Speaker of Parliament Alban Sumana Kingsfrod Bagbin has called for a new direction that would propel Ghana to attain its economic freedom as enshrined in the 1992 Constitution of Ghana and in line with the directive principles of state policy.
The Speaker was speaking at a thanks giving ceremony on February 1, 2021 at the Christ The King Catholic Church at Cantonment in Accra. He noted that “Ghana has entered another face of its democratic development and this calls for direction, structure, substance and progress in Parliament” emphasizing further that, these could be achieved through “consensus building” in the House.
According to him, Leadership of the country – political, spiritual, traditional and civil society, will continue, as it has always done, in playing pivotal roles in how they are able to navigate the country towards a path of sustainable socio-economic progress, peace and stability.
“I am humbled to be part of the leadership at this crucial time of our nation’s history; even more humbled by the confidence reposed in me, given the context of novelty and the uncharted political path in which this country finds itself,” he stated.
Speaker Bagbin noted that, the 8th Parliament will come under scrutiny this time round more than it has ever been in Ghana’s history. He said “I feel a huge challenge on my shoulders” and appealed to all to prayer for him and the entire Parliament daily.
“…in my Christian conviction, when the Lord God elevates you, it comes with new and even greater responsibility. The task thrust on my shoulders is, to say the least arduous. It is unusual and unprecedented in the annals of Ghana’s history”.
He believes that “the man who can kneel before God can stand before any man or thing. I need the continuous intercession of our Mother, the Blessed Virgin Mary, and you gathered here, i need your prayers and unalloyed support”.
The thanksgiving Eucharistic celebration mass was consecrated by Parish Priest of Christ the King Catholic Church, Father Andrew Nii Lantey Campbell.
In attendance were: First Deputy Speaker and MP for Bekwai Joseph Osei-Owusu, 2nd Deputy Speaker and MP for Formena, Andrew Asiamah Amoako, former NDC MPs, current MPs, NDC 2020 Vice Presidential Candidate, Prof Jane Naana Opoku Agyemang was there to represent John Dramani Mahama. Also there were the National and Greater Accra Regional Executives of the NDC.
By Edzorna Francis Mensah