Members of Parliament (MPs) last Friday officially paid tribute to the former Member of Parliament for the Binduri Constituency, Bernard Akugri Achidago, who passed on in April, this year.
He was taken ill on March, 2016 and had intervals of good health, but succumbed to death on the April 11, this year. He was 61.
The late Achidago represented Binduri Constituency from 2001 to 2005.
Most of the legislators said the deceased was development-minded and loved his constituency.
They also described him as an affable, friendly and dedicated man, and appealed to sympathizers of all political parties to conduct themselves in a manner that would add credentials to the country’s flourishing democracy by avoiding negative skirmishes that had characterized by-elections over the years.
Hon. Dr. Robert Baba Kuganab-Lem, the current Member of Parliament for Binduri, who presented the tribute on the floor of parliament, described the late Achidago as a man of few words, loved his neighbour as he loved himself and also was a man of real integrity.
He served as a government appointee of the Bawku District Assembly, under President Jerry John Rawlings in this Fourth Republic.
“Rt. Honourable Speaker, Bernard was a man of few words. He loved his neighbour as he loved himself. He was a man of real integrity. He served as a government appointee of the Bawku District Assembly, under President Rawlings in this fourth republic. Bernard was instrumental in the creation of the Binduri District.”
“He was a member of the committee tasked to make a case for the carving out of the Binduri District from the Bawku East. Mr. Speaker, this was a job well done, which led to the creation of the Binduri District,” Dr. Kuganab-Lem stated.
The late Achidago entered parliament in 2001 and during his stay in the august House, he served on several committees, including Education, Employment and Social Welfare and State Enterprises.
Hon. Kuganab-Lem further said the deceased was a hard worker which earned him admiration both by his constituents and his colleagues.
He said, after he left office as a Member of Parliament, Achidago worked at the Bongo District Education Office as a District Accountant, with an additional responsibility as the acting Regional Accountant of the Ghana Education Service (GES).
He was later transferred to the Tongo District Education Office, where he worked till his retirement in August, 2016.
The MP added that at the last days of Achidago on earth, he did not let the people of Bunduri down, as he remained a father to many, stating “his smiles drove out most sorrows and his big heart was accommodating. The people of Binduri will certainly miss him – a pleasant personality.”
Hon. Albert Akuka Alalzuuga, MP for Garu Constituency, noted that the late Achidago served the country honourably and especially when he served in the Bawku District in the 1990s under the Rawlings administration.
The Garu MP said late Achidago was a hard working person and strongly advocated education for his people, always urging government to consider Binduri as one of the hard-to-reach areas.
Some of the MPs who entered parliament in the same year with the late Achidago said they remember the late Binduri MP as the person who made significant contributions to the deepening of parliamentary democracy having served on the Education, Employment and Social Welfare committees, but was never elected back to the fourth parliament by his people.
The body of the late Bernard Akugri Achidago has since been laid to rest at his hometown, Kulog, in the Binduri District. He left behind a wife and seven children.
Source: therepublicnewsonline.com/ Felix Engsalige Nyaaba