Ken Offori-Atta, the finance minister has said that the Minority's heckling with '419' placards during his 2017 budget reading rather boosted his confidence.
In a report by Starr FM, according to Offori-Atta, the numbers on the placards reminded him of a bible verse, Philippians 4:19 which states, "And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus”.
He was speaking to a group of MPs at a post-budget reading gathering, when he expressed his optimism that government will acquire the funds necessary to implement the policies and projects outlined in the budget.
"I thank you honorable members for the somewhat fire baptism you gave me in the house during the budget reading. I remember when the minority raised the placards and I saw ‘419 budget’, it reminded me of the Bible; Philippians 4:19 and and that gave me strength. And I was like these people don’t know what they are doing." he said.
On Thursday, March 2, during the 2017 budget reading, the minority MPs disregarded the ban on placards in parliament, and waved their own which read '419 budget' at the finance minister.
Meanwhile, the minority led by Haruna Iddrisu have described the government's financial statement as deceptive and lacked clarity.
"I’m sure the Ghanaian people are expecting some further announcement outside the budget and outside of the SONA [State of the Nation Address] as to the intentions of government to lower the electricity tariffs for them. This can only mean a betrayal of the significant trust that the Ghanaian people invested in them," Mr Iddrisu said.