November 14, 2023

The Member of Parliament for Ningo-Prampram has described the expected budget of 2024 to be presented by the Finance Minister Ken Ofori Atta on Wednesday, November 15, 2023 as International Monetary Fund austerity budget.

According to him the finance minister is only coming to read what the IMF has written for him as he has no control over the budget hence there is not substance in the budget.

“We should expect that they would tell government to cut down on expenditure; government would have to cut down on road, hospitals that we need; do not expect the government to cut down on their travel expenditure”.

He further pointed out that government will cut down what benefits the public; they would not cut down on what benefits the president and his appointees.

So we should not expect them to function properly, stating that in 2022 a whole Ministry of Information goods and services got less than a million cedis out of ten million that was approved by parliament for them; it’s a budget of austerity, he emphasised.

“This one it is not only nurses who are suffering, doctors are also suffering students, nursing trainees free SHS is suffering, everything that this government has promised is suffering, even the second lady’s hand bag is suffering”, he mocked.

Kwaku Sakyi-Danso/