The speaker of Parliament, Alban Bagbin, invited the finance minister to give an explanation of how the Covid-19 funds were used, and he accepted. Most Ghanaians did not believe it, but they accepted it as it was. Many Ghanaians were not pleased when he said that the E-levy had failed to meet their expectations, so they are applying for a loan from the International Monetary Fund.
When things are not done right, the authorities in charge must sit up and speak for the people to know the realities of their actions. Parliamentary proceeding is ongoing but Honorable Kingsford Alban Bagbin was replaced by Honorable Joseph Osei Owusu, First Deputy Speaker. During the proceedings, issues of register came across the debate.
Comic cartoonist Tilapia has left social media in a state of commenting after his iconic creation of the slated parliament accountability briefing from the minister of finance today, Ken Ofori Atta. The speaker of parliament Alban Bagbin cleared the air on the importance of accountability from the current government on the spending from donations during the pandemic periods.
I Am Still The Speaker, And Not The President - Alban Bagbin Reacts After Being Called Mr. President
There was a bit of of Drama in Parliament after Honorable Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey, minister for foreign affairs made a mistake by calling Right Honourable Alban Bagbin, "Mr. President" in Parliament. It all started when one MP stood up and asked the minister to explain or make some clarifications to the house concerning an allegation about a contract between the government and Kennedy Agyapong.
The Finance Minister, Ken Ofori-Atta, after days of procrastination, has honored his promise to make it to Parliament today to answer to the questions filed to him and also account for the COVID levy. In a video circulating, the Minister was spotted with his aide, who held his bag full of documents.
Alban Bagbin has been given many names by members of the new patriotic party especially. Because of his political background, people assume that he is being biased with some actions of government and on members of the majority caucuses. But this has not been the case according to many who are in support of the speaker
Prophet Kofi Oduro, founder and also the leader of Alabaster International Ministry has dropped some messages to the leaders of the country with special emphasis on the President and MPs in Parliament. He added that these messages are directly from God because he always speak the mind of God at church.
What is he afraid of? The Finance Minister's act is shameful:Dr. Nyaho Tamakloe makes strong comment
Readers can recall how the Finance Minister has failed to account for covid-19 funds despite demands by the Minority in Parliament. Recently, the Speaker of Parliament also made strong comments on the reluctance of the Finance Minister to account for how he disbursed the covid -19 funds. The Speaker, Alban Bagbin , even stated that he would not allow any motion from the Finance Minister if he does not do the needful but Ghanaians are yet to see the results of his command.
The national communications director of the largest opposition party, NDC has recently done the unexpected after he boldly stormed live television to expose the Akufo Addo government over the most talked-about Covid-19 funds. Speaking in a recent interview on the “Good Morning Ghana” show with host Dr. Randy Abbey, Sammy Gyamfi expressed his immense disappointment aside highlighting that, he was willing to put all hands on deck to prove proof that, President Akufo Addo and Ken Ofori cooked figures to present in parliament after been pressured by the speaker, Alban Bagbin to report on the Covid-19 expenditure update.
The Finance Minister, Ken Ofori Atta recently took it upon himself to finally storm parliament to account for the Covid-19 expenditure update after the speaker of parliament, Alban Bagbin issued a serious warning to the administration of the incumbent government. Even though Ken Ofori Atta took the privilege to highlight the various usage of the monies involved in the Covid-19 expenditure, the minority caucus agreed otherwise as they seek to probe the exact figures that were presented before parliament.
The Speaker of Ghana's 8th Parliament, Rt. Honourable Alban Kingsford Sumana Bagbin has taken a stand, following the recent demand by the School Feeding Program (SFP) caterers, to increase the school feeding grants, from the current GH¢0.97 to GH¢3 per school child.
Many Ghanaians have added their voice to condemn the Ghana Police Service for their inability to control the student body properly during their demonstration. The Speaker of Parliament, Alban Sumana Kingsford Bagbin has finally broken his silence on this issue. Speaker Bagbin reminisced how some days ago, he had made references to the Committee on Defence and Interior about the brutalities being meted to ordinary citizens by our security agencies.
Okudzeto Ablakwa, the Member of Parliament for North Tongu says the Health and Finance Committee who have been assigned to investigate the expenditure of COVID-19 funds presented to parliament yesterday has a tough assignment. Following the minority' unacceptance of what Ken Ofori-Atta explained as the expenses made on the money accrued from the covid-19 fund, the honorable Speaker of Parliament, Alban Bagbin, assigned the Finance and Health Committee to probe more though the majority leader, Osri Kyei Mensah-Bonsu wanted the Auditor General to do that.
Alban Bagbin, Speaker of Parliament, has defended the payment of ex-gratia to Members of Parliament. He said that money is critical for MPs' survival after they have served their country. Mr. Alban Bagbin, speaking at a public lecture at the University for Professional Studies on Wednesday, indicated that ex-gratia does not benefit MPs as much as the public believes.
The continuous absence of the Finance Minister anytime he has to appear before the House to answer questions had become worrying. This has pushed the Speaker of Parliament, Alban Bagbin to rule that until Ken Ofori-Atta comes to answer all the questions including the expenditure on the COVID-19 funds, the House will not also attend to any request from the Finance Ministry.
Everyone was expecting the current Finance Minister under His Excellency Nana Addo Dankwah's Administration, Ken Ofori Atta to appear before the house ( Parliament) to answer questions about how covid 19 fund was used by the NPP Government headed by His Excellency Nana Addo Dankwah Akuffo Addon and His Excellency Dr Mahamudu Bawumia.
The Speaker of Parliament, Alban Bagbin thinks ex-gratia is little as compared to the losses MPs make before they are elected into parliament. He said this when he was delivering a public lecture today at the University for Professional Studies. He stated that ex-gratia is not a huge amount of money as we think.
According to a press release issued by the Parliamentary Service and signed by the Director of Public Affairs, Kate Addo, Minister of Gender, Children and Social Protection failed to honour all invitations to appear before the Committee after the Speaker’s directive. The press release indicated that the failed attempts to reach her included an invitation letter to her office and her pigeonhole in Parliament, to the Ministry of Gender,Children and Social Protection where she superintended as sector minister, her official email addresses, known social media handles and through her Personal Assistant.
The finance minister, Hon. Ken Ofori-Attah finally broke the long awaited back and forth situation with him and Parliament as he stormed there to give his account on the supposed Covid-19 fund spent during the pandemic in 2019. Prior to his honouring to this invitation, several calls from Ghanaians and the Members of Parliament had to come in before.
Alban Bagbin, the Speaker of Parliament, has warned ministers of state who fail to appear before the House to address questions on their portfolios. According to the Speaker, the refusal of some ministers to reply to Parliamentary summonses is creating a canker that could stymie the House's progress.