The Speaker of the 8th Parliament, Rt. Hon. Alban Sumana Kingsford Bagbin, has arrived in his home region, Upper West Region, to a rousing welcome.
He arrived home on Wednesday, April 7, 2021, to thank his people for their continue support towards his journey this far.
It is the Speaker’s first visit to his hometown after his historic election as the 8th Speaker of the Parliament of Ghana on January 7, 2021.
On his arrival, Rt. Hon. Alban Sumana Bagbin, called on the Overlord of the Waala Traditional Area, Naa Fuseini Seidu Pelpuo VI, at his Palace.
He was accompanied by some members and staff of Parliament, including the Member for Wa Central, Dr. Rashid Pelpuo, who is the brother of the Waala.
In his introductory statement, Hon. Dr. Pelpuo said the Speaker was home after his election, to show gratitude to the people of the region, whose support and prayers have made him who he is today, adding that there was no better place to start his gratitude tour than the palace of the overlord.
Welcoming the Speaker into his Palace, the Overlord, Naa Fuseini Seidu Pelpuo VI, stated that the whole Upper West Region was proud of his unique qualities that enabled him to attain the number three position of the land.
According to him, the region’s desire for him to be Speaker was not just borne out of regional favoritism but by their firm belief that, he was qualified in his own right to occupy that position.
He said the success story of Rt. Hon. Bagbin, was his commitment, hard work and unalloyed patriotism.
The Overlord further stated that, so far, the Speaker has lived up to the expectation of many, by stamping his authority in the House.
“If there was iota of doubt in any one’s mind about your suitability for the position it has have been expelled”, he said.
He added “The over-riding factor in your steady rise to prominence is your perseverance in education, in spite of a very disadvantage beginning. You rose to the three most enviable position in the country. This is a testimony for us in the region. We must make education a priority”.
Rt. Hon. Alban Sumana Bagbin, on his part, said education has been and would continue to be his priority.
He told the massive crowd that welcomed him, mostly youth, that he did menial jobs to help support his education and that effort has enabled him to get where he is today, urging them to also prioritize education as it is the only way out of poverty.
He also noted the special role of women in the country’s development and added that there cannot be a better society without women empowerment. He promised to invest in the empowerment of women in the region and the country in general.
The Speaker and his entourage later called on the Upper West Regional minister, Dr. Hafiz Bin Salih, where they spoke about the need to put Ghana first in all their doings.
The Rt. Hon. Speaker also spoke about the events leading to the election of speaker and said the unseen hand of God was at work and that he will ensure that the interest of the country is his paramount interest.
He added that democracy has come to help the country but not to divide, and urged all to endeavor to work in harmony for peace to reign.
The Regional Minister, after welcoming the delegation reiterated the fact that as Ghanaians we have a common destiny and that should be our guiding principle instead of partisan politics.