Thursday, 30 May

The Ga State must preserve its cultural heritage and values – Speaker

The Speaker and the Ga Traditional Council

The Speaker of Parliament, Alban S.K. Bagbin, has emphasized the importance of preserving the cultural heritage and values of the Ga State.

During a courtesy visit by representatives of the Ga Traditional Council, led by the Greater Accra Regional Minister, Henry Quartey, the Speaker highlighted the need for unity and a reassertion of the council's authority in matters of governance and nation-building.

The visit was to officially inform the Speaker of the passing of Naa Dedei Omaedru III, Ga Mashie Queen Mother.

Recognising the Ga State's historical significance as one of the most prestigious traditional states in West Africa, the Speaker expressed concern that its influence in the country's culture and governance had diminished over time, leaving the Ga people marginalised despite being the host of the nation's capital.

Mr Bagbin paid tribute to the late Ga Mashie Queen Mother, Naa Dedei Omaedru III, as a unifier and dedicated servant of the Ga State and the Ga-Dangbe community.

He urged the Ga Traditional Council to gather more information about her life, achievements, and contributions to the development of Ga communities. By doing so, he believed the council could create a historical reference book that would educate the Ga people and others about Ga culture, values, and customs.

The Speaker also highlighted the Ga community's remarkable contribution to women's empowerment and called for strengthening women's initiatives and participation in leadership and strategic roles.

He emphasised the need to reposition the Ga-Dangbe community's image as a powerful traditional group in Ghana and West Africa.

Acknowledging the Speaker's support for the Ga State, Lady Justice Yarle Amoah, the chief of staff of the Ga Traditional Council, praised his tenacity and drive.

She revealed that there were planned activities to commemorate the late Queen's life and her impact on the Ga State. The celebration aimed to promote, market, and reposition the Ga culture and its traditional values.