Parliament approves 2020 Budget

 Parliament has approved the Financial Policy of the Government for the year ending December 31, 2020 after the conclusion of debate on the budget by the Minority Leader Haruna Idrissu and the Majority Leader Osei Kyei-Mensah- Bonsu respectively on Tuesday.

The Minority Leader Haruna Iddrisu said even though there has been some improvement in macro-economic statistics under the government of President Akufo-Addo, claims by the government about the achievement of economic miracle over the past three years was totally not true.

He said miracles are not seen by just one person like the Finance Minister, Ken Ofori-Atta but all people around where the miracle was performed.

He said Ghanaians cannot see the economic miracle being boasted of by government. 

Mr Haruna Idrissu made these comments when he concluded the debate on behalf of the Minority caucus on the 2020 budget in Parliament today.

 He said under the NPP government the cedi had depreciated badly, businesses were collapsing; the One million dollars per constituency and One District, One Factory, among other promises, have become unfulfilled promises.

Concluding the debate on behalf of the Majority side, the Majority Leader said the NDC could not in any way compare its achievements over the first three years of former President John Mahama to that of President Akufo-Addo.

He said the NPP had completely out-matched the NDC in various areas of economic achievements such as the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth, stabilisation of the energy and banking sectors, agriculture and education among other areas. 

He therefore concluded that the electorates will surely choose David (that is the NPP) rather than Saul (that is the NDC) in the 2020 election.

The Minister of Finance, Ken Ofori Atta thanked members for their contribution to the debate on the budget.

He however expressed surprise about the way the Minority Members have been down-playing the remarkable economic achievements of the government of President Akufo-Addo over the past three years.

BY LAWRENCE MARKWEI

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