Speaker of Ghana’s Parliament, the Rt. Hon. Alban Sumana Kingsford Bagbin, has been crowned as the Member of Parliament of the Decade by the Millennium Excellence Foundation.
This was at a short ceremony held in the Chamber of Parliament on Monday, July 26, 2021.
Chairperson of the Foundation, Grace Amey-Obeng, observed in a remark that they settled on him for the prestigious award in due recognition of Mr. Bagbin’s exceptional service to the country and the role of leadership he has played as a Parliamentarian for close to three decades.
He was presented with a golden plaque cast in the image of the map of Ghana and a citation which extolled him as an excellent law maker, developmental agent and an effective leader.
Congratulations! Congratulations! Congratulations!
“The Life Patron, HRM Otumfuo Osei Tutu II – Asantehene and the illustrious Board of Governors of the Millennium Excellence Foundation, are pleased to confer on you the coveted Millennium Excellence Award for Member of Parliament of the Decade in high recognition of your outstanding contribution to national development as an MP.
“You are the true personification of the saying that if you give the world the best of what you have it will come back to you. Your rise to the office of the third most important person in the Republic of Ghana is exemplary. In a country where the attrition rate of parliament is so high that Parliament can swing from an over 60 majority in the 7th Parliament to an almost hanged one in the 8th, your retention in parliament since 1992 underscores the distinction with which you serve your people and country.
The Speaker in his acceptance speech, observed that “Indeed, the statement that my choice for this award was in recognition of my “unwavering pursuit of fairness, excellence and the developmental vision of the parliamentary affairs sector in Ghana” is candid and humbling as it reflects the principles which have guided me this far.
The Rt Hon Speaker dedicated the award to the entire House for the strides that have been made by both sides of the isle to the wheels of democracy moving over the years.
He also, however, used the occasion to appeal to the MPs to ensure that their conduct both in and out of the House reflects the trust reposed in them by the citizenry since their performance is constantly being assessed by the general public.