- Spio-Garbrah has described the 2018 budget statement as ‘Ahokyere’ budget
- Mr. Spio-Garbrah dismissed the finance Minister’s claim as facade despite commending the Akufo-Addo government for its performance on the macroeconomic front
Former Minister of Trade and Industry, Ekow Spio-Garbrah has described President Akufo-Addo’s appointees as ‘small boys and girls’.
According the National Democratic Congress (NDC) stalwart the capabilities of the current government appointees is questionable.
He made the call on his Facebook page after the Finance Minister, Ken Ofori-Atta delivered the 2018 budget to the whole of Ghana.
Mr Spio-Garbrah said even though the current finance minister has access to more funds he struggles to balance his books as compared to his predecessors.
“So this Finance Minister, for the first time in more than Three decades, has far more access to and control of liquid public funds than any previous Minister, in addition to the largest single bond borrowing in Africa’s history, yet he is struggling to balance his books and has GHC 3 billion revenue short fall. NPP truly has boys and girls and not Men and women!”
Mr. Spio-Garbrah also described the budget as ‘Ahokyere’ budget, to wit, a budget of difficulty. In an interview with Class FM in Accra he said
“A lot of similar promises were made in the 2017 budget; 750,000 youth were promised jobs, you haven’t dealt with the past promises and you are promising 100,000 jobs."
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