The Friends of Democracy Ghana has congratulated Speaker for Ghana’s Parliament, Alban Bagbin for his elevation to the position of head of Speakers of African Parliaments.
Mr. Bagbin succeeds Femi Gbajabiamila, speaker of Nigeria’s House of Representatives.
Speaking at the handover ceremony at the national assembly in Abuja, Mr. Gbajabiamila said the responsibility imposed on parliamentarians across the continent remained an obligation to seek problem-solving partnerships and adopt best practices from one another.
He said lawmakers held the power to influence national discourse and frame public debates as representatives and advocates in national parliaments
“We must use this power to preach the message of African brotherhood and shape the worldview of our various people to achieve a common understanding of how deeply connected we all are,” Gbajabiamila said.
“Through CoSAP, we will continue to work together, doing all we can to achieve great things for our African homeland.”
On his part, Ghana’s Speaker, Mr. Bagbin promised to do his best to ensure that the dream behind the formation of the group was achieved.
However, in a release congratulating the Mr. Alban Bagbin, the group said they are delighted to congratulate him on his assumption of the leadership of the esteemed Conference of Speakers and Heads of African Parliaments.
“Your ascension to this high office within a body that contributes significantly to building, shaping and promoting good governance and democracy in Africa is no mean acknowledgment of your individual record and contribution to parliamentary practice and democracy.
“We at the Friends of Democracy Ghana are enjoined to join the multitudes of other individuals and organizations to congratulate you for this feat and to encourage you to discharge the mandate bestowed on you with the same energy, focus, commitment and dedication that you have always approached everything that you set your sights on in both private and public life,” the Secretary to FoD-Gh, Awudu Ishaq stated.
He continued: “There is no gainsaying that this honour and recognition by the Conference of Speakers and Heads of African Parliaments is testament to your distinguished and stellar sacrifices in your political journey of over three decades today.
“Like the so many other positions and leadership roles that have been entrusted to you across the globe, we believe that you shall always work to vindicate the trust and confidence reposed in you.”