Senior lecture at University of Legon, professor Ransford Yaw Gyampo has reacted to 2022 budget rejected by minority in parliament with powerful message. He has penned down an important message to Ghanaians about the budget rejected and stated nothing has been lost.
He first of all stated that when Ghanaians warned NPP social media political land-guards on 2022 budget, they spewed invectives on them and forget that emotions are emotions. He said they are simply incoherent with logic and critical thinking and every pill that heals is bitter. "Parliament cannot be rubber stamp in perpetuity" he said.
Professor Ransford Gyampo stated again that the last minute attempt to halt voting for further consultation, was a demonstration of “incompetent politique”. According to him, the sector Minister should have been in parliament the very moment the debates commenced for the purposes of listening and making overtures but it appears that, he mistook the current parliament in terms of its composition, to be one of the usual ones Ghana have known since 1992.
He noted again that given the shoddy work the minority did in the vetting and approval of ministers and the backlash from their party and constituents, there was no way they weren’t going to pacify their party and members by standing their grounds on this particular issue.
He said let this be a lesson to the majority group and in particular, the Executive arm of government in deepening consultations ahead of time before any major policy issue or proposal goes to parliament for deliberations.
"Now that we know what a hung parliament can do, let the Finance Minister lead the dialogue session with the minority. Without the Finance Minister’s preparedness to dialogue about his figures, the majority group cannot do much. No one is against taxation and levies that provide resources for governance. But such levies must not overly burden the poor and loyal tax payers. So, let there be sincere talk about this with a view to reducing the levy to anything below one percent. Before a colleague in our Economics Department, Prof Baah Boateng recommended 0.5percent as e-levy, many Ghanaians had already expressed the view favoring a reduction in the levy. So now, let the powers that be listen" Ransford Gyampo reacted.
He finally told Ghanaians that what has happened is good for democracy and nothing is lost for real politique must commence now. "Afterwards, some very minor revisions and tweaking of the budget in relation to comments and suggestions from inside and outside parliament, should get the statement passed quickly for governance to go on" he advised.
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