The office of Parliament, has rubbished twisted media report that the Speaker of Parliament, Edward Kobby Doe Adjaho, has flown to China as a result of his alleged role in the ongoing expensive renovation of Parliament.
The Herald, is informed that the Speaker’s trip to China, has nothing to do with the claims made in the Al-hajj Newspaper, but is on a holiday trip, which forms part of every speaker of parliament’s official arrangement to take a month’s annual leave.
The Herald’s information is that, the Speaker had earlier scheduled to embark on the trip during the last recess, but could not make it, due to the sudden illness and death of one of his sisters, Veronica Adzaho.
The burial service, which was held in the Speaker’s hometown in Akatsi in the Volta Region, was highly attended by President John Dramani Mahama, Ministers Of State, Members of Parliament (MPs),both majority and minority, diplomats, as well as other dignitaries and sympathizers.
Coincidentally, just after the funeral and the Speaker was about to travel, The House had to be recalled for an “Emergency Sitting” to approve some loans, as well as approve Minister-designate for Trade and Industry, Dr Ekow Spio- Garbrah, which again disrupted the trip.
Meanwhile, The Herald, has laid hands on documents covering the Parliament’s renovation work contract, which the paper will in coming days bring to the notice of the general public, the true report on the matter and the twisted media report which has sort to paint a dirty picture regarding the contract.
Recently, Parliament in a press statement, categorically denied that Mr. Adjaho, at a meeting launched a scathing attack on the person of President Mahama, accusing him of being behind the bad press he is been receiving recently.
The statement, issued last week Wednesday by the Office of the Speaker and signed by the Director of Public Affairs, Kate Addo said, the report by the Al-hajj, circulating in the media was a blatant lie as there was no such meeting.
The Al-hajj, had in its first publication, accused the ex-Member of Parliament (MP) for Akasti South of wasting the taxpayers’ money, all in the name of renovating and expanding the Chamber of Parliament to accommodate the 275 parliamentarians.
The paper, also claimed that the Speaker unilaterally awarded the contract and was refusing to make the figure known to the public, especially MPs. Following that publication, was a more recent one, which claimed that Mr. Adjaho, had “last Thursday abandoned the emergency parliamentary sitting and summoned a crisis meeting on the matter.
According to the paper, at the said meeting, the Speaker allegedly blasted President Mahama for leaking negative stories about him to especially, the media, because of his long cherished presidential ambition.
The paper alleged that “while the meeting was called ostensibly to explain to all the players present that the renovation contract was above board and not tainted with any underhand dealings, the Speaker also used the opportunity to launch a scathing attack on the President, John Dramani Mahama, accusing him of instigating and sponsoring the report this paper carried on the renovation contract”.
However, the Parliament statement denied he said meeting during which President Mahama was verbally attacked by the Speaker.
It explained that following the publication on the renovation work on the Chamber, the Speaker only held a meeting with the Consultants on the project, Messrs ADK Consortium and Technical Team of the Parliamentary Service, to find out whether there was any problem with the Bill of Quantities jointly prepared by the parties.
The statement from Parliament said that the meeting was also to find out, if the Bill which was later submitted through to the Clerk to Parliament and the Speaker to the Public Procurement Authority, after the necessary consultations and approvals of the Parliamentary Service Board, had been obtained.
“Speaker also sought to confirm whether the figures quoted were the same as those presented to and approved by the Public Procurement Authority. The meeting was held before the stipulated time of the Plenary Sitting of Parliament for that day and so the Speaker could not have abandoned the Parliamentary Sitting to attend the said meeting”.
“At no point during the meeting was His Excellency, President John Dramani Maham’s name mentioned nor was reference made to him personally as the one responsible for the bad press the Speaker was experiencing”, the statement said.
While recognizing the important role the media plays in the forward match of democratic dispensations like Ghana’s, it urged all media houses to cross-check their facts before publication. More to come!