Prof Kwaku Azar has reacted to the 2022 budget approved by majority in parliament and stated that the uncertainty surrounding the budget is not good for Ghanaians. He has detailed how the 1981 budget was rejected by parliament when Dr Hilla Limann was president and compare it to the recent one.
Prof Kwaku Azar stated that the 1981 budget was rejected by a vote of 54-51. He said in fact, just before the voting, the chamber doors were closed, as required by the rules, preventing 3 PNP members from entering the chamber. The PNP did not accuse Speaker Griffiths-Randolph, father of Auntie Becky, of bias for locking the chamber hall. The 3 PNP members did not cause any commotion when the door was locked.
He stated that the PNP majority did not call for a division after the vote, even though they could and they did not return the next day to try to reverse the decision, even though they had a majority of 71-69 MPs as NPP MPs did.
He said the government led by President Limann rather accepted the outcome, immediately scheduled a series of meetings with MPs from all sides, other stakeholders and formed a joint committee to collate views to put together a revised budget.
Prof Kwaku Azar further stated that the budget was rejected on June 30, 1981 and by 6th August 1981, a new budget was presented and approved.
"The new budget included all the essential aspects of the old except it eliminated the unpopular hospital fee and tax on imported vehicles. The matter was resolved. The budget was approved. Parliament emerged as an independent branch of government that could reject the executive’s budget. The President burnished his liberal credentials.
This is in sharp contrast to what is happening today where MPs are activating the nuclear option, at will, and paving the way for gridlock and mutually assured destruction (MAD). There has to be a better way" Prof Kwaku Azar said.
To him, the numbers in the 8th Parliament do not support a majoritarian rule and It will simply not work and advised that we must seek consensus building.
"The uncertainty surrounding the budget is not good for Ghanafuo and must be resolved by the statesmen" Prof Kwaku Azar advised as he thought that the majority is creating a problem for government as they are moving forward.
Prof Kwaku Azar made this statement known on his social media wall today.
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