?140 Million For Speakers Holidays
Speaker of Parliament Rt. Hon. Peter Ala Adjetey has taken time off his hectic parliamentary duties to cool off at Dublin, Republic of Ireland for two weeks. For his two weeks annual leave, which runs from September 1 to 14, the Speaker has been given an amount of $15,974.00, the equivalent of over one hundred and forty million cedis (?140,394,048.34) to cover his expenses.
Minister for Finance and Economic Planning, Yaw Osafo-Maafo (MP) in a letter dated 26th August 2003 authorised the release of the over ?140M to the Clerk of Parliament for the Speaker’s trip. He also directed that the money be charged to the Contingency Vote.
By a copy of the Minister’s letter, the Director of Foreign Operations, Bank of Ghana was requested to provide the requisite foreign currency to the Office of Parliament for the Speaker’s two weeks trip. Network Herald investigations have revealed however that the Speaker and indeed, all Members of Parliament are not entitled to any such leave. Leave is not captured by any of the provisions of the Greenstreet Report.
The paper is informed that the Speaker had written to the President, requesting for an annual leave and the all expenses paid trip to Dublin. The Chief of Staff, Kwadwo Mpianim however wrote back to the Speaker, and explained that the president has no mandate to grant the Speaker the leave requested. The Clerk of Parliament then wrote to the leadership of Parliament for clearance for the Speaker to go on leave. Here is the Minister’s letter authorizing the release of the money for the trip: