June 9, 2023

Minority Leader Dr. Cassiel Ato Forson has commended moves to get a new standing order in place by Ghana’s Parliament noting that it’s long overdue since the current one had been used for thirty years in the fourth Republican parliamentary democratic practice.

According to him one very important Committee that would be introduced is the “ways and means Committee”, and the revision of the Standing Order should be worked on speedily.

Dr. Ato Baah in a media engagement with members of the Parliamentary Press Corps (PPC) noted that there is the need to have a budget Committee for parliament to have its own budget office to regulate government budget, “so that, we can see the macro and micro impact of the budget. What would be the budget impact on inflation, public debt, to roads; and there is the need for a technical person to do such a work”.

“We have a small budget and the kind of lifestyle the current government is living over the period does not correspond to the budget that we have as a country; and so there is the need to do it; the new standing orders will create a budget committee apart from the finance committee”, he added.

Additionally, he noted that the committee would be tasked to look at the impact of the government economic policy and development. The Central Bank, he stated has a responsibility to assist in the development of the country through the banking system, but over the years “we do not have a dedicated committee to seat and ensure that they are implementing those functions; there is the need to have economic and development committee”.

He commended his colleague the Majority Leader for this move since he has known him he has been pushing for this new committee for Economic Development.

Kwaku Sakyi-Danso/Ghanamps.com