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Bagbin defers 2024 budget debate over absence of Finance Ministry representative

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The lack of a Finance Ministry representation in the house has caused Speaker of the Parliament Alban Bagbin to postpone the discussion of the 2024 budget.

The Minority caucus expressed concerns before the second day of the discussion over the Minister for Local Government and Rural Development’s and all of the Finance Ministry’s ministers’ absence from providing briefings on issues concerning their respective sectors.

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Reacting to the concern of the minority in Parliament on Wednesday, Mr. Bagbin indicated that, “This house should be taken more seriously than they are doing. And I don’t think that we will do that in their absence. I insist that the Ministry be represented, either by the Minister himself, which is now impossible because he is out of the jurisdiction. At least the Minister or any of the Deputies should be here. That is very important. There are some things that, during the course of the debate, they could even, on the point of order, draw our attention because they are at the Ministry.”

“So we cannot just say because we have people at the public gallery ready to listen to us we should move on. NO, that I am not persuaded to do so. We will need the papers as referred to by the deputy majority whip, and then from there, if they are still not available, take the statements.”

However, Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu, the majority leader, promised that a deputy minister of finance would be present in the chamber when the discussion resumed.

 

 

 

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