The Speaker of Parliament, Alban Bagbin, has stated that he holds allegiance to the people of Ghana and would adhere to the promises he made when he took office.
Addressing the House on Thursday after his trip to Dubai, Mr. Bagbin responded to a number of issues that had happened in his absence.
Most prominent bothers on the approval and rejection of the 2022 budget and the government’s financial policy.
“Hon. Members, to conclude on these matters, let me reiterate my solemn pledge to the people of Ghana which I canvassed in my first formal communication to this House. I would not superintend over a Parliament to frustrate Government business, But, I will equally not preside over a weak House or be tagged as an errand boy of the Executive arm of government,” he emphasized.
Mr. Bagbin continued that “this House is fully focused in discharging its mandate and will do so without any fear or favour, affection or ill-will in ensuring the ultimate best interests of the Ghanaian people are served.”
He also indicated that despite the fact the House has commenced deliberations, Finance Minister, Ken Ofori-Atta must present a revised version of the 2022 budget to Parliament.
“The Minister responsible for Finance comes before the House with an amended statement of the Budget with the said modifications and concessions. These modifications and concessions will then be adopted by the House and the revised document with the estimates will stand committed to the various Committees of Parliament.
“I am aware the Committees have begun consideration of the estimates. It would thus be their responsibility to reconcile the revised estimates with what they have hitherto considered and submit a report for the consideration of the House,” he added.