The Speaker of Parliament, Alban Bagbin has reaffirmed his commitment to impartiality in the exercise of his duty as the head of the legislature.
The speaker made the remark when the Chiefs and people of Awudome Traditional Council in the Volta Region formally presented the Speaker to the Parliamentary Board as a title chief of Awudome with the stool name, Togbe Nutefeworla I of Awudome.
The title is one of the highest honours of the area.
At a short ceremony held at the Speaker’s Secretariat on Monday, the Paramount Chief of Awudome Traditional Area, Togbega Addai Kwesi Djanie XIII said the enstoolment of the Speaker was in recognition of his good leadership of the house and integrity and called on the house to accord the speaker all curtsies deserving of a chief.
“Having followed the speaker’s political career over time and having satisfied ourselves with the Speaker’s regard for integrity, the Awudome Traditional Council took a decision to build an everlasting relationship with his person, his character and his principles. This decision by the council to congregated in installing him as a chief with the title Togbe Nutefeworla (I).
In his appreciation, the speaker stressed on the importance of the honour done to him and pledged his commitment to continue to be impartial in the exercise of his duty.
“I don’t take this title lightly at all. The recognition of me as a King of Integrity is a serious thing and I want to assure the good people of Awudome Area that I will continue the same way of impartiality,” he said.
He added that, “It is the institution of Parliament that can really hold the executive arm of government to account to Ghanaians the money and resources that have been entrusted in their hands. Have they utilized it to the benefit of Ghanaians? So if you don’t have such a parliament that can stand the demands of the executive, they run over parliament and they do anything and you’ll never know. That’s why I support the hanged parliament”.
“I may even go beyond that to have a minority government where the majority MPs are in opposition but a sterling leader is elected to be president of Ghana” he said.
Speaker Bagbin also expressed a desire for a minority government. According to him, such a phenomenon will help put failing governments on its toes.
The speaker will formally be introduced to the general public in a special ceremony later.