Akufo-Addo increases Parliament's budget

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President Nana Addo Akufo-Addo has increased the budgetary allocation to the parliamentary service and parliament by over 180 million cedis.

This follows rejection of over 190 million cedis slash in the budget of the Legislature with accompanying threat from speaker Alban Kingsford Sumana Bagbin to block passage of the appropriation bill.

The speaker in a strongly worded reply to letters by the Executive Secretary to the president Nana Asante Bediatuo described the move as unconstitutional.

The Presidency has however pacified the Legislature in new correspondence to the speaker by President Akufo-Addo himself where the estimates for both legislature and judiciary have been increased.

The over 533 million cedis estimate presented by parliament has now been cut by just 10 million instead of the earlier 190 million slash. parliament now has been allocated over 532 million cedis.

The judiciary has also been a beneficiary of the crusade by the speaker with their over 77 million cut now reduced to a little over 33 million. Out of the over 470 million cedis requested, the Judiciary has now been allocated 437 million.

Alban Bagbin has consequently directed the special budget Committee and other Committees concerned to consider the estimates for approval.

By Komla Kluste|3news.com|Ghana

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