The Office of the Speaker of Parliament, Rt Hon. Alban Kingsford Sumana Bagbin, has dismissed media publications that, his office organised a meeting for the Parliamentary Service Board (PSB) in Dubai.
A statement issued by Peter Bamfo, Communication aide to the Speaker dated December, 22, 2021, refuted the allegation and described it as false, and thus should be disregarded.
The publications, he said are part of efforts to make the Speaker unpopular and subject the Parliamentary Service Board to public ridicule.
“There has not been any meeting of the PSB in Dubai held at the instance and convenience of the Speaker of Parliament.
The PSB participated in an international workshop and team building exercise by the Crown Agents in Dubai.
“We entreat all well-meaning Ghanaians to disregard this misleading publication, which only seeks to traduce the Rt. Hon. Speaker’s character by negatively projecting him and the Parliamentary Service Board” the statement said.
Earlier, some news portals reported that, the Parliamentary Service Board had participated in a meeting, approved by the Speaker. According to the allegations, the Speaker deliberately scheduled this meeting during his medical trip to Dubai, to hurt the public purse.
But the Speaker Communication Aide said those publication were malicious aimed at inciting the public against the office of the Rt Hon Speaker.
“It is worth noting that arrangement for the workshop predated 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 availability of members of the members of the PSB. Consequently, the workshop and the Speaker’s medical trip had nothing in common”.