Restore our “full” budgetary allocation; else I won’t sign any of your document – Speaker cautions Presidency

Ghana’s Speaker of Parliament, Right Honorable Alban Bagbin has cautioned the presidency to as a matter of urgency restore the full budgetary allocation to the house in other to forestall a form of retaliation from the leadership of the house.

In the ongoing debate on the 2021 budget read by the caretaker Finance Minister Osei Kyei Mensah Bonsu, the house noted that the executive arm of government has slashed down budgetary allocation to the other two arms.

President Akufo-Addo through his Executive Secretary Nana Asante Bediatuo announced to the speaker a ¢77 million slash in the estimate presented by the Judiciary and Judicial Service and over ¢119 million from the estimate of the Legislature.

This did not sit well with leaders and legislators of the 8th parliament.

Speaker Alban Bagbin remarked that his outfit will sign documents of the approved 2021 budget to the Presidency.

“At the end of the day, come and inform us of the negotiated figure, not the ceiling that has been given by the President. That is not the intention of the 1992 Constitution. If you do otherwise, I as your Speaker will not append any letter for submission to the President for his actions…I mean what I am saying, the weakest link in our democracy Parliament and because of that we are not able to correct things like corruption, hold the nation to account and get the rule of law going,” he said.

Further speaking, he stated that his outfit will not see eye to eye with the Akufo-led government on these actions.

“The Budget is not for the Executive, we have the final power to approve and so what the Constitution has done is for them to make a recommendation and to negotiate during the deliberation before the House. It is not for the Executive to impose views on the Judiciary and Parliament, we have to do the right thing and so during the consideration of the estimates particularly the Committees concerned take that on board,” he added.

 

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