The Speaker of Ghana’s Parliament, Rt. Hon. Alban Sumana Kingsford Bagbin has reassured his commitment to ensuring that Ghana’s Parliament is up to task in the execution of its mandate.
Hon. Bagbin says he is aware of the aspirations and expectation of Ghanaians on political conducts and governance and the emerging challenges that Ghanaians expect leadership of parliament to find lasting solutions to.
“Am aware of the aspirations and the expectations of the people of Ghana with respect to political conduct and governance. I am conscious of the dictates of the current and emerging issues that leadership must find solution to on behalf of the citizenry. Problems of inequality, ethnicity, unemployment, debt over hung, a raging health pandemic that has become the new normal, the state of deprivation, instability in the sub-region, global problem of the isolationism, civil strife, discrimination, migration among others, these all continue to confront us as a people. I can only assure that the parliament of Ghana under my leadership will not shirk its responsibility when it comes to these issues. What we will want from Ghanaians is patience and understanding.”
He said the house is opened to criticisms, adding that Ghanaians should feel free to criticise the house but was quick to state that, before starting to criticise, the citizenry must first understand the issues at hand.
“Criticism is good so feel free to criticise when the need arises, but do so by first seeking to understand the issues at stake and the development in relation to them, this is because what meets the eyes is but the superficial and not the reality. I am confident all Ghanaians will continue to exercise the proverbial tolerance and patience as we journey along on this uncharted path that the current parliament of Ghana represents” Bagbin stated.
Hon. Bagbin made the statement at Sombo his home town during a Thanksgiving ceremony organised to pray and thank God almighty for elevating him to the high office of speaker of Parliament.
It could be recalled that some section of Ghanaians especially some youth groups of the National Democratic Congress were at a cross road with the way and manner the NDC leadership in parliament allowed the approval of some ministerial nominees who were previously disapproved by the NDC side of the appointment committee and when brought to the plenary the nominees got their way through.
Hon. Bagbin in his quest to addressing this verbal melee, charged Ghanaians to always criticise constructively after understanding the benefits and repercussions attached to certain decisions taken by the lawmakers that seems not to be pleasant to the Ghanaian populace.