Haruna Iddrisu describes 2023 budget as ‘ɛka mpɛ dede’

Haruna Iddrisu describes 2023 budget as ‘ɛka mpɛ dede’

Minority Leader, Haruna Iddrisu has christened the 2023 Budget statement introduced before Parliament on Thursday as the “ɛka mmpɛ dede” budget.

According to him, per the Finance Minister’s presentation, it’s evident that the nation has been declared as a “high risk distressed country.”

“Today, Mr Speaker, we’ve heard the honourable Minister for Finance before this august House, declare Ghana a high risk distressed debt country.

“So this budget is ‘ɛka mmpɛ dede’ budget,” he said, mimicking President Akufo-Addo’s now well-known “sika mmpɛ dede” dictum whereas praying Ghanaians to cease grumbling over rising cost of dwelling at the general financial hardship.

In the opinion of the Minority Leader, the Minister has set the nation on the right track for debt restructuring.

“He [Finance Minister] has announced debt restructuring in the name of a debt exchange programe,” Mr. Iddrisu jokingly reminded the home.

After the Finance Minister’s presentation of the 2023 budget, Mr Iddrissu who believes the country has over borrowed, made the declare to specific his dissatisfaction and to additionally criticise the Akufo-Addo led administration.

“Mr. Speaker, my greatest expectation of the Minister, is to regularise his borrowing under the Amended Bank of Ghana Act of 2016.

“You have to come back to this house, to seek our mandate and authorisation for your excessive borrowing from the Bank of Ghana. That needs to be regularised.”

He additional hinted of the dissatisfaction of NPP legislators with the 2023 budget, pointing to the Vice President’s absence from parliament in the course of the budget presentation.

“Mr Speaker today, there’s no pump and pageantry. Even they are not happy. That explains why, Mr Speaker, he is unaccompanied. Where is the Vice President?”

He said the 2023 budget merely alerts that the nation’s financial system is “on life support.”

Notwithstanding his discontent with the budget, the Minority Leader assured the Finance Minister, that he has the help of the Members of Parliament to set the nation on the trail of restoration.

“When you are on life support, two things can happen- a recovery, or the unknown. He has our prayers, that we will help him to recover the economy.”

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