The Minority Leader, Dr Cassiel Ato Forson has accused the Akufo-Addo-led government of living a champagne lifestyle on an akpeteshie budget.
According to the Ajumako/Enyan/Esiam MP, the current government’s ongoing expenditure surpasses the allocated budget in the country which is a very worrying development.
Speaking during a media encounter between the leadership of Parliament and members of the Parliamentary Press Corps on Wednesday, June 7, 2023, Dr Forson specifically highlighted the mismatch between the lifestyle of the Akufo-Addo government and the budgetary constraints set for the nation.
“I have always contended that the government led by the majority leader, in particular, has been living a champagne life on an akpeteshie budget. We have a budget that is insufficient, yet the government’s lifestyle does not correspond to the financial constraints we face as a country.”
During the ongoing Second Meeting of the Third Session, Dr Ato Forson underscored the importance of the upcoming mid-year budget review and anticipated the presence of Ken Ofori-Atta, the Minister of Finance.
Yesmeen Abubakar Tetteh, noted in a report that Mr Forson emphasized that Ofori-Atta’s appearance is of utmost significance as it will provide Ghanaians with an opportunity to evaluate whether the economy is improving or if it will continue along its current trajectory.
He also added that the budget review will also provide an opportunity to gauge the necessity for adjustments to ensure fiscal responsibility and promote economic growth.