The debate over the budget has taken another turn after the Speaker of Parliament sent a bold statement warning the Road Minister to consider reversing his decision to cease the collection of road tolls. The speaker explained categorically that, the Minister has breached parliamentary processes by stopping tolls while the budget is yet to be discussed by the House.
Former Chairman of the People's National Congress (PNC), Bernard Mornah has also waded into reactions concerning the 2022 fiscal budget that was presented by Finance Minister, Ken Ofori-Atta few days ago. He has punched holes in the budget and described it as an empty and hopeless budget.
According to Bernard Mornah, he expected that the budget would reflect its name as Agyenkwa budget, but came with surprises that are contrary to the expectations of Ghanaians. He believes that careful planning was not done during the drafting hence the failure to capture the hardships Ghanaians are going through under the government.
Speaking in an interview on Good Morning Africa show on Pan African TV, Bernard Mornah strongly opposed the declaration made by Honourable A.B.A Fuseini of Sagnarigu constituency to reject the budget. The lawmaker indicated that, the Minority Caucus has taken an unanimous decision to disprove the budget once it is presented for deliberations.
However, it seems his comment did not go down well with Bernard Mornah who boldy told the MP that the Minority cannot reject the budget. According to Bernard Mornah, the Minority MPs have a track record of approving any legislation or policy that appears before Parliament. He doubted the tendency of the Haruna-led Minority to reject the budget.
He said, "Clearly, this is a budget that needs to be rejected. But I'm not convinced that this is not the kind of Parliament that can reject a budget. I want them to stop bragging on TV. We have all seen what they have done in the past. The Minority decided to approve Ministers who were not qualified. They decided to approve policies that have little consequences in terms of improving the lives of Ghanaians and they come out laughing."
Indeed, it would be an interesting day in Parliament when the budget proposals are presented for discussions and approval. It promises to be an intense debate especially when NDC's Sam George and Okudzeto Ablakwa have vowed to vote against the budget.
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