Rt. Hon. Alban S.K. Bagbin, Speaker of Parliament, has emphasized that it is critical for the Ga Traditional Council to reassert its authority in terms of administration and nation-building and to help its people feel more united.
The Rt. Hon. Speaker thinks unity and solid principles are best for the Ga State, which was formerly one of the most prestigious traditional states in West Africa and gave birth to many of Ghana’s intellectuals and leaders.
He was speaking when members of the Ga Traditional Council, led by the Greater Accra Regional Minister, Hon. Henry Quartey, paid him a courtesy visit. The purpose of the visit was to officially inform the Speaker of Naa Dedei Omaedru III, the Ga Mashie Queen Mother,’s demise.
Mr. Speaker counseled the council to use the occasion of the Queen-mother’s passing to teach the next generation of Ga people by showcasing her remarkable efforts in a way that will raise the Ga culture in light of the difficulties the Ga-Dangbe Community is facing.
He claimed 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.”
The late Queen Mother was praised by Rt. Hon. Bagbin as a unifier who promoted the interests of the Ga State and the greater Ga-Dangbe community. He urged the council to find out more about the Queen’s early life, her role in the establishment and development of Ga communities, and the impact she had on them.
In order to restore the Ga-Dangbe community’s reputation as a significant traditional group in Ghana and West Africa, Mr. Speaker indicated that much more work must be done. Maintaining a healthy Ga culture requires telling the next generation our story from where we came from, where we are now, and what will become the way forward. Remember that if we don’t communicate our cultural past, others will have the opportunity to do so in an inaccurate way.
The Ga Traditional Council’s chief of staff, Lady Justice Yarle Amoah, lauded the Speaker for his perseverance and zeal in defending the Ga State. Numerous events, according to her, are scheduled to honor the late Queen’s life and contributions to Georgia. She claimed that the memorial service for her life will contribute in rebranding, marketing, and promoting Ga culture and traditional values.