- Parliament has disapproved a GHc6 million budget intended for the office of the Senior Minister
- Information available indicates that the ministry was not captured in the Executive Instrument that details recipients of budgetary allocations
- The ministry is therefore to fall on the office of government machinery for its expenses in the year 2018.
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The parliament of Ghana has withdrawn a GHc6 million budget allocation intended for the office of the Senior Minister, Yaw Osafo Maafo.
A former deputy finance minister, Cassiel Ato Forson first raised the concern about the money, stating that the ministry wasn’t listed as a beneficiary for the allocation of government budgets.
He explained that the Executive Instrument which outlined the various allocations for each ministry did not capture the office of the Senior Minister.
In that respect the minister’s office is expected to depend on the office of government machinery for its expenses in the year 2018.
In the 2018 budget read in March 2017 by the minister of Finance, Ken Ofori Atta, GHc6 million was allotted to the office of the Senior Minister.
The Senior Minister is alleged to have described the budget as classy. According to him, “A budget that can bring a deficit of 10.2 to 6.5, a growth of 3.6 to 6.3; that’s growing and reducing deficit all simultaneously and eliminating taxes.
I have never seen a combination like that. This is a budget of its own class, in a budget you solve one problem, this one is solving three,” he said.
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