The Speaker of Parliament, Alban Bagbin, has revealed that a private developer purchased his house at Cantonments while he was still residing there.
He claimed that the Lands Commission had to make an effort to halt the property’s sale. This statement was made by him on November 20, 2023, during the Speaker’s Breakfast Forum at the Swiss Spirit Alisa Hotel in Accra.
Speaking to the event attendees, Alban Bagbin emphasized the difficulties facing the Parliament, especially with regard to property loss.
“Many of you don’t know that even the residence of the speaker was almost sold to the private sector,’’ he said during his submission, which was monitored by 1Family Radio.
“Actually, it was given out. It was when they went to register that the Lands Commission identified that that was the residence of the Speaker. Luckily, I was inside, so it was saved.’’
He additionally underlined the challenges the house faces in recovering properties and the continuous fight to obtain land for the erection of legislative buildings.
“Ladies and gentlemen, Ghana’s start of the democratic journey is known to all and needs no further mention. This largely affected the development of parliamentary democracy.’’
“Unlike the executive and judicial arms of government, we have had to be a number of times, and we lost almost all our properties.”
“So, we are now struggling to get even our lands to be able to put up some structures to accommodate parliament,” he added.