The Second Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Hon. Alban Sumana Kingsford Bagbin, says he is very sorry for his comments that have created disaffection among some sections of the Ghanaian populace, especially, persons with disability (PWDs).
Nevertheless, he said he takes full responsibility of his public outburst which otherwise should have been a private matter among the rank and file of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC).
Some Ghanaians took the Hon. Bagbin to the cleaners for allegedly making some unsavoury comments about some of former President Mahama’s appointments that might have hindered the orderly progress of their 2016 campaigns and subsequent loss to the New Patriotic Party (NPP).
Among others, he had said that the former President’s appointment of Dr. Seidu Danaa, a visually challenged man, as the Minister for Chieftaincy Affairs was a decision that had courted hatred for the NDC from Ghanaian chiefs, since in Ghanaian tradition, chiefs are not allowed to deal with visually impaired persons.
Hon. Bagbin also observed that Dr. Danaa was a respectable and learned person who could have fitted into any other Ministry, apart from the Chieftaincy Ministry, since his appointment went against Ghanaian culture.
He added that even though President Mahama meant well, the appointment of Dr. Danaa had ended up courting anger among the chiefs for the NDC government, which contributed greatly to the unprecedented defeat of the NDC in 2016.
Addressing journalists over the issue at Kajaanor Office in Accra, Tuesday, August 28, 2018, Hon. Bagbin said his comments were not meant to create disaffection among the Ghanaian populace and therefore rendered unqualified apology to all those affected by his public outburst.
“As a Leader, I take full responsibility for this situation and the impressions created. I have reflected deeply on all the comments coming from across a large section of the public and I have drawn relevant lessons from them. I want to assure the NDC and the good people of Ghana that my unflinching support for inclusive governance, a key part of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), is never in doubt”, he noted to the applause of the NDC supporters gathered at the event.
He therefore pledged to embark on reforms in the country’s social and governance structure to provide limitless opportunities for persons with disabilities when elected to lead the NDC as its flagbearer and eventually become the President of the land.
” These will include huge investments into public education and sensitization against economic and social discrimination. Tax incentives and reliefs to create employment in the private sector for persons with disabilities”, he stressed.
Bagbin added “together we can create a more inclusive culture of governance and respect for all”.