Finance Minister To Deliver Mid-Year Budget Review On Thursday

The Minister for Finance, Ken Ofori-Atta, is expected to move for the adoption of the Mid-Year Budget Review in Parliament next week.

The Mid-Year Budget, which is the government’s supplementary estimate for the 2021 financial year, will be proposed to the House on Thursday 28 July.

Alexander Afenyo-Markin, the deputy Majority leader, announced this new on the floor of the House on Friday.

The Finance Minister will also answer a question on the cost of President Akufo-Addo’s official trip to France, Belgium and South Africa in May this year.

On Wednesday (21 July 2021), the minister will also tell the House if the government took a loan to finance the Free Senior High School policy.

IPPs under scrutiny
Apart from the appearance by the Finance Minister, the House has scheduled certain ministers of state to appear before it to respond to questions relating to their ministries during the week.

They include the Minister of Energy, Matthew Opoku Prempeh, who will answer a question about how much money the government has paid in relation to independent power producers over the past eight years, as well as fielding demands for breakdowns and the periods involved.

He will be expected to inform the House of the outcome of an investigation into a shooting incident during an impasse between the people of Lower Manya Krobo and the Electricity Company of Ghana power distribution company.

Progress report
The Energy Minister will also brief the House on progress with work to connect some communities in Tain, Saboba, Nadowli Kaleo, North Dayi and Nkwanta North to the national electricity grid.

The Ministers of Communication and Digitalisation, Fisheries, Roads and Highways, Tourism, Arts and Culture, Defence, Trade and Industry and the Attorney General are expected in the House next week to respond to questions.

The House will also receive reports of assignments for various committees.

The deputy Majority leader entreated MPs to present themselves at the plenary, especially for the presentation of the Mid-Year Budget Review.