Mr Speaker, I agree with the sentiments expressed by both the Hon Minority Leader and the Hon First Deputy Speaker about these matters. I think they are very genuine.
Mr Speaker, names in Ghana have significance. The names that we confer on our children have cultural values. And they in themselves represent some identification of where a person is comes from.
I do not think that it lies in the power of anybody to determine a name that should be given to somebody from a different cultural setting. It does not lie in the mouth, and indeed, in the power of the Registrar of Births and Deaths, that a name should be given or it should not be given.
Mr Speaker, the first citizen of this country bears the name “Nana” and it is not an accolade or a title. The President of this country is Nana Addo Dankwa
Akufo Addo and that is his name. One cannot sit somewhere and say that he would not allow him to use that name.
Mr Speaker, I am wondering where he thinks he derives his powers from. A former first Lady was called Nana Konadu Agyeman-Rawlings and that is her name. One cannot sit somewhere and say that he would not allow her to use Nana as part of her name.
Mr Speaker, the Hon Minority Leader drew our attention to some names in Parliament, and I was just going through the first few pages of our Votes and Proceedings for Thursday, 25th January, 2018, and as he said, I noticed Nana Ayew Afriye, Nana Akua Owusu Afriyie, Nana Amoako, the Hon Member for Upper Denkyira East, who is to get married soon. [Laughter.] I believe he is getting married in two weeks.
Mr Speaker, there is a Kofi Amoakohene. I believe very soon, the man would be descending on that territory as well.
Mr Speaker, if one bears the name “Ohene”, we should not use it?
Mr Speaker, I see Nana Dokua Asiamah- Adjei, so she should also not be allowed use the name?
Nii Lantey Vanderpuye. Nii is Nana.
I see Baba Benson Tongo. Baba is father. It is part of his name. I guess very soon if we do not restrain this man, he would descend into those territories and begin to tell them that they cannot use their names. There used to be an Hon Colleague of ours in this House who was called Papa Owusu-Ankomah.
Here with us is Nii Narh Nartey Ebenezer.
Mr Speaker, my “Nana” is a title. It is not part of my name. He is talking about those of them who bear those names originally.
Mr Speaker, I agree with the Hon Minority Leader, that confusion should not be introduced where there is no confusion. So we would want to invite the Registrar. Should I also add Tina Gifty Naa Ayeley Mensah. Naa is Nana.
Mr Speaker, confusion is not to be introduced where there is no confusion. I believe we should invite the Registrar in the company of his superintending Minister, to come and explain to us what the meaning of this is and where he thinks he is deriving his authority from? Maybe he is misconstruing some law somewhere that is unknown to us.
Mr Speaker, so let him come. This is because there are too many people populating this House. I have just seen Emmanuel Nii Okai Laryea. So many of us bear such names and it would be important for us to know, going forward, if his own prescription should hold what appropriate names those people should bear, including the name of the first gentleman of this land.
Mr Speaker, I thought the man would be timorous trying to invoke this when the first gentleman of this nation bears the name “Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo.” So he should hold sway, what should be the name of the first gentleman of this land?
Mr Speaker, Titus-Glover. Daniel Nii Kwartei Titus-Glover. Many of us. So as I said, I agree with the Hon Minority Leader and also the Hon First Deputy Speaker, that we should invite the Registrar in the company of the Minister for Local Government and Rural Development.
Indeed, on Tuesday, there is a joint caucus that has been programmed. So perhaps, the House would extend an invitation to him to appear before us to explain to us the intendment of that order that he is issuing.
Thank you, Mr Speaker.