The minority side of parliament yesterday November 26th rejected the 2022 budget proposed to the house by Finance Minister Ken Ofori Atta as reported by MyNewsGhana.Net. After several debates on the 2022 budgets, the majority side walked out of parliament leaving just the minority side.
Speaker Alban Bagbin was left with no choice but proceed with the debate on the budget approval after forming a quorum as required by parliament’s standing orders. The minority side apparently carried the day and and concluded on a historic rejection of the 2022 budget.
Member of Parliament for North Tongu and staunch member of the minority side has hinted a few things that must be touched on in the 2022 budget for his side to consider its approval.
In a social media post MyNewsGhana.Net saw, the member of parliament wanted funds allocated for the plush lifestyle of the president removed whiles highlighting on the removal of irrelevant taxes and digital transaction levies that were mentioned in the budget. According the Okudzeto Ablakwa, the minority side is waiting to approve a budget that has gone through a broader scope of consultation. A budget that has the genuine needs of the citizenry at heart. He said.
Read his full post below:
There can be no greater honour than doing exactly what the people who sent you to Parliament expect of you. I am absolutely proud that we successfully killed the killer budget.
Government’s only nationalistic option is to eat humble pie, and present another budget which must be a product of broad consultation with the Ghanaian people.
That new 2022 Budget must certainly not contain the regressive and obnoxious E-levy and the Fees & Charges 15% hike and illegal automatic adjustment based on inflation. It must also expunge Agyapa and the dubious Aker narrative.
A new budget which makes provision for Phase 2 of the Blekusu Coastal Protection Project to cater for the over 4,000 victims of recent destructive tidal waves. How can any budget worth its name fail to address such a major disaster?
A fresh budget that signals that government intends to immediately cut down on its profligate expenditure patterns as typified by the neglect of a functioning presidential jet in favour of ultra-luxury US$14,000-per-hour charters, and rather investing in the productive sectors of the economy.
We shall continue to stand with the Ghanaian people—that is what parliamentary representation is about.
That killer budget isn’t coming back; we burying it for good.
We are grateful to all Ghanaians for the support and solidarity. 🙏🏽🇬🇭🙏🏽
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