March 16, 2021

The Rt. Hon. Speaker Alban Kingsford Sumana Bagbin has said he and the President Nana Akufo-Addo now in leadership position should ensure that Article 179 of the 1992 Constitution of the Republic of Ghana is complied with.

According to him in their days back in Ghana’s Parliament, they held views that there should not be cutting down of the budget of the judiciary and Parliament who are also arms of government.

He noted that he was the chairman of the Constitutional Legal and Parliamentary Affairs in 1997 to 2000, and until January of 2021 he was a Member of Parliament, and in 1997 then Nana Akufo-Addo was a ranking member of the same committee.

“Together we worked we fought for the observance of this constitutional provision, lucky we are now in a position to ensure that this is comply with, those times we were MPs and our voices did not carry much weight”.

And added that as speaker he would ensure that the right thing is done, and told the House since the principles are accepted by all when the issue came up on revising the budget of the Judiciary and Parliament, they should put the matter to rest and move and not go into any litigation.

This happened on the floor of Parliament on Tuesday,  March 16,2021 when the Speaker indicated to the House that he would not accept revision of the budget of Parliament that generated some debate on the matter with speakers to the issues trying to quote the constitution to back their points.

Kwaku Sakyi-Danso/