The Speaker of Parliament; Rt. Hon. Alban Bagbin has recently been attacked by pro government personnel and critics. According to the many, his medical travel to the United Arab Emirates leaves parliament’s business unattended to appropriately and gives the house an incomplete look.
Among the many critics are the rumours that asserted the speaker spends alot on his travel to Dubai. Some even highlighted that he includes his children on his journey to Dubai. Parliament has therefore government with information pertaining the speakers travel and why such rumours must be disregarded.
Parliament has released an official communique which reads;
“We want to place the following on record: The Rt. Hon. Speaker did not travel to Dubai with his children as is being alleged. Indeed, Mr. Speaker has never included his children in any of his trips.”
“Travel expenses for Mr. Speaker’s trip to Dubai is in accordance with what is prescribed for the Speaker of Parliament long before Rt. Hon Bagbin became Speaker, and also for analogous members of government such as the President, Vice President and the Chief Justice.”
“The figures quoted in the story as per diem are false. The Speaker has no hand in the computation of his per diem and it is available as part of the official records of the State. It is part of the mischief that the publication is aimed at.”
“For purposes of clarity, Mr. Speaker traveled with the medical doctor in charge of Parliament Medical Centre, his spouse as career and two other officials of Parliament as the least in practice. There is no advance party. no children , and certainly no other member on his entourage.”
“…there is complete silence on the travels of other members of government, the frequency of which is far higher than that of Mr. Speaker. Even within the hierarchy of Parliament, there are members of the leadership whose frequency of travel is far higher than that of Mr. Speaker.”
“It is also on record that Rt. Hon. Bagbin, in his 14 months as Speaker, is the least travelled of all previous Speakers of Parliament within the same time framed.”