Speaker urges Finance Minister to submit Draft Budget Estimates of MDAs to Parliament early

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Ghana’s Speaker of Parliament, Professor Aaron Michael Oquaye, has entreated the Minister for Finance, Mr. Ken Ofori-Atta, to ensure timely certification or approval of the Draft Budget Estimates of all Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs), and submit same to the House for consideration.

The Speaker said this in his welcome remarks at the commencement of the Sitting of the Third Meeting of the First Session of the Seventh Parliament of the Fourth Republic, on the floor of the House.

He recounted that over the years, the House has encountered difficulties during Budget sessions that relate mostly to late submission of Draft Budget Estimates of MDAs to the House and its Committees. The Speaker added that this challenge affects effective consideration of the Budget Estimates at Plenary.

He also appealed to Honourable Ministers who have been scheduled to appear before the House to answer questions or do business in the House to be mindful of their obligations and adhere to them timeously.

The Speaker also urged MPs to attend to their duties with a strong sense of urgency and responsibility. He added that as representatives of the people of Ghana, they are the ones charged with the responsibility to work and see to the wellbeing of the people.




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