Lawmaker for Ningo Prampram, Hon Samuel Nartey George has given the Police a 24-hour ultimatum to pull down billboards on the Tema Motorway promoting the activities of the LGBTQ community in Ghana.
According to him, the erection of the giant billboards on major roads in the country is an affront to the 1992 Constitution.
One of the billboards cited at the end of the Tema Accra bound side of the motorway has the group’s rainbow colours with four hands locked together.
An accompanying inscription reads “When all Ghanaians are treated equal no matter where they are or who they love, that’s true freedom.”
But at a media briefing at the location of the billboard, Mr George who is the lead sponsor of the bill currently before the House for consideration said they will be forced to take the law into their hands if the IGP fails to act.
“As sponsors of the bill before parliament and as members of Parliament who represent the aspirations of the Ghanaian people, we have deemed it important to show up here today to register most strongly our displeasure, our discomfort and our abhorrence for this unholy, uncultural and untraditional advertisement that has been put up on a very iconic road, the Tema motorway.”
“We are by this calling on the Inspector General of Police, Dr Dampare Akuffo to immediately within the next 24 hours carry out necessary security operations to ensure that this billboard which is an affront to the 1992 constitution is taken down in conjunction with the MCE for the area. Failure to take action, as citizens we will take action as enjoined by the Constitution to defend the Constitution.”
Mr George who was accompanied on the visit by the Member of Parliament for South Dayi, Rockson-Nelson Dafeamekpor, the Convenor of the Coalition for the Promotion of Proper Human Sexual Rights and Ghanaian Family Values and other faith-based organisations also accused the Chairman of the Constitutional, Parliamentary and Legal Affairs Committee,
Kwame Anyimadu Antwi of deliberately stalling the committee’s work on the bill which has “emboldening these groups to believe that they can do what they are doing….if he had expedited work in the committee, we would have gone way too far for this to have happened.”
He also called on the chairman to explain why he clandestinely held a meeting with advocates of homosexual rights at the blind side of the Ranking Member and other members of the Committee.
“He tells us that he met with the LGBTQ+ activists and agreed to have in-camera hearings- that is not a practice in parliament. A chairman does not meet with interested parties on his own. It is the leadership of the committee that ought to meet so that meeting should have been between the so-called activists, the chairman, the vice chairman and the deputy rankings.”
“Hon Kwame Anyimadu should be explaining to the Ghanian people, his constituents and the Parliament of Ghana, why he chose to meet these activists on his own and impose it on the committee.”