Parliament approves budget as minority abstains from voting

Parliament on Tuesday passed the 2018 budget statement presented to the house by finance minister Ken Ofori-Atta about 3 weeks ago.

The Minority however abstained from voting to approve the budget.

The NDC Members of Parliament (MPs) have always insisted the finance minister breached the public finance management act in the presentation of the mid year budget review.

In a final debate before the approval, minority leader Haruna Iddrisu took stitches out of the policies and programmes rolled in the budget.

He faulted the President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo for naming programmes after himself in the budget.

Haruna also questioned why the President moved the free SHS Programme from the education ministry to the Presidency.

This claim the education minister Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh disputed explaining it’s a normal practice.

Majority leader Osei Kyei Mensah Bonsu extolled the virtues of the 2018 budget arguing it holds the key to the progress of the nation.

He accused the Minority of engaging in pedestrian arguments.

Finance minister Ken Ofori-Atta who listened keenly took his time to respond to the claims by the minority.

He assured there are enough funds allocated to the free SHS contrary to claims of the minority. 

Speaking to parliamentary correspondent Ibrahim Alhassan after proceedings Minority chief whip Muntaka Mubarak justified the decision to abstain from voting to approve the budget.

By: Ghana/ Alhassan