Parliament, with consensus, has approved the budget estimates of five agencies bringing to eight the number of institutions, which have had their budgetary allocations for the year ending December 31, 2017, approved.
The agencies are the Ministry of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation (MESTI), GH¢349,152,142, Employment and Labour Relations Ministry, GH¢60,708,078, and the Foreign Affairs Ministry, GH¢398,676,632.
The rest are the National Development Planning Commission (NDPC), GH¢10,330,099, and the Office of the Head of Civil Service, GH¢ 12,145,580.
The funds are expected to be used for planned programmes, policies and projects of the five institutions for the 2017 fiscal year.
Moving separate motions in Parliament yesterday for the approval of the monetary allocations captured in the budget, sector ministers for Foreign Affairs, MESTI, Employment and Labour Relations and the Monitoring and Evaluation Minister, urged the House to approve their budgets.
The motions were seconded by Chairpersons of the committees on Foreign Affairs, Mr Patrick Yaw Boamah, MESTI, and Finance, Dr Mark Assibey-Yeboah, with support from their counterpart ranking members in the Minority.
Ms Shirley Ayorkor Botchway, Foreign Affairs Minister, said her outfit intended to strengthen Ghana’s bilateral relationship and economic interest abroad, facilitate the participation of Ghanaian companies in trade fairs abroad and vice versa, and to market Ghana abroad as a preferred tourist destination.
She said the ministry would spent GH¢266.7 million on employee compensation, GH¢32.9 million on goods and services, and GH¢5 million on capital expenditure.
Professor Frimpong-Boateng, Minister of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation said science and technology was important to national development hence the need to approve the allocation for the ministry for effective administration.
He said MESTI’s programme include research and development, environmental protection and management, spatial planning and human settlement and national bio-safety programme.
Monitoring and Evaluation Minister, Dr. Anthony Akoto Osei, moving the motion for the approval of the budget for the NDPC, said the importance of the Commission in the development of the country could not be overlooked.
Dr Mark Assibey-Yeboah, seconding the motion, said the NDPC had planned to complete work on the Long Term National Development Policy Framework this year, and urged the Finance Ministry to make timely release of the budgeted funds to the Commission to enable it carry out its mandate effectively and efficiently.
By Julius Yao Petetsi