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General News of Thursday, 27 February 2020


GETfund Saga: Bagbin opens up on MPs’ involvement

Second Deputy Speaker, Member of Parliament, Alban S.K. Bagbin Second Deputy Speaker, Member of Parliament, Alban S.K. Bagbin

Ghana’s Second Deputy Speaker and longest-serving, Member of Parliament, Hon. Alban S.K. Bagbin has opened up on the involvement of some Ministers of Parliament in the GETfund saga.

In a live studio interview with Happy FM’s host, Samuel Eshun on the Happy Morning Show, Alban Bagbin commended that the Auditor-General is doing his work, and he described him as courageous for coming out even though his reports are usually not perfect, as of course, that is what is expected of him and his staff.

Talking about the report, he took the liberty to cite some examples of errors that were obvious in it.

He said, ‘’If you recall, one Deputy Minister has come out strongly. His name is there but there is no amount on the report allocated to him which means that he might have put in an application but it was not approved’’.

‘’There are also some names that they have clearly stated they went for courses and some monies were given to them, which is not the case on that list because I know some of the people involved and they never attended any such schools or did any such courses’’, Hon. Bagbin furthered.

However, he commented that the Auditor-General is doing his job well and those records at GETfund are those that were used, hence this cannot be traced to the Auditor-General.

Again, he implied that on the issue of whether the Members of Parliament are brilliant and needy students, it is very clear that they are not but there is the issue of continuous learning and that just might be what they are looking for.

Nevertheless, Hon. Alban Bagbin is of the view that it is wrong for a Member of Parliament to apply for GETfund support to further their education although he knows that there are other institutions that people sometimes apply to, and they are supported to go and learn.