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Dubai medical trip; all Speakers have accessed the facility - Bagbin speaks

Speaker Alban Sumani Kingsford Bagbin has been defending his trip to Dubai for medical check-up, saying there is absolutely nothing wrong with doing that as he is entitled to such routine medical check-ups, just like officials of the Executive and Judiciary.

“Speakers of Ghana's Parliament are entitled to such routine medical check-ups, just like officials of the Executive and Judiciary arms of government.”

A statement he caused to be issued by his office said; “It is trite knowledge that, most staff of some Ministries, Departments and Agencies also have similar facilities at their disposals and continue to take advantage of such arrangements to their benefit.

Indeed, the records of the Parliamentary Service are replete with evidence which point to the fact that, all Speakers of the fourth Republican Parliaments have at one time or another, accessed this facility.”

The statement went on to say that: “It is worth noting that, it is not only the Speaker of Parliament and his Deputies that are entitled to such a facility, but the entire leadership of the House are also entitled to same facility and continually resort to it when the need arises.”

The statement, however, denied that he travelled with a big entourage at the expense of the state.

It said he “is accompanied by four officials, to the exclusion of his aide de camp, protocol officer, butler and other relevant staff”.

It said 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.”

“Indeed, the Speaker has on a number of occasions stated openly and continues to maintain his position for 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 the 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 added that the “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. It is an undeniable fact that, the Membership of the House is one whole group, with a common agenda and destiny.”

Bagbin is in Dubai with Alice Adjua Yornas, his wife, Dr. Prince Kofi Pambo, head of medical at Parliament House, Patience Bagbin, Speaker’s secretariat and Justice Norvor, his aide.

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