The Speaker of Parliament, Rt Hon Prof Mike Aaron Ocquaye, has praised the people of Techiman for their hardworking spirit; and for producing one of the finest and longest serving Clerk of Parliament.
Speaker Ocquaye made this pronouncements when the family of the late Opanin Pual Kwaku Anyimadu (1927-2017), father of the current Clerk of Parliament, Emmanuel Anyimadu, paid a courtesy call on him to show their appreciation for attending their funeral.
According to the Speaker, Techiman is one of the few Assemblies in Ghana that can operate without the District Assembly Common Fund, noting that, “I was there several years ago to do my research. The people are very hardworking and hospitable”.
Celebrating the late Opanin Anyimadu, the Speaker of Parliament pointed out that every good man deserved to be recognised and the late Anyimadu was one of such persons.
“It is always good to have something or someone worthy of emulation. So good practices like fear of God, harwork etc must be recorded and appreciated. And it was for this reason that I broke my rule of not attending any program not church related on a Sunday to attend the funeral, which was held on a Sunday,” he said.
He observed that, “Listening to the biography of the man whose funeral we attended, it was no wonder he produced a son like the Clerk of Parliament. He was hardworking and helped others.”
On his part, the Majority Leader of Parliament, Hon Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu, explained that the structure of Parliament is such that the Clerk of Parliament is head of administration, and the Chamber is headed by the Majority Leader and the two are led by the Speaker.
“So if one of the leaders is bereaved, then we are all affected.
I indicated to the Clerk, when he informed me that they wanted to come and thanked us, that it was not necessary because we are now a big family,” he said.
The Minority Leader, Hon Haruna Iddrisu, noted that, “For a farmer to give birth to the Clerk of Parliament tells it all; he gave his best to his children.”
He observed that the ocassion gave hope to the young people in the village to look at the high profile dignitaries that attended the funeral to hope to be like them one day.
The late Opanin Anyimadu’s family was led by Nana Gabby Nsiah Nketiah, with support from Superintendent A.G. Kumah, Emmanuel Anyimadu and Gifty Anyimadu.
The other members of the delegation, representing children, siblings, grandchildren and in-laws, were Kwadwo Kyeremeh Anyimadu, Rose Kyeremeh, Stephen Ntiamoah, Felicia, Alfred Opoku-Nsiah, Hayford Oduro, Sianeh Kumah, Kofi Appiah and Amponsah.
Story by Gilbert Borketey Boyefio