Ford Gift Saga Recall of parliament unnecessary – Alban Bagbin

The Majority in Parliament Alban Bagbin said the recall is unnecessary because of its financial burden on the state coffers.

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Majority Leader and MP for Nadowli Kaleo, Alban Bagbin play

Majority Leader and MP for Nadowli Kaleo, Alban Bagbin

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The recall of parliament by the Speaker Edward Doe Adjaho will do no good to all stakeholders involved.

This is according to the Majority leader in Parliament Alban Bagbin.

Bagbin explained on Accra-based Starr FM that the recall will lead to more financial spending which will not do Ghana any good.

“The recall of the members of Parliament involves the cost of publicity, the cost of notice…you also have to pay for the cost of transportation for each member from their various constituencies to Parliament and back. This recall will also involve a lot of printing work, overtime allowances for staff because it’s an emergency and this involves a lot of work just to try to recapture something that is before a constitutional commission. It is not meant to serve any good interest for this country”.

Parliament is set to reconvene today (Thursday), in connection with a motion to impeach President John Mahama over the controversial Ford Expedition gift saga.

READ ALSO: NDC MPs will resist probe into Mahama’s ford gift

The Speaker of Parliament, Edward Doe Adjaho, per Article 112 of the 1992 Constitution, summoned Members of Parliament to deliberate on the issue.

Some sections of Ghanaians expressed anger over reports that President Mahama was given a brand new Ford Expedition in 2012 by a Burkinabe contractor, Djibril Kanazoe who won the bid to construct the $650,000 Ghana Embassy Wall in the Burkina Faso capital, Ouagadougou.

READ ALSO: I have no idea why MP’s have been recalled – Minority Leader

President John Mahama subsequently rubbished corruption allegations against him, saying such claims are baseless.

Some minority MPs have reportedly signed a petition to commence an impeachment process against the President for accepting the gift.

Parliament was adjourned on Friday, July 29.

But, a statement from parliament said the recall, was in accordance with Order 38(1) of the Standing Orders of Parliament.



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