The Minority Leader, Haruna Iddrisu said the group would oppose the adoption of budget estimates for ministers who fail to move the motion of the ongoing discussion in the House on the 2023 Budget Statement and Economic Policy of their respective ministries.
He expressed worry that ministers from other ministries were not taking the House’s work seriously.
“Mr Speaker, going forward, we will resist the approval of any estimates coming from ministers who absent themselves from such exercises,” he stated.
On Tuesday, December 6, 2022, Parliament is set to finish a discussion on the 2023 Budget Statement and Economic Policy given by Mr Ken Ofori-Atta, Finance Minister.
As a result, the House is anticipated to pass the Appropriation Bill.
Mr. Iddrisu, the Member of Parliament for Tamale South on the National Democratic Congress ticket, also urged sector ministers to present their budgets to the House for approval.
“When we get to the approval of budget estimates and ministers don’t appear in person in Parliament by themselves, we will not support the approval of the budget allocations to those ministries.
“Ministers must take this House very seriously, and only ministers so appointed by the President to oversee the sectors of those ministries must rise from their seats to move motions to ask for budget allocations and approval by this House. Failure to do so will mean that we will stump down a number of those motions,” Hon. Iddrisu mentioned.
He stated that Parliament and the minority will keep the administration accountable, adding, “we plan to increase supervision, and it starts with this decision.” If ministers do not present in person to propose budget allocation resolutions, they should expect the strongest opposition from this side of the House.”
Since the discussion on the 2023 Budget Statement and Economic Policy began on Tuesday, November 29, the Majority side of the House has silently protested by not showing up to participate to the debate, in contrast to the Minority side.
The group had also requested that the censure resolution against Mr. Ofori-Atta be debated as soon as possible because it was not included in the Business Statement for the following week.
“On the motion of censure against the Finance Minister, the words in Article 82 do not give Parliament perpetuity to discuss the matter, we are within defined time limits to consider the motion and take decisions as appropriate so whatever committee has been set up, we need to bring closure to it,” he added.