The Acting Minister of Finance, Hon. Osei Kyei-Mensah Bonsu, has admitted that, the government understated the countries national debt in the 2021 budget statement.
During the last debate on the 2021 budget statement, on Friday, 19th March, 2021, monitored by Ghana Africa News, as parliament prepares to end the debate, the minority side of parliament noted that in the course of the debates, they identified that the reporting style of the government understated the national debt.
In responding to the assertion of the minority, the acting Minister for Finance, Hon. Osei Kyei-Mensah Bonsu admitted to the anomaly and pledged to have it corrected in the 2022 budget.
Even though, the anomaly has been admitted to be changed in 2022, the National Democratic Congress, NDC, caucus insisted that the corrections be made this year to the 2021, as this led to a vote in the House.
After long voting session, NDC lose the vote as it stood as 137 for NPP and 134 for NDC. From the votes, it seems three (3) NDC MPs were absent from parliament during the voting session.
Explaining the reason why NDC lose in the vote, in a Facebook post sighted by Ghana Africa News Hon. Samuel Nartey George, Member of Parliament, MP, for Ningo Prampram, said one NDC MP is still battling COVID-19 from the actions taken on the 6-7th January, 2021. One NDC MP has to bury his Mother on Saturday, 20th March, 2021 and the other NDC MP has to bury his Sister too on Saturday, 20th March, 202.
Hon. Samuel Nartey George said these absentees in his humble opinion were inevitable but a clear message was sent that even as the Committees go in to deal with the estimates, NDC MPs would scrutinize the numbers and demand extreme accountability from the Ministries, Departments and Agencies.
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