According to Cassiel Ato Forson, the ranking member of the finance committee, the loss of optimism in the nation has caused the majority to forsake their own 2023 budget, as seen by their absence from the discussion in the house.
He asserts that immediate action must be made to address the present crisis the country is experiencing, which includes inflation and the depreciation of the cedi, among other things.
He claimed that the Black Stars are presently the source of optimism for the nation as the 2023 budget was being discussed in the parliament.
“The black stars of Ghana have given some temporal hope to a very hopeless situation, Mr Speaker, the mood in this house can tell you how hopeless the situation the nation has become. Mr Speaker, if you go out there, the mood on the street of Ghana will tell you there is hopelessness, Mr Speaker no wonder the majority has abandoned their own budget. No wonder, the situation out there calls for an urgent action but we are not seeing that.”
Parliamentarians (MPs) have started debating the budget statement for 2023.
This comes after the government budget was presented to the house by Finance Minister Ken Ofori-Atta, who had previously appeared before the parliament in accordance with his constitutional duties.
The presentation complies with Section 21 of the Public Financial Management Act of 2016 and Article 179 of the 1992 Constitution (Act 921).
The minister gave the 2023 budget statement and economic strategy to parliament during a year that saw some of the biggest economic downturns of the fourth republic.