National Democratic Congress’ Member of Parliament for North Tongu, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, wants the Finance Minister, Ken Ofori Atta to relay the 2020 Budget to capture the amendments of the alleged errors made in the case of Volta Region regarding the critical regional roads project.
He explained parliament is a House of Records, and hence government must do the right thing to reflect the changes, if indeed it was a mistake.
The Finance Ministry has explained that the omission of roads to be upgraded in the Volta region from the 2020 budget was a genuine and obvious error.
Deputy Finance Minister, Abena Osei Asare said , claims by the Volta caucus in Parliament that the omission was deliberate by the government to punish the region for always ignoring the NPP during elections are untrue.
“It was a genuine genuine genuine mistake…to err is human and to forgive is divine, we have a whole list of projects meant for the Volta region.
“I want to state that it was not deliberate but a mistake…we will rectify it and attach it as an addendum and send it to parliament.” she told Starr 103.5 FM.
But speaking on Anopa Kasapa on Kasapa 102.5 FM, Mr. Okudzeto Ablakwa insisted the admission of the omission in the 2020 Budget by government must not end there, as the error might have affected the financial allocation made in the critical road projects.
“Remember this is a budget presented to parliament, so that allocation has to be changed, which is the 1.2 billion cedis allocation made in appendix 6. We can’t just say its a mistake then we move on. I’m hoping that the government will do the right thing.
“This is a special dispensation to prioritize roads which Volta region has been left out. These amendments have to be carried out, so that we can be assured of the changes made.”
The 2020 Budget presented to parliament by the Finance Minister on Wednesday, November 13, 2019 failed to capture the Volta region for critical road projects.
Mr. Okudzeto Ablakwa alarmed by the revelation took to Twitter barely 24hours after the budget presentation to express his disappointment over the matter.
“Why is provision not made in the 2020 Budget for critical road projects in the case of only the Volta Region?” he queried on Twitter.
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He asked government to clarify the omission, if its an error, insisting it’ll be difficult for MPs in the enclave to explain to their constituents why they were deserted.
“More fundamentally, how will Government justify this aberration in the face of the 1992 Constitution which enjoins Governments to undertake even and balanced development in all regions,” Ablakwa charged.