improve on it. I want to thank the clerk and his deputies and all MPs for what we have achieved so far,” he said.
“I wish you travelling mercies as you go to your constituencies. What happened on Friday was an accident. Value yourselves so make sure that we all come back to meet in great hope. I declare Parliament adjourned sine die,” the Speaker stated.