Speaker’s demands on Finance Minister as a condition for 2021 Budget approval justified – Okudzeto fights Majority leader

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Following the allegation by the Majority Leader, Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu that Speaker Bagbin demanded an increase in parliament’s budget as a condition for ensuring the approval of 2022 Budget, MP for North Tongu in the Volta Region, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa has jumped to the defense of the speaker.

According to Okudzeto Ablakwa, the recent revelation by the majority leader is very “pathetic” and his attempt to blackmail and soil the reputation of the Rt. Hon. Speaker must be condemned by all well-meaning Ghanaians.

In a Facebook post cited by ABC News, the legislator for North Tongu noted that Speaker Bagbin has every right to demand for more allocation for parliament considering the astronomical increase in the allocation of the Executive.

“If President Akufo-Addo could increase his allocation to the Office of Government Machinery from GHS2.5billion to GHS3.1billion and at the same time raise his Contingency Vote from GHS186.8million to GHS933million (a staggering 431.5% increase); what is wrong if the head of the legislature demands that the organ he leads be accorded its fair share?,” he quizzed.
He continued that, “Rt. Hon. Speaker Bagbin has long advocated publicly for equitable resources to strengthen the legislature and the judiciary—he’s consistently argued that allocating at least 2% of GDP for the other two arms of government will make our democracy healthier as there can be real checks and balances to deliver on the legitimate expectations of the Ghanaian people.”

“Government should stop these spurious attempts at looking for scapegoats to blame for its well-deserved disastrous inability to railroad obnoxious policies such as the E-Levy, and rather pull the brakes by listening to the overwhelming majority of Ghanaians — for the voice of the people is certainly the voice of God,” he stressed.

SourceABC News

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