Member of Parliament for North Tongu, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa says the 8th Parliament will not reconsider the 2022 budget statement presented by Finance Minister, Ken Ofori-Atta after its rejection.
On Friday, the Minority MPs in Parliament after a voice vote rejected the budget. This was done in the absence of the Majority Caucus who staged a walk-out to protest what they described as “bias” from Speaker Alban Bagbin.
The Majority has since called the recent decision as unconstitutional and therefore urged the public to treat it as null and void.
But taking to social media following the Majority’s criticism, Mr Ablakwa emphasized that the 2022 budget will not return to the House and that “we are burying it for good.”
According to him, it was an honour to ensure the will of the people had materialized with regards to the approval of the budget.
“I am absolutely proud that we successfully killed the killer budget. Government’s only nationalistic option is to eat humble pie, and present another budget which must be a product of broad consultation with the Ghanaian people,” he added.
The only budget he noted that Parliament will approve is one that is devoid of “the regressive and obnoxious E-levy and the Fees & Charges 15% hike and illegal automatic adjustment based on inflation. It must also expunge Agyapa and the dubious Aker narrative.”
“A new budget which makes provision for Phase 2 of the Blekusu Coastal Protection Project to cater for the over 4,000 victims of recent destructive tidal waves,” is one he says the House will support.
He assured of the Minority’s commitment to stand with the Ghanaian people and also expressed gratitude to the general public for the support and solidarity.
In an earlier tweet, he indicated that the Minority side in Parliament “killed the killer budget for God and the Ghanaian people.”
We killed the killer budget!
For God and the Ghanaian People.
— Sam Okudzeto Ablakwa (@S_OkudzetoAblak) November 26, 2021
Meanwhile, Speaker Alban Bagbin has reiterated his commitment to seeking the best interest of citizens in the country.
Through the Public Affairs Directorate of Parliament, the Speaker noted that there was no form of bias as suggested by the Majority Group during the approval of the 2022 budget.
“Parliament will like to assure citizens that allegations of bias are unfounded and should not be entertained,” he stated.