June 12, 2024 1:18 am

SALL petition Speaker to expedite verdict on their representation in Parliament

The people of Santrokofi, Akpafu, Lolobi and Likpe (SALL) have petitioned the Speaker of Parliament, Rt. Hon. Albert Sumana Kingsford Bagbin to expedite the verdict on the representation of the group in Parliament.

In a letter dated Friday, May 20, 2022, and signed by the Director of Communications for the Traditional areas, Seth Amankwah, it says the authorities of the affected areas are calling on the Speaker to attach similar urgency devoted to the 499 law students case to the SALL matter.

Read the full petition below:

20th May 2022

Rt. Hon Alban Bagbin.
The Speaker,
Parliament of the Republic of Ghana,
Parliament House,
Accra.

Rt. Hon Speaker; “Speak thy Servant Heareth” SALL is listening.

It has been 499 days without representation of the people of Santrokofi, Akpafu, Likpe and Lolobi Traditional Areas also known as SALL in the 8th Parliament of our beloved country Ghana. This situation appears to have been imposed on the poor and humble people of SALL by some state institutions and agencies. Otherwise, our persistent cry over the period would have invited rectification and relief from those who have been charged to ensure that fundamental human rights are not trampled upon.

After several failed attempts to ensure the Electoral Commission, the Executive, the Judiciary, Parliament on the 17th day of May 2021, through its Speaker- Rt. Hon Alban Bagbin asked the Joint Steering Committee (JSC) of Akpafu and Lolobi Traditional areas of SALL to present a petition to Parliament. This brought a temporal relief, because Parliament was one institution which is in a unique position to amplify the concerns of SALL’s non representation in their august House, Parliament. This was headed to without delay.
It is frustrating, heart rending to note that no constructive step has since been taken by Parliament to help bring our country into proven ways by facilitating their representation. SALL’s hope of representation which was extinguished was rekindled by Parliament and same appears to be re-extinguished one more time. What is mind boggling is that, Parliament with a sense of urgency dealt with alleged discrimination of some 499 students of the Ghana Law School, but has failed to attach same sense of urgency to what we deem discrimination against the SALL people.

We have been beaten and held down for over 499 days, but our spirit will keep fishing for what is held by all as one of the foundation pillars of democracy-Representation in Parliament.

We believe that collectively we can find lasting solution to this nightmare which arguably has become a scar on the nation’s conscience. The Attorney General, Godfred Dame, was in Parliament on March 9 2022 to answer questions on SALL and how to cure their non-representation. He laid blame on the 7th Parliament under Speaker Rt. Hon Mike Oquaye, who he said passed error-ridden laws without following due legislative process to create a Guan District barely a week to the 2020 elections to cause the current impasse. We agree with the Attorney General’s roadmap to the extent that the creation of the Guan District is null and void. It is not a panacea to solving the present problem. Parliament must now follow through the AG’s position by annulling the Guan District which is a new creation.

We are hopeful that Parliament which still has a lot of life on the calendar would not become fatigued in supporting a course that will bring it honour, dignity and praise and have its name chiseled in stone.

Rt. Hon Speaker of Parliament, speak, “Thy Servants” heareth, SALL, Ghana and the world waits the collective verdict and action now!

S.K.A Amankwah
(Director of Communications).

For and on behalf of the Chiefs and Peoples of Akpafu & Lolobi Traditional Areas.
Cc:
1. Hon. Osei Kyei-Mensah Bonsu, Majority Leader, Parliament House, Accra.
2. Hon. Haruna Iddrisu, Minority Leader, Parliament House, Accra.
3. Other Stakeholders

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