Finance Minister, Ken Ofori-Atta has presented the 2018 budget and financial policy statement of government that is later approved by the Parliament in the House in November 2017.
The minority expressed opposition to the budget statement since it was laid in Parliament, abstained from the vote.
The various committees in Parliament will now be tasked with assessing the estimates and allocations made to the various sectors in the budget.
Osei-Kyei Mensah-Bonsu, Majority Leader praised his colleagues from both sides of the House for subjecting the statement to intense scrutiny before it was passed.
He said, I want to show appreciation to my colleagues in the House, Majority and Minority for the scrutiny that they applied to the budget before us. We are going to deal with the estimates and I want to implore all my colleagues to be in attendance at all the committee meetings in order for us to be able to deal with the estimates that have been given to the various committees.
Earlier the minority had called for the budget statement to be withdrawn, minority argued that the gov’t had reviewed some key economic targets without recourse to the House.
Cassiel Ato Forson, a former deputy Finance Minister, had said that “the minister responsible for finance cannot revise the expenditures and revenue without parliamentary resolution.”
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