Hon (Dr) Francis Dakura, Member of Parliament (MP) for Jirapa constituency in the Upper West Region has expressed concern about the seemly neglect of the women empowerment policy by the government as the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection(MGC&SP) received a substantial downward slashed allocation in the 2018 budget.
According to him, the budgetary expenditure allocation to the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection in 2018 stood at GH¢ 61,380,673, a decreased in real terms by approximately 77% compared to its 2017 allocation of GH¢ 255,481,323.
Hon (Dr) Dakura made these observation to THE REPUBLIC , after he had made his contribution on the budget debate on the floor of parliament in Accra yesterday.
The 2018 budget as presented by the Finance Minister, Ken Ofori Atta before Parliament on Wednesday, 15th November, 2017, also indicated a significant cut in budgetary allocation to some Ministries compared to what was allocated them in the 2017 budget.
The Roads and Highways ministry had its budget slashed by at least 80% from GHS444 million to GHS77 million, the Youth and Sports Ministries also had its budget cut by about 20% from GHS47 million to GHS33 million.
However, other Ministries including the Education, Aviation, Defence and the Employment and Labour Relations experienced an increase in their allocation.
This, Hon Dakura said is unfair to the Gender Ministry which has a lot to care, especially women , Children and other vulnerable state institutions under its supervision.
He argued that, the 2018 budgetary allocation indicated that, the Nana Akufo Addo government only paid lip services to women empowerment and not as he always preach in the cycle of politics.
“Successive governments headed by both my party (NDC) and the NPP have talked a lot when it comes to women’s empowerment. But when it has come to putting the money into the women empowerment it become an issue. I can say this government, the Nana Akufo Addo government has only ended up paying lip service to women,” he said.
In his view, the development raises serious concerns about government’s commitments to deal with women empowerment and other gender and social policies, especially on vulnerable children as well as logistics, monitoring and supervision constraints that contribute directly to wellbeing of Ghanaian women and children.
The Gender Ministry budgetary allocation to goods and services also dropped by half from 82% in 2017 to 40% in 2018), while compensation increased significantly from 9% in 2017 to 44% in 2018.
Source: therepublicnewsonline.com/Felix Engsalige Nyaaba