Thank you, Madam Speaker, for giving me this opportunity to make a Statement in this august House. It is all about Fathers' Day Celebration.
Madam Speaker, Fathers' Day is a festival inaugurated in the early 20th century to honour fathers and forefathers. This festival is celebrated in many countries all across the world to express gratitude to fathers.
Madam Speaker, the idea of Fathers' Day Celebration was first given in 1909 by Ms. Sonora Louise Smart Dodd, a wring daughter from Spokane, USA. She felt that if there is a day to honour mothers, then there should also be a day to honour fathers.
Madam Speaker, it is unfortunate that in Ghana, people do not acknowledge the important roles played by fathers
because some children have been rejected by their fathers, and we have majority of single parents as mothers. This is rather unfortunate.
Madam Speaker, scholars believe that the origin of Fathers' Day is not a latter- day phenomenon as many believe it to be, rather they claim that the tradition of Fathers' Day can be traced to the ruins of Babylon. They have recorded that a young boy called Elmesu, carved a Fathers' Day message on a card made out of clay nearly 4,000 years ago. Elmesu wished his Babylonian father good health and long life.
Madam Speaker, let us from today realize that Fathers' Day is not confirmed to express gratitude to our fathers alone, but to our stepfathers, grandfathers, fathers-in-law, uncles or any other man who is as protective and caring as a father.
Madam Speaker, the idea of Fathers' Day in Ghana has been relegated to the background by some people who feel that their fathers failed in their responsibilities to give them what others have given to their children.
Madam Speaker, let us not lose sight of the fact that some fathers have, and are still shirking their responsibilities. But the main focus should be on anyone who might have helped you in anyway in your life as you were growing up as a child.
Looking at the heightened popularity of Fathers' Day in the US, President Woodrow Wilson, the 28th US President approved of this idea in 1916.
Madam Speaker, if we as Ghanaians can do same in this country, it will encourage and compel some fathers to be respon-sible in the country.
Madam Speaker, let us support the Fathers' Day celebration so as to establish
closer relations between fathers and their children and to impress upon fathers the full measure of their obligations.
Madam Speaker, in 1957, Senator Margaret Chase Smith wrote to Congress that,
“Either we honour our parents, mothers and fathers, or let us desist from honouring either one. But to single out just one of our two parents and omit the other is the most grievous insult imaginable.”
Therefore, Madam Speaker, Ghanaians must give equal attention to both Mothers' and Fathers' Day celebrations since it takes two to tango.
Madam Speaker, we should bear in mind that, fathers give names to their children and without them, there will be no names on earth.
Madam Speaker, since the world over, people take Fathers' Day celebration as an opportunity to thank their fathers and pay tribute to them, let us use this Sunday his or her Fathers' Day celebration to reconcile with our fathers for their past mistakes in their responsibilities and not a day for blame games.
Madam Speaker, the earlier we recognized the importance of Fathers' Day, the better for us all, since this celebration helps to acknowledge the contribution of fathers to individual families and to societies at large.
From Margaret Courtney,
“Be kind to thy father, for when thou wert young, who loved thee so fondly as he? He caught the first accents that fell from thy tongue, and joined in thy innocent glee.”