The Most Reverend Richard K. Baawobr was delivering a homily at a thanksgiving mass for the Speaker of Parliament, Mr Alban Sumana Kingsford Bagbin, at Sombo, his hometown. He reminded Parliament of the call by the Ghana Catholic Bishops Conference not to concede to any external pressure to legalise LGBTQ life in the country.
Mr Bagbin was on a three-day tour of the region to express gratitude to the people for their support during his 28-year service as a Member of Parliament (MP), leading to his election to the position of Speaker. The Paramount Chief of Guli, Naa Seidu Braimah, on behalf of the Upper West Regional House of Chiefs, commended Mr Bag Bin for his humility and hard work over the years. He asked Mr Bag bin to use the opportunity to ensure that the necessary laws were passed to build a resilient nation. The Most Rev. Bawobr described Mr Bagbo’s election to office of Speaker as a divine call, since his election was unique in the history of Parliament. He was accompanied by the First Deputy Speaker, Mr Joseph Osei-Wusu, the Second Deputy Speaker and the Majority Leader.
“We also have a responsibility, given the peculiarity of the current deployment of numbers in the House, to maintain a balance between political party interests and those of the country,” he said. Leaders described Mr Bagbin as a gem who had devoted his entire life to the Legislature.
“What we want from the people is patience and understanding. 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 developments in relation to them,” he stated. Mr Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu prayed for God’s guidance for the Speaker in his tenure for the accelerated development of the nation.
“We have the seventh Speaker of the eighth Parliament and most experienced and qualified among our group in whom we trust that he will be fair and firm as Speaker,” he added.