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2020 Budget Failed to Prioritise Key Projects – Garu MP

Hon. Albert Akuka Alalzuuga, Member of Parliament for Garu, has stated that the 2020 budget statement failed to provide details on targets achieved on key development projects in Northern part of the country.

According to him, the 2020 budget statement presented to parliament by Finance Minister, Ken Ofori Atta, was silent on key projects including the One Village-One Dam, One District-One-Factory and Roads promised to the people.

He said the situation had made it difficult to track and hold government accountable for public resources meant development.

Mr Alalzuuga was reacting to the Budget statement delivered to parliament on Wednesday 13, 2019.

The Finance Minister mentioned the Bolga-Bawku- Pulmokogo road, but silent on some other major roads including the Eastern Corridor road that link Garu from the Northern East Region and to Burkina Faso.

Ken Ofori Atta

Besides the major truck roads, the Garu lawmaker said, inner and town roads were also not mentioned.

He accused the government of neglect, saying most of the roads have developed potholes and for the past three years, they have not received attention on reshaping.

He said the Akufo Addo government promised many but delivered nothing and described the budget as “empty as nothing.”

Mr.Alalzuuga said the budget failed to provide any job cut opportunity for the youth and that NaBCo program is established for party boys and not Ghanaian youth and graduates.

Hon. Albert Akuka Alalzuuga

The Garu lawmaker who is a member on Employment and Social Welfare Committee of Parliament said the Budget failed to inspire Ghanaians and that the Diplomatic community that has over the years being witnessing the budget were also missing from the gallery.

In his view, the 2020 budget is full of repetition of 2017/, 2018/2019 budgets which are never fulfilled and doubts if anything better would come out from the 2020 budget.

He noted that there was no policy direction in the budget on how the government would enforce its flagship programmes.

Mr.Alalzuuga expressed the hope Ghanaians had taken a lesson and would exit the NPP government in the 2020 election.

He said the NDC government would specifically show in its budgets the progress markers and benchmarks toward meeting the various targets of the goals.

MP in chambers of parliament

Source: therepublicnewsonline.com/Felix Nyaaba

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