Minority Leader, Haruna Iddrissu, has said the 2020 Budget is laced with propaganda as some of the economic figures are been massaged to discredit the previous National Democratic Congress (NDC) government.
According to him, the Minister for Finance, Ken Ofori-Atta, persistent taunts of good growth of the economy within the three years, while blaming the NDC where they failed could be described as “propaganda” budget contrary to the reality on the ground.
Mr Haruna made this comment at the opening ceremony of Post Budget Workshop on Saturday in Accra.
He urged the Finance Minister to stop taking credit for the good work of NDC government in certain part and on other parts, blamed the NDC of leaving behind a mess.
” You have a Finance Minister, who says everything done by NDC was bad and everything under this government is good. That is propaganda, ” the Minority Leader.
For instance, Haruna said, the public sector employment figures stated by the Finance Minister are not accurate, stating that, “as at January 2017, the public sector employees figures stood at 686,000 and that the Finance Minister claims that the Akufo Addo government added 380,000 within the three is not only propaganda but deceptive.
He poohed-poohed the government’s 2020 budget statement presented in Parliament and said: “this is a hopeless budget ever.”
In his view, the Finance Minister presented nothing new, given that it failed to outline how it to address the challenges Ghanaians are battling with.
The Tamale South lawmaker believed the budget was only full of slogan and propaganda, adding that, the 2020 budget was not different from the three other budgets presented by the Finance Minister, Ken Ofori- Atta.
While urging the Finance Minister to brief parliament on how much has been spent to clean the financial sector, Mr Haruna also charged the media to point out the lack of candour and sincerity on the part of the Minister.
“Go and flip through the pages on roads and you realize they are the exact words in 2017, 2018, 2019 and now they repeated in 2020.”
The worst of all he said, was that teachers’ allowances and the nurse’s allowances they made political capital out of it are all in arrears.
Mr Ofori Atta presented the budget which was themed “ consolidating the gains for growth, jobs and prosperity for all” in Parliament on Wednesday, November 13, 2019.
The Finance Minister touched on all sectors and said the 2020 budget would focus on roads network in the country.
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, among others.