Parliament Approves GH¢1bn For 4 Institutions

ParliamentaryParliament has approved a total of GH¢1.03 billion for allocation to four state institutions to enable them to carry out their programmes and activities for next year.

The House approved an amount of GH¢3.4 million for the Public Service Commission, GH¢280 million for the Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources, GH530 million for the Ghana Revenue Authority, and GH¢224 million for the Ministry of Finance.

The estimates for the institutions were referred to the Parliamentary committees responsible for the approval of the estimates for scrutiny, after the presentation of the financial policy of the government by the Finance Minister, Seth Terkper, in Parliament last month.

The committees invited the sector ministers and heads of the beneficiary institutions to appear before them and justify why the amounts should be allocated to them.

The committees, yesterday, presented their reports to the plenary and urged the members to approve the amounts for the institutions.

Prior to the approval of the estimates, the members debated on the amounts and made some suggestions to the institutions before approving the estimates.

Presenting the report of the Special Budget Committee on the estimates for the Public Service Commission, (PSC) the Chairman of the Committee, Dr. Benjamin Kunbuor, said the committee, in its deliberations, noted that the amount allocated for the commission was inadequate.

He recommended that the total budgetary allocation to the commission especially, ceiling for goods and services and assets should be critically reviewed by the Ministry of Finance to adequately cater for the needs of the PSC should there be a supplementary budget.

“The committee also urges the Ministry of Finance to put measures in place to regularise the percentage of Internally Generated Fund to be retained by the PSC in order to give the commission access to additional funds to augment its financial resources,” he said.

On the estimates for the Ministry of Finance, the Chairman of the Finance Committee, James Klutse Avedzi, urged the ministry to as a matter of priority, take the necessary policy measures to increase domestic revenue generation to meet the increasing government expenditure.

In another development, the Speaker of Parliament, Edward Doe Adjaho, visited the residence of the South African High Commissioner, Jannette Ndhlovu, to sign a book of condolence in memory of the departed former South African President, Nelson Mandela.

He was accompanied by the Minority Leader, Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu and former Majority Leader and MP for Zebilla, Cletus Apul Avoka.

After signing the book of condolence, the Speaker and his team consoled the family of the late South African leader and the entire South African people for their loss. By Yaw Kyei

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