6 Million Budget Allocated For Office Of Senior Minister Rejected By Parliament

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The 2018 budgetary allocation for the office of the Senior Minister which is worth six million Ghana cedis has been rejected by parliament. 
According to the parliamentarians the office is not a legal creation and as a result it can not be funded from the national budget, the core reason behind the rejection of the budget.
Minority Leader, Haruna Iddrisu
argued that the Senior Minister’s office is expected to coordinate activities of other Ministries, Departments and Agencies and thus cannot be treated as a separate Ministry without legal backing.

He further stated that the portfolio of the Senior Minister is not recognized in the Executive Instrument (EI 28) Civil Service Ministry Statement 2017, signed by Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo.

The Executive Instrument (EI 28) Civil Service Ministry Statement 2017, contains a list of the Ministries created by the President.

The Minority leader stated that if the portfolio of the Senior Minister is missing in the list then it means his position is not legally recognized.

Supporting this assertion, the Majority Leader, Osei Kyei Mensah Bonsu said the office ought to be placed under the office of government machinery to ensure effective accountability.

The office of the Senior Minister has therefore been urged to depend on the office of government machinery for its expenditure in the ensuing year.

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