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NDC Volta Regional Caucus In Parliament React To New Changes In The Budget Regarding Sea Defense

One of the vex issues regarding the proposed 2022 budget has to do with assistance to be given to tidal wave victims and residents in the Volta Region. It can be recalled that months ago, the 3 constituencies of Keta, Anloga and Ketu South were hit with tidal waves that rendered over 4000 residents destitute. Various efforts were raised to support the victims.

Many expected that the 2022 budget will thus go in to address the sea defense project in the Volta Region. However, there was no allocation to that effect. This was received with mixed reactions with the Volta Regional Caucus of Parliament calling for changes to accommodate the completion of the Sea Defense which had started in 2015.

In the wake of the back and forth, Ken Ofori Atta, the Finance Minister today announced a GHs10 million for feasibility studies on what is to be done. He promised further support that will go to help complete the project. These comments have however not met the expectation of the Volta Regional Caucus for the area. In an interview with Evans Mensah on Top Story, Hon. Dzifa Gomashie, the MP of Ketu South noted that till the Minister of Finance presents the document of changes in Parliament, she will assume nothing has been done.

She applauded the Minister for at least trying to bring relief to victims of the tidal waves but she appealed for more efforts. She called on the Minister to make the changes, come before the House and present the way forward. She raised issues as to why 10 million will be spent on feasibility studies on a project that had already began.

The MP for Ketu South also bemoaned why up till now no temporary accommodation has been created for the victims. According to her, that should have been one of the first things needed to be done and was amused that no government official has spoken about it. She was firm in declaring that for now Ghana has no approved budget until the Minister comes back to the Chamber and presents the revisions he has indicated.

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Evans Mensah Ken Ofori Atta Ketu South Volta Volta Regional Caucus


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