Parliament Pays Tribute To Late Jb Danquah

JB Danquah (late)

JB Danquah (late)

Parliament of the Republic of Ghana on Friday paid a tribute to the late Member of Parliament for Akim Abuakwa North Constituency, Hon. Joseph Boakye Danquah Adu who was murdered recently at his residence in Accra.

Members of Parliament (MPs) and by extension the nation Ghana woke up at dawn on Tuesday the 5th of February, 2016 to be greeted with the news of the gruesome murder of a dear colleague, Hon. J. B. Danquah Adu.

On Friday, 18th March, 2016, during the last sitting of the first meeting in the fourth session of the sixth Parliament of the fourth Republic of Ghana, Members of the House took a moment to pay tribute to the departed soul of the legislator.

Led by the Majority Leader and MP for Nadowli / Kaleo, Hon. Alban Bagbin, a tribute was read on the floor of Parliament in a very solemn atmosphere.

The late Hon. Member joined Parliament in 2005 as the member for Akim Abuakwa North Constituency. He however, missed out in the Fifth Parliament but returned in the Sixth Parliament as the sitting MP for the Akim Abuakwa North Constituency until his demise.

The tribute read that Hon. J. B. helped Parliament with his knowledge in all expects he found himself, “as a Chartered Accountant, J. B. as he was affectionately called, availed Parliament of his knowledge, skills and expertise both in plenary and at committees in matters of finance, industry, trade and economic development”.

In Parliament, J. B. served on a number of committees including, Committee on Trade, Industry and Tourism, Public Accounts Committee, Business Committee and Special Budget Committee. He also served as a Deputy Minister of Trade, Industry and Presidential Initiative.

The tribute added that J. B. was distinguished statesman who was primarily concerned about nation building. He would forever be remembered by Parliament and indeed the good people of Ghana as, an agent of change and development, a purpose driven industrialist, a model legislator, an honest and friendly gentleman, a selfless politician who sought to demystify politics as a “do-or-die affair”, a consensus builder, a patriot and true a statesman.

“J. B. believed that appropriate policy measures could create the necessary environment for finance and funding of economic and industrial development projects through private initiative and thus minimize over-dependence on the Ministry of Finance for funding of all development projects. He was of the view that such initiative would also facilitate employment generation and wealth creation”, he tribute stated.

It furthered that “J. B. as a legislator, exerted himself in law-making. His contribution during the passing of the Export Trade and Agriculture Development Fund Act cannot go unnoticed. As usual, he contended passionately for credit facilities to be extended to the export trade, agriculture and agro-processing and industry sectors, amongst others.

“J. B. the legislator, paid attention to detail. During the Consideration Stage of the Ghana Civil Aviation Authority Bill, 2015, J. B. drew attention to a key omission in the Bill. He contended: “Mr. Speaker, there is no provision in the interpretation, defining ‘regulatory directive.’ There is nothing in the Bill under the Interpretation column, which defines it……….Mr. Speaker, if it is about giving the power to the Director-General to issue directives, I do not think the House has a problem, especially for the emergencies of their safety concerns. But the definition as contained in the interpretation clause cannot be acceptable under the circumstances………..” he contributed.

The tribute continued that “J. B. was an honest and a friendly gentleman who related so well with all colleagues from both sides of the divide and staff of the Parliamentary Service. His usual perpetual smile and conciliatory demeanour was enough to dispel traits of disaffection which may have been nurtured against him by persons he came into contact with, as it was almost impossible for him to react in an untoward manner even in the face of provocation. Even in sharp disagreement, he always carry his views across but in a very civil manner.

“During moments of sharp disagreements on the floor, he always found it useful in crossing to thje opposing side to negotiate, trade-off, and where possible, galvanise support on any matter he found necessary in the national interest. This conduct, he exhibited consistently during debates to the admiration of all. J. B. would sometimes better walk away to avoid confrontation.

“Needless to say, our sense of loss at his passing is poignant. We would have wished to have him for many more beautiful years to enable us work together. We however must be grateful to God at all to have him with us. Thoughts of him will forever linger in our hearts and minds long after we have wiped out tears and he will be dearly missed. We do know one thing – when God gives, he takes away at an appointed time. The late J. B. has performed his earthly assignment excellently. His duties are now in Heaven with the angels”, the tribute noted.

MP of Parliament for Akim Abuakwa North Constituency, Hon. Atta Akyea, who shares border with the late J. B. Danquah Adu in his tribute, said death has robbed him of a friend, a brother and a political twin. He said the late time he meet J. B. was when J. B. joined Nana Akuffo Addo on Friday 5th February, 2016 to launch a book titled “What every child should know about Dr. J. B. Danquah”. He continued that “this House has lost a gentleman with a pleasant disposition”.

Minority Leader and MP for Suame could not say much because “the tribute by the majority leader is touching that I would not attempt to say much”, the minority leader said and added that the funeral is scheduled for April 15, 2016 on the forecourt of the State House

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