Think tank, Anchoring Democracy Advocacy Movement Ghana (ADAM-GH), has commended Speaker of Parliament, Alban Bagbin and the opposition side in Parliament for their role in rejecting the government’s budget and economic planning policy for the year 2022.
Amidst confusion, Parliament rejected the 2022 budget Friday night.
The MPs from the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) said the budget presented by the Minister for Finance, Ken Ofori-Atta, last week, had the tendency to impoverish Ghanaians.
Referring to the 1.75% electronic transactions levy (e-levy), the opposition MP for Ejumako-Enyan-Essiam, Cassiel Ato Forson, who is a former Deputy Minister for Finance, said the taxes in the budget were “regressive” and called for the government to scrap them.
In a statement, Executive Director for the ADAM-GH, Azubila Emmanuel, said the rejection of the 2022 budget was what Ghanaians needed.
Below is the statement;
Press release. 27th November 2021.
ADAM-GH THANKS SPEAKER OF PARLIAMENT AND MINORITY GROUP FOR LISTENING TO THE CRY OF GHANAIANS AND REJECT THE 2022 BUDGET.
Anchoring Democracy Advocacy Movement Ghana (ADAM-GH) is most grateful to the Right Honourable Speaker of parliament Alban Sumana Bag-bin and the minority MPs for their dedicated Service to mother Ghana and the love they have shown to Ghanains by listening to their cry against this insensitive 2022 budget which seeks to worsen the hardship Ghanaians are currently exposed to.
The action of the speaker of parliament and the minority MPs has further strengthened Ghana’s Democracy and given hope to Ghanainas that all hope is not lost and that our democratic gains and principles which until recently used to be our bragging rights as a beacon of Democracy in Africa has seen some improvement of possible restoration.
This 2022 budget presented by the government was a clear indication that this current government does not have Ghanaians at heart, especially the vulnerable. Government claim to expand the tax net by Introducing E-LEVY against the poor citizens and still exempt the article 71 office holders, relative to the abolishing of the toll levy and in the process worsening the unemployment situation by rendering our brothers and sisters who are physically challenged working at the various toll booth jobless.
Everything points to the fact that this government takes delight in worsening the living conditions of the vulnerables in Ghana.
The action of Rt Hon. The Speaker and the minority MPs have exhibited that they are truly coming from a social democratic party that cares about the poor and therefore need to be commended. Ghanaians are most grateful to you. As a civil society organization that anchors proper democratic principles,ensures good governance, promote the rule of law and fundamental human rights, ADAM-GH believe that what the Speaker of parliament and the minority MPs did is a sign that their next Government will be a listening government and will continue to be society oriented and to serve the people of Ghana with love and care.
Civil society organizations have vehemently kicked against the AGYAPA dubious deal many times but unfortunately the government still sneaked the Agyapa deal into the rejected 2022 budget.
The majority of parliament’s allegations that the outright rejection of the 2022 budget by parliament is unconstitutional is baseless, unfounded, a knee jerk reaction and a comic relief.
Parliament through this current Speaker has respected the voice of Ghanaians and has rejected the 2022 killer budget, it has gone into our records 1st time in history to reject a budget presented before parliament under this 4th Republic.
Per records both majority and Minority MPs numbering 274 were both present in parliament, the majority leader moved the motion, fully took part in parliamentary proceedings but decided not to vote and walked out. ADAM-GH made a categorical statement that the refusal to vote as majority MPs does not nullify the rejection of the killer budget which was endorsed and accepted through the ruling of the speaker of parliament.
We are therefore calling on all Ghanaians to stand by the speaker of parliament at all times to restore our confidence in Ghana’s Democracy through the powers of parliament. This is a speaker that listens to the voice and cry of Ghanaians and we as citizens need to give him the necessary support to serve us.
Azubila Emmanuel Abdul-Salam
Contact: 0544418072 / 0507629533.