NPP MPs warn Akufo-Addo that Ofori-Atta shouldn’t be the one to present the 2023 budget

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The over 80 members of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) who asked President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to dismiss Finance Minister Ken Ofori-Atta have reaffirmed their request.

The MPs claim that they disagree with President Akufo-request Addo’s that Ofori-Atta read and view the appropriation for the 2023 budget.

On Thursday, November 10, Nana Ayew Afriyie, the MP for Effiduase-Asokore, addressed in Parliament on behalf of the more than 80 NPPs. He claimed that they had determined that Ofori-Atta shouldn’t study the budget or oversee the ensuing procedure.

“Over the days, we have heard the finance minister speaking and his speaking has influenced majority of us in the caucus, not only to state that we are back to the original position that we took, and that position is that the minister of finance must not be the one to read the budget, and must not be the one that would do the appropriation.

“We are here to tell you this morning that our position will be very soon for you to see, and we will be positively defiant about that posture until action is taken,” he said.

“We are here to stress that, despite how often you may have heard us say that, depending on the president’s involvement, we will have to see the minister of finance perform his duties, read the budget, and examine the appropriation before the president takes action.

“Over the days, we have heard the finance minister speaking and his speaking has influenced majority of us in the caucus, not only to state that we are back to the original position that we took, and that position is that the minister of finance must not be the one to read the budget, and must not be the one that would do the appropriation. 

“We are here to tell you this morning that this will be very soon for you to see, the position of us and we are going to be positively defiant about that posture until that action is taken. However, we are not going to support the cause of the NDC in the chamber this morning. 

“The foundation of the NDC’s cause is lies, misinformation, and unjustifiable justifications.

Although their position may be similar to ours, it is not the same “said he.

However, the MPs said that they will not back the motion of censure being proposed by the House minority caucus since they disagree with the arguments made by the National Democratic Congress (NDC) MPs.

Therefore, it is thought that the NPP General Secretary’s presence in parliament serves as a form of “supervisory” one to make sure that the NPP MPs follow the order to abstain from the vote of censure intended to remove the controversial Ken Ofori-Atta.

Source: Ghanatodayonline.com

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