Ofori-Atta pleads with minority to approve budget, says this is time for peace

Ken Ofori Atta

Minister for Finance Ken Ofori-Atta, during the opening ceremony of the Post Budget Workshop in Parliament, has urged the minority to avoid repeating the resistance they displayed towards the Electronic Levy (E-levy) three years ago.

The controversial levy resulted in the rejection of the 2021 budget, which was later overturned in the absence of the speaker of Parliament, Alban Bagbin.

Ofori-Atta emphasized that given the current situation in the country, it is important for the minority to refrain from opposing the proposed measures in the 2024 budget.

“Mr. Speaker, there is a time and season to tear and a time to mend, there is a time for war, a time for peace and a time to scatter and a time to gather. Mr. Speaker this is the time to gather, this is the time to mend and also a time for peace,” the Finance Minister pleaded.

The Finance Minister revealed that the government aims to raise 0.9% of GDP through revenue bills that will be presented to parliament for approval.

Speaker Bagbin also stressed the importance of considering public sentiment during budget deliberations, stating that this year’s budget is particularly critical for the welfare of the people.

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