Dr Poku Adusei,the head of legal services at the National Communications Authority (NCA), has postulated that the alleged denial of visas to Members of Parliament (MPs) by some embassies should push them to work towards making the country self-sufficient.
He said such an action against the legislators pushing for an anti-LGBTQI+ bill should serve as a wake-up call to develop the country.
“I do not know the other motivations that went into their decision-making processes, but you know that there is a lot of subjectivity in how they couch these refusals and it tells us that we should also think about working in such a way that we develop our state and stay in our country,” Dr Adusei noted.
His comments come after some embassies reportedly denied visas to some legislators, particularly those advocating for the passage of the Proper Sexual Rights and Ghanaian Family Values Bill 2021, also known as the anti-LGBTQI+ Bill.
Responding, Dr Adusei pointed out that the situation should inform the citizenry to think about working in such a way that citizens stay in the country to develop it instead of depending on development partners.
Professor Charles Ackah, Economist and Associate Professor with the Institute of Statistical and Social Research (ISSER), expressed distaste for the development and described it as an indication of cultural imperialism which must be rejected.
He wondered how Ghana after being a sovereign state and attained independence from the UK asked them to legalise polygamy but were using tactics to impose LGBTQI+ upon Ghanaians which he described as Western imperialism.
“After being a sovereign nation and having attained our independence, we cannot go to the UK from Ghana and ask them to legalise polygamy, why will somebody want to use all tactics to force it upon us?
“Western civilisations want to now impose that as a culture on the whole world, and I will be surprised that Ghanaians will support that kind of imperialism,” he fumed. –myjoyonline.com