Speaker of the Eighth Parliament of the Fourth Republic of Ghana, Rt. Hon. Alban Sumana Kingsford Bagbin has reiterated the need for himself and the Members of Parliament to normalize the wearing of traditional attires for parliamentary business.

Giving his opening remarks at the First Meeting of the Second Session of the Eighth Parliament of the Fourth Republic, Rt. Hon. Bagbin stated that since they are in the Parliament of Ghana, a unique made in Ghana product, there is the need to showcase and market it to the world as a brand.

“We must create a unique set of values and norms that will give a unique character to our Parliament to set it apart from the colonial legacies of the British system,” he stated.

According to Speaker Bagbin, his outfit for yesterday’s opening session of Parliament, as the Speaker presiding, was to set in motion the agenda to normalize the wearing of traditional attires for Parliamentary business.

“The practice of MPs decently dressed in traditional attire led by the Speaker is long overdue,” he said.

He believes that Ghanaians accept representation of the people to include representation of the full identity of the Ghanaian – i. e. culture, tradition and more importantly their dress code.

He further justified his decision by noting the fact that the wearing of traditional attires to Parliament accords with some of the propositions of the first President of the Republic of Ghana, Dr Kwame Nkrumah, and the other founding members of the Parliament of the First Republic.

He disclosed that “the dominant dress code of members of the National Assemblies of independent Ghana was native costume. The Speaker of the first Parliament of the First Republic of the Country – 1960 to 1965 – Rt Hon Joseph Richard Asiedu appreciated and practiced it.”

He also indicated that he will only appear in his ceremonial attire on special occasions.

According to him, “the long garment, the headgear and bib, constitute the ceremonial dress of the Speaker. This ceremonial dress is worn to distinguish the Speaker from members and to reflect the pomp and pageantry of special national occasions.”

Source: InsiderGH.com


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