Rise up and embrace the role of fatherhood; Hon. Kobena Woyome father’s day message

South Tongu MP - Wisdom Kobena Mensah Woyome
South Tongu MP - Wisdom Kobena Mensah Woyome

The Member of Parliament for the South Tongu Constituency Hon. Wisdom Kobena Mensah Woyome has called on the Ghanaian citizens to rise up and embrace the role of fatherhood.

In a Father’s Day Celebration Message, the Lawmaker said, Fathers are Pillars in the development of children’s well-being; a symbol of security- physically, emotionally and financially; role model; maintain a healthy marriage; create a safe and loving environment for the family; and an agent of growth in society.

He believes that, on this special occasion of Father’s Day, fathers and persons who assume fatherhood must be acknowledge and recognized. The MP used the opportunity to extend Father’s Day celebration to the former President H.E John Dramani Mahama, Speaker of Parliament Rt. Hon. Alban Sumana Kingsford Bagbin and his deputy speakers, all men in the Ghanain Parliament and fathers in general.

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“On this special occasion of Father’s Day Celebration, I want to add my voice to the million voices to wish former President John Mahama a happy Father’s Day. To the honourable speaker of Parliament, the first and second deputies, to all men in Parliament and to all Fathers in Ghana, I wish you all a happy Father’s Day.” He said.

According to the Ranking Member of Parliament’s Youth and Sport Committee, Father’s Day is celebrated in the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, India, Ghana and a number of other countries globally on the third Sunday in June each year to look at the significant roles father’s play in the lives of children, women and the world at large as well as honour men who have embraced the essential role of fatherhood. Thus, as a Pillar in the development of children’s well-being; a symbol of security- physically, emotionally and financially; role model; maintain a healthy marriage; create a safe and loving environment for the family; and an agent of growth in society.

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“A look at the history of this special day, tells of how Sonora Smart Dodd the daughter of a Civil War veteran thought of the need to celebrate her father William Jackson Smart from Spokane, Washington who raised his six children single-handedly after the death of his wife.”

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“It is in light of this great sacrifice of a single parent that has necessitated the need for the celebration of this all-important day, that I humbly call on Ghanaian fathers to rise up and embrace the important role of this special call to fatherhood. It is essential to understand that children are indeed gifts from God and as such, must be given the needed attention to become the best they could be for the benefit of families and society in general.”

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“When fathers begin to assume their responsibilities of ensuring that their children become responsible people to take up leadership positions in future, we will begin to see significant reduction in the number of street children. According to the social welfare department there are about 61,492 street children in Accra as at 2014 who engage in ‘menial jobs’ for their survival and are exposed to harsh conditions on the streets.”

“As fathers, we owe it a duty to go beyond all odds to see to the well-being and survival of children, so let us not fail them.”

“I therefore congratulate all the fathers who have done the great service of taking good care of their children despite the economic hardship in the country; and to all men who do not have biological children but have and still contribute to the well-being of children. Keep up the good work.”

“To all young men out there, i encourage you to live up to expectation as you embrace virtues on your journey to fatherhood and as future leaders.”

“Once again, I celebrate all Ghanaian fathers and all men, Ghana celebrate you; let us all rise up to our divine assignment of fatherhood. And let all men play their parts right starting from homes; immediate environment; workplaces and places of worship for the benefit of our children and the society.”

SOURCE: Coverghana.com.gh

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