Ghana’s Speaker of Parliament, Rt. Hon. Alban Sumana Kingsford Bagbin wants the Minister of Finance, Mr. Ken Ofori-Atta to present the 2023 mid-year budget review earlier than the proposed date of July 27, 2023.
According to the Speaker, Parliament intends to adjourn sine die on August 3, 2023.
The Majority Leader and leader of the government business, Mr. Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu had earlier announced that the 2023 mid-year budget review presentation has been scheduled for the 27th day of July 2023 with the expectation that the House will adjourn on August 9, 2023.
But the Rt. Hon. Speaker of Parliament is of the view that the House cannot sit beyond August 3, 2023, due to some other urgent commitments.
“The House has to rise before August 9 because there are commitments that the House cannot ignore which we will have to be part of. Some of these commitments are international and some are domestic, so we have to be on recess before that. So this is a notice to the Minister of Finance to try as much as possible to submit the mid-year Budget and Supplementary Budget Review earlier than being perceived because we have to work on it and approve it before August 10, 2023.
And so the last day we could get to convene and sit here could be only August 3, 2023, and we cannot go beyond that because even with August 3, 2023, we would have been late to attend the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association programme” He reiterated.