The office of the Speaker of Parliament, Alban Sumana Kingsford Bagbin has disclosed that the Speaker recent trip abroad to seek medical care is part of his conditions of service.
He traveled just a day after the infamous rejection of the 2022 budget after the Majority in Parliament staged a walk out of the House.
People he embarked on the trip with are two members of his staff-his aide and one secretary and his Spouse as well as Head of 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 statement issued by his counsel, Magnus Kofi Amoatey on 29th November.
The statement further explained that Hon. Bagbin’s predecessors all embarked on similar trips and so his won’t be the first of it’s kind.
“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,” the statement further said.