- Alan John Kyeremanteng would be presenting the 2021 Budget statement
- The Minister-designate for Trade and Industry would be expected to present the 2021 Budget on Friday, March 12
- He would be standing in for the Finance Minister Designate, Ken Ofori Atta
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The Minister-designate for Trade and Industry, Alan John Kyeremanteng would be presenting the 2021 Budget statement
He would be expected to present the 2021 Budget to Parliament on Friday, March 12, 2021.
It follows the inability of Finance Minister Designate, Ken Ofori Atta to return to Ghana on time, from his medical leave.
Alan Kyeremanteng would be standing in for the Finance Minister Designate, Ken Ofori Atta just incase he does not return from his medical leave by then.
According to a report filed by JoyNews, even if Ofori-Atta had arrived in Ghana, it may be difficult for him to clear the appointment committee hurdles to present the budget statement.
In October 2020, Ofori Atta presented the 2021 Expenditure in Advance Appropriation.
Government expenditure for first quarter of 2021 was estimated at GHȻ27.34 billion, with total revenues and grants expected at GHȻ13.3 billion, whilst total expenditure and arrears clearance at GHȻ24.01 billion.
Meanwhile, YEN.com.gh earlier reported that Ofori Atta had been flown to the USA for urgent medical attention.
The Public Relations Office of the ministry revealed in a press statement that Ofori Atta was suffering complications from his Covid-19 recovery since December 2020.
“After recovery from Covid-19 last December, Mr. Ofori Atta has medical complications which doctors advise, require further interventions not currently available in Ghana,” excerpts of the statement added.
Ofori Atta was expected however to spend two weeks abroad and return for his appearance before the Appointments of Parliament for vetting for his portfolio.
In other news, the Justices of the Supreme Court in the just ended 2020 election petition trial on Thursday described the testimonies of former President John Dramani Mahama’s second and third witness as “fanciful”.
Chief Justice, Justice Anin Yeboah said this when he delivered the judgment of the seven-member panel who heard the petition that Dr. Michael Kpessa-Whye’s and Rojo Mettle-Nunoo’s testimonies were of “no relevance” to the issues the court set out for determination.
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