On Tuesday, November 29, 2022, members of parliament (MPs) will start debating the 2023 Budget Statement.
The debate is expected to focus on finance, agriculture, trade, and industry on November 29, communications, energy, roads, works, housing, sanitation, and the environment on Wednesday, and health, youth and sports, education, tourism, culture, and chieftaincy on December 1 are other areas of concern, according to deputy majority leader Alexander Afenyo Markin.
To equip parliamentarians and provide them knowledge about the 2023 budget as they get ready for the floor discussion, a two-day workshop was arranged over the weekend.
The minority in Parliament has already called for a reevaluation of certain of the budget’s revenue-raising strategies, such as the elimination of the E-daily Levy’s minimum threshold exemption and a further lowering of the rate to 5%.
Minority leader Haruna Iddrisu warned against freezing public sector employment and reducing the number of students admitted to nursing and teaching programs in a speech at the post-budget workshop for MPs in Ho over the weekend. She claimed that doing so would worsen the already severe unemployment problem.
The Tamale South MP cautioned that, despite his party’s willingness to help the government’s efforts to revive the economy, the 2.5% increase in the VAT rate would be handled in a manner consistent with the NPP’s Kume Preko rally against its adoption in 1995.
However, the majority leader Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu urged the NDC MPs to support the government’s efforts to handle the economic problem, adding that the NDC had previously resisted things that had ultimately benefited the nation, such the finding of oil in commercial quantities.