According to a source, $300,000 was utilized by the Speaker in his first medical trip and another $300,000 was cashed out for him for his Dubai trip, which is raising serious concern at the Bank of Ghana.
The Speaker of Parliament, on Saturday left the shores of Ghana for Dubai to undergo medical treatment after creating confusion over the budget.
He had allegedly presided over the rejection of the budget after the Majority walked out.
In a letter issued and signed on behalf of the Clerk of Parliament to the Head of Mission at the Ghana Embassy in UAE, it stated that “I have been directed by the Clerk to Parliament to inform you about the arrival of the Speaker of Parliament, Rt. Hon. Alban Sumana Kingsford Bagbin, in Dubai to undergo a medical review”.
The statement said that the Speaker would be accompanied by the following: Alice Adjua Yornas, his wife, Dr. Prince Kofi Pambo, head of medical at Parliament house, Patience Bagbin, speaker’s secretariat and Justice Norvor, his aide.
It added that Mr. Speaker and his delegation would depart Accra on Saturday, 27 November 2021 at 18.50 hours and arrive in Dubai at 6.20 hours on flight EK788 the next day.
They will depart Dubai on Tuesday, 14 December 2021 at 7.35 hours and arrive in Accra the same day at 12.05 hours on flight EK787″.
The statement added that “It would be appreciated if arrangements are made for Mr. Speaker and his delegation to be met on arrival and due courtesies extended to them”.
Interestingly, it is still a mystery why the Minority and their assigns are still tight-lipped over this ostentatious lifestyle of the Speaker when Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa and his friends have been making noise about the traveling expenses of President Akufo-Addo in an era of austerity.