Speaker of Parliament, Alban Bagbin has reiterated his pledge to redeem the sunken image of Ghana’s Parliament.
Mr Bagbin made this known over the weekend at his hometown Sombo in the Upper West Region when he visited the chiefs and people of the area.
It was his first ever visit to to his home region, since his election as Speaker of the 8th Parliament of Ghana.
Accompanying him on the visit were NDC National Chairman, Samuel Ofosu Ampofo and General Secretary, Johnson Asiedu Nketia and regional party executives, some NDC MPs, led by Minority leader Haruna Iddirusu, and Majority Leader Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu.
Also in attendance at the Thanksgiving Mass held at Sombo, the birth place of Mr Bagbin were the two Deputy Speakers of Parliament, current and former MPs and some government representatives.
The Speaker who expressed gratitude to his party and all who wished him well described his election as divine. He said that will forever guide his decisions to ensure Ghana benefits.
He acknowledged the tough task ahead and also appealed to the public to exercise patience and understanding.
The pledge to redeem the sunken image of Parliament has often been reiterated by Speaker, Alban Sumana Kingsford Bagbin is closely being monitored by political analysts and governance experts.
The Speaker who is the first from an opposition party to head the third arm of government is currently under pressure from both the NPP and NDC who are already suspicious of actions that could undermine their group wishes and expectations.
So far he has come under heavy criticism for compromising on the confirmation of Nana Akufo Addo’s nominees from a section of the NDC and some NPP MPs including Leader Osei Kyei Mensah Bonsu have also been critical of his decisions.
Rt Honorable Bagbin has also won public admiration for taking on Presidency over constitutional breaches in the appointment of some Council of State members and for forcing the Executive to virtually remove the capping of the 2021 budgetary allocations to Parliament and the Judiciary.