Speaker Of Parliament Threatens To Reject 2021 Budget
The Speaker of Parliament said budget cuts of the legislature and judiciary have to be addressed before the figures offered by the government will be approved.
Speaking on the austerity budget by the New Patriotic Party (NPP) government, he warned that: he will not forward the appropriation bill to the president for his assent when passed, if negotiations are not done to find a common ground over the decision by the Presidency to reduce the budget by Parliament and the Judiciary.
Alban Bagbin said the budget is not for the executive, so he has the final power to approve or disapprove.
He indicated that what the constitution has done is for them to make recommendations and negotiate during the deliberations of the budget before the House.
“It is not for the executive to impose a ceiling on the judiciary or parliament, they have to do the proper thing. And so during the considerations of the [budget] estimate, particularly the committees concerned, take that on board and at the end of the day come and explain to us the negotiated figure and not the ceiling that has been given by the president, that is not the internment of the 1992 constitution.”
The Speaker of Parliament added that If they do otherwise, he as the Speaker of Parliament will not affirm any letter for submission to the President for his assent.
He indicated that he means what he is saying.