Mr Alban Bagbin

Speaker orders Post-Budget Workshop in Parliament to Preserve Approximately GH¢1.4 Million for Ghana

Speaker orders Post-Budget Workshop in Parliament to Preserve Approximately GH¢1.4 Million for Ghana

The Speaker of the House has directed that the post-budget workshop for Parliament take place on the House floor from Saturday, November 18, until Sunday, November 19.

According to a different MP, the nation would save almost GH¢1.4 million if it took place on the House floor.

The Vice Chairman of the Business Committee, Mr. Alexander Kwamena Afenyo-Markin, informed the House on Friday, November 10, during his presentation of the Business Statement for the week ending Friday, November 17, 2023, that the post-budget workshop would take place at the Rock City Hotel, Kwahu Nkwatia in the Eastern Region.

"Mr. Speaker, in order to provide specialists with more clarity on the foundations of the Budget Statement and Economic Policy  of the Government to Members, the customary post-budget workshop will be held.

The Business Committee is pleading with all members to attend the post-budget workshop, which is scheduled to take place at the Rock City Hotel in Kwahu Nkwatia in the Eastern Region on Friday, November 17 through Sunday, November 19.

On Monday, November 13, however, Mr. Bagbin, who was presiding over the proceedings, ordered that the post-budget workshop be held at Parliament House in Accra. This decision was made in response to disagreements among the Members of Parliament (MP) regarding the workshop's location—the Volta Serene Hotel or the Rock City Hotel—after the Speaker's technical experts provided a report.

"Honorable Members, the post-budget workshop will be held at the House floor as the main conference room. To facilitate productive debates on the floor in various committee rooms, Members of Parliament will receive training on how to analyze budgets sector by sector.

"We are declaring that the post-budget workshop will now take place at Parliament House, in accordance with the previous decision made by the Deputy Majority Leader," the Speaker added.

In the meantime, National Democratic Congress MP for Buem, Mr. Kofi Iddie Adams, called on the Leadership of Parliament to examine the out-of-station post-budget workshop for MPs on Friday, November 10, in response to the Business Statement.

He clarified that in light of the nation's current economic difficulties, that would help save some money.

In order to save money, Mr. Adams argued that the post-budget workshop should take place within the Parliament building.

"Mr. Speaker, holding the workshop outside will be extremely costly due to the need to accommodate house staff and other auxiliary staff.

"It is essential that the legislature set an example by holding an internal post-budget workshop rather than holding the event outside given the current state of the nation's economy," he stated.

Mr. Adams refuted claims made by members of parliament that such gatherings at Parliament House distract them in his subsequent speech to the Parliamentary Press Corps.

Do we become distracted when we sit down to conduct business every day in parliament, where we are going to discuss the budget and conduct far more significant business than a simple workshop? It is feasible to have the post-budget workshop here without any difficulties at all if we can conduct business every day, he stated.

He told the Press on Friday at Parliament House that if his request is accepted, it will save the nation "about GH¢1.4 million for accommodation just for MPs at an assumed cost of GH¢1,700 per room."

In compliance with Article 179 of the Constitution, the Minister of Finance, Mr. Ken Ofori-Atta, shall on Wednesday, November 15, before Parliament give the Budget Statement and Economic Policy of the Government of Ghana for the year ending on December 31, 2024.

Source: ghheadlines.com

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