We the Speaker and Members of the National Assembly of Ghana in Parliament assembled, wish to tender Your Excellency, the expression of our sincere appreciation of the devotion with which you have served Ghana.
On the eve of Ghana becoming a sovereign Republic, it is fitting that, we shoulder reflect on our association with the Queen and pay our respects to Your Excellency as the last Governor -General and Commander-in-Chief. We wish Your Excellency good health and much happiness in the future. Mr. Speaker, we have adopted a Republican Constitution not through any lack of affection for Her Majesty, nor because of any dissatisfaction with the way in which the Office of Governor General has been discharged.
The people of Ghana have enacted for themselves a new Constitution because of our convictions that we need a form of Government which will more truly interpret the aspirations and hopes of the people of Ghana and give full expression to the African personality.
Lord Listowel was appointed Governor-General by the Queen upon the advice of the Government of Ghana. During his tenure of Office, he has amply fulfilled the expectations of the Government which led them to recommend his appointment to Her Majesty. I know that the whole House will wish to join with me in expressing our thanks for the way in which he has discharged his Office and will agree with me that though he may not be in Ghana, he will always be remembered by us with the warmest affection.
Mr. Speaker: In the same way as the Governor General must feel sorrow at leaving Ghana, I feel a similar sorrow in that, this is the last occasion upon which I shall speak in this House as Prime Minister and a Member of Parliament. This National Assembly has been an historic body. I have known it from its beginning. In fact I have lived in it. I have seen it carry through great constitutional changes. I myself have been a fighter within its ramparts. Indeed, it has been the foundry which has forged and moulded the new framework of our Nation.
Though, however, from midnight tonight, I shall cease to be a Member of Parliament and cease to be an active participant in this august Assembly, I am certain that I shall not lose that personal and intimate connection which I have established with this House. I believe that no constitutional change can effect the personal bonds which have been established in the ten years that, we have worked together in this House. I understand from the Clerk of the House that I shall be provided with a seat in the new Assembly. I shall visit you as often as is convenient. I realise, however, from my own regrets at leaving the Assembly, how much greater a break, it must be for the Governor-General both to leave Office and to depart from Ghana. Our good wishes and our goodwill go with him, and I am certain that, though he may no longer be the Governor-General of Ghana, many opportunities will occur in the future for fruitful cooperation between us.