The 2022 Budget Statement read by the Finance Minister, Hon. Ken Ofori Atta today, Wednesday, November 17, 2021, on the floor of parliament lacks substance.
According to the Minority in parliament, the budget will be registered in the Guinness book of records as ‘hopeless budget’ ever.
Finance Minister, Hon. Ken Ofori Atta today presented to parliament, the 2022 budget statement. The budget was supposed to be read at 10am but due to delayance on the part of the Finance Minister, the reading begun around 12:30pm.
In the budget statement, road tolls on public roads and on bridges have all been abolished by the government. The government has said it will outdoor new measures to generate funds to develop the roads.
The statement said, the directive takes effect immediately after the approval of the budget.
But seconding to the motion on behalf of the minority in parliament, the Minority Leader, Hon. Haruna Idrisu described the budget as ‘nothing I get’ meaning the budget gives no hope to the good people of Ghana.
He later seconded the motion.
However, the Majority on the other side believe the budget is a budget of relief to the people.
Majority Leader of the house, Hon. Osei Kyei Mensah Bonsu speaking on behalf of his people also seconded the motion.
Finally, the Second Deputy Speaker of Parliament who doubles as the Member of Parliament for Bekwai, Hon. Joseph Osei Owusu adjourned the proceedings to tomorrow to start the debate on the budget.