The Majority leader in Ghana’s Fourth Republican Parliament has revealed at a Press Conference held on Thursday, December 23, 2021, that the Right Hon. Alban Kingsford Sumana Bagbin’s absence from Parliament on Monday was owing to the fact that he demanded that an amount GHS 1.72 billion Ghana be allocated to Parliament before the budget could be approved.
Not only was Speaker Alban Bagbin’s absence from parliament on Monday night to consider the e-levy bill, payback time for the ‘sins’ of Finance Minister Ken Ofori-Atta’s father, Mr Akwasi Andrews Jones Amoako Atta Ofori Atta, who led parliament, several decades ago, to reject one of the budgets of President Dr Hilla Limann, but also a manifestation of an earlier threat by the former Nadowli Kaleo MP to make sure the 2022 budget was rejected if Mr Ofori-Atta did not allocate two per cent of the country’s revenue to the legislature, Majority Leader Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu has said.
Hon. Osei Kyei Mensah Bonsu, who is also the Member of Parliament for the Suame Constituency told journalists at a press conference on Thursday, 23 December 2021, that the Speaker said he “didn’t want to remind Finance Minister Ken Ofori-Atta of what his [Ken’s] own father did to President Hilla Limann. That was the Speaker”
“So all that is playing out, is it to satisfy what Hon. Alban Bagbin indicated at the very beginning of the presentation of the budget? That this budget, he will make sure the budget is rejected? Is that the case,” he asked.
Mr Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu said the “people of this country ought to know the mindset of this Speaker with respect to this budget? So, all this playing out, really, and that is why he sits and elects to leave the chamber, to create problems”. He said.
He [Bagbin] says that he has information that the total revenue of this country was going to be GHS89 billion and that the finance minister should give him 2 per cent of it and that works to GHS1.72 billion”.
“If he [Finance Minister Ken Ofori-Atta] doesn’t give parliament GHS1.72 billion, then his budget is going to be thrown out; he [Bagbin] was going to make sure that the budget was rejected”.
“Is that where we are going as a country?” he wondered.
“I’m hoping that this period that we have – between now and the 18th of January, we’ll be able to get to the bottom of this and rally together as one people in one country with a common destiny and not submit to the whims and caprices of just one individual,” he stated.
Please read excerpts of the speech on classfmonline.com on Facebook below:
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