December 5, 2022

The Minority in parliament is demanding government carries out major expenditure cuts to achieve fiscal consolidation.

The Minority in addressing the press on the 2023 Budget and Debt Treatment Plan as put forward by the government said the size of Government must be reduced drastically. “We demand responsible spending”.

The Minority Leader, Haruna Iddrisu who spoke on behalf of the Minority affirms his sides resolve not to accept the outrageous GHC1.4billion allocation as contingency vote contained at page 209 of the 2023 Budget statement. “We note that, this allocation is an additional GHC400million compared with last year’s allocation of GHC993million. This cannot be happening in a period of austerity”, he stated.

Furthermore, the Minority asserts their opposition to an allocation of GHS10 million for what has been strangely described as Defense Advisory Services. “We also strongly denounce plans to increase the staff strength at the Office of Government Machinery by a staggering 1,570 at Page 230 of the 2023 Budget. This will increase total staff strength at the OGM to 3,681. This is unconscionable at a time Government has announced a total freeze in public sector jobs”.

“If ever there was proof that this government has lost its way and shown itself unworthy of the trust of the people of Ghana, this would be it”.

The Minority Caucus warned that without any clear, and significant improvement in the attitude of the Majority side and sector Ministers do not turn up to lead the Budget process on their sectors, they will withdraw from the Budget process.