The Speaker of Parliament, Rt. Hon. Alban S.K. Bagbin, has stated that there is an urgent need for the Ga Traditional Council to restore the sense of togetherness among its people and re-assert its authority in matters of governance and nation-building. Formerly regarded as one of the most prestigious traditional states in West Africa, and having birthed many of Ghana’s leaders and academicians, the Rt. Hon. Speaker believes unity and strong values will be in the best interest of the Ga State.

He was speaking during a courtesy call on him by representatives of the Ga Traditional Council, led by the Greater Accra Regional Minister, Hon. Henry Quartey. The visit was to officially inform the Speaker of the passing of Naa Dedei Omaedru III, Ga Mashie Queen Mother.

In light of the challenges facing the Ga-Dangbe Community, Mr. Speaker advised the council to use the occasion of the death of the Queen-mother to educate the younger generation of Ga people by highlighting her outstanding works in a way that will elevate the Ga culture. He asserted that “despite the Ga State’s good fortune in having to accommodate the nation’s capital, many can argue that over time, your influence has diminished with respect to the country’s culture and governance architecture in a way that renders the Ga people marginalized.” 

Rt. Hon. Bagbin eulogized the late Queen Mother as a unifier who served the interest of the Ga State and the Ga-Dangbe community at large. He exhorted the council to source more information about the Queen’s early years, her contribution to the development and growth of Ga communities, and the impact she made. He believed this would serve as a historical reference book in honour of the Queen and help educate the Ga people and other readers about Ga culture, values, and customs. As a tribe known for its remarkable contribution to women’s empowerment, he said there was a need to strengthen women’s initiatives and participation so they could step up and take up leadership and strategic roles.  

Mr. Speaker suggested that a lot more must be done to re-position the Ga-Dangbe community’s image as a powerful traditional group in Ghana and West Africa. “Telling our story from where we started, where we are, and what becomes the path ahead for the next generation is essential to maintaining a thriving Ga culture. Let us not forget that if we do not share our cultural history, others will have a chance to do so in a distorted fashion.

Lady Justice Yarle Amoah, the chief of staff of the Ga Traditional Council, praised the Speaker for his tenacity and drive in supporting the Ga State. She said there were a number of planned activities to commemorate the late Queen’s life and impact on the Ga State. The celebration of her life, she said will help to promote, market, and reposition the Ga culture and its traditional values.  



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