Ghana’s Speaker of Parliament Rt.Hon. Alban Bagbin has bemoaned lack of funds to run most programmes.
Speaking on the floor of Parliament on Thursday May 26, 2022 the Speaker said that, Parliament will be running on some arrears of last year.
A situation he described as uneasy.
He said on the floor of the House that “What many of you don’t know is that even as at this time we don’t have any releases from the Ministry of Finance for us to run Parliament.
“So we will be running Parliament on some arrears of last year, it is not easy. Sometimes we see your request for me to approve for you to do some things I declined. It is not because I love declining your request, it is because we don’t have the wherewithal fund those operations.
Hon. Bagbin further said that, Parliament is an arm of government and should not be treated as part of Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDA).
“I think the Ministry of Finance should not treat Parliament like this a Ministry or MDA. I will emphasize this again, this is an arm of government, we are not part of the MMDAS. We have even been written to reduce our budget in some areas by 50 per cent. If they want Parliament to run aground, they should let us know.
“The Speaker is not ready and prepared to be blamed for the inability to get Parliament going on just because we are not getting the necessary funding.”