The new Speaker of Parliament, Professor Aaron Mike Ocquaye, has pledged to be fair to all sides of the House, as well as provide equal opportunities for all members of Parliament to contribute to proceedings on the floor of the house.
In his acceptance speech as the Speaker of the 7th Parliament of the 4th Republic, Prof Ocquaye congratulated all members and said, he intends to be fair to all during his tenure.
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“I wish to congratulate all of you Hon. Members for winning your seats. It is a unique opportunity to serve our dear nation. I look forward to maximizing the opportunities for every member to contribute. I trust the experienced ones will mentor the up-coming. Those who sit in front should please learn to look behind them to allow others to contribute and remember that whereas they cannot normally see from the back of their heads I have been placed on this platform so that everyone can catch my eye. I intend to be fair to all and therefore seek your understanding in advance,” he told members of the 7th Parliament in his inaugural speech.
He continued: “…To the majority, let me remind you that we have a two-party Parliament heavily dominated by you. There is however the need to be guided by high ethical consideration so that we do not relapse into ultra majoritarianism, a symptom of the tyranny of the majority. We will encourage healthy debates. To the minority, even though most parliamentary business is organized on majoritarian principle, the time-honored rights of minority to open, frank, fair and honest debate so as to make your case and offer constructive alternatives will be respected under my stewardship. Both the majority and the minority must be guided by the mandate given to the government to build a vibrant society anchored on the principles of fairness and equality of opportunities.”
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He was sworn into office by the chief justice Theodora Georgina Wood.