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Ofori-Atta Didn’t Breach Constitution; Not Seeking Extra Funds Apt – Afenyo-Markin



The Deputy Majority Leader of Parliament, Alexander Afenyo-Markin has rejected claims that the Finance Minister breached some provisions of the constitution regarding Monday’s presentation of the mid-year budget statement.

Mr. Ken Ofori-Atta appeared before the House on July 25, 2022, and presented the mid-year budget review but did not seek additional funds as has been the norm over the years.

While some however thought that the Minister should have come to the House with a motion for approval, the Deputy Majority Leader said the Minister was not seeking to spend beyond allocations already approved, hence did not need to seek further approvals from the House.

“As you may be well aware, under the Appropriation Act, we provide for a ceiling so once the Minister is not going outside of the ceiling, it is only proper for him to update the house as to what he is using the appropriation for and this is what he came to do.”

“So in simple terms, the Minister did not come to seek parliamentary approval. He already has that approval and the expenditure he is making is within that threshold. The minister is well fortified by the provisions of the constitution, so anyone who attempts to say that there was a motion required to be moved may be in error”, he explained.

The Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo administration’s refusal to ask for extra funds with the 2022 mid-year budget comes on the back of reduced revenues and the underperformance of the controversial electronic transfer levy.

Recent economic struggles have seen the government turn to the International Monetary Fund for support.

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