Speaker of Parliament, Alban Sumana Bagbin, has informed the House of his intention to travel outside the country for another medical review.

With the Electronic Transaction Levy Bill (E-levy) tabled for discussion next week, the Majority Chief Whip, Frank Annoh-Dompreh has described as worrying the Speaker’s frequent absence, especially during critical decisions in the chamber.

Interacting with the press on Thursday, the Nsawam-Adoagyiri MP said, “It is worrying; I mean, I can’t pretend about it.”

Prior to Parliament’s resumption on Tuesday, Speaker Bagbin took a medical trip to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and returned on Sunday, January 23 for Parliamentary duties.

But barely a week into legislative proceedings, the Speaker is due to travel for another check-up.

This practice, Mr Annoh-Dompreh believes should be reviewed for a more productive alternative that will benefit the country and the legislative arm of government.

According to the Nsawam-Adoagyiri lawmaker, some measures should be put in place to provide medical care for Speaker Bagbin in the country.

“His health is important. And I think we as a people should put our heads together or the leaders should find a way of helping the Speaker find a solution to this because, it is becoming one too many.

“I mean he is the Speaker and he has taken ill and he needs treatment. Is it the case that we can’t get an equally good medical team to have this treatment done here? Vis-à-vis the fact that, because of the nature of our Parliament,” he said on Thursday.

Due to the Speaker’s possible absence next week, Mr Annoh-Dompreh divulged that leadership of the Majority Caucus are currently holding an extensive backdoor engagement with the Minority Caucus on the E-levy Bill to avert any future fisticuffs.

“We are guided that there is a possibility that he will not be available so it is something that we are conscious of and we are taking due measures in regards to that. We anticipate to navigate our way through properly because of what happened.

“We don’t want a repeat. So it is something that we have taken a good cue from,” he said.



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