According to Finance Minister Ken Ofori-Atta, the 2023 Budget would be presented to Parliament the following week.
The Minister’s remark coincides with threats from some Majority MPs to skip the 2023 budget speech if he (the Finance Minister) is not removed.
Soon after testifying before the Adhoc Committee hearing the censure motion, Ken Ofori-Atta spoke with JoyNews’ Parliamentary Correspondent Kwaku Asante and stated, “Yeah, expect so. What a strange question it is.
If he will be the one to introduce the 2023 budget, the journalist enquired.
Ken Ofori-Atta asserts that even if the hearing has been difficult thus far, he thinks “democracy is in play.”
It may be noted that the NPP MPs expressed their displeasure with Ken Ofori-handling Atta’s of the economy in a press conference on Tuesday, October 25.
“We won’t participate in any government business going forward, not just the budget. That is the stance we have adopted. Andy Appiah-Kubi, the head of the renegade NPP MPs, reported that it began immediately.
“Ofori-Atta must leave since he is not the only person with wisdom. I can tell you that we won’t change our minds. It’s up to him if the President decides not to fire him,” he continued.
Alexander Afenyo-Markin, the Deputy Majority Leader, announced that the 2023 budget statement would be unveiled on November 24. Previously, the budget presentation date was set for November 15, 2022.
The postponement, according to the Effutu MP, is the result of a “unforeseen development.”
On the floor of the House, he announced, “The Minister responsible for Finance is planned to give the budget statement for the year ending 31st December 2023 in accordance with Article 179 of the 1992 Constitution on Thursday, November 24, 2022.”
As a witness, Mr. Ken Ofori-Atta appeared before the Adhoc Committee on Friday to testify regarding the allegations that the Minority is using to seek his removal from office.
The Minister apologized to Ghanaians for the hardship they had to endure recently, but he refuted accusations that he had mismanaged the country’s economy and had caused its problems.