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2019 Budget is too Ambitious –Agotime-Ziope MP

Member of Parliament for Agotime-Ziope Constituency, Hon Charles Agbeve, has questioned the practicality of implementation of the 2019budget, arguing it is too ambitious.

According to him, for it to be realistic and successful, emphasis should be on the reduction of debts and borrowing and focus be on non-oil and independent revenue generating sources.

He expressed concern over the huge public debt, failure by Minister for Finance to provide clarity on financing the government projects and programme and the proposed taxation measures, which he noted would make life difficult for the ordinary Ghanaian.

Explaining what he perceived as challenges with the budget for the health sector, the Minority MP said the Finance Minister did not outline any new initiatives to deal with the funding gap and other related challenges facing the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS).

“Challenges with health access and financing have persisted for years, so I was therefore, expecting to hear some of the measures being put in place to address them but nothing was said about it,” he said.

The Minister for Finance in the budget statement assured that government would cleared all areas owing to services providers and make the health scheme very effective.

But reacting to the Budget Statement, Mr Agbeve said 2019 Budget has failed to address the looming health and social care crisis in the country, stressing that, it was about time government take steps address the problems urgently.

He noted that, access to primary health care remained a problem to both citizens and health personnel and that it was his expectation that, the Minister would outline programmes and projects government is doing to ameliorate such crisis.

The MP maintained that provision of CHPS Compound and other health facilities would be of enormous beneficial to the largest society than poly- clinics 7

Mr Agbeve who is a member on the Health Committee of parliament pointed that, the budget failed to offer any significant encouragement or remedy to the beleaguered health service, stressing, ” a little meaningful financial assistance for the NHIS, ” which is stretched to collapsing would be good for the nation.

He expressed the fear that, if case is not taking, Ghana would not be able to meet the Sustainable Development Goal(SDG) ratio on health of 310:1,0000 health personnel before 2030.

The Agotime-Ziope lawmaker, also accused the government of poorly implementing the free senior high school policies, which he said, has not been able to achieve the needed result, which is to reduce burden on parents as many parents have to pay huge sum of money for accommodations, among other avoidable basic needs.

In his view, the public debt had soared to unsustainable levels and expressed displeasure with the Finance Minister for having failed to explain to the House how the government intends to finance the budget.

He assured that, the Minority would Scrutinize every Pesewa the government would be asking from parliament in the Estimated Bills and ensure that Ghanians get value for money in whatever procurement or agreement the government is embarking upon.

Sources: therepiblicnewsonline.com/Felix Nyaaba

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