The office of the Speaker of Parliament, Alban Sumana Kingsford Bagbin, has taken it upon itself to explain that his recent trip to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) is for a routine medical checkup and is part of his conditions of service and should therefore not be politicized.
The was taken a day after the rejection of the 2022 Budget statement and Government’s Economic Policy and the majority in parliament, the New Patriotic Party has already latched at the opportunity to take advantage of the Speaker’s travel, comparing it to that of the expensive travels of the president in order to justify the president’s expensive travels which has become a topic of discussion in the country amid the economic hardship.
He went on the trip with two members of his staff – his aide and one secretary, as well as his wife and the Head of the Parliamentary Clinic, Dr. Prince Kofi Pambo
“The current Speaker of Ghana’s Parliament, Rt. Hon. Alban Sumana Kingsford Bagbin, being mindful of the times in which the country finds itself, traveled with a comparatively skeletal staff, taking into consideration the economic situation in the country and bearing in mind, the need for frugal and prudent spending,” a release issued by his counsel, Magnus Kofi Amoatey, on Monday, November 29 said.
“Indeed, the Speaker has on a number of occasions stated openly and continues to maintain his position to Members of Parliament to help safeguard the public purse and so has been mindful of same in all his dealings as Speaker.”
“The Office of Speaker wishes to assure the general citizenry of its commitment to protect the public purse at all times.”
“Parliament is also committed to seeking the best interest of the people they represent and will continue to always do so.”
It further explained that the Majority and Minority members may disagree on issues on the floor “but these are all based on procedures, which govern the work of the House and which are strictly adhered to without fear or favour”.
“The office will advise that the health issues of the speaker and that of other office bearers are not politicised as anybody could be taken ill at any time.”
The speaker is expected back into the country on Tuesday, December 14, 2021