Speaker of Parliament Alban Bagbin has clarified that he did not hold any meeting with the Parliamentary Service Board(PSB) while away on his medical trip in Dubai.
The Speaker’s Communications Manager further noted that no such meeting was held at the convenience of the Speaker.
Some publications making rounds claim that the PSB held its board meeting under the Speaker’s orders to mark the close of the year.
The report further suggests that members on the board had to flow outside the shores of Ghana for the meeting at the convenience of the Speaker.
The report further indicated that the Board was chaired by the Speaker and had the Minister of Parliamentary Affairs and Leader of Government Business, Mr. Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu; the Minority Leader, Haruna Iddrisu, General Secretary of the NDC, Johnson Asiedu Nketia, among others as members present.
However, the Office of the Speaker of Parliament has outrightly debunked the claims.
Also, the statement stated that, though the PSB participated in an international workshop and team-building exercise by the Crown Agents in Dubai, the arrangement for the workshop preceded the Speaker of Parliament’s medical trip to Dubai.
“It was initially planned for April 2021 and was finally held in September 2021. It had to be postponed a couple of times due to time constraints and the availability of members of the PSB. Consequently, the workshop and the Speaker’s medical trip had nothing in common,” the statement clarified.
The office of the Speaker has thus called on Ghanaians to disregard reports suggesting his involvement in the meeting.