The minority in parliament has described the Mid-Year Budget statement presented by the Finance Minister, Ken Ofori-Atta as a manifesto and not a review of the mid-year budget.
On Thursday, July 23, 2020, Ken Ofori Atta presented the budget review to parliament to give an overview of the macroeconomic development of government for the first six months of the year and that for the rest of the financial year together with how the Novel Coronavirus pandemic has affected the economy.
The Finance minister who gave details on the progress of developmental projects in the country also took time to give information on how the economy is coping with the disease and what the government is doing to help it’s citizens.
The finance minister further stressed on the projects government is embarking on before the close of the year.
After the budget statement read on the floor of parliament, former Deputy Finance Minister, Cassiel Ato Forson noted that the budget was a document filled with manifesto promises but not a true states of the economy.
“The mid-year budget review is not for manifestos. It is for him to review the existing budgets, not for him to come and read to us a new budget, what he has done actually means that he has introduced manifesto promises into the official document,” the Member of Parliament indicated
He further entreated Ghanaians to disregard the budget review presented by government because it’s empty and has elements that the government want to use for his campaign in the 2020 general election.
“I’m surprised and I’m actually urging the ordinary Ghanaian to be mindful that this mid-year budget review brings about nothing,”
In the budget review,the government promised to extend the provision of free electricity and water to the public for next three month.
Government also eased the cost of the Communication Service Tax (CST) from nine percent to five percent due to the coronavirus pandemic.
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