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Debate on 2018 budget continues in Parliament


Parliament today, (November 22), continued debate on the 2018 budget with focus on works and housing, sanitation and transport sectors.

The Minister of Works and Housing, Samuel Atta Akyea, who set the tone for the debate said a roadmap has been developed to provide a permanent infrastructure that will stop flooding in the country.

He said drainage and sewage systems will be looked at as it is a major step to stopping perennial flooding.

According to Mr Akyea, government will seek financial assistance to address these challenges. He said plans are underway to develop the beaches into tourist attractions to earn foreign exchange.

The Member of Parliament (MP) for Ho West, Emmanuel Bedzrah, said every economy grows on infrastructure unfortunately the 2018 budget does not reflect this.

He said the budget for seven ministries in the 2018 budget for infrastructure development reduced by 28%, while that of government machineries went up by 25%, a development he described as sad.

Mr Bedzrah, therefore urged government to allocate more resources to the ministries for development if it really wants to put Ghana back to work.

The MP for Akan, Abdul Muniru, said the budget will fail if measures are not taken to allocate enough resources for infrastructure, sanitation and health. He said government has made so many promises but unfortunately budgetary allocations have not been made for it.

Mr Muniru therefore appealed to the Minister of Finance to increase budgetary allocation to these key sectors to achieve results.

The MP for Ayawaso West Wuogon, Emmanuel Agyarko, said with just ten months in government interest rates on loans have dropped to 16% making it more profitable for businesses to take loans to boost their businesses.

He said government is also investing heavily in science and technology to grow the economy.

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