[www.inewsguyana.com] – The Clerk of the National Assembly Sherlock Isaacs has commended former Speaker of the National Assembly Raphael Trotman for the work that he has undertaken during his tenure as Speaker.
According to a press statement published on the Parliament’s website, Issacs and staff of the Parliament Office on Wednesday bid farewell to outgoing Speaker at a simple ceremony held in the MPs’ Lounge, Public Buildings, Brickdam.
In the statement Isaacs, said Trotman’s leadership has been remarkably instructive and interesting noting that the outgoing Speaker came up with well-conceived ideas and accepted suggestions from staff for the improvement of the Parliament Office and the National Assembly, resulting in numerous achievements.
These include the construction of a new website, acquisition of laptops for Members of Parliament with respect to a paperless parliament, a ramp for disabled persons, staff appreciation day, honouring of Members of Parliament, live streaming of sittings of the National Assembly, Women’s Appreciation Day, Children’s Christmas Party, Independence Exhibition, Schools Outreach Programme, Replacement of Chairs for Members of Parliament, a Sitting of a National Youth Parliament among other significant initiatives.
The Clerk further noted that Trotman, as Speaker of the National Assembly, has made the most rulings in the history of the Parliament of Guyana.
“He has made twenty five rulings on all aspects of Parliamentary procedure and practice, during his tenure….his rulings were well researched and entirely free from bigotry, that is, from my knowledge, his rulings were free from prejudice and partiality.”
Meanwhile, Trotman who will be the Minister of Governance in the eleventh Parliament said that the time has come for him to move on, thanked the staff for the support given to him over the past three years.
He said that his greatest disappointment as Speaker is that he was unable to bring the political Parties closer together but maintained that he did what was right and upheld Guyana’s constitution.