Barring any last-minute change, the Minister of Finance, Ken Ofori-Atta is expected to present the government’s budget statement for the fiscal year 2023 on the floor of Parliament on Thursday, November 24, 2022.
The Majority Chief Whip Frank Annoh-Dompreh said on Monday while presenting the Business Statement of Parliament for the week.
“The committee has programmed for the presentation of the 2023 Budget on Thursday, November 24, 2022, and duly, the committee asks members to take note and modify their calendars accordingly,” the Majority Chief Whip said.
“We’ve also scheduled the debates so that we can make the most of our time.”
The budget presentation has been postponed due to the government’s USD3 billion support negotiation with the International Monetary Fund (IMF).
Some ninety-eight New Patriotic Party (NPP) Members of Parliament have resolved to boycott the budget presentation and all Finance Ministry-related business should the President refuse to sack Finance Minister, Ken Ofori-Atta immediately.
According to the Member of Parliament for Asante Akyem North, Andy Appiah-Kubi, who doubles as spokesperson for the group, Ofori-Atta’s position in government has become untenable, hence the fresh demand for his resignation.
“We’ve gone back to (our demand for the President to) sack him now and therefore should the budget be presented under the stamp of the Finance Minister, we’ll not participate because as far as we’re concerned we’re never going to do business with him.
“And if we’re not going to do business with him, he does not participate in any process from the Presidency to the House. We will not participate in deliberations too,” he said.
By: Bernard Ralph Adams |Metrotvonline.com | Ghana