Finance Minister will present ‘cooked up’ figures’ – Minority claims

Haruna Iddrisu
Haruna Iddrisu, Minority Leader

Minority
Leader, Haruna Iddrisu, has said the Finance Minister, Ken Ofori-Atta,
will cook up figures in the 2020 budget on November 13, 2019 in his bid
to present good image of the economy.

During
a pre-budget press conference on Monday, opposition National Democratic
Congress (NDC) Member of Parliament for Tamale South, Haruna Iddrisu,
noted that because many figures have not been accounted under the
current government, this will enable the Finance Minister to “massage
the numbers”.

“There
are many happenings in the country including numbers that are being
hidden — from dollars, from the IMF, from the Ghanaian public — which
will allow him [Finance Minister] to have cooked numbers in order to
justify what deficit he wants to sell to the Ghanaian people,” Mr
Iddrisu said.

“We
know that the Finance Minister is preparing to come to Parliament with
some mashed potatoes on Wednesday,  of massaged numbers in order to
justify that he is doing well,” he added.

NDC press briefing 1

Mr
Ken Ofori-Atta is to present the 2020 budget and financial policy of
the government to Parliament on Wednesday, November 13, 2019.

The Finance Minister has disclosed that the 2020 budget statement will focus on sustaining gains made over the past three years.

The
Minister said the 2020 budget will also “make sure that uncompleted
roads and ongoing flagship projects are done and improve the country’s
export drive as well.”

This budget will be the fourth under the current administration.

The
Minority Leader was however hopeful that the people of Ghana will not
be deceived but pay keen attention to the Finance Minister and make
their own judgments.

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