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Disability comment: I have learnt my lessons – Bagbin

Second Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Alban Bagbin, has said he has drawn relevant lessons from the alleged disparaging remarks he made about people with disability recently.

“Let me take this opportunity to say that upon sober reflection and the feedback received so far, I have drawn relevant lessons from what I said and I taken full responsibility,” Mr Bagbin said at a press conference in Accra on Tuesday.

The MP for Nandowli-Kaleo  is reported to have attributed the poor performance of the previous National Democratic Congress government in the last elections to the appointment of two disabled persons – a stammerer Dr Omane Boamah and Dr Seidu Danaa, a blind person.

According to him, traditional rulers were highly upset about the appointment of Dr Daana as the Chieftaincy Minister had made several attempts to get him out of office.

He said having a stammerer as the communications minister made it extremely difficult for the ruling party to disseminate government’s information.

But Mr Bagbin said his comment to the Volta Regional delegates on that fateful day was not to suggest persons with disability were not competent to hold public office.

He pointed out that as a legislator for more than two decades he championed several bills in support of PWDs.

“I have been a Minority Leader for two terms and Majority Leader for two terms and I have made statements on the floor of the House and championed bills that have supported PWDs in the country.

“In fact, I have personally funded projects and offered scholarships to persons with disability, so my comments must not be misconstrued to say I criticized PWDs,” he added.

That notwithstanding, he revealed that he has resolved to make personal contact with the individuals he cited in his statement to apologize to them.

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