A Deputy Communications Director for the New Patriotic Party(NPP) US Branch, Kofi Ameyaw, has said President Akufo-Addo must not compromise the integrity of his Ministers following what he says is the unacceptable GHS1,010,239,700 budget approved for the Ministry of Special Development Initiatives for 2018 that has triggered public outrage.
He told Kasapa 102.5 FM that for the fact that the sector Minister failed to do due diligence over the 11 months period to scrutinize the Budget being sent to parliament for approval, the President should not hesitate to sack her from office.
“What I’m saying will not be done but I’ll say it anyway. She should be fired right away. It’s unacceptable; you can’t do that- in this day and age you can’t say it’s a mistake. The buck stops with the Minister. You cannot tell me that you’ve sent a budget to the parliament, where laws are being made, where our lives are being carved in stone; because when they make the laws its binding, and you sat down all of these months and prepare a budget to parliament and it has been approved and the next day you come and tell me that it was a mistake and that the next minute you should be in your office working? I’m sorry it shouldn’t be done. It’s sad, and unforgivable,” he told sit-in host Kwaku Owusu Adjei on Anopa Kasapa on Kasapa 102.5 FM.
The Budget was approved by parliament on Wednesday, where the Ministry is to blow a whopping GHS800,000 for the Development of Website alone, amidst other gargantuan expenditures.
For instance, some 275 ambulances will be procured at a unit cost of GHS354,750 totaling GHS97,556,250, while Fifty warehouses would be constructed at a unit cost of GHS1,652,469 totaling GHS82,623,480.
Also, 1000 solar-powered mechanical boreholes would be constructed at a unit cost of GHS132,000 totaling GHS132,000,000.
Additionally, 1000 “water closet institutional toilets with mechanised boreholes and solar panels” would be constructed at a unit cost of GHS187,000 totaling GHS187,000,000.
Fifty micro-enterprises would also be constructed at a unit cost of GHS550,000 totaling GHS 27,500,000.
Below are the rest of the items in the budget approved:
275 projects at a unit cost of GHS1,100,000 totaling GHS302,500,000
Construction of 100 markets at a unit cost of GHS1,100,000 totaling GHS110,000,000
Internal Management or Organisations totaling GHS8,600,000
Hiring of office accommodation for Middle Belt and Coastal Belt Development Authority and Regional Offices totaling GHS15,000,000
Legal and Administrative Framework Review – GHS1000,000
Maintenance, Rehabilitation and Refurbishment – GHS3000,000
Procurement of Office Furniture and Fixtures – GHS6,500,000
Local and International Affiliation – GHS2,500,000
Procurement of Office Supplies and Consumables – GHS3,000,000
Tendering Activities – GHS759,970
Treasury and Accounting Activities – GHS500,000
Procurement of Computers and Accessories – GHS1,500,000
Manpower Skill Development – GHS3,500,000
Foreign Training – GHS2,000,000
Planning and Policy Formulation – GHS3,500,000
Policies and Programme Review Activities – GHS1,500,000
Publication and Decimination of Policies and Programmes – GHS500,000
Development and Management of Database – GHS400,000
Research and Development – GHS1,000,000
Budget Preparation – GHS2,000,000
Budget Performance Reporting – GHS500,000
Management and Monitoring of Policies and Projects – GHS3,000,000