The Minority in Parliament has questioned certain elements contained in the 2019 budget with regards to some allowances allocated to the Ministry of Water and Sanitation.
Accra-based Class FM reports that GHS18,000 has been allocated for the Ministry of Water and Sanitation’s entertainment allowance as well as another GHS18,000 allocated for clothing allowance purposes of the same ministry.
This, the Minority believes, makes no sense and is unjustifiable.
The Minority also raised issues with an additional allocation of GHS36,000 for watchmen in the Ministry.
Ranking Member of the Works and Housing Ministry, Mr Sampson Ahi, said the aforementioned budget allocations are not necessary.
According to him, the Sanitation Ministry is misspending the meager funds made available for its activities, when there are more serious issues to tackle.
“Whereas we are calling for support and investments into the water sector, I want to urge the ministry to actually look at the way they are spending the meagre resources allocated to them. For instance, if you look at the budget, they have stated that they are going to recruit; that is, enlistment into security, and there they are spending GHS81,000. I don’t know the sort of security enlistment they are going to do,“ he said.
“Entertainment allowance is GHS18,000, [there is] domestic servant allowance, motor vehicle is GHS716,000, computers and accessories is GHS100,000… So, I think the ministry must look at the way they manage the meagre allowance.“
Mr. Ahi made these comments during a debate of the Sanitation ministry’s budgetary allocation for the 2019 financial year, which has been pegged at GHS246 million.
In a separate Interview, he urged the Sanitation Minister to focus on the core mandate of the ministry.
He added: “Investment into the water sector under Nana Akufo-Addo has reduced drastically. In 2016, the urban water coverage was 76 per cent and rural water coverage was 75 per cent. In this year’s budget, they have told us that investment into the water sector has reduced from the 76 per cent for urban to 71.1 per cent and the rural, from 75 per cent to 69 per cent, which means we are denying a lot of Ghanaians from accessing potable water, so, my point is that whatever resources you are given, you use it judiciously. But what do we see?
“We are giving money to the minister as entertainment allowance, watchman allowance and extra watchman allowance… You have clothing allowance. When I was there, I never saw clothing allowance. Entertainment to do what? What form of entertainment…?“
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