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Let’s Engage To Get 2022 Budget Passed – Ricketts-Hagan

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A former Deputy Finance Minister, Kweku George Ricketts-Hagan wants both sides of Parliament to reach a consensus to approve the 2022 budget when the House reconvenes on Tuesday, November 30, 2021.

The 2022 budget was rejected by Parliament last Friday, November 26, 2021, after the Majority side staged a walkout.

The Majority Caucus later asked Ghanaians to disregard the supposed rejection of the budget as it was unconstitutional.

A statement from the Majority said: “For the record, the acts of the Minority and the decision of the Speaker to endorse it, constitute an unconstitutionality and an illegality and should be disregarded, as same is void and of no effect whatsoever”.

“We assure the good people of Ghana of our resolute willingness to ensure that the 1992 Constitution is respected to the letter by Speaker Bagbin and the Minority.”

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Speaking in an interview with Citi News, Ricketts-Hagan said a delay in the approval of the budget may not augur well for the country.

He thus advised the two sides of the house to engage each other to get the budget passed.

“I pray and hope that on Tuesday [November 30, 2021] when we get into the house, instead of coming to be at each other’s throat, or taking on the Speaker, we should rather look at how to address this issue.”

“For me, it is a second opportunity for us to sit properly and see how we can get this budget passed, else people will not get their salaries and we will not be able to spend on all the areas that we will add value to the economy.”

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