A Second Deputy Speaker, Alban Bagbin is calling for a complete over hauling of the payment system for ministers and Members of Parliament.

According to him, the Controller and  Accountant General’s Department and the parliamentary pay system must work in synch to ensure any issues of over payment does not occur as been peddled in the media.

Speaking on the Morning Xpress on Radio XYZ 93.1MHZ, the Nadowli Kaleo MP, the longest serving Member of Parliament maintained that it will be difficult to prove claims of double salaries due to the payment of account system deployed by the government for MPs.

Mr Bagbin has been mentioned as a former government appointee who together with some members of the Minority in parliament drew double salaries from government.

The Daily Guide Newspaper that published a list of some current and former members of parliament who benefitted from the act indicated that it begun from 2012.

Among the 25 names published by the paper included the former majority leader, Alban Bagbin; former Ningo Prampram MP, ET Mensah; Minority Leader, Haruna Iddrisu; former Energy and Petroleum Minister,Emmanuel Armah-Kofi Buah, and former Sports Minister, Nii Lantey Vanderpuye.

Mr Bagbin who believes the matter has to do with some administration lapses on the part of the Controller and Accountant General’s Department that may have faulted while given MPs “payment in lieu”.

He however debunked reports that he is on the lis of the CID for drawing double salaries.

“Maybe some people are closer to the CID than some of us or maybe they are sniffing information from them…People may be adding my name because I was also one time member of parliament and a minister of state during the late Professor Mills regime.”

Mr Bagbin, an NDC flagbearer hopeful noted he also served as a member of the president’s priority task-force during the tenure of H.E John Dramani Mahama “and so if my colleagues are being called, the suspicion is that I will also be part of it.”

“… But I have not received any formal invitation to that effect. As I speak, the CID has not gotten in touch with me,” he reiterated.

Meanwhile, those invited by the CID say they will demand full details of what has informed the Police action as well as what they described as further and better particulars to inform the level of assistance they can offer.



Source: Ghana/myxyzonline.com/Morning Xpress

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