The Speaker of Parliament, Rt. Hon. Alban Sumana Kingsford Bagbin, has started the First Sitting of the Meeting of the Second Session of the Eighth Parliament of the Fourth Republic in a grand style by ditching his usual ceremonial wear for a more indigenous outfit from the Volta Region.

Rt. Hon. Bagbin took the nation, especially the media and Parliamentary watchers by surprise as he appeared in the chamber all dressed like a chief.

The re-introduction of the much talked about Electronic Transactions Levy when Parliament resumed sitting yesterday was anticipated to be the talking point in most Political discussions nationwide but it turned out, the Rt. Hon. Speaker’s outfit rather got everybody talking.

Before Parliament adjourned for the Christmas Holidays, Speaker Bagbin announced that he would only be using the Speaker’s cloak during special ceremonial occasions this year.

According to him, this decision is part of his commitment to change the dress code and code of conduct of MPs.

True to his words, at the commencement of proceedings on Tuesday, January 25, Speaker Bagbin entered the chamber, clad in kente cloth over a white lace shirt and a black and gold crown and gold necklace.

In his official welcome to the House, the Speaker urged the Members to take a cue from his outfit and dress in traditional wear just like the first President of the nation, Dr. Kwame Nkrumah.

“From now on I want to see our members appear in parliament decently adorned in traditional dress,” he stated.



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