Despite the rejection of the 2022 Budget Statement and Economic Policy, NDC Member of Parliament for Cape Coast South Constituency, Kweku Ricketts Hagan appears not to be enthused with the controversy surrounding the budget.
According to the MP, the rejection of the Budget will have serious consequences on Ghanaians hence the two factions of parliament must come together to find an amicable solution to the problem.
To him, the rejection of the 2022 Budget Statement and Economic Policy means that salaries of workers cannot be paid and investment into our economy will be stalled.
Speaking in an interview monitored by ABC News, the Cape South MP noted that it is his prayer that the house, when it reconvenes on Tuesday, will take a second look at the decision rather than calling for each other’s head.
“I pray and hope that on Tuesday [November 30, 2021] 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 this issue,” Kweku Ricketts Hagan noted.
He added that “for me, it is a second opportunity for us to sit properly and see how we can get this budget passed, else people will not get their salaries and we will not be able to spend on all the areas that we will add value to the economy.”
The 2022 budget was rejected by Parliament last Friday, November 26, 2021, after the Majority side staged a walkout.
The Majority Caucus later asked Ghanaians to disregard the supposed rejection of the budget as it was unconstitutional.
A statement from the Majority said: “For the record, the acts of the Minority and the decision of the Speaker to endorse it, constitute an unconstitutionality and an illegality and should be disregarded, as same is void and of no effect whatsoever”.