General News of Thursday, 28 December 2017
Pressure group, Alliance for Accountable Governance (AFAG), has expressed worry over recent events it believes are overshadowing the positive impact of the Akufo-Addo government’s first 11-months in office.
The group in a statement noted that the recent happenings which include the controversial budget of the Special Development Initiatives Ministry are casting doubt in the minds of Ghanaians.
According to AFAG, “there is the need for clarity to assuage the minds of Ghanaians”.
Find AFAG’s full statement below
MSI ESTIMATES TRANSPARENCY WAY OUT
AFAG expresses our outmost wishes to all Ghanaians as the year 2017 draws to a close.
The NPP government has delivered unprecedented milestones, which have made Ghana better. The Free SHS, nurses’ allowance, and the fight against galamsey, just a few to mention are great initiatives. AFAG urges the government to fight the good fight.
The above notwithstanding, AFAG is worried that events this month are eroding the positive gains of the government for the past eleven months thereby casting dark clouds over the government and sowing doubt in the minds of Ghanaians.
Specific to these issues are the revelations on the budget allocations of the Ministry of Special Development Initiatives (MSI). There is the need for clarity to assuage the minds of Ghanaians. In this light, AFAG calls on the government;
1. for the breakdown (cost centres) of the components of the cost of GH¢132,000.00 for a solar-powered borehole when Newmont Ghana is building a similar at a cost of GH¢41,000.00.
2. The difference between Manpower development and foreign training at the cost of GH¢5, 500,000.00
3. Construction of mechanised toilet facilities (at the cost of GH¢187, 000,000.00) and
4. The components items which make up “Projects” at the cost of GH¢302,500,000.00. Clarification of the components of the PROJECTS is necessary for transparency.
AFAG has taken note of the half-hearted response from the Ministry on the issues raised. It was poorly done and in bad taste.
The government has worked so hard to end the year on a high note.
We wish the nation a merry Christmas