By: Mary Quartey
Delivering a Formal Communication on the floor of parliament at the opening of the 3rd Meeting of the 1st Session of the 8th Parliament of the 4th Republic on Tuesday, October 26, 2021, the Rt. Hon Speaker, S.k Alban Bagbin stated that parliament will create the appropriate environment for a healthy public participation in the deliberation of the Bill currently before the Committee on Constitutional, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs.
According to the Rt. Hon. Speaker, he is persuaded that parliament will pass a law that protects the Ghanaian culture and values as a people since it will lose its identity including its existence without it.
Again, parliament he noted will pass a law that is in sync with our constitutional provisions, particularly the provisions on fundamental human rights and freedoms, and the various laws that already exists in the country.
“I am persuaded that we will pass a law that is rich in common sense, human decency, morality, fact, logic, and one that does not foment hatred in any shape or form”. he said
The Speaker however implored Ghanaians to be accommodating of others’ opinions and perceptions because that is their reality.
“Parliament, I have always maintained, is a house of the people and for the people” he added.
In the same vein, he expressed his profound gratitude to various religious bodies, CSOs, academia and other groups and individuals who have rallied support for parliament and particularly the Eight legislators who have championed this Private Member’s Bill.
“The challenge has been thrown to us and once again we shall live up to expectations. Going forward it is my hope that we will see more of such conversations generated around critical and important matters that are brought before this House for consideration, and that a lot more of Ghanaians will participate in the deliberations of this House” he stressed further
Accordingly, Mr Bagbin assured Ghanaians that Bill’s processes and its passage will not be hidden.