Kweku Ricketts-Hagan, a former Deputy Minister of Finance, has urged both sides of Parliament to reach a consensus to approve the 2022 budget when the House reconvenes today.
He cautioned that a delay in the approval of the budget may not augur well for the country and thus asked the Majority and Minority of the House to engage each other to get the budget approved.
The 2022 budget was rejected by Parliament on November 26, 2021, after the Majority side staged a walkout and the Majority Caucus later asked Ghanaians to disregard the supposed rejection of the budget as it was unconstitutional.
According to Mr Ricketts-Hagan, when the House resumes today, instead of being at each other’s throat or taking on the Speaker, they should rather look at how to address the issue.
“I pray and hope when we get into the House, instead of coming to be at each other’s throat, or taking on the Speaker, we should rather look at how to address the issue, for me, it is a second opportunity for us to sit properly and see how we can get the budget passed, else people will not get their salaries and we will not be able to spend on all the areas we will add value to the economy,” he intimated.
A statement from the Majority said for the record, the acts of the Minority and the decision of the Speaker of Parliament Alban Bagbin to endorse it, constituted an unconstitutionality and an illegality and should be disregarded, as same is void and of no effect whatsoever.
It assured the citizenry of their resolute willingness to ensure that the 1992 Constitution was respected to the letter by the Speaker and the Minority. –citinewsroom.com