- The Vice President of IMANI Ghana has stated that government may be doing more damage in defending SDI Ministry's controversial budget
- He says some of government excuses actually make the situation worse
- He says government may need to go back and take a second look at the controversial budget
Mr. Kofi Bentil, Vice President of IMANI Ghana think tank, has expressed that government's continuous defense of the Special Development Initiative Ministry's controversial budget may be doing more harm than good at this point.
According to Mr. Bentil, government's defense of the Special Development Ministry's controversial GHC1 billion budget may potentially be casting a shadow over government's integrity. He stated that the some of the excuse coming regarding the controversial budget actually seem to lead to worse conclusions.
"I think they’re in a hole; they must stop digging and they must just come out clean to say look they are going to go back and do this thing again, come back with something that is digestible, this one is not,” said Mr. Bentil.
Following staunch public outcry over the new ministry's budget - a budget that's already been approved by parliament - government officials have made several comments in an attempt to downplay concerns and criticism of the Special Development Initiative Ministry's budget.
The most recent comment from government has been a statement released on Wednesday, December 27th, statement that of the GHC1 billion budget allocation, only GHC1.5 million will actually be available to the ministry itself.
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Nevertheless, speaking to Nana Aba Anamoah on Morning Starr on Starr 103.5 FM, Mr. Kofi Bentil stated that government needs to bear in mind the amount of "damage control" it will need to do if it continues with the budget as it is, and that government should rather come clean.
"For me honestly, the budget itself is not at the peak of problem as the process that led to that budget. Are they saying the whole system could not catch such glaring, terrible errors including arithmetic error?" He questioned.
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