Rev. John Ntim Fordjour

The Assin South MP is asking the National Security to shut down the new LGBTQI resource centre opened in Accra.

In a press release, Rev. John Ntim Fordjour stated that it is appalling and hypocritical that a state that abhors LGBTQI practices on religious and cultural orientation as well as criminalizes same practices would sit unconcerned.

“Is the National Security apparatus telling us that they have no information on the location of this so called LGBTQI resource center that has been opened for weeks now? Are they telling us they have no intelligence on the people and groups behind this abominable act? Why are they quite?”

“If ‘Armed Robbers Association’ or ‘Drug Traffickers Association’ were to publicly open an office in any obscure corner of Ghana, wouldn’t the security agencies conduct a rapid raid by now with alacrity?”

Rev Ntim Fordjour said that unlike other crimes persons practising LGBTQI are rather “unfortunately pampered” and treated with kid gloves in Ghana.

He said that society has had the public glorify their acts across social media platforms although they are serious contravention of the law.

“The impunity of open and public advocacy and practice LGBTQI is on the rise largely because perpetrators have not been prosecuted.”

The MP is not the only one who has kicked against the opening of the LGBTQI office in Ghana.

The Ghana Catholic Bishops’ Conference (GCBC) urged government not to succumb to pressures to legitimize Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQI) rights in Ghana.

The GCBC in a statement signed by its President, Most Reverend Philip Nameeh, emphasized that “according to the Church’s understanding of human rights, the rights of homosexuals as persons do not include the right of a man to marry a man or of a woman to marry a woman. For the Church, this is morally wrong and goes against the purpose of marriage”.

Also, the National Coalition for Proper Human Sexual Rights and Family Values disapproved of the LGBTQI office opening stating that its existence is illegal and an affront to the laws, traditions and customs of the country and must be shut down.

The Executive Secretary of the Coalition, Moses Foh-Amoaning, at a press conference, said the act was disrespecting to Ghanaians and undermined the sovereignty of the State.

Again, Minister-designate for Gender, Children and Social Protection has said the Ghanaian culture frown upon it, the laws governing the State make it criminal.

Speaking at the Appointment Committee vetting, Sarah Adwoa Safo said “On the issue of its criminality, it is non-negotiable on the issue of cultural acceptance and norms too. These practices are also frowned upon,” she stated emphatically.

However, Rev Ntim Fordjour stated that many people are now claiming that the law, Section 104 of Ghana’s Criminal Code prohibits one from having unnatural carnal knowledge with another person, is not sufficient grounds to adequately show the country’s stance on LGBTQI practices.

He stated that there is a need to strengthen the law including the addition of more stringent provisions that will deal with the LGBTQI practices.

“I have remained an ardent advocate for the enforcement of existing laws and fully inclined towards further legislation to adequately deal with these matters in consistency with the Constitution of Ghana and in line with our broad religious and cultural orientation, with particular regard for morality.”