The Member of Parliament for Zabzugu , Hon Alhassan Umar, has pooh-poohed the 2019 budget statement presented to Parliament on Thursday, November 15, 2018, labelled it as “empty budget, only full of slogans.”
According to the Zabzugu lawmaker, the budget presented nothing new, given that it failed to outline how it would address the challenges Ghanaians are battling with.
He believes the budget of New Patriotic Party (NPP) led- government’2019, was only full of slogans and propaganda.
“I was not expecting anything extraordinary, and I am not surprised. I have looked at the pattern of the budget since 2017, and one thing I have noticed they are good at is the slogans.”
“You pack a slogan, and then you do propaganda around it, and then you move on. One of the major challenges of the ordinary Ghanaian today is the unnecessary hardship.”
“Banks are collapsing. Fuel prices are going up. Lorry fares, food prices are going up. People are losing their jobs. Most of the media houses are laying off people. A lot of companies are shutting down, and I thought that they were going to use this to address some of these challenges.”
“My expectation was that government was going to use what we made out from our resources, the oil, cocoa, goal and others to cushion the economy so that the cost of food will remain stable, the cost of lorry fares and trotros will remain stable, the cost of carting goods across will remain stable, but that was never captured,” Hon Umar stated.
In his view, the 2019 budget was not different from the 2017/2018 budgets presented by the Finance Minister, Ken Ofori- Atta, arguing that, it was time the exposé the insincerity and the lack of candor on the part of the Minister.
“If you P flip through the pages on roads and you realise they are the exact words in 2017, repeated in 2018 and in 2019. In addition to that, these are projects existed for years and some of them started by the previous government.”
The worse of it all under this government is that thy lie with no shame. For instance, teachers’ allowances are in arrears, nurses allowances are in arrears. But they claimed they have paid all teachers allowance, so where is the sincerity ? Hon Umar quizzed.
Mr. Ofori Atta presented the budget which was themed “a stronger economy for jobs and prosperity.”
The Finance Minister touched on all sectors of the economy including agriculture manufacturing, waste management, aviation among others.
He also briefed Parliament on government’s social intervention programmes including the free Senior High School programme, NABCO, one district one factory, planting for food jobs, adding that they also intend to introduce rearing for food in 2019.
But again, the Zabzugu, lawmaker said, all these are snaps of campaigns promises and that, nothing tangible would come out by the end of 2019.