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Sam George Urges Parliament to Disregard US Ambassador’s Caution on Anti-LGBTQ Bill

Sam George, the Member of Parliament representing Ningo-Prampram, has advised the Ghanaian Parliament to stand firm and not heed the warnings given by Virginia Palmer, the US Ambassador to Ghana, regarding the anti-LGBTQ Bill’s passage.

During an interview on Citi FM’s Eyewitness News with Selorm Adonoo, Sam George emphasized the importance of maintaining Ghana’s cultural values and beliefs instead of yielding to external pressures or advisories.

He stressed the need for Ghanaians to realize that their cultural identity and principles are essential and should be preserved. Sam George remarked, “It’s about time Ghanaians understand that the way we present ourselves determines how we are perceived. Ghana is a sovereign nation, and any potential business partner values integrity and a value system.”

He further noted that succumbing to the rhetoric that passing the bill would have negative consequences is not beneficial. He urged Ghana not to compromise its stance for the sake of potential investments.

Speaking in Accra, Ambassador Palmer had cautioned that enacting the Proper Sexual Rights and Ghanaian Family Values Bill could deter foreign investors and exporters from engaging with Ghana.

However, the Ningo-Prampram lawmaker encouraged Ghana to emphasize its strongest assets, such as safety and a robust democracy, when negotiating with potential investors. He stated that Ghana’s secure democracy has attracted UN agencies and American companies to the country.

In summary, Sam George asserted, “We shouldn’t undermine our value. When we undermine ourselves, we become vulnerable to manipulation.”

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