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Parliament 2021 budget estimates increase after Speaker rant

Parliament budget allocation which was slashed down by GHc190 million has been increased by the Executive.

Per a statement from the Presidency which was endorsed by the Secretary to the President, Nana Bediatuo Asante, it indicated that the Parliamentary budget has been increased from GHc343 million to GHc523 million.

This comes after the Speaker of Parliament, Rt. Hon. Alban Sumana Kingsford Bagbin warned he will block the approval of the 2021 budget and economic policy of the government if the Executive maintains its decision.

”I mean what I say, the weakest link to the democracy is Parliament and because of that, we are unable to control things like corruption, we are not able to hold people to account, we are not able to get the rule of law going,’ he further said.

He made the call after the presentation of the annual budget indicating the cutting down budget estimates for the judiciary and legislature.

Confusion over cutting of budget for judiciary, legislature

Majority Leader Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu has disclosed Secretary to the President, Nana Asante Bediatuo unilaterally wrote the letter cutting down budget estimates for the judiciary and legislature.

According to him, the Secretary to the President wrote the letter even though the matter had not been conclusively dealt with.

Mensah-Bonsu noted that talks were temporarily truncated when the President left the country for Ivory Coast some weeks ago.

However, based on account of what had been happening earlier, the Secretary wrote the letter.

“I think its a yesterday issue, but we have agreed that the proper thing should be done,”  Mensah-Bonsu added.

 

By: Bernard Ralph Adams | Originalfmonline.com | Ghana

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