The Minority has called on government to withdraw the 2018 budget statement presented to the House by the Finance Minister Ken Ofori-Atta.
According to the Minority, government revised the 2017 budget without Parliamentary approval hence the need for the withdrawal of the 2018 document which contains portions of the previous one.
Spokesperson on Finance and MP for Ajumako, Ajumako Enyan Essiam, Cassiel Ato Forson said the Finance Minister’s actions constitutes an act of illegality and therefore called on members to reject and withdraw the said budget
He made this statement in his preliminary remarks, Tuesday, during the maiden debate on the 2018 budget in the House.
“Mr. Speaker the said graduates will not take home more than GH¢400, this is dangerous. Mr. Speaker that GH¢600,000 they intend to fund the programme with is not coming from the government of Ghana. It is going to be taken from the district assembly common fund. You’re going to constrain the district assemblies just for the purpose of funding it. This, in my opinion, is an extension of the national service scheme,” he said.
The Minority ahead of the budget debate has described the content of the economic statement as empty.