The office of the Rt Hon Speaker of Parliament, Rt Hon Alban Bagbin, has dismissed media reports the Speaker has appointed a Senior Advisor, Hon Kofi Ator as Acting Speaker of Parliament.
A statement issued from the Speaker’s Secretariat dismissed the Daily Guide Friday March 11,2022, edition, claiming the Rt Hon Speaker who is currently out of the country has appointed the former MP for Ho and senior policy advisor at the Speaker’s secretariat as acting Speaker which itself does not exist in our statutory book not the Standing Order of Parliament.
Parliament through the Speaker Secretariat however urged member of the general public to treat it’s as series of mischievous reportage against the speaker and his office.
The full statement
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 14, 2022
RE: “Bagbin Appoints NI)C man as ‘Acting Speaker’
The attention of the Office of the Speaker, Rt. Hon. Alban S.K Bagbin, has been drawn to a publication in the “Daily Guide” newspaper on Friday, March 1 1 2022 under the headline indicated above. We wish to state that Hon. Kofi Attor is a former Member of Parliament who currently works in the Speaker’s Secretariat as Senior Advisor. The Speaker assigns responsibility to him and staff of his Secretariat from time to time. In all these, he has never been assigned responsibility as acting Speaker, and those who caused the publication know this.
In the instance under reference, Hon. Kofi Attor was assigned to receive a message, intended for the Speaker, from a delegation of Medicine Sans Frontiéres, an international medical humanitarian organization. That assignment cannot make him the acting Speaker of Parliament. It must be pointed out that the delegation was in Parliament primarily to meet with the leadership and the Health Committee of Parliament, which they did.
The said publication is just one of the mischievous attempts to court public disaffection and ridicule for the Speaker and bring him into disrepute. The public is advised to ignore the mischief that was intended.
Issued for the Office of the Speaker