On the 13th of August, 2022, the Second Parliament of Youth Impact Parliament reconvened for the purposes of electing a Speaker of Parliament with two deputies, swearing in Members of Parliament, and commiserating the occasion with Inaugural Remarks and Address from Special Guest of Honour for the occasion.
The Clerk to the Second Parliament, Miss Fredrica Kwakye Gyimah acted as chairperson for the purpose of electing the Speaker of Parliament. ‘Rt. Hon.’ Jones Amegashie-Viglo was nominated by ‘Hon.’ Amanor D. Narh (Majority Leader and Youth MP for Ningo-Prampram) and seconded by ‘Hon.’ Francis Kodzi (Acting Minority Leader and Youth MP for Afram Plains North).
At the close of nominations, the Clerk to Parliament declared the Speaker Nominee as Speaker-Elect for the Second Parliament of YIP. Honorable Peter Nortsu-Kotoe was invited to swear in the Speaker-Elect. After the administration oath, ‘Rt. Hon.’ Jones Amegashie-Viglo took the chair as Speaker of the Second Parliament. He then proceeded to read his acceptance speech and administer the oath to all Youth Members of the Second Parliament.
Right after swearing in of all Youth MPs, Mr. Speaker opened nominations for the election of First and Second Deputy Speakers of Parliament. ‘Hon.’ Felix Xoakpe Aditse (Youth MP for Afadzato South) was nominated by ‘Hon.’ Selorm Agbavor (Deputy Majority Leader and Youth MP for Keta) and seconded by ‘Hon.’ Hubert Agbaxode (Deputy Minority Leader and Youth MP for Akatsi North). At the close of nominations, the Speaker of Parliament declared the First Deputy Speaker Nominee as First Deputy Speaker of the Second Parliament of YIP. ‘Hon.’ Vanessa Peace Assaey (Youth MP for South Tongu) was nominated by ‘Hon.’ Godwin Kwashie (Minority Chief Whip and Youth MP for Ho West) and seconded by ‘Hon.’ Wonder Nicodemus Dzameshie (Majority Chief Whip and Youth MP for Anlo). At the close of nominations, the Speaker of Parliament declared the Second Deputy Speaker Nominee as Second Deputy Speaker for the Second Parliament of YIP.
At the commencement of inaugural messages, remarks, and addresses, Mr. Speaker invited Mr. Faisel Abdul-Iddrisu (Speaker of Volta Regional Youth Parliament) to give his solidarity message. Whiles speaking, Mr. Abdul-Iddrisu commended the Youth Impact Parliament for its vibrancy in comparison to Youth Parliaments under National Youth Authority. He also encouraged the members to read more documents on youth and urged members to expand their knowledge base.
Mr. Speaker proceeded to invite Mr. Simon K.M. Avorgah (President of Ho Technical University Alumni Association) to give his inaugural remarks to the house as one of the Special Guests of Honour for the Inauguration. Mr. Avorgah spoke on the need to appreciate integrity. Integrity is one that takes a long time to build, however, can be destroyed in no time. He cautioned members who are on the verge of toiling with the integrity of others and commended the house for the initiative to build capacity for youths nationwide.
Mr. Speaker proceeded to invite Hon. Divine Richard Bosson (Municipal Chief Executive for Ho Municipal Assembly) to give his inaugural remarks to the house as one of the Special Guests of Honour for the Inauguration. Hon. Bosson reminded the youth of their importance in development and the need to understand Ghana’s parliamentary system, particularly the core mandate, which is law-making by members of parliament.
Hon. Bosson reminded the house of the commitment of His Excellency Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo (President of the 4th Republic of Ghana) to better their lives through policies such as Free SHS, Free TVET, NABCO, Planting for Food and Jobs, among others.
Mr. Speaker proceeded to invite Hon. Peter K. Nortsu-Kotoe (Member of 8th Parliament of 4th Republic of Ghana for Akatsi-North Constituency) to give his inaugural address to the house as one of the Special Guests of Honour for the Inauguration. Hon. Nortsu-Kotoe applauded the founders for the bold initiative and also urged members of the house to take every advantage of the opportunity provided to them. As a model Parliament, he also implored the members to tolerate their fellows and be open to learning from one another.
He stated that the Youth Parliament concept is the most appropriate platform for grooming future leaders and one that must be taken seriously by themselves and all stakeholders. As part of his invitation, the movement requested for him to become a Patron of the YIP, a position he accepted as his commitment to contributing to the development of Ghanaian youth most especially those from the Volta Region.
Right after Hon. Nortsu-Kotoe’s Address, Mr. Speaker declared the Second Parliament of YIP of YIM dully INAUGURATED. He suspended the house thereafter in order to pardon the Special Guests of Honour to take pictures with the house and take their leave of the house.
The House resumed the sitting minutes after. The First Deputy Speaker took the chair as Mr. Speaker (Jones Amegashie-Viglo) proceeded to address the house in his capacity as Founder and Executive Director of Youth Impact Movement. Mr. Amegashie-Viglo presented the Profile of Youth Impact Movement (YIM) to the house. He took the chair thereafter. Mr. Speaker proceeded to invite Mr. Raymond Elikem Agbo, who is one of the co-founders and Deputy Executive Director of YIM in charge of Humanitarian Affairs and Chief Officer of YIF.
Mr. Agbo presented a statement on Youth Impact Foundation (YIF) to the house. Mr. Speaker proceeded to invite Mr. Amanor D. Narh who is one of the co-founders and Deputy Executive Director of YIM in charge of Parliamentary Affairs and Majority Leader of YIP. Mr. Narh presented a statement on Youth Impact Parliament (YIP) to the house.
Mr. Speaker with the aid of the Clerk proceeds to outdoor the Directors of YIM, Executives of YIF, Leadership of YIP, and Patrons of YIM. The patrons of the movement are Mr. Simon K.M. Avorgah, Hon, Etornam James Flolu, and Hon. Peter Nortsu-Kotoe (their appointments as patrons were a blend of the two major political parties in Ghana and a neutral figure & a blend of the Executive, Legislature, and Academia).
No sooner than that, Mr. Speaker gave an opportunity for all Youth MPs present, to officially introduce themselves to the house. After that, Mr. Speaker gave the closing remarks and formed the Committee on Selection, the clerk gave the vote of thanks and the house took a motion to adjourn the Second Parliamentary Sitting. Motion moved and Seconded, the question put and the AYEs had it. The house stands adjourned, Mr. Speaker ruled.
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