Former Deputy Finance Minister under the National Democratic Congress (NDC) government Cassiel Ato Forson says the New Patriotic Party (NPP) government has now reviewed its much touted 2017 budget from ‘Asempa budget’ to ‘Asembon budget’.
The Ranking Member of the Finance Committee in Parliament said the mid-year budget review presented by Finance Minister to Parliament Monday will bring untold hardships to the people of Ghana as most of the reviews were downwards.
The National Democratic Congress MP for Ajumako-Enyan-Esiam in the Central Region told Onua FM’s Ghana Dadwene moment after the presentation on Monday in Fanti that “the budget has been reviewed from Asempa Budget to Asembon budget”.
The MP said “the hardship will be too much because statutory payment has been increased. Payment of contractors will not be made. Workers will not be paid”.
Weighing into the format mid-year budget was presented to Parliamentarians, the former Deputy Finance Minister said “they wanted to gag the minority; they did not want us to talk. It was not through motion but it came though statement and with that there is nothing we can do”.
“They made it statement and not debate. We did not go through the budget review and that is bad for our democracy”, the MP added.
Meanwhile, the Finance Minister, Ken Ofori-Attah while presenting the mid-year budget said among other things that the government is creating over 500, 000 jobs for the youth who are being stopped from the illegal mining business.
Story by Kweku Antwi-Otoo|Onua 95.1FM|3news.com|Ghana