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Apologise Or You Will Come And Meet Us In Parliament - Sam George Boldly Tells Road Minister

There is a growing brouhaha surrounding the post budget discussion and analysis. The debate continues to get intense day in and day out as many calls have been made on the policy measures presented by Ken Ofori-Atta. Many Ghanaians have also decried the introduction of the electronic transactions and bank transfers levy capped at 1.75% for transfers beyond 100 cedis.

Yesterday, the Speaker of Parliament, Rt. Hon Alban Sumana Bagbin issued a statement to direct the Road and Highway Minister, Honourable Amoako Atta to reverse his decision to suspend all road tolls. According to the Speaker, the Minister has no right to issue the directive until the budget is duly approved by House of Parliament. He was quick to add that, failure of the Minister to reverse his decision amount to contempt of Parliament.

Earlier today, November 19, 2021, Member of Parliament for Ningo Prampram constituency who doubles as a Ranking Member on Communications in Parliament, Honourable Sam Nartey George clashed with NPP's Deputy Minister of Communications on TV3 NewDay show hosted by Berla Mundi. It was a heated discussion after the NPP panelist sought to defend the Road Minister over his directive to stop the collection of tolls.

According to Sam George, the Minister has breached parliamentary processes by acting in his own discretion to issue such a directive when the budget has not yet been approved. Sam George believes that, it is an act of disrespect towards Parliament and called on the Minister to render an apology to the Speaker and the lawmakers.

Speaking further, Sam George boldy registered his disappointment over the policy measures contained in the budget. He indicated that, the budget appears to burden Ghanaians with difficulties and hardships. Sam George boldly declared his doubt over the passing of the budget, revealing that the Minority Caucus in Parliament has no intention to approve the budget.

He said, "...There is no guarantee that this budget is going to be passed. Those who said the Minister has acted correctly are speaking out of ignorance. I respect him a lot but this time he is wrong. The earlier he reverses his decision, the better. He can also act swiftly and engage the leadership of the House to issue an apology. He should apologise or he will come and meet us in Parliament."

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