Participate fully in 2023 budget presentation – Kennedy Agyapong to anti-Ofori-Atta MPs
Kennedy Ohene Agyapong, MP, Assin Central, has called on his colleagues who intend to boycott the 2023 budget presentation by Ken Ofori-Atta to fully participate in the process slated for Thursday, November 24, 2022.
Some 98 MPs from the Majority who are calling for the removal of the Ken Ofori-Atta as the finance minister hinted that they will not participate in the presentation of the budget if Ofori-Atta, whose dismissal they are calling for, appears on the floor of the House to make the presentation.
“We’ve gone back to (our demand for the President to) sack him now and therefore should the budget be presented under the stamp of the Finance Minister, we’ll not participate because as far as we’re concerned we’re never going to do business with him.
“We’re not saying we won’t do the President’s business. We’re saying we won’t do President’s business through Ofori-Atta. So if anybody else comes with President’s business, we’ll participate,” Andy Appiah-Kubi, Asante Akim North MP told Joy News.
GhanaWeb has gathered that Ken Ofori-Atta, the embattled Finance Minister, risks meeting an empty Parliament if he presses ahead with undertaking the presentation.
According to sources, both majority and minority MPs are likely to boycott the presentation, which situation will make it impossible for the minister to present the budget to the House because there will be a lack of quorum as required by the Constitution.
But in a press statement issued and signed by the Assin Central legislator, he said:
“Over the last few days, however, I have become aware of a troubling public declaration of intention by some aggrieved New Patriotic Party (NPP) Members of Parliament that they will neither attend Thursday’s sitting of Parliament nor have anything to do with subsequent Parliamentary discussions and debate on the 2023 Budget should Mr Ofori-Atta be the Minister presenting it to the House.
“The said MPs have openly stated that they will only attend proceedings if Mr Ofori-Atta, who they – rightly or wrongly – blame for the country’s prevailing economic difficulties, is removed from office. I find the said public declarations not only unfortunate but regrettable.”
He stated that it’s incumbent on the majority MPs to help the government pass its budget, stressing that they can later address the issue, of who is fit to lead the Ministry of Finance.
“Ghanaians need, therefore, their elected representatives to show up for work and help them survive the worsening global economic turmoil. It is not the time to play political games or feed egos. I firmly believe that if there is ever any time that Ghanaians expect us to do our duty to Ghana unconditionally, it is now.
“We must not and cannot sacrifice that responsibility to our people on the side issue of who presents the 2023 Budget to Parliament. Let us show leadership and demonstrate solidarity with the struggling masses of our people by turning out in our numbers to support the President’s proposed plan to put Ghana back on the path of economic recovery and triumph,” Agyapong’s statement entreated.