Right Honourable Alban Sumana Kingsford Bagbin, the Speaker of Parliament in Ghana, has called on national leaders and stakeholders in the development of the nation to prioritise Ghana’s interests above all else and work together without disparity.
“I strongly believe that Ghana can thrive again with our unwavering commitment and dedication to putting the nation first in all our endeavours. This confidence can pave the way for renewed commitment, ethical and moral leadership that fosters trust and confidence among citizens,” he asserted.
The Speaker of Parliament delivered this admonition on Wednesday, July 26, 2023, during the inaugural National Development Conference (NADEC) 2023, held at the Pentecost Convention Centre (PCC) in Gomoa Fetteh, near Kasoa.
Speaking on the theme, “Moral Vision and National Development: The Role of Ghana’s Politician,” he emphasised that the interplay between morality, the church, and politics plays a crucial role in national development.
“The state and the church are both morally obligated to maintain a harmonious relationship and equilibrium that holds nations together. The convergence of moral vision, national development, and the conduct of leadership, particularly political leadership, are vital for Ghana’s development,” he stated.
He urged political leaders and other key stakeholders to change their hearts, minds, and attitudes toward ensuring national development.
The Speaker emphasised that the nation’s development cannot be solely the government’s responsibility. “We all need to work together on this, particularly the state and the church,” he added.
He, therefore, urged all citizens and stakeholders involved in Ghana’s development to uphold principles of openness, transparency, accountability, and good governance.
Hon, Bagbin also stressed the significance of character in effective leadership, stating, “Good character builds trust. Without trust, people cannot follow a leader; without followers, leadership cannot exist.”
He further stated that Political leaders must be ready to be held accountable for their actions and inactions and conduct themselves in a manner that goes beyond reproach.
“The time has come for a sober reflection on how we conduct our national and international affairs. Our actions should be for the betterment of society, not just about power and might, but about God’s involvement in the affairs of men,” he said.
Hon. Bagbin again highlighted that every citizen is responsible for serving the nation with integrity and contributing to society’s progress and development.
He also commended The Church of Pentecost, on behalf of the Parliament of Ghana, for providing this important forum for national dialogue.