For the first time in the history of the Fourth Republic, a budget presented by the government has been rejected by Parliament. However, this is not the first time in the history of Ghana that this has happened. The first time a budget was rejected in the history of the country was in 1979, during which Dr. Hilla Limann was the President of the country. The one who initiated the motion for the budget to be rejected in 1979 was Jones Amoako Ofori-Atta, the father of the current Finance Minister, Ken Ofori-Atta. The former was a Ranking Member of the Finance Committee.
Mr. Jonas Amoako Attah Ofori-Atta filed the motion for the budget which was presented by the then Finance Minister, Dr. Amon Nikoi rejected it. The motion was seconded by Dr. J.N Adama, the Parliamentary Spokesperson on Finance for the governing People's National Party (PNP). Consequently, the budget was rejected and it led to the resignation of Dr. Amon Nikoi as the Finance Minister.
Mr. Jonas Amoako Attah Ofori-Atta is a key member of the New Patriotic Party. In 1996, he contested former president John Agykum Kuffour for the flag bearer position but lost. During the tenure of John Agykum Kuffour, Ofori Atta's father served as the Chairman of the Volta River Authority. Dr. Ofori Atta died in the United Kingdom in 2020.
Meanwhile, Mr. Kwesi Pratt Junior, the chief editor of the Insight Newspaper stated that there is a difference between the budget rejection in 1979 and that of 2022. Speaking on the Alhaji and Alhaji Show, on Pan Africa TV, today November 27, Mr. Kwesi Pratt Junior explained that, unlike what transpired in Parliament yesterday when the majority walked out of the house, in 1979, the Members of Parliament for the governing People's National Party did everything possible to convince the minority to approve the budget but to no avail.
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